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PA Model UN- Signups (Currently 86 Members)

GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, ProbablyWatertown, WIRegistered User regular
edited September 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
Okay, this is going to be an experimental thing. Let's try and do this with some sort of intelligence.
It came up in the American politics thread (that's what it is) that An Angel would want to see what a Model UN thread would look like.

I happened to be in the thread. My brain got into thinking of doing it, I was encouraged by several people to go ahead and do it.

So here we stand. A Model UN thread. Or, really, two threads. First this sign-up thread and then the actual Model UN. This thread will double as a sign-up and a gauge to see if we can make this work. After a sufficient number of people sign-up here (or sign-ups dry up, whichever happens last), we'll start the actual Model UN. Sign-ups will, however, be continuous, so as to remove people who no longer wish to participate and add people who do.

Sign-ups and rules of conduct will be as follows:

*Any UN member nation is eligible for selection. For laughs, let's also tack on the Vatican, Palestine, Cook Islands, Niue, Taiwan and Western Sahara if that's what you want to do. (None are official members, but have varied amounts of recognition or lack of same.)
*ONLY those regions are playable. Maybe you can get me to let you use Greenland or Antarctica or something like that, but you positively, absolutely MUST pick a real-world location that has a real live case to be playable as a stand-alone nation. There will be no Yuggoth Nation, there will be no Genovia, there will be no Latveria or Freedonia or Robonia or anything like that. I will not process it, I will not acknowledge resolutions presented by it, I will not count its votes, nothing. You can either choose a real place, or you can not play.
*Countries are first come first served. One person to a country, one country to a person.
*The only deviation from that will be for natives of a particular country. If you have selected a country in which you do not live, and a native comes along and wants it, you have to step aside and pick something else. (For example, I'm American. If I want Australia and I'm first, that's fine, but if The Cat, an actual Australian, comes along later and wants it, I would have to hand it over to her and switch to another country.)
*IF YOU ARE A NATIVE AND WANT YOUR OWN COUNTRY, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SAY SO. (You are encouraged to take your own country if it's available to you, on the theory that you likely know your own country better than any non-native.)
*Obviously, if you pick a country, try and act as a native of that country. (If you ARE a native, well, there you go. Know something about your own country and otherwise be yourself. This is where the 'encouraged to be a native' thing comes in; it'll be a lot easier on you.)
*For now, we'll just start with the majority-rules General Assembly. Later on if we get enough people, we may expand into a Security Council (the composition of which can be discussed in and of itself). That will be our starting scenario; we can pretty much hop right into issues.
*To begin, standard D&D rules apply. That will serve as our starting Model UN Charter. If you wish to add or change a rule, propose it, debate it and vote on it.
*Topics to be discussed will be a mix of serious and less-than-serious. This is the board that named its national pasttime after a penis, after all.
*Remember you don't have to be really truly active in every resolution. You may not realize it, but the real guys aren't either. In the UN or Congress. Take my Congressman, Tom Petri. I'm a C-SPAN junkie and I've never seen him speak on the floor once.
*Even if all you want to do is rent a country- hop in, use it for one debate and hop out- I'm fine with that. I'm also fine with nation switching if you no longer want your nation but see another one available.

Since I started this thing, I get to be Secretary General. (It's the only chance anyone from America is ever getting the position in a million billion years.) My role will basically be similar to that of a Phalla host. I reserve the right to engage in debate with delegates, come up with rules on the spot to handle any situations that currently have none, and other duties as self-assigned.

Oh, yes, and the UN may have six official languages, but as in the rest of Penny Arcade, here English is king.

RESOURCES FOR YOU:
http://www.unausa.org/site/pp.asp?c=...MPJpF&b=482843
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

WHEN WE GET STARTED:
Grab your corresponding flag and stick it somewhere so people can tell who's who. I favor this place due to 3D animation and variable sizes. Medium and small will fit sig requirements for these boards.

