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« on: April 07, 2017, 07:00:46 PM »
« edited: December 11, 2017, 12:09:14 PM by Harry S Truman, GM »

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17 April 2017 – Elections, Criminal Justice Act, and Record of Government
24 April 2017 – New Parliament, and Minister of Energy
20 July 2017 – Disaster Relief Order
5 September 2017 – Suffrage Day Address
19 September 2017 – Special Election for the House of Commons
6 November 2017 – Retirement
14 November 2017 – Trumancare
15 November 2017 – Foiled Terror Attack
22 November 2017 – Farewell Address
9 December 2017 – Confirmed as Game Moderator
11 December 2017 – Help Wanted

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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 11:59:56 AM »


17 April 2017

With the Southern election now behind us and four days to go before the national races go before the public, I suppose you could say we're in the eye of the storm; that being the case, I'll take this moment to make note of a few things on my mind.

First, elections for the House of Commons begin in just four days — on Friday, 21 April. As of this morning, we have six fantastic candidates running for parliament, and I wish each of them the very best of luck. Those interested in running who have not yet announced their candidacy have until 12:00 AM Eastern Time on Wednesday (April 19) to file to appear on the ballot. Naturally, anyone is eligible to receive a write-in vote as long as they accept it, either in the Candidate Declaration Thread or with their ballot.

Second, after several long months and quite a few delays, the Criminal Justice Act has passed both houses of Congress and proceeds to the president's desk. This legislation, which I authored during my term as President of the Republic, formally establishes a federal criminal code defining such crimes as voter intimidation, terrorism, and treason. With its passage, the Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General will have a clear authorization to uphold the rule of law and to defend the rights of honest citizens from those who would do them harm. I urge the president in the strongest terms to sign this legislation, and commit myself to its full enforcement in my capacity as Attorney General.

Third, with the sitting parliament scheduled to leave office in a matter of days, it is appropriate to review the progress of this government since its election less than two months ago. In the time since I swore to uphold the laws and Constitution of Fremont as prime minister for this commonwealth, the House of Commons has debated and passed nine articles of legislation. These bills were submitted by myself and my colleagues to address a myriad of pressing issues facing this region; from the rising cost of college tuition to the plight of organized labor. We have, in this session, passed legislation that will cap tuition at public universities, abolish the travesty that is Daylight Savings Time, protect the right of working people to organize, fix the minimum wage to the cost of living, insure the rights of transgender citizens and undocumented minors, tackle the challenge of climate change, and legalize marijuana in all 18 states of this region. This is a record of real progress; not of vapid rhetoric and empty promises, but of actual results that impact the lives of Fremontians from the Great Plains to the Pacific coast. Every one of these bills was passed with bipartisan support, and every one of them was proposed with the common goal of building a society that is both free and fair, one in which all citizens - regardless of race, class, gender, or nationality - may enjoy the full measure of life, liberty, and happiness to which they are entitled as human beings and citizens of this region.

Thank you all.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 09:34:09 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 02:52:19 PM »


24 April 2017

I wish, first and foremost, to extend my congratulations to the newly-chosen members of the House of Commons. The late campaign was among the most active of any regional election I have seen since the ratification of the Fourth Constitution – certainly the most active in the history of Fremont – and for this, I commend the six wonderful individuals who dedicated their time and talents to the betterment of our Commonwealth. I am quite pleased to have the opportunity to work with these fine individuals, and I am sure all will do their part to make this session pleasant and productive.

I likewise give my thanks to our retiring member, Dr. Novella, who has served his region with distinction these last two months. While we will miss his contributions in the Commons, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Novella has accepted my invitation to become the inaugural Minister of Energy for Fremont. Having argued with distinction for clean, renewable energy in parliament, Novella is just the man for the job, and I look forward to working alongside him to establish Fremont as the green energy capital of Atlasia.

Lastly, I offer my congratulations to Senator Scott and Senator-elect Bessell on their victories this weekend, as well as to the members of the newly-elected House of Representatives. I am pleased that Fremont will remain well-represented in the lower house by the able leadership of Simossad and Dereich, and welcome their contributions to the national dialogue.

The new parliament will be seated on Friday, April 28, at which point the government will resume work. Thank you.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2017, 02:10:11 PM »


Discovery Day

Today (May 1) is Discovery Day in Fremont, commemorating the birth of Sacagawea in 1788 and the contributions she made over her life to the history of our commonwealth. Born in what would become the State of Idaho, she remains a human link to our earliest history, the symbol of the transformation of the New World and the entrance of the West into the family of American States.

