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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2009|01:04 pm]
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angledge
So which Region should I join?
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International Community Comes Doorknocking [Nov. 21st, 2006|01:56 pm]
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buca
The Issue

The international community has appealed to Bucaorg to increase humanitarian aid to the world's poorer nations.

The Debate

  1. "We must increase foreign aid," says beaded local peace activist Clint Summers. "Compared to some of these nations, Bucaorg is swimming in dollahs. Let's face it, not every nation in the world is lucky enough to have a government like ours. Let's show some compassion to our less economically gifted neighbors."
      [Accept]

  2. "Talk about a way to flush dollahs straight down the toilet," argues Think Tank member Jack Utopia. "What I've noticed is that whenever we do give something, it's never enough: a few years later they're back asking for more. The best way to help these poor nations is to stop shielding them from the logical consequences of their idiotic, long-debunked socialist economic policies."

      [Accept]

  3. "Relief wouldn't hurt us... if we 'relieved' the right countries," suggests government advisor Max Broadside. "We give them a little humanitarian aid, they give us access to their Door-to-door Insurance Sales markets... it's win-win. Nothing wrong with a little quid pro quo, especially for a good cause."
      [Accept]
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When Meat balls Attack! [Nov. 19th, 2006|11:03 am]
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daboss

The Issue


After several reports of pet meat balls violently attacking, injuring, and even killing citizens, there has been growing pressure from public safety activists for the government to take action.

The Debate


  1. "These creatures are a danger to the public and must be destroyed!" says Charles Washington, representative of the Public Institution for Social Safety, Equality, and Direction. "I was attacked by one just on the way here and I nearly lost my life! They're a public menace. We must shoot and burn them!"

  2. "Why punish the poor things?" asks animal-lover Jean-Paul Barry, covered in scars from previous encounters with meat balls. "All they need is good hands to care and rehabilitate them. We need a government education programme to tame them and turn them into loveable pets. The one I'm holding right now shows that it can be done. They are all good, kind creatures deep d- argh!"

  3. "I agree that we shouldn't kill them," says Billy-Bob Jong-Il, a famous lawyer. "But I don't think the owner should get away with breaking the law! This is clearly a case of 'intent to greviously harm' if I ever saw it. All citizens should be held accountable of their pet's actions as if they had done the act themselves. It's the only way to be fair - after all, they're just dumb animals."

  4. "Who cares!?" screams Colin Jones as he sends out his pirate radio station broadcast. "Just repeal any laws preventing us from shooting the things when they attack and we'll be able to save ourselves without this stupid, authoritarian, overbearing government and legal system wasting our tax money!"
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Raise Duel Standards, Say Fencers [Nov. 17th, 2006|09:56 am]
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daboss

The Issue


A number of well-dressed gentlemen wearing a varied assortment of swords is insisting that they be allowed to settle their private disputes on the field of honourable battle.

The Debate


  1. "We must be permitted our inherent right to defend our honour through feats of arms!" exclaims May du Pont, a bewigged aristocrat sporting a particularly flamboyant swept-hilt rapier. "The right to duel is one found throughout history for the honourable settling of disputes and I must insist that my right to fight be recognised! The world would be so much better - and cheaper too - if conflicts of interest were sorted through trial by combat instead of trial by jury."

  2. "Swords? Heavens, what dreadful things. All sharp and pointy - quite dangerous, you know," says Jennifer Dredd, an ardent pacifist. "Duelling ought to be banned! The best way to settle these kind of arguments are through trials, we all know that. If we go ahead with what these duelling nutters want then innocent people will die! It will be a sad day when people value money more than justice. Apart from lawyers, obviously."
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Orbital Armageddon? [Nov. 15th, 2006|09:47 am]
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daboss

The Issue


The space research organization in Stormravens has requested more government funding for space-related research and development, and the possiblity of creating orbital weapons platforms has become a topic of intense debate.