ROSTER:
Secretary General- mtvcdm, United States

DELEGATES (natives in bold):
Abkhazia- Pharezon
Afghanistan- Andrew_Jay
Argentina- RocketSauce
Armenia- El Skid
Australia- Monkeyfeet
Austria- Octoparrot
Azerbaijan- Malkor
Bahrain- The Lord Of Hats
Bangladesh- Space Coyote
Bhutan- Litejedi
Canada- James
China- Fencingsax
Colombia- Reckless
Cote D'Ivoire- Sam
Cuba- MagicPrime
Czech Republic- Cheezy
Denmark- NATIK
Dominica- Ham
Dominican Republic- LightsOut
DR Congo- FarseerBaradas
Ecuador- Geod
Egypt- DasUberEdward
Estonia- Doxa
Fiji- Midshipman
France- Nocturne
Georgia- TheLawinator
Germany- Astraphobia
Greece- Premier kakos
Iceland- Marauder
India- Harrier
Indonesia- Dis'
Iraq- MrMonroe
Ireland- Hachface
Israel- Organichu
Italy- MadnessBA
Japan- I Am Not A Bear
Jordan- tuxkamen
Kazakhstan- Epiphany
Kuwait- Casper
Latvia- thanimations
Lebanon- Lady Eri
Libya- DarkCrawler
Liechtenstein- Kagera
Lithuania- Kaito
Luxembourg- Loren Michael
Madagascar- SageinaRage
Mexico- LightRider
Micronesia- Twinkie
Mongolia- Mazzyx
Myanmar- Cauld
Netherlands- suttbecks
New Zealand- The Raging Platypus
Nigeria- Plutocracy
North Korea- Picardathon
Norway- defrag
Pakistan- Smug Duckling
Palestine- Chake99
Peru- Ergandar
Philippines- Evigilant
Poland- RonaldoTheGypsy
Qatar- Hedgethorn
Russia- Sal
San Marino- Spielberg
Sierra Leone- precisionk
Singapore- saggio
Somalia- Kosenjou
South Africa- Elki
Spain- nuclearalchemist
Sweden- Musiqua
Switzerland- Hacksaw
Syria- JohnProctor
Taiwan- dlinfiniti
Thailand- Yotes
Trinidad and Tobago- mxmarks
Turkey- Basar
Tuvalu- ulanshad
Ukraine- Blue Team
United Arab Emirates- kuhlmeye
United Kingdom- trevellian
United States- visiblehowl
Uruguay- Kris_xK
Vanuatu- Jragghen
Vatican City- enderwiggin
Venezuela- Lawndart
Vietnam- Corbius
Yemen- Dayvan Cowboy
Zimbabwe- Liberal Crab

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Picardathon - North Korea

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Bold first move from Picardathon.

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Just to make things interesting, Fencingsax- China

    Also, I am the attorney general.

    Also, when it says "act as a native", how stereotypically offensive am I allowed to go?

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    AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Alecthar - Russian Federation

    Power 5 baby!

    Should we reserve questions on the structure of debate till later?

    Edit: Fire and Damnation! A pox on your house Fencingsax!

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Fine, if you're going to play that way, I'm the high premier! I was also born under a triple rainbow on the highest mountain in the world with birds singing!
    (this is going to be so much fun!)

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    Just to make things interesting, Fencingsax- China

    Also, I am the attorney general.

    Also, when it says "act as a native", how stereotypically offensive am I allowed to go?
    I mean try and argue their policy positions is all.

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    Just to make things interesting, Fencingsax- China

    Also, I am the attorney general.

    Also, when it says "act as a native", how stereotypically offensive am I allowed to go?
    I mean try and argue their policy positions is all.
    Oh. OK. Never mind.

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    ElkiElki get busy Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited July 2008
    Russia will break you!

    I mean, we love peaceful cooperation with our pathetic neighbors.

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    ElkiElki get busy Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited July 2008
    Fuck.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    So, how does this work exactly? What does one do as/with a model UN?

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Ha ha.

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    moniker wrote: »
    So, how does this work exactly? What does one do as/with a model UN?
    A Primer For You

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    AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    France or Britain, or US, Elki. Go for one of the 5 permanent Security Council nations. If we ever move into a separate security council, we'll get to fuck shit up.

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Fine, if you're going to play that way, I'm the high premier! I was also born under a triple rainbow on the highest mountain in the world with birds singing!
    (this is going to be so much fun!)
    Yeah, well I was on the world's largest lake, with a oroborous rainbow and an eclipse, and every animal in a 10 mile radius praised my name!

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Alecthar wrote: »
    France or Britain, or US, Elki. Go for one of the 5 permanent Security Council nations. If we ever move into a separate security council, we'll get to fuck shit up.
    On a serious note, I don't think the security council should necessarily reflect the one in real life.

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

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    ElkiElki get busy Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited July 2008
    South Africa.

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    Fine, if you're going to play that way, I'm the high premier! I was also born under a triple rainbow on the highest mountain in the world with birds singing!
    (this is going to be so much fun!)
    Yeah, well I was on the world's largest lake, with a oroborous rainbow and an eclipse, and every animal in a 10 mile radius praised my name!

    You think I'm joking, but everyone in North Korea thinks that Kim Jong Il was born that way. You know, because he was.
    Kim Jong Il has also written seven operas. He'll have his eighth done by friday. It will be so great that Jesus will return to his rightful place as second in command of the eternal army of Kim Jong Il's perfect socialist paradise.