LES POPULUSQUE PATRIAE REGET
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2017, 06:14:26 PM »


20 July 2017

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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2017, 02:23:35 PM »

Thanks for the well-wishes, all. Smiley

Regarding STV questions, it does appear my initial count for the HoC was incorrect; thanks to Encke for pointing this out. I'll update the certification ASAP.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 05:20:01 PM »


Suffrage Day in Fremont
6 September 2017

One hundred forty-seven years ago tomorrow, on 6 September in the year 1870, Louisa Ann Swain — a citizen of the town of Laramie in what was then the Wyoming Territory — became the first woman in recorded Atlasian history to vote in a general election. It is for this reason, in celebration of the long and triumphal struggle for woman's suffrage, and of the pioneering role of the Western states in advancing the banner of equal rights, that the 6th of September is set aside by law as Suffrage Day.

It is a blessing, indeed, that I and my fellow Fremontians may look to see a female president in the Oval Office this Suffrage Day, and a fitting time to remember the contributions of countless women over the course of the last two centuries to the cause of equal rights. To Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucrettia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Victoria Woodhull, Belva Ann Lockwood, Carrie Chapman Catt, Jeannette Rankin, and thousands upon thousands of other pioneering women we owe no small part of the blessings of liberty enjoyed by all citizens, regardless of sex.

LIBERTAS MATRIS FERAT

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2017, 06:15:04 PM »

19 September 2017

With the banning of MP Coraxion, a special election to fill the vacant seat in the House of Commons will take place this weekend (September 22 - 25). Candidates may declare their intent to contest the election in the Candidate Declaration Thread.
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2017, 05:13:13 PM »


2 October 2017

There are no words adequate to describe the senseless horror that broke loose from Hell this Sunday in Las Vegas. This was a tragedy in the plain, ice-cold, cutting fullness of that word. Our hearts grieve with the victims and their families; and for them we hope that healing time will yet make order of this dark chaos.
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2017, 10:00:01 AM »


26 October 2017

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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2017, 05:48:01 PM »


6 November 2017

Ladies and gentlemen; citizens, members of Parliament, and my dear friends —

One week from this Friday, we will elect a parliament to represent our commonwealth before the world and to lead us into the new year of 2018. It is to be the fifth parliamentary election under the reformed Constitution of Fremont, and the first in which I will not be a candidate for prime minister.

On election day, I will have led this government, in one capacity or another, for ten uninterrupted months. It is not a little thing to pass that burden on; thrice already I have renewed it, for I felt the happiness of my region demanded I remain. Now, three hundred thirteen days later, having accomplished everything I set out to achieve — restored accountability, activity, and decorum to our legislature; reformed our constitutional system of government; revived our people's faith in their representatives; and led our region to new heights of prosperity, innovation, education, and public renewal — I can say honestly that I am ready, and Fremont is ready, to see another take the helm.

I will be frank with you: I never planned to take this job, until circumstances thrust it upon me; but having taken it, these ten months as your prime minister rank among the most fulfilling I have spent in the public sphere. There is not in my estimation any greater honor than to serve as Prime Minister of Fremont, and it is an honor I know my countrymen will wisely bestow upon a candidate worthy in character and conduct for the post.

Those in the gallery cheering my departure can save their breath; I'm not going away, nor do I intend to remain aloof from public affairs so long as I can be of service to my region and my country. I am then, yours and for the last time,

Harry S Truman
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2017, 11:54:32 AM »


14 November 2017

It is a grand thing, in the early sunset of my time as your prime minister, to sign into law the People's Medical Care and Insurance Act (Trumancare, some have called it) — towards which our region and the republic at-large have struggled for the better part of a year. I won't waste your time with lengthy exhortations of this moment's practical and historical significance; put plainly and simply, the region with this law sets out to revolutionize our system of medical care, by the creation of an Exchange — of, by, and for Fremontians — offering comprehensive and affordable coverage to all citizens.

Thanks are due to my friends and colleagues in the Commons — particularly to Pericles, who worked fastidiously to see this bill perfected before the vote — and to those in Nyman, especially Senator Scott (who, if I had had my way, would now be our vice president) and Speaker Yankee, who toiled months upon months to pass the federal reform act this past summer.

Without further ado —

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 04:45:05 PM »


15 November 2017

Yesterday, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department arrested four individuals, all being affiliates of that organization calling itself "Free The People," who are believed to have been preparing for a terror attack against this commonwealth. I commend these officers, and our law enforcement agencies across the region, who have been working now for some time to identify and prevent threats to our domestic security posed by foreign terrorists; I further extend my thanks to my colleagues at the Department of Justice, without whose cooperation the safety of our children and the integrity of our region would be gravely in doubt.

It is clear now more than ever that swift and decisive action is necessary from this government to oppose and prevent terrorist activities within our borders, whether they are carried out by "Free The People" or by other similar groups. I call upon the House of Commons, and the candidates in the approaching election, to move with all due haste to secure passage of the Domestic Integrity Act, which I proposed earlier this month and which would officially label FTP a terrorist group and authorize our law enforcement agencies to bring the full might of the law against them.

