Reader’s letter – Finances

There are two kinds of parents in this world; those that guide their children to success by giving them good guidelines and rules to follow without cutting of their air supply and suffocating the life out of their soul, and then there are those parents who have life all figured out, and tell their children exactly how to live and what to do, they give them a plethora of rules that they must follow then wonder why their children are not succeeding.

More than a few rounds ago, I helped to start the movement to include laws in Virtua’s National Law book that covered the Local Government. These laws were meant to help unify and guide the cities of our great nation, without stifling the characters of each city, and without tying the hands of the mayors.

This round I returned to a sad worn out country that is scraping for survival. They have slipped so far from success that they have even considered surrendering their national identity and merging with another nation. This is not the Proud Nation I once knew. If you look at the law book of Virtua you can start to see the problem. I admit that I may have put some of the laws there myself, and even started the ball rolling, but I never meant for it to go this far. In today’s I would not be surprised to find laws limiting the number of shops someone could own, limiting the number of words one uses in a post, that tells the mayor what he has to name his roads, and what color he should paint the FES. There are so many laws, the breath is being squeezed out of Virtua.

A great example of this can be seen in the event of early this round. Moonpoker, a mayor in this country, though abrasive and mischievous at times, yet he has a proven track record of success as a mayor, was run out of town because he didn’t follow the “regulations” setup by the CoF. Let us look at this situation a little:

1. The Mayor manual says the mayor is to have his funds at his disposal… Funds were withheld.

2. The MM states that the mayor has the right to give mass subs, and taxes.

3. The Virtuan Law Book says that the CoF is to set regulation on Financial institutions and games of chance; and, they are to set a budget that tells how the cities will be funded.

4. The CoF has not posted any regulation for financial institutions or games of chance in the DoF. He has not done his job.

5. The CoF not only set a budget plan, but also put regulation on how the money was to be used. This is not what the law state, the laws says he is to tell how the cities will be funded, not how they are to use those funds.

6. By setting these regulation the CoF has violated the MM’s law of allowing the mayor to do with his funds as he pleases.

7. Moonpoker gave mass subs to help his city get going, then the CoF “punished” him (and his city) by withholding future funds because of this. As a result MP had to raise his VAT and tax his citizens to raise funds for exports. (Which he is legally allowed to do)

8. Because of MP’s legal actions that were a result of the CoF’s illegal actions the Council had him fired.

Do we see a problem? I hope it is clear to you now, many of the current council do not have the best interest of Virtua in mind, but only their own interests and designs for Virtua. They don’t care about Virtua and you, all they care about is things being done the way they want it. AND THEY WONDER WHY WE CAN’T BREATH!

I propose to you that we need a legal revolution! By that I mean two things: 1) the revolution must be legal. 2) The revolution is not a revolution of taking over a nation, but of liberating a nation at its foundation, at its roots, at its Law book! I propose that Virtua needs to tell its leaders “ENOUGH”! Enough of your tyrant ways, enough what your stifling “regulations”, enough of YOU! WE want our country back, we want to be proud of being a Virtuan, we want freedom, and not slavery.

Join me in pressuring our government to reform its detrimental ways, and into liberating the people and their cities!

Nater, A Virtuan for Virtua!

Overview week 2

Greetings from your Vice-President of Virtua, Andoversr, here is the news from this week in the Federation and Virtua.

Applause and boos could be heard from the International Court as the Court made a verdict upholding the punishment set forth by the Federal Government that Moonpoker and all his alter ego’s will not have their passive election rights (the right to run for office) for the next 5 rounds. The ruling from the court can be found in the International Court topic 28307: IC115-REG01 – Nighttmear v. Federal Coordinator

The High Council this week also made a some new announcements by naming Mariadoc the chair of the International Court this week in leau of Bleech who was bankrupted by unknown cause, and the High Council announced it will be seeking a new member for the organization as well, interested players can apply under the “”New HC Member”” topic in the High Council.

In Digitalia Naamloze announced the return of the EPISC or El Peso International Shooting Competition, which is a contest of wits and quick clicking to be the first to shoot your opponent in a 1 vs 1 bracketed tournament.

