Archive of the 651 Chancellor's Town Hall
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W. Magnus Ward — 01/02/2023 14:13
Regretfully, due to issues around technology, time, and OOC obligations from both candidates, an Audio Debate is not able to be held for this election.
Today will begin our three-day Town Hall Debate between our two major candidates.
We have @Charlotte Groves (Juliette) of the Kodiak Workers Party and @Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) of the National Unity Party running for Chancellor.
Please tag any Questions for the candidate you want to respond.
I ask the candidates to try to keep their responses to 200 words or less. Candidates may respond to refute the answer of another candidate, but only once. The initial candidate may respond one final time if this happens, but I ask candidates to keep comments to the specific question topic - and not to refer to multiple questions at a time. Candidates are free to pass on a question but please explain why (EG: "this question is similar to this other question and I will answer it instead")
I ask the citizens to respect candidates may only be available for a handful of hours over the three days so please be patient while they find time to respond to questions in their free time!
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— 01/02/2023 14:14
Jonn Stevens (DPPK) — 01/02/2023 14:25
I guess I’ll go first for @Charlotte Groves (Juliette) and @Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) as it currently stands i believe theirs a loop hole in our laws to allow for child labor if elected what would be your plan to resolve this ( sorry thought that might be for a specific candidate, that you want to answer not just both)
Mivod Hlaja [KWP] — 01/02/2023 14:27
In a similar vein, I haven't seen anything about a minimum wage in the code.
@Charlotte Groves (Juliette) @Símôn Kalimeno (NUP)
Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) — 01/02/2023 14:34
The Protecting Worker’s Rights Act (641) provides a minimum wage of 15 florins, however, with inflation and other factors, I believe it is safe to assume that that number should be higher. Although I do not have the actual calculations at the moment, but it is certainly something that would be looked at under a NUP government.
Give me one second and I'll get to yours Jonn.
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 01/02/2023 14:45
@Jonn Stevens (DPPK) Kodiak’s labour laws are not comprehensive and quite inadequate, and as Mr Stevens highlighted does allow the potential to abuse child labour. This is a grave oversight carried on from the Interregnum period, and one we have highlighted and targetted to fix with our comprehensive labour and workers’ rights reforms, which we shall be releasing very soon to the public. Regarding child labour, we believe that at a certain age it should be open for young people to opt to find employment for experience, or extra money. We believe that our duty as a government is to protect the rights and childhood of our children and ensure that only children of a certain age can join the workforce (e.g., 14/15+), and not on a full-time basis (traditionally this would be likely casual employment) and only for a certain number of maximum hours on any given day and week. We have to remember that childhood is important, as well as their education. Of course, should a young person decide to complete compulsory education at the earliest opportunity (approximately 16/17) per our education system, then they may then join the workforce full time.
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 01/02/2023 14:46
@Mivod Hlaja [KWP] As before, I will be giving more details about our plans for labour reform soon, for the moment I will apologise for the delay. To address your question, as Simon mentioned there is a minimum wage set but I too also agree that it should be reviewed. Part of our labour reforms will be to address this with the goal of maintaining a national minimum wage that is also a livable wage. Echoing Simon - and I am very glad he agrees here that it is definitely something we as a government must address.
Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) — 01/02/2023 14:51
I apologize @Mivod Hlaja [KWP] I did not notice that the law was never passed. In that case, an NUP government will certainly look at passing a minimum wage in accordance with cost of living, inflation, etc. I have no idea why the resolution did not pass (maybe it could be reproposed or we could try an overhaul of Kodiak labor laws in general). That also goes for @Jonn Stevens (DPPK)'s question; I have searched through many labor laws and have indeed found nothing regarding the banning of child labor. We certainly would be looking at establishing a minimum working age (most likely 14-16, would have to iron out the details). With all of these issues that both of you have pointed out, and like Charlotte said, I believe a deep overhaul of labor laws is both warranted and would be proposed during an NUP administration.
