Azerzian Constitutional Period
|Azerzian Constitutional Period|
|11 February 2012– 11 August 2012|
|World Assembly Delegate||Azerzia|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs||Eggy216|
|Minister of Domestic Affairs||Avaerilon|
|Minister of Immigration||Alterio|
|Minister of Defence||Millyland|
|Speaker of the Union||Michutopia|
Azerzia's First Constitutional Term (12 February 2012 to 11 May 2012)
For the first half of their term, Azerzia over saw several important events:
- The start of a new democratic tradition in the form of approval elections for ministers,
- The passage of several new Acts and amendments,
- The first vote to remove an officer.
Azerzia noticed a way to allow a democratic process in the current appoint procedures for the Ministers. To do this, Azerzia appointed at least two nations to each Ministerial position and allow the Open Parliament to approve of just one. Through this, the states the Delegate felt were best suited for a position still got chosen by Parliament got the final say over which ones. In this way, it was not a true election but, using the term Azerzia created for it, an 'approval election'.
In the approval elections, several states ran for each position. The elections decide both the Minister and the Deputy, with the victors as follows: for Foreign Affairs Eggy216 became Minister with Franco-Lowlands as Deputy; for Domestic Affairs, Avaerilon with North American Republics; for Immigration Cemaes with Grolsch; for Defense, Millyland; for Secretary of the Open Parliament, Peace Strivers.
The three acts passed served several purposes. First, was the creation of a new embassy policy, the Modified Embassy Policy Act. The original Embassy Policy Act was written by Azerzia but was written during the time the DSAlliance was an enemy of the SLU; in line with that, it was specifically written to exclude, and in the process alienate, the DSAlliance. With the abrupt change after CMK's disappearance, a new embassy policy was felt to be needed. The new policy, written by North American Republics, was more comprehensive than its predecessor as well. The second act was the Illegal Activities act which was written by Azerzia to create a list of actions which were illegal in the SLU, such as ad spamming. Next were three amendments, written by Azerzia, which removed the powers of the Founder and gave them to the permanent position of Speaker of the Union, modified the expectations of the SLU and streamlined bans and ejections. A third act was created, co-written by Azerzia and Animo Libertatis, explained the streamlined banjection policy and added restraints onto it, to prevent another incident like the one which caused the impeachment vote.
The impeachment vote started from a minor issue. Within a week of Azerzia ascending to the Delegacy, a trio of non-WA states entered the region which appeared to be attempting to raid or troll the region. Azerzia promptly banjected with approval of the Founder and then placed the banjections up to a vote of approval in Parliament, as per the rules before streamlining. Parliament voted that the bans were inappropriate since the states in question did not pose a security risk. This caused an immediate vote of impeachment on abuse of power, as the pre-streamlined ban process worked. The initial returns on the vote were in favor of impeachment and removal from office. Following this, Azerzia made an appeal stating that it was not an abuse of power, simply an overzealous act of defense. The region eventually agreed and voted against conviction.
After this, the next Speaker of the Union was elected. In the election, Michutopia and Goncar ran against one another. Michutopia ran on a platform of strengthening Domestic Affairs and improving Defense. Goncar ran on a platform to reduce the restrictions placed on member state membership. The election saw a switch from open voting to private voting. Michutopia won, 10 votes to 1.
Following these major events of the first half the term, the second half was much quieter. The region expanded to the record size of 357 nations, placing it as the 21st largest in NationStates. The UDLR was up and running, although has not yet met its full potential as of the time of writing. There were concerns over an invasion of an allied region but nothing materialized.
At the end of the term, the election for the next Delegate was the closest contest in the region since the first Constitutional Delegate election. Azerzia, Grolsch and Goncar all stated their intentions to run, but Goncar dropped out a few days before the start of voting due to a perceived lack of interest in his campaign. Grolsch and Azerzia had very similar positions; the only major policy differences emerged on the issue of regional alignment and how to improve the investigations into the member states breaking laws. The major difference between the two was the difference between the executive delegacy (where the delegate acts as the leader of the government and controls actions) of Azerzia and the democratic delegacy (where the delegate acts as a leader of the government but the government jointly decides policy) of Grolsch. Goncar again pushed to reduce membership restrictions and emphasized his youth in his campaign.