In Council Public President (Brendan) announced a law proposal being considered by the Federal Union to change how the F.U. is structured, instead of 2 represenatives from each country the Federal Union would consist of the the leaders of Cyberia, Digitalia, Ibisha and Virtua, and 4 “”Veterans”” , 1 chosen from each country. As a member of the Federal Union, the author will only say there has been much debate over the new system and at this time it doesnt appear as if a vote may come anytime soon.

Lastly in International news this week the Digitalian Government made an announcement stating that due to country’s high fines due to networth based increases, Digitalia will not open any harbors up, thus denying Cyberia, Ibisha and Virtua its gold and diamond resources, the reaction is Virtua was met with disapproval towards changing our fine system and belief that a closed Digitalia will not affect our economy, traders have been coping by sailing to Ibisha Island were there are plenty of diamonds and some gold for sale.

This round is being rumored as the award round with there now being 3 award clubs available to Virtuans, first there is the Virtua Awards being run and held in club “”The Virtua Awards”” by Vice-President Andoversr, next there is the Miniconomy International Player Awards or MIP Awards being held in the club “”MIP Awards”” and finally the The Hero Awards being run by Advisor to the Council OcMan101 in the club “”The Hero Awards””.

Finally going into local Virtuan news things appeared to have settled down in the mayorship of our cities, last week there was 2 mid-round elections held for the towns of Cashington and Nasdaqar, thankfully no more elections have been needed and the mayors appear to have be settling in nicely to their new jobs.

The Council has been hard at work discussing a multitude of issues this last week, the Priest Degree was decided to kept as-is, Vice-President Andoversr brought forward a change to the FCS system proposing to allow the Vice-President and President as well as a majority vote of the council to be able to access information from the FCS as opposed to just the Consul of Finance and the Courts. Also the statement from Digitalia brought forward a discussion on the fine levels in Virtua, however most discussion has been done in Council Public by concerned Virtuan’s with little discussion so far by the council itself. There was also some minor changes discussed on chapter 3 and 4 of the Virtuan law. In the discussions on Chapter 1 a few notable changes were proposed, President (Brendan) proposed discussion on VL 1.1.3 (Virtuan’s rights for an attourney) wondering if this law was needed, Vice-President Andoversr brought up adding “”Embassy Virtua”” to 1.1.5 (freedom of speech in public clubs) and argued that foriengers should not be applied to the law and should be able to banned or punished accordingly by club administrators.

As quickly as he had vanished, Nater re-appeared in Virtua this week, vowing to catch up the C.R.O and getting himself involved in many of the on-going discussions.

The Mayor of Cashington

Controversy surrounded Cashington early in the round, especially the mayor, MoonPoker.

Even before the round had begun, MoonPoker had angered some citizens of Virtua by deleting the Cashington Hall of Fame topic in the Cashington Town hall. Luckily, White Queen, the mayor of Centropolis, displayed her initiative by taking a log of the topic, and saving the records in the process. More controversy was created by the unusual road placement MoonPoker chose, building a road with multiple harbour lots and only 31 lots long, instead of the usual maximum of  50 for Cashington. At this point, some citizens (even some council members) called for MoonPoker to be fired, despite the fact the round had not even begun!

 

Things quietened down for a few hours after the round had begun, with MoonPoker building parks and preparing for a new road. Some citizens complained about odd exports, but overall, the situation seemed to have been resolved (or wasn’t getting worse at least ;)).

 

Then came the second wave of Controversy. MoonPoker had decided to give out mass subsidies to the citizens of Cashington, which somewhat angered Tortaam, the Consul of Finance, as his budget plan required mayors to have permission from himself before they were to distribute mass subsidies. As a result of this, Tortaam refused to give Cashington extra budget outside of reimbursements for parks, officers and parking lots, until MoonPoker had learnt his lesson.

 

This, in turn, led to MoonPoker raising the VAT in Cashington to 20%, the highest it can possibly be set to, claiming that it was to make sure that Cashington did not go into negative budget. This seemed the final straw to some Council members, who began a vote to have MoonPoker removed from office. In the mean time, MoonPoker had taken the liberty of taxing all of his citizens 20% of their net worth, once again claiming it was to stop the city falling into negative budgets, and causing the remaining uncertain council members to vote him out of office, which was completed moments afterwards.