W. Magnus Ward — 01/02/2023 18:56
@Símôn Kalimeno (NUP)
The NUP and KWP have in the past been mostly in agreement in pursuing an interventionist economic policy (such as working together to nationalist Railways, Energy, Municipal Water) however for this campaign, the NUP has sought to differentiate itself (according to your policy pamphlet) by supporting more free-market solutions exemplified by the recent tax deduction legislation. Will the NUP continue to support the legislation it passed previously or should we expect our national industries to be sold off to private investors? If not, why prosecute a new policy direction at all?
@Charlotte Groves (Juliette)
Related - if the NUP backtracks on its free-market rhetoric, will the KWP work with the NUP to nationalise more industries, such as developing a national broadcaster or national telecommunications company? If the NUP abandons interventionism, how important is it to a Groves government that more essential utilities are under public control? Will it work to go over the NUP's head or will it find new priorities other than public utilities?
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 01/02/2023 21:01
@W. Magnus Ward Thank you for your question. I am happy to clarify if needed.
The KWP are committed to collaborating with other parties, my government will not be shut to other opinions. If the NUP is onboard, then we will welcome them, if they are not then we will continue to collaborate with others. Our independents and smaller parties deserve a say.
I believe that nationalisation should be done if after careful consideration it is beneficial to Kodiak and the people. Kodiak has a history of successful bipartisan nationalisation that has benefited the people greatly - as you have listed! As a government, our focus will always be on what serves the people best now, and in the future. A national telecommunications company for instance focusing on service to the people, especially due to the critical infrastructure that it represents is an example of a nationalised company with great potential to deliver excellent services for the people, with profits invested back into these services, and would secure critical infrastructure for national security. The KWP are not interventionist for the sake of it, we believe that measured, practical intervention is the way forward to build a better economic future for Kodiak.
John Edwards [KWP] — 01/02/2023 23:22
@Símôn Kalimeno (NUP), I noted increased police funding in your policy document. Funding has been increased before to tackle militias and anti terrorism, most notably during the 645 election with little notable effect over the last 6 years. What do you intend to do differently with police funding to ensure a different result?
The Republican — 01/02/2023 23:44
Hello, this is Kyle Worth with the Republican. We're here at the Graz Old-City Market Hall where the Candidates Charlotte Groves of the Workers Party and Simon Kalimeno of the National Party are answering open questions from members of the public. The Republican has made efforts to invite a smattering of undecided voters, but it is known that at least some of the questions being asked are being fed to citizens from the offices of Assembly Members of all political positions from Rykkburgh. So far it has been a tame affair with answers being directed to party policy and very little mention of the opposing party. At one point the candidates were confused about a law that hadn't actually been passed, but we are led to understand both had been given incorrect information from the KBC moderator of the debate. Some wonder if this wasn't some sort of punishment for both candidates pulling out last minute from a televised debate sponsored by the KBC but those rumours are currently unable to be verified.
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— 01/02/2023 23:45
Immanuel von Zeppelin — 02/02/2023 00:07
Greeting, @Charlotte Groves (Juliette) . I have some questions for you that I hope to get an answer to. I will ask questions in order.
First of all, I have familiarized myself with Your election program. And it raised some questions. For example, You represent the left movement in Kodiak, and the left, as far as I know, tends to try to create a manageable economic structure. But your measures end in the legal field. Are you planning to build an integral economic system regulated by the state? Against the background of the inefficiency of our existing market model and the fantastic unemployment of 30%, I think we should pay more attention to the recovery of the economy.
Klaus Mikaelson — 02/02/2023 00:49
@Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) your platform has discussed military funding, police funding and security for the nation. Seeing as you served in the cabinet this term in a position that would normally address some of these issues, could you tell us in detail what you did this past term as a cabinet minister, as well as what legislation you proposed as a minister to address some of these issues that your campaign is stressing?
Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) — 02/02/2023 01:56
The NUP is not entirely moving towards free market policy; at the moment, our primary economic concern is supporting our small businesses with measures such as tax cuts, subsidies, grants, etc., especially in areas that have been hit hard by economic downturn and the recent war with TGN. We plan to uphold any previously passed interventionist policy and most likely will continue to pass such legislation when it comes to larger corporations. We also plan to keep working with the KWP to pass such policy, and I am looking forward to cooperation in such legislation in the future, both under an NUP government and not.
Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) — 02/02/2023 11:42
The increased budget we speak of is more intended to go to local police departments (counter terrorism is already very well funded, I’m examining possible changes in doctrine to increase its effectiveness). These local departments are the most needing of funds in my opinion, as many cannot afford gear that can make or break violent situations, especially the riots which have plagued our nation for decades. A lot of this budget will most likely to be put into the riot control act which will hopefully be passed in the next chancellors term. However, most of it will just be put into making the thin blue line thicker. We want to hire more officers to put into all areas of law enforcement in order to quell riots, simple crime, and terrorism alike. An increase in manpower will be required in the change of police doctrine the NUP is planning to make.
W. Magnus Ward — 02/02/2023 22:09
Reminder for @Assembly Members this thread only has approx a day and a half remaining.
Klaus Mikaelson — 03/02/2023 00:31
@Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) could you please answer my above question?
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 03/02/2023 00:51
Thank you, excellent question. To say the least, the economy is in shambles and has faltered in the last decade. I will try to briefly summarise our thoughts, as this is a difficult question to answer quickly.
We believe it is time to stop making small adjustments. We cannot rely on the free market to save the economy, and we must undergo an unprecedented government intervention/investment into our economy that will benefit Kodiak’s long-term future.
Some quick examples, for instance, this investment would cover businesses with grants, subsidies to encourage growth, and job creation especially aimed at businesses that already struggle or need the kickstart to grow in this climate. Additionally, grants for innovation and start-ups create the conditions for new growth. Local industries and our natural resources will also require investment, or if necessary government regulation and co-ownership to ensure survival and success.
The key goal of our economic policy is to stimulate the economy so that it can grow faster, jobs can be created and supported, and the flow of florins increase. Combined with social policies, which the KWP have a history of introducing, our people have a safety net and necessary economic growth and jobs.
Immanuel von Zeppelin — 03/02/2023 00:57
I am quite satisfied with such a detailed and accurate answer, and especially in the program published in the lobby. I wish you good luck in the elections.
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 03/02/2023 00:58
Thank you for your compliments, if you have any other questions in the future feel free to reach out, even after the Town Hall concludes!
Joshua Lopez - Slatium — 03/02/2023 05:25
Question to both candidates, do you have any plans on scientifically advancing our country? If yes, would you focus on scientific advancement of the military or day to day equipment for our citizens or somrthing else?
Luik Oule - Kallamaya [KWP] — 03/02/2023 08:56
@Charlotte Groves (Juliette) @Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) While there are more pressing issues than the environment at the moment, it is quickly becoming an emergency. As Kodiak develops, what plans do either of you have to handle the increase of emissions that come with economic growth?
Erich Crysler -- Alsozar [UKN] — 03/02/2023 11:09
@Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) @Charlotte Groves (Juliette) With regard to the recent war with TGN, how do you plan on preparing for a possible future invasion?
Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) — 03/02/2023 11:57
Apologies, will get to it momentarily.
Immanuel von Zeppelin — 03/02/2023 19:25
Do I understand the economic recovery plan correctly: investments in the extraction of raw materials -> income generation -> investments in high-tech industries?
If so, I would add at the end a reorientation of resource exports to the domestic market in order to build at least partially an independent economy. Otherwise, we will turn into either a periphery or an imperialist center, which cannot be allowed. In addition, in the end it will be necessary to increase taxes for enterprises in order not to give industrialists a lot of economic power.