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    JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    As a Canadian, I want to be Canada.

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

    The SC should be North Korea, Zimbabwe, Sudan, the DRC, and a country that is made up of all the Native American tribes.

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I just added 'United States' to my own listing, that does not mean the US is taken.

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

    The SC should be North Korea, Zimbabwe, Sudan, the DRC, and a country that is made up of all the Native American tribes.
    Oh yes, effective and humane.

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    AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

    What I'm getting here is less "Model UN" and more "D&D debate foreign policy badly while 'acting in character' as foreign nations."

    And to be frank, any permanent section of the Security council should include the US, Russia, and China. After that you can be more flexible and realistic (Germany, for example, should be permanent before France or Britain are even considered).

    Also, on that Wiki, they list The Hague International MUN. I've been to that conference three times. It's awesome.

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    deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

    The SC should be North Korea, Zimbabwe, Sudan, the DRC, and a country that is made up of all the Native American tribes.
    No way. Israel has to be on there.

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Alecthar wrote: »
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

    What I'm getting here is less "Model UN" and more "D&D debate foreign policy badly while 'acting in character' as foreign nations."

    And to be frank, any permanent section of the Security council should include the US, Russia, and China. After that you can be more flexible and realistic (Germany, for example, should be permanent before France or Britain are even considered).

    Also, on that Wiki, they list The Hague International MUN. I've been to that conference three times. It's awesome.
    I don't even know if we'll have enough to run a General Assembly yet. We'll worry about the Security Council when and if we get enough people for it. If we want to do it the same as the real one, propose it and vote on it.

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

    The SC should be North Korea, Zimbabwe, Sudan, the DRC, and a country that is made up of all the Native American tribes.
    No way. Israel has to be on there.

    Fine, stick it in instead of the made up country.
    NK, Zimbabwe, Sudan, the DRC, and Israel.
    ....
    That list almost seems like it would be in as much gridlock as the regular Security Council.

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    deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Actually, speaking of Israel, someone should go find Evander and make him be Israel for this.

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    KilroyKilroy timaeusTestified Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Kilroy - Jamaica

    Yes, I won't be around much for the next three weeks, but when was the last time Jamaica made an important point at the U.N.?

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Fuck, the two countries I know most about are taken.

    I'm totally stealing the Iran idea, then.

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    AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Alecthar wrote: »
    mtvcdm wrote: »
    Ah, but who says that the same five nations will get to be Security Council heads here? Who says the D&D Security Council will even look the same in function as the real one?

    What I'm getting here is less "Model UN" and more "D&D debate foreign policy badly while 'acting in character' as foreign nations."

    And to be frank, any permanent section of the Security council should include the US, Russia, and China. After that you can be more flexible and realistic (Germany, for example, should be permanent before France or Britain are even considered).

    Also, on that Wiki, they list The Hague International MUN. I've been to that conference three times. It's awesome.
    I don't even know if we'll have enough to run a General Assembly yet. We'll worry about the Security Council when and if we get enough people for it. If we want to do it the same as the real one, propose it and vote on it.

    What format should our proposals take? Resolutions? Who gets a vote? Do NGOs and UNOs get votes? What's the structure of debate? The MUN conferences I attended in high school all utilized parliamentary procedure, as the UN does, and that seems ill-suited to an internet forum. Given this, how is order to be preserved, redundancy avoided, and a subject to be adhered to without derailment?

    Also, notice I said that "if" the Security Council forms, I already hedged bets for you.

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Oh shit, I'm taking the United States.

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    NocturneNocturne Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Nocturne - France.

    God, it'll kind of be a bitch to try and be relevant to anything though.

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Oh shit, I'm taking the United States.
    You're a native? May want to say so because there are plenty of natives about.

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    MusiquaMusiqua Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I'll take Sweden, as a native. Someone will have to boring and neutral in this. Might as well be me.

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    AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Nocturne wrote: »
    Nocturne - France.

    God, it'll kind of be a bitch to try and be relevant to anything though.

    That's the great thing about being French, even when they're irrelevant (which is always), they still stick their noses in it.

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Yes, I am a native.

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Can I hire some advisors?

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Sure, if you want to.

    (Never mind the unintentional quote there. You never saw it.)

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    Hi I'm Vee!Hi I'm Vee! Formerly VH; She/Her; Is an E X P E R I E N C E Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Alright, I need to find a Conservative advisor and a Liberal advisor.

    And a Libertarian advisor for the three of us to make fun of.

    Edit: I choose ElJeffe and Thanatos for my advisors!

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    JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Musiqua wrote: »
    I'll take Sweden, as a native. Someone will have to boring and neutral in this. Might as well be me.

    Ahem.

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