Azerzia ran a very traditional campaign to start, with most of his information being copied from previous elections. Grolsch came out with a campaign website and campaign video, which is expected revolutionize future elections. Grolsch also carried the public endorsements of several Ministers in the region, giving Grolsch 5 votes to start with. This turn of events lead Azerzia to almost withdraw from the election, as previous elections had only seen 12 votes; Grolsch's 5 votes was almost a majority before the election even formally began. Instead of withdrawing, Azerzia responded with a critique of Grolsch's positions, which was viewed by several in the region as mudslinging; Azerzia denied the accusation and stated it was an pointing differences in policy while spinning the turn of events in his favor. The voting for the election was at 11 with only 2 days left, which likely meant Grolsch had the majority. In another revolution in campaigning, Azerzia sent personal messages to all the eligible states who had not yet voted and encouraged them to do so. This led to a massive jump in voter turn out, with 25 valid votes cast by the end of voting. By one vote cast in the last hour and a half of voting, Azerzia won 13 to 12.
Azerzia's Second Constitutional Term (12 May 2012 to 11 August 2012)
Immediately following the victory, changes were made in the region. Several amendments were passed which placed limits on veto powers and diffused powers. The policy's involving prosecution of member states were revamped to allow easier prosecution and stream line the process.
The region also saw its first consistent decline in population since the previous summer during this term, with the region dipping back into the 200s for a period. This trend had begun to reverse by the end of the term, however. The decline is likely due to changes in priorities among college aged students during the summer months, limiting time for NationStates. This would reduce returns on recruitment efforts and decrease the number of available recruiters.
Following Michutopia's inactivity, a new Speaker was elected for the next term. Grolsch, North American Republics, Michadantom and Goncar all ran for the position. Grolsch wanted an increase in the number of active states. North American Republics ran on a platform emphasizing honesty, expansion of activity and a push for activity in the UDLR, which was still stagnant. Goncar stated an interest in pushing for more extraregional contacts. Michadantom did not actively campaign. North American Republics received 7 votes, Grolsch 4, Goncar 3 and Michadantom 1.
The second half of the term was more active. A new Constitution was proposed by Azerzia. Azerzia stated concerns over the wide variety of amendments when reading the existing Constitution, to the point where only half the original text was still intact. There were also concerns over the different bills of importance scattered around. The new Constitution would combine all of those in one place. Significant debate raged among members of the administration over the finer points of the Constitution, particularly what the relationship between the Delegate and the Ministers was.
The agreed upon new system was that the Cabinet, now defined as the Delegate and Ministers, was the decider of policy. The Delegate was the leader of the Cabinet but needed the individual Ministers for the policy in that Ministry and the Cabinet as a whole for regional policy. The Delegate does maintain some executive initiative under the system, which prevents it from being an executive council, but is bound to the Ministers, making them not a full executive in their own right.
To go along with the Constitutional reforms, new bills were written to modify already existing legislation to adopt changes.
Advisory committees were also proposed for the UDLR. The proposal met significant SLU support, and was accepted by the DSAlliance, but no comment was made by the DSAssembly. as it did not go to a vote, it has not been enacted at the time of writing.
Following this, a new election was held for the Delegate. Azerzia stated they would not run and would administer the election. The candidates were Millyland and Eggy216. Millyland used easily readable pamphlets for his campaign, going over his experience and goals. He stated interested in gaining more recruiters for Immigration, overhauling Mentorship, expanding Roleplay, and increasing activity in Foreign Affairs, including the UDLR and embassies.
Eggy216 used moving images to draw attention to particular sections and gain ideas. He ran on a similar platform, although not as detailed except in Foreign Affairs. Eggy216 went into more depth on that matter.
Following voting, Millyland won 11-8 with 1 abstention. New, detailed demographic graphs were created to give more information about electoral results.