Nationstates - A Beginner's Guide - The World Assembly
Before we begin...
I highly recommend you check out the previous installment in the Nationstates Beginner's Guide, just so you have an understanding of the game. You can find it here!
So by now you're quite comfortable and familiar with Nationstates, which means we can move on to one of the most important steps in a player's journey through the game. If you are truly a fan of political matters or roleplaying, then you will most certainly be interested in joining... the World Assembly.
What is the World Assembly?
The World Assembly is the United Nations of the Nationstates world (speaking of which), composed of lone players and official delegates endorsed by different regions. These particular players have the ability to vote on or sometimes create resolutions pertaining to different domains of the Nationstates world. From a roleplaying perspective, you must abide all resolutions passed by the World Assembly if you decide to join.
The World Assembly is divided into two main sections: The General Assembly and The Security Council.
The Security Council focuses on one nation at a time. More often than not, these involve praising individual players and 'libreating' nations, allowing free entry. Whilst there is no battle system set in place by the creator, the Security Council's resolutions often relate to keeping the peace.
The General Assembly focuses on international law that applies to all nations if passed. These normally concern shipping laws, military safety and other boring topics.
Joining the World Assembly
There are two levels of membership within the World Assembly, as we have previously mentioned. You can join as a normal nation, whether or not you are part of a region, by clicking on the 'World Assembly' tab on the left side of the screen, then clicking on the 'Apply to Join' button. You will soon receive a conformation email, where upon clicking the link inside will accept you into the virtual senate!
Warning: Whilst you are allowed several nations in Nationstates, you may only have one within the World Assembly.
Once you have joined you can vote FOR or AGAINST resolutions, but you do not possess the capabilities to create a new one. In order to do this, you need to earn some endorsements.
Becoming a Delegate
Becoming a delegate can be an easy or difficult process, depending on the circumstances. To be elected, you need endorsements (a minimum of two) from the majority of members in your region. Whilst a region composed of you and your friends can guarantee you a spot, bigger regions with a vast collection of players are often much more challenging. Not only must you convince people to support your cause (and potentially get the old delegate demoted), you need to hold this position by respecting the demands of the region. Else they may decide to replace you...
Delegates are elected by a region to serve as their representative at the World Assembly. Unlike ordinary members, they have the ability to approve newly-suggested resolutions. Delegates may also have administrative control over their region, though this is entirely dependent on the settings decided with the region's creation.
Tips on Gaining Endorsements
If you've decided to join a bigger region with little to no support from friends, here are a few tips to receive the endorsements needed:
- Patience is a god send. Don't expect to march in some random region and have endorsements thrown at you. You need to prove your place.
- Get friendly with some of the other nations, people who you can count on to support your ascent to power.
- If they have one, find out about the current delegate. Is he well liked? Does he listen to the nation's wishes? Does he abuse his power? Use this to your advantage.
- Nationstates truly is a game of politics and roleplaying. To that end, feel free to blackmail and bribe your peers. You'd be surprised how often this works.
Voting for a Resolution
To vote for a resolution, click on its link within the World Assembly tab. You'll be taken to a page giving you the full details, including the category, resolution number and who proposed the resolution. Below that, you'll find a complete (and most likely complex) explanation, with the option of voting FOR or AGAINST.
Passing your own resolution
To pass your own resolution, you need at least two endorsements from members of your region. Once you have those, you can propose your resolution to the World Assembly. However, before people are given the chance to vote on it, it needs to be approved by 10% of the World Assembly Regional Delegates. If it reaches the necessary number of approvals, it will be brought onto the voting floor, where all members of the WA can make your resolution law, or condemn it to the fireplace of no return...
When you decide to pass your own resolution, you have two choices. You can create a brand new one, or you can attempt to re-appeal an old one.
Re-appealing a resolution
If you too are angered about the increase of tax on tea bags, then you have the chance to get things changed! You can vote to re-appeal a resolution, which will render the resolution in question null and void. This is normally when old laws conflict with new methods. That'll teach those coffee loving Yankees...
A new resolution
This is pretty self-explanatory. Creating a new resolution is basically one that does not currently exist. If you do so, make sure you look through all previous resolutions. There's nothing more embarrassing than attempting to introduce laws on toilet paper which already exist...
Tips on Passing a Resolution
- Gather up support within your region. If it was proposed by someone, all the better!
- Spread the word on the forums. There is a section dedicated to the discussion of resolutions. You can make friends and get some critique on your law, which will let you make the edits necessary to give it an air of professionalism.
- Don't get too frustrated if your resolution doesn't make it to the voting floor. You can always try again.
Example of a Resolution
Description: The World Assembly,
Recognising the universal right to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,
Deeming torture to constitute such treatment,
Consequently moving quickly to enact strong prohibitions on torture within international law,
1. ‘Torture’ is defined as an act of intentionally inflicting pain, severe discomfort or suffering on a person for the purposes of intimidation, coercion, personal punishment or interrogation, or to extract information, confession or concession to demands from them or any other person, where committed with the approval or assistance of a government official or person acting in such capacity.
2. Such acts include, but are not limited to:
-Physical, sexual, or psychological abuse,
-Forced maintenance of physically uncomfortable positions, such as stress positions or forced standing,
-Sensory deprivation, such as prolonged confinement to dark quarters and or use of a hood during interrogation,
-Subjection to intrusive noise, such as noise that is continuous or excessively loud,
-Deprivation of adequate food and drink,
-Denial of necessary medical care,
-Denial of right to religious observance,
-Attempts to reduce physical or mental capacity, even where not causing pain or severe discomfort or suffering.
3. Torture is designated a crime against humanity, and its commission, including assistance in such commission or threats thereof, is to be designated a heinous crime under national and international law.
4. No member nation may enact or provide assistance towards the extradition, rendition, deportation, exile or other refoulement of a person to a jurisdiction where there is probable cause to believe they would be subjected to torture.
5. Member nations shall prohibit torture and attempts to commit torture, and shall treat such acts as criminal offences, including legal penalties reflecting the severity of such crimes.
6. Member nations shall take effective action to prevent acts of torture within their jurisdiction.
7. Member nations may not invoke extraordinary circumstances, such as armed conflict, state of emergency or civil unrest, to justify acts of torture.
8. An order to commit torture is a manifestly illegal order, and must be refused; such orders may be disobeyed without fear of legal penalty. Coercion may be considered as a mitigating circumstance in the prosecution of acts of torture committed by subordinates following orders.
9. The training of military and law enforcement personnel, those responsible for those held in detention, and any other persons having responsibility for persons facing interrogation, criminal investigation or detention shall include instruction on the obligation not to perform torture.
10. Any person making an accusation of torture within any member nation’s jurisdiction has the right to impartial investigation thereof.
11. If there is an accusation or probable cause exists to believe that an act of torture has been committed, the competent authorities will proceed properly and immediately to conduct an investigation into the case, and to initiate the corresponding criminal process.
12. Victims of torture have the right to suitable compensation, including the coverage of all medical expenses incurred as a result of torture.
13. Evidence obtained by torture shall be inadmissible in legal proceedings, except as evidence against persons accused of having obtained it by torture.
To Sum Up...
- The World Assembly is divided into two sections. The General Assembly who vote on international laws and the Security Council who pass resolutions concerning one nation.
- Anyone can join the World Assembly and vote on laws.
- To pass your own laws, you need a minimum of two endorsements from your region.
- To approve potential laws, you need to be a World Assembly Delegate by possessing the majority of endorsements in your region.