DISCUSSION & VOTING
Hello fellow nations of North America. SEATO and the UCA have been in discussion about reunification of the old United States under a new federal government - proposals have been made for various aspects of this new union.
For the sake of transparency and efficiency, NYC proposes that we use the thread to discuss each convention issue, one at a time, and then vote on a draft agreement on major areas. All nations of North America - UCA, SEATO, socialist, neutral - are welcome to participate as long as they are planning to join the new union.
NYC suggests the following areas of discussion, in the following order:
2. Structure of Government
a. Atlantic Federation Design vs. Other Ideas
b. Electoral Rules (who can vote, candidate tests/restrictions, voting process)
c. Names of Things (Chancellor vs. President, Council vs. Senate etc.)
3. Military & Foreign Policies
a. Issue of State-Level Armed Forces
b. Issue of State-Level Foreign Policy
c. Federal Armed Forces
4. Federal vs. State Powers
a. Regulatory Powers (immigration, trade, environmental protection, gun laws, etc.)
b. Monetary & Fiscal Union (i.e. name of the national currency, state-level regulations on debt and taxation)
c. Bill of Rights
5. Secession Process
6. Accession Process
a. Admitting External States
b. Creating States Within the Union
7. Amendment Process
a. Final List of Members
b. Agreement on New States (thus far: new states in occupied Texas, partition of Pacifica, union of Bermuda/NYC colonies in the Maritimes)
c. Border Rectification (if any)
We may of course return to a topic that has already been voted on should it be necessary - for example: revise the Structure of Government (issue #1) if the delegates feel discussions on Federal vs. State Power (issue #4) have affected their position on that earlier issue.
Currently Known Participants
These nations (to NYC's knowledge) are engaged in good-faith negotiations to form a new union, and may vote with equal weight on each major area as we go through them. If new states join the discussion with the honest expectation of joining a new union, they may vote as well.
- American Republic
- SEATO NPCs (Washington, Chicago, Florida, Louisiana, Los Salvadores, Georgia)
- Other NPCs (Colorado, Sparta, Jefferson)
If I've missed anyone, please make it public.
Issue #1 - Name
NYC agrees with Bermuda (who already began a vote outside the thread) that we move on the first issue straight-away (seeing as there are already several proposals).
Here are the proposed names thus far:
NYC suggests a ranked ballot
, given the number of names. If participants have a different voting method
that would be more appropriate, or if nations wish to propose any other names
to this list, please do so within the next 24 hours
. After 24 hours from now, NYC suggests we begin voting ranked ballots on the name.
How ranked ballots work:
Everyone may rank the options 1 to 9. You can stop ranking after you've run out of preferences (if you only like 3 of the options, and don't care among the others, then only rank 1, 2, and 3). Once all the rankings are in, we look at everyone's 1st preference, and if there is a majority winner, that's the name. If we lack a majority, the ballots with the fewest votes will be eliminated and the voter who's first pick is gone will shift their vote to their second place. We repeat this process until there is a majority of votes for a particular name.
Then we will table this issue and move onto Issue #2: the structure of government.
Also! Feel free to make arguments within this 24 hour period for or against any particular name