 

Federal Coordinator then asked for MoonPoker to be placed on the registry for 5 rounds, meaning he would lose his rights to run for any political position in the elections. Nightmear then set up a registry procedure against this in the International Court, which is still ongoing.

 

Back in Cashington, spainman0 had been named the interim mayor of Cashington. He then went on to win the mid-round election that took place, leaving him as the new mayor of Cashington. Luckily, the Federals allowed the VAT to be set back to 5% without having to wait a whole week as per normal.

 

We wish spainman0 and all of the citizens of Cashington the best of luck with the rest of the round, and hope that this bad start doesn’t stop Cashington citizens getting some high rankings!

Overview day 13/21

Hello again, and welcome to the second vNews edition of the round!

 

First of all, we would like to give a warm Congratulations to our new Ibisha and Digitalie correspondant, Tortaam. You will be able to find his first article in this week’s edition.

 

A Federal press conference about the Mystery product was held earlier this week. Although the Federals are still yet to tell the Federation what this product is, they did set a special challenge for the players of the federation:

“If at least one mystery product can be found in every city in the federation, then the product will become worth 80,000ish and everybody will be granted an extra 250ish at the start of next round. If not, every mystery product is worth nothing.

 

Which leads us on to our next story; Virtua’s first Mystery Product was built this week! Ephef announced to the public that he had created one of the mystery products earlier this week. We at vNews would like to congratulate Ephef on building the first one in Virtua, and we hope to see more being built over the next few days.

 

The court saw more than it’s fair share of controversy this week. Multiple issues have been raised about how bias judging, the volume of cases opened, and of course, the infamous deleted verdict in one of the cases, which sparked multiple other cases. It certainly appears that the judges and the Consul of Justice and Safety have their work cut out for them this week.

 

There was also plenty of Virtuan activity in the International Court, which marked the first cases it had handled this round. MoonPoker has opened two PI requests regarding the Virtuan Government and the court, and Andoversr requested a case against the Virtuan lawbook for discriminating against Nasdaqar citizens. This was later corrected to the Virtuan Government to avoid confusion.

 

This week saw the unfortunate demise of Virtua’s own budding criminal, bell 2. bell 2 was shot dead in Digitalie by PHANTOMVIS, after he tried to steal from multiple shops there. bell 2’s demise was ultimately caused by him being jailed, which gave the Digitalians time to gather their weaponry and start shooting. bell 2 was banned from a total of 100 shops , even days after the event, after his crime wave hit Virtuan traders in all three cities.

 

Following the article written by (Brendan) in last week’s edition, a discussion topic was opened up to the public to present their views on the education system we have in place. If you have any views on the matter, please visit the Council Public club and join in the discussion.

 

We have seen plenty of discussion in the FU 2.0 club this week, specifically on the topic of how to make the idea better, after Tresias Aegirsson announced that the idea would be put on hold. The main discussion was about country representation and how the voting would work in different countries, to which a solution has not yet been found.

 

It was proposed to the Federal Union to allow players to commit crimes with more than one account. The idea, put forward by Bleech, noted how you could have multiple accounts performing jobs but not commiting crimes around the federation.

 

This round has seen a surprising lack of foreign shops being set up in Virtua. This is likely due to the protests going on in Ibisha about the fines placed on Ibishan players last round, as Ibishan traders are often the first to set up shop. However, we have also seen a distinct lack of foreign shops from Cyberie and Digitalie since the harbour has opened.

 

Good luck to Virtuan Traders for the final week! Let’s get some good positions on the board!

 

Court Overview

This week saw a very busy court, to say the least. A total of 24 cases were requested this week, leading to two expansions of the court, leaving it only 5squsts away from the maximum size. As well as this, a new judge, (Brendan), was hired after the resignation of Tortaam from the judging panel. It appears the Consul of Justice and Safety, splodge, has his work cut out for him in the coming week to make sure all the verdicts are posted in time.

 

The court also bore some controversy after the verdict for the case against Rokta was deleted and changed. The original verdict had given Rokta a 500ish fine and 10 criminal points. However, this was quickly changed to just a 150ish fine. Another part of this verdict was to have the budget of Nasdaqar slashed by 50% for the next three budget rounds, adding additional woes to the city, which had already been struggling with budgets due to the volume of exports being used by the citizens there.