The Debate


  1. General Anne-Marie Barry says, "We should spend more. But not just on exploration. We should start developing Orbital Weapons! Space Marines! Armed Spacecraft! We would rule the region, and look cool doing it! Just divert some funding from environmental protection, and BAM! Sci-fi goodies!"

  2. Noted Scientist and pacifist writer Al King thinks otherwise, "No! Space is a place for peace! It's the only place left we've got that we haven't screwed up. Oh, the space program still needs funding, don't get me wrong, but none of this 'military in space' stuff will do! We ought to divert funding from the military to education and space research instead!"

  3. Fringe Group Leader Chastity O'Bannon disagrees, "Space is a total waste of time. We should spend more on stuff people actually CARE about. Like voting rights and protecting the environment! Forget that fancy-schmancy space station!"
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Video Games Too Violent, Say Parents [Nov. 13th, 2006|09:27 am]
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daboss

The Issue


Recently, there has been an enormous commercial success for 'violent' video games such as 'Blood 'n' Guts 2: The Revenge', 'Tremor', and 'Grand Theft Tricycle'. Several parents' groups have been calling for tougher restrictions on these games.

The Debate


  1. "We must outlaw these violent games immediately!" shouts Catherine Gratwick, a member of Mothers Ordered Against Nastiness, "These so-called 'games' are desensitising our children to violence and making them more aggressive. Why, just the other day I witnessed my son firing a missile launcher in a videogame and the next day he went out and robbed a bank! He may be thirty-five, but you can't possibly say it's a coincidence!"

  2. "Oh noez!" cries DEATMASTER_69, one of Stormravens's foremost authorities on video games. "That's stupid! If a child is psychotic, it's not because they played 'Hellstorm of Fireblood 3' or whatever, it's because their parents were stupid enough to not teach little Johnny the difference between right and wrong and don't want to take the blame. Just because I like to n00k countries in games doesn't mean I like to shoot people in real life. That's false data! So just relax and let the kids play their games, hey?"

  3. "Why not rate games the same way we rate movies?" asks Anne-Marie Johnson, a spokesperson for the Stormravens Censorship Board. "We could give each game a content rating based on age appropriateness, and add descriptors on the box explaining why the game gets a certain rating. A little funding and we can stop children getting violent video games without affecting all the older 'gamers'. Everyone will be happy. Except tax payers, I guess."

  4. "The children will manage to get their hands on the games anyway," says Freddy Fellow, a fitness instructor. "Parents can be so ignorant. In my opinion, the only damage these video games are causing is physical: kids are becoming less inclined to exercise, and it doesn't really matter if they are violent; the result is the same either way. The only way to get bums off seats is to ban all video games. Maybe then we'll see a difference in the national waistline!"
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Whips, Chains, And Leather, Oh My! [Nov. 12th, 2006|09:48 pm]
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daboss

The Issue


An organized crowd of leather-clad individuals, some of whom are on leashes, are protesting against discrimination for those who share their interests.

The Debate


  1. "We happen to express our love differently, with different hobbies and activities," explains BDSM enthusiast Hope Christmas, while wearing needle-sharp spiked heels and holding a whip. "Shops exist to cater to the needs of 'normal' people, but do you have ANY idea how hard it is to get a quality whip? A little support for our hobbies would be appreciated!"

  2. "Yeah," exclaims Falala Hamilton, another enthusiast, wearing nothing but a collar, "and like other couples, we want the right to display our affection in public. If Master wants to take me walkies in public, he should be able to."

  3. Aaron O'Bannon dissents wholeheartedly. "This is not about showing affection--this is about moral decency. Think of the children, for God's sake! Think of the children! We must criminalize and eliminate this perversion to keep them safe. Which of course means a special task force to track down and capture these cretins!"
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Plague Of The Hybrids! [Nov. 10th, 2006|09:33 am]
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daboss
[mood |amusedamused]

The Issue


Angry farmers have taken to the streets demanding the government to act after reported sightings of strange meat ball-like dogs eating all the crops in fields.