And could you invest primarily in resource extraction in Western Kavergraith?
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 03/02/2023 22:43
Thanks for the question, Mr Oule! The environment and the wonders of our natural world are in fact something I am very passionate about - if you’ll allow me to be a little bit of a hippy!
One of the areas that we want to diversify away from is Kodiak’s major dependency on traditional coal, gas, and oil energy sources. Part of that strategy is first to invest and subsidise the creation of renewable energy sources, and research - particularly in conjunction with our national energy and utilities. Our investment will boost renewable energies, as well as nuclear energy for emissions-free generation, which will go a long way towards paving a long-term future for a greener Kodiak, lowering emissions as we invest and transition more towards cleaner energy sources. At the same time, this will ensure our energy security and reduce dependency on foreign sources of energy, and it is a great growth opportunity economically to further diversify our energy sectors within Kodiak. This endeavor may not be complete in the next 3 years, but I envision a future where Kodiak is the premier nation for mature and technologically advanced renewables.
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 03/02/2023 22:57
Great question Mr Lopez! I believe that investment in research is an important part of national and economic growth for the future. Scientific advancement is on my mind, and there are various places where this comes to light.
For instance investment into renewable technology, as well as our approach for innovation grants which may be given to organisations, and businesses with innovative ideas which includes R&D and developing research into practical advancements. Part of our defence strategy will be the technological improvement of our defence force which also necessitates a growth in domestic capability to research, develop, and manufacture new technologies - either through direct military applications, or other technological advancements that happen to also benefit the military.
Scientific advancement in Kodiak must encompass multiple sectors. I have great interest in also improving funding for scientific research directly - we have started this already with our higher education reforms - universities are important for research for a nation. The next natural step would be to not only use grants but looking into specific tenders for research, as well as improved funding for our scientific agencies. Of course, more doors open as we rebuild our economic strength.
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 03/02/2023 23:09
A valid question Erich considering it was only recently that we were at war. I believe that on top of improving our equipment in the defence force across all branches, we must learn from some tough lessons.
One of our major issues was that we were ill-prepared to rapidly maneuvre to defend our territory. We will be taking advice specifically from the military to improve key defensive emplacements and establish new army and air bases to allow for more rapid movement of personnel and equipment and shorten reinforcing times - last time we had to move entire formations from across the country to reinforce The Darrent.
Additionally, our own logistics did not appear adequate to keep up with the fight. We need to invest and build key infrastructure for the quick movement of troops and logistics. Secondly, we need to recognise that our domestic industry is not strong enough to fully equip our troops properly, let alone handle logistical demands - this must be improved. We could not rely on foreign powers to supply us last time, we must ensure that if there is a next time we can do better from within as well.
OOC: I don't know much military speak so forgive me on that part ;)
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 03/02/2023 23:37
Hello again! Mineral/resources investment is only a portion of it, but yes it does have a role to play in bolstering our economy, income, jobs, and can pass benefits to other parts of Kodiak.
You are right that we must not be dependent on specific industries to grow our economy. I agree completely. Our economic plan looks to stimulate across a wide range of sectors in order to grow a healthy economy that can be self-reliant and not completely reliant on singular tides of trade or market conditions. In terms of increasing enterprise taxation, that I suspect will depend on the next government who will no doubt reap the benefits of our investment now, due to economic conditions we are forced to focus on stimulating growth.
With respect to resources, there are a number of regions that could benefit, such as your suggestion. The Darrent, for example, is extremely rich in mineral resources. We are also in a position where those resources also make up a key part of the peace treaty with TGN.
This is going to be a hard road that will take time to bear fruit, but we have to do this now.
Immanuel von Zeppelin — 04/02/2023 00:00
Now I have no questions about Your political program. Thank You and I hope that You will win the election.
Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) — 04/02/2023 12:03
OOC: I’m really sorry for my lack of question answering here. Time constraints and lack of energy are a helluva issue rn. I will try and get everyone’s questions answered by the time voting begins.
W. Magnus Ward — 04/02/2023 12:04
OOC if you had someone else write an answer and copy pasted it here - we would never know~~
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 03:29
Lack of time and energy when trying to get elected to office as the head of government? If anyone was still on the fence that should be all the reason they need to not for you.
Aaron Tonnesen - New Asden — 05/02/2023 03:31
I believe that it was noted that this was a rather busy time, for people's social life and school life. Not everyone here is out of high school and college 😉
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 03:32
If someone is that busy, the responsible thing would be to not run for high office.
John Edwards [KWP] — 05/02/2023 03:32
Let's stick to the questions asked.
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 03:33
I’d love to if they ever get answered
Aaron Tonnesen - New Asden — 05/02/2023 03:34
Whatever Klaus, but I agree with John, let's stick to asking the candidates questions
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 03:35
Aaron Tonnesen - New Asden — 05/02/2023 03:35
Thanks. did it for you ;)
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 03:36
should I wait to ask more questions until the ones already get asked. It’s been a few days, but what’s a few days more at this point, right?
Aaron Tonnesen - New Asden — 05/02/2023 03:37
Ask away Klaus. Don't know if you intentionally skipped over it, but Simon said he would get to them before the election. Your answers should be coming soon
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 03:38
I did see that, but I’m not holding my breath because two days ago he said he would answer my question “momentarily” and I’m still waiting, so…
@Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) some questions.
1. How can you expect voters to believe you’ll have the time to run the government if you don’t have time for a debate?
2. If you are too busy elsewhere to participate, which happens and there’s no shame in it, but if so, then, why run for office now? Especially if there are others who can dedicate the time at present.
Aaron Tonnesen - New Asden — 05/02/2023 03:40
This channel is not for personal questions, nor personal attacks.
To my understanding, it is for questions concerning policy position and future outlooks
Charlotte Groves (Juliette) — 05/02/2023 03:43
Hey all, going to step in as the moderator is likely asleep. But please observe what the moderator has said: I ask the citizens to respect candidates may only be available for a handful of hours over the three days so please be patient while they find time to respond to questions in their free time!
And yes this should be kept to IC questions. I would appreciate it that if any more non-debate/town hall stuff be moved elsewhere.
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 04:12
My above questions are completely legitimate election questions
Símôn Kalimeno (NUP) — 05/02/2023 08:08
I can never promise that I will have enough time to keep up with Kodiak; I fully understand not voting for me because of that. I can only promise that I will try to keep up, try to make time. That is the best I can do.
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 08:20
You’ve ignored the second question as well as the question from 3 or 4 days ago
Aaron Tonnesen - New Asden — 05/02/2023 08:22
No need to be redundant.
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 09:09
If you’re going to keep complaining that this space is for the debate only, you’re going to have to stop interjecting your pointless comments while I’m trying to get your candidate to, you know, participate.
Aaron Tonnesen - New Asden — 05/02/2023 09:14
Can this conversation stop? You’ve been on NUP’s arses all day, especially me. I’m just trying to defend a candidate from personal attacks. Your comments and nags are just as pointless as mine. So stop. Please.
W. Magnus Ward — 05/02/2023 09:28
For what its worth, I think Simon shows he is active plenty enough to be Chancellor.
Campaign season is a tight-time for lots of things going on. Much more so than during term Its going to be that sometimes people can't keep up over the campaign period.
Klaus Mikaelson — 05/02/2023 10:15
I’m not making any personal attacks, and if they read as such they aren’t intended to be. I’m asking what I believe to be very legitimate questions, and that I have to “nag” for an answer should be concerning
W. Magnus Ward — 06/02/2023 10:33
The debate is shuttered. I will leave it here for members to read over the election period
It will be archived at the end of the polling