 

There were also related discussions in the Council Public club about ways in which the court system could be improved, be it via making lawsuits cost money to open, thus avoided frivolous lawsuits, or how to judge whether a judge is biased, and even how judges could be appointed in future.

 

Join the discussion in the Council Public club to have your views heard!

News from Abroad

This article was written and sent to us by Tortaam

 

Digitalie

Digitalie seems to slumber yet again. A large part of the most feared Criminals seem to have forgotten how to respond a threat. Earlier, the Cyberian bandit Siemenrey claimed some kind of superiority, which got himself one of the laziest manhunts Digitalie has ever seen. Rumour has it, that Siemenrey was never seen as a threat in the first place, but more like a puppet of the Cyberian politics. The Digitalian Public Relations officer, COE, made it very clear to the Cyberian Government that the Digitalians are not amused by this puppet show.

 

Cyberian President Ralgon almost got himself marked by claiming he only accepts statements of the Digitalian King, which was responded by a ‘Respect my authority!’ by the Majestic You Know Me. The Cyberian President then cowered behind the good relations between Digitalie and his Cyberie. Yet again, the Cyberians try to solve issues with fairy tales. However, these fairy tales never seem to end well, in this case particularly for Siemenrey. May he rest in pieces.

 

Ibisha

Instead of the usual sounds of protest from the Spanish Colony, the remaining inhabitants of this island now protest in silence. In contrary to their expectations, everybody seems to enjoy the silence. Only a few explosions and gunshots are heard now and then. The currant President, Marcelbuter, claims that this is the work of the terrorist De Nada and his companions. Unfortunately, De Nada was not available for comments, as he seemed to be very busy in the computer room of his house.

 

We would like to thank Tortaam for taking the time to write and send this article to us. Tortaam will join the team soon.

The Value of Education

Note: This Article was written by (Brendan), not me, I just couldn’t figure out how to put his name up there ^ instead of mine 😉

 

The value of education is a subjective matter, one which has been the subject of debate for rounds in Virtua. The opinion of what a degree means in our society, within the Federation differs from person to person. While some think that it is necessary for those competent to hold a degree, others believe it is just a waste of time and only really a novelty.

You may be initially wondering why we have an education system. The education system in Virtua could be viewed as the foundations of our society, it allows us to view who is capable of what duties and possibly how we can compare candidates for certain roles such as politicians. The officer, teacher and lawyer degrees are given by an examination system which shows that a person holding a degree has been tested for it and has shown knowledge related to the degree. The degree should not only show direct knowledge of that subject but it should also show that that citizen holds desirable skills which he can apply to certain situations. For example, a desirable quality in a politician is that he can produce well written, non-conflicting laws. Since knowledge and interpretation of laws is required to be an effective lawyer, the lawyer degree should also reflect such traits.

It is true that the education system does currently provide a barrier between those who are competent and those who are not (yet) competent. Over the past 4 trading-periods, the first-time pass rate in all examinations has been around 75% which does show that the exam system does sometimes work and manages to filter out the best employees. However, the standards of the exams are not checked and therefore are wholly regulated by the Consul of Education system who is subject to change each round. Along with the Consul of Education changing, so does the standard of exams – whether this be for better or worse. The view could be held that exams with no standards are basically pointless and therefore the degree only stands as a novelty, with no true value.

Over the past few trading-periods, the attitude towards degrees and education does seem to have considerably deteriorated. With the introduction of (free) renewals, people don’t really seem to have the desire to retake exams – and this is inevitable. We now have people constantly renewing their degrees who no longer need to be tested. Not only is this dangerous if we consider the fact that if someone was given a degree through an exam of poor standards then they can keep onto the degree, but also people who hold the degree don’t need to be retested on information that has changed. The Federation and law book are constantly evolving and it could be seen as a necessity that citizens need to be retested frequently. On the other hand, one could also say that renewals consequent in a nation full of qualified people who are ready to take jobs that require qualifications. However, the more people with a degree, the more that degree becomes weaker. Especially if a lot of people holding that degree aren’t truly competent and deserving of that degree.