So long as I hold this office, I shall use every tool and power at my disposal to preserve the peace and bring those who would attack our citizens, or region, and the rule of law to justice.

Harry S Truman
Prime Minister of Fremont
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2017, 12:37:35 AM »


22 November 2017

It has been a grand thing to serve as your prime minister these past ten months; in parting, I make one last offering of gratitude to those who have served by me, and for the well-wishes of my countrymen. I trust you will be as loyal and just to my successor, as you have been to me; and trusting so, I can offer her no better portents for the future.

Good night! good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I should say good night 'til it be morrow.

That's a wrap.

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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2017, 01:38:18 PM »

9 December 2017

By the grace of the Senate, I have this afternoon sworn the oath of office as Game Moderator, and accordingly resigned as Attorney General for Atlasia. In the coming days, I will be in close contact with the officers of the administration and with my predecessor at the game engine to ensure continuity from one moderatorship to the next.
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« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2017, 12:08:36 PM »


11 December 2017

Help Wanted

Aspiring minor deity to fill the post of Deputy Game Moderator, in light of the impending resignation of incumbent R2D2, who has informed me of his intent to leave the game engine after a brief but distinguished tenure as acting game moderator. Ideal applicants will be comfortable producing financial estimates and possess a knack for story-telling, and may apply to this office by personal message with the subject line "Deputy Game Moderator."
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« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2017, 10:49:05 PM »

13 December 2017

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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2018, 07:05:31 PM »

Right, explanations.

As perhaps some of you have guessed, I have not been my normal self these past few days. Without saying too much, the last week has just been terrible on almost every front, and since the New Year I've felt it was important for real life to have my undivided attention. I apologize if my absence has been a cause of inconvenience, but that's just how things turned out.

I'm back, at least for now. There's a chance, depending on how things develop from here, that I may have to take a break from Atlasia for a while, but I hope to be able to continue my work as GM and make 2018 interesting for y'all.

Thanks,
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2018, 08:59:15 PM »

25 June 2018

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« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2018, 11:25:10 AM »

30 July 2018

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« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2018, 07:52:27 AM »

30 August 2018

Since it has been in the headlines recently, I thought I should given an update on the 2019 federal budget projections. Both myself, and primarily Deputy Game Moderator HCP, are doing all that we can to complete these projections as quickly as possible so that Congress and the administration can begin the noble work or arguing about whether the top marginal tax rate should be 30% or 29.5%. No-one regrets more than I do the delays which have plagued this process, which can be attributed to two causes.

First, I am not a numbers man, and never have been. I said as much when I was confirmed as Game Moderator nine months ago. Accordingly, I rely on my deputy for high-level projections and economic statistics—and the deputy position has been especially volatile since the presidential election. Loosing AZ in July put the budget back several weeks, and when HCP finally came on board, there was a backlog of work waiting for him.

Second, and with repercussions beyond the budget process: while I am by nature a private man and do not like to share details about my personal life on the internet, the last ten weeks have been Hell on Earth outside of Atlas, to the point where I actually wish I could say I lost my job or was failing all my classes, because that would be comparatively easier to deal with. Not only the time I've been able to commit to the budget, but also the quality of my work generally, has suffered as a result of this. It is not only a matter of time (though that is a large factor), but also having the necessary composure and ability to concentrate for long periods of time, which has been elusive recently. On several occasions I have considered resigning, but did not want to leave Yankee or my successor in the same predicament I found when I accepted this office: a vacancy in the GM position that would set completion of the budget and foreign policy initiatives even further back. Maybe it was the wrong choice to stay on, but here we are.

I am doing my best to pursue completion of my various responsibilities as quickly as I can, without seriously compromising their quality or abandoning my real-life duties (which grow only more numerous). Once the budget is complete, I will be considering whether it is better for me to step aside for someone else, or if I can reasonably expect to continue in office. As always, feel free to approach me with any questions you may have (though I appear to have lost access to my Discord account as result of a tech error yesterday evening, so any correspondence should be directed to my Atlas inbox).

Regards,

Harry S Truman
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2018, 11:24:15 PM »

15 November 2018

For a variety of reasons of an off-forum nature, alluded to previously here and elsewhere, I intend to resign my position as Game Moderator, no later than 9 December 2018 (what would be the one-year anniversary of my papacy). I have truly loved this job, and a large part of me does not want to go—I haves pages worth of ideas to be turned into stories, places I wanted to take the position and the game, and very strong feelings about how this office should be used that make me reluctant to give it up—but especially in the last several weeks, I am increasingly forced to the conclusion that I am just not able to make it happen anymore, and after almost four years' continuous service to the game in one capacity or another, I really need a break.

I will do what I can to respond to current requests while the search for my successor begins. My only hope, is that whoever ends up inheriting this post brings to it as much passion as I have tried to bring these last eleven months.

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