The Debate


  1. "This unholy union should never have taken place to begin with," comments Dave Shiomi, an angry farmer. "The meat ball was never meant to mate with a dog! They eat my crops, they attack my livestock and they're breeding so quickly they're swamping the environment! We can't make a living like this! You've got to give us the funds and manpower to shoot anything that comes within a mile of our property and put an end to these freaks of nature! We must wipe these creatures out now or before you know it all we'll be eating is fish."

  2. "We can't just destroy these creatures!" exclaimed Jean-Paul Silk, owner of Stormravens's biggest safari park. "They may look ugly to you, but I think they're just beautiful. We need to study them and understand them; think of what we could learn! These wonderful beasts may be a little harmful to the environment, but think of the people who will flock to see them! It would be an educational experience! Think of the money!"

  3. "We could always just kill off all the dogs," Stephanie Washington of the "Keep The Species Pure" foundation whispers to you in a conversation. "The meat ball is one of the many things our country is famous for; any perversion of its image reflects upon us all! We can't have their image spoilt by these ugly abominations! Just get the police to go around and kill them all and we can rest easy knowing our countryside is safe!
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Bigtopian Protesters Cry For Full Integration [Nov. 9th, 2006|10:23 am]
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daboss

The Issue


Bigtopian activists have staged a sit-in at the largest primary school in Stormravens bringing education to a halt in a bid for integration and tolerance.

The Debate


  1. "You know... it's not that we don't let them in... it's that they don't apply," murmurs Principal Fleur Love, nervously tugging at his shirt collar. "I mean, yeah, sure, if these Bigtopians lived around here... uh... we'd let them into the school. But... you know... this isn't exactly a Bigtopian community, you know? So... uh... could you please put a stop to these protestors? Oh, and, uh..." Here he leans forward and whispers. "... make sure those creepy Bigtopian protestors don't show up at my school again, okay?"

  2. "The time has come for the dream of equality to be realized!" shouts noted Bigtopian rights activist Peggy Trax, slamming his fist against your desk. "I see Lilliputians, Tasmanians, and Lord knows how many East Lebatuckese keeping my Bigtopian brothers holed away in their prisons of blindness and ethnic apartheid! The time has come for full integration! If these schools are going to keep us out, I say it's time we were bussed in!"

  3. "Well, that's all well and good, but it ain't well and good enough!" screams Tobias Longbottom, leader of Bigtopians Rising Against Totalitarianist Scum, slamming his black-gloved fist against his podium during a recent pep rally. "We ain't just bein' kept out of their schools; we're bein' kept out of their neighborhoods! The oppressive majority fears us, but they can't hold us back any longer! The government needs to integrate the community as a whole by pushing out the majority and making way for a very loud, very angry minority!"
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Scandal Rocks Stormravens's Government! [Nov. 3rd, 2006|05:00 pm]
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daboss

The Issue


A tabloid magazine, The National Incriminator, has revealed the sordid details of an affair between one of your top advisors, Robert Lotsalovin, and his secretary.

The Debate


  1. "They found out I did WHAT?!" Advisor Lotsalovin says in his morning meeting in your office. "This just can't happen! How can government officials do their jobs properly if we have to work under the constant scrutiny of these idiotic supermarket tabloids? I say tabloid newspapers must be banned, and we must not allow newspapers to speak ill of our government officials... for the good of Stormravens, of course..."

  2. "Unbelievable!" says Reverend Roxanne Silk of the local Catholic church. "Our government officials must be held to a higher standard than this! Mr. Lotsalovin must be removed from office and jailed. We cannot allow such disgusting corruption within the halls of justice!"

  3. "Whoa, whoa, hey, now..." argues Senator Klaus Barry. "What happened to Mr. Lotsalovin is no different than affairs that happen all over Stormravens every day! Before you know it, they'll be after YOUR sexual history! I think what we need to do is take the public attention off of it somehow, perhaps by... oh, I don't know... giving them a tax cut! That'll divert their attention from this momentary distraction just long enough for Mr. Lotsalovin's divorce process to end!"
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