Systems in Virtua have reflected the attitudes towards education in recent times. One can now become a judge of the Virtuan Court without actually holding a lawyer degree. This is quite a modern take on the requirement of a judge in Virtua and although those with the qualification do take priority over those without (as defined in the law book) it is still a huge leap forward (or backwards).

Essentially, this is an hard problem to solve. To increase the value of education we must ensure everyone holding a degree is competent. We could remove all degrees and retest everyone using the an agreed high standard (although this would obviously provoke public backlash). There should really be some form of regulation in exam standards, as in Virtua education standards lie solely in the hands of the (potentially inefficient) Consul of Education who doesn’t really care about anything other than his wage at the end of the week. Things need resolving and we need to promote a more positive mindset towards education and those who are educated. There has been some debate within the Council this round already. If you have a view on the education in Virtua then you can put your view to the Virtuan government by using the Council Public club.

 

This Article was written and sent to us by (Brendan). We at vNews would like to thank him for taking the time out of his day to write an article to such a  high standard 😀

The [?]

During this week, a new mystery product appeared, ready to be created during the round. The product needs 1 skill to master (reduces production from 1ISH to 0.1ISH), and requires the following products to produce:

  • 40 Computers
  • 40 Phones
  • 5 Machines
  • 100 Screwdrivers
  • 100 Glass
  • 40 Cameras
  • 250 Chips
  • 5 Ovens
  • 5 Bombs
  • 50 Pumps
  • 50 Engines

 

As of yet, it is Unknown what function this product holds, though some of the most popular ideas seem to be that it is either a plane or a large bomb of some kind. No Federal insight has been given, although Wouter did say that it looked like “a colourful box with a black question mark on”.

 

Who will be the first to produce this product, and will its function be revealed to them when they do? Will it be worth the monumental (80k +) expense required to make it? Only time will tell.

 

MoonPoker returns!

This week saw the return of MoonPoker, after a few rounds absence.

 

It was thought by many that MoonPoker had originally rage-quitted from Miniconomy after being removed from his post of Consul of Finance after some arguments with local mayors. However, it was revealed that he was already becoming less active in MC, and had left due to other reasons as well.

 

MoonPoker has already applied for multiple legal positions around the federation, and has already contributed some legal intuition to the government, leading to a corrective by-law by the President.

 

Whether MoonPoker is planning to stay with us in the long run, or is just visiting, is unknown, but we’d like to take the opportunity to welcome him back to Virtua, and to the game!

Overview day 6/21

Hello again, and welcome to the first vNews edition of the round!

 

A new round brings us a new Local and National Government. The elected Mayors for this round are:

Cashington – india2020

Nasdaqar – Rokta

Centropolis – This election ended in a tie between Fraakan and White Queen, but Fraakan bowed out of the race, allowing White Queen to take the position. Fraakan has since taken over the role of officer in Centropolis.

 

The Council chosen for this round is:

Consul of Education – (Brendan)

Consul of Justice and Safety – splodge

Consul of Finance – Forsties

 

This week saw the return of MoonPoker! It’s thought that he had visited us several times since his disappearance under a different guise. Having returned, he quickly managed to find a flaw with the second by-law issued by the president, leading to a third by-law to rectify the problem. It is yet unknown whether he is planning to stay here in the long term, but for now he has reactivated his account.

 

Bell also visited us again, this time under the name of bell 2. He quickly gained a reputation for allowing things to go “missing”, which has seen him banned from over 60 shops already, and he may be heading for a record number of times banned.

 

The start of the round saw shortages of many products, including bricks, which led to a slowed first few days. However, multiple traders have stepped forward since then, meaning most of the shortages have been solved.

 

A new product has appeared! It is not yet known what function the mystery item, called “?”, has, but it has been estimated that the item would cost it’s maker roughly 80,000ISH, and requires 117.5 squsts of products to build. As of yet, no federal has commented on it’s function, although Wouter did reveal that it looked like a colourful box.

 

The first harbour auction came to it’s conclusion today. This marks the opening of Virtua to foreign taders, and vice versa. Remember to buy from Virtuan traders to give Virtua as many top25 finishes as possible!

 

Good Luck to the Virtuan Traders this round!