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The Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, or ATARA is an economic cooperative which seeks to promote mutual growth and cooperation among nations in the named continents. The following charter has been co-authored by @Iverica and @Andalla with significant contributions from Variota, Prymont, and Girkmand.

This Thread shall serve as the nascent ATARA's discussion page for her charter. Concerns among members intent on joining are to be discussed here or on Discord. Please note that further procedure such as expanding ATARA, leaving ATARA, or voting shall be discussed in a separate "Procedural Addendum". Currently, members vetted for joining the organization are: @Andalla, @The Eurofuhrer@Girkmand, @Iverica @Prymont, @Sunset Sea Islands@Variota, and with the observer state: @Derthalen. If I've forgotten some tags please let me know via Discord or PM. 

Concerned members, please be reasonable when giving your suggestions and inputs about the charter. Extreme edits and existential arguments are to be avoided as much as possible.


MINDFUL of the existence of mutual interests and common problems among the respective nations in Argis, Thalassa and Alharu, driven by the growing desire for more mutual cooperation;

DESIRING to work together towards a common goal in the spirit of unity and equality thereby promoting peace and prosperity within the region;

CONSCIOUS that in an increasingly interdependent world, the cherished ideals of peace, freedom and well-being are best achieved when nations work together for mutual cooperation;

CONSIDERING that the respective nations of Argis, Thalassa and Alharu depend on mutually shared bodies of water and landmasses as a source of livelihood and trade, and therefore hold the responsibility to oversee the progress of economic and social stability within the region;

DO HEREBY DECLARE:

FIRST, the establishment of an association affirming the aforementioned principles, to be known as the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA).

SECOND, that the mutual goals of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association shall be:

1.  To encourage joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and unity in order to strengthen relations and partnership between members.

2.  To create a peaceful, prosperous and united community among members.

3.  To provide aid to any member that has fallen victim to disaster, whether natural or man-made.

a. Under this section, the association shall define “aid” as the act of donating resources including but not limited to medical assistance, medical supplies, monetary funds, relief victuals, manpower, and related items or efforts.

b. Under this section, the association shall neither penalize nor denounce member states who are, by the incidence of internal affairs, unable to participate in such above-defined “aid” efforts.

4.  To recognize, and support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all member states.

a. Under this section, the association shall define “support” as a non-violent and diplomatic action in response to the breach of a member state’s sovereignty or territorial integrity.

b. Under this section, the association shall neither penalize, nor denounce member states who are unable to, or for whatever reason, choose to abstain from participating in such above-defined “support” efforts.

5.  To promote stronger cooperation on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields.

6.  To provide a platform for advancement and development between member states on equal and fair terms.

THIRD, that to carry out the aforementioned goals, the following machinery shall be established:

1.  An annual meeting of delegates or heads of government, whose venue shall, by default, be located at the elected headquarters. Special meetings may be convened as required if decided by the Regional Committee.

2.  A board of reviews and electors known as the ATARA Panel.

3.  A standing committee, under the chairmanship of the elected delegate or his representative, having as its members the delegates, Foreign Ministers or representatives of the other member countries, to carry on the work of the Association in between assemblies.

4.  Ad-hoc or permanent committees of professionals, specialists and officials on specific fields, subjects or common issues.

5.  A National Secretariat in each member state to carry out the aforementioned goals and principles in the said nation on behalf of the Association, and to service the Association’s meetings should they be located in the said nation.

FOURTH, that the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association is open to all peace-loving states in Argis, Thalassa and Alharu who wish to follow the aforementioned goals and ideals.

FIFTH, that the establishment of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association represents the collective will of its member states to bind themselves together in friendship and unity and, through joint efforts and sacrifices, secure for their peoples the blessing of peace, freedom and prosperity.

DONE in [to be decided]


 

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Some suggestions:

1 hour ago, Iverica said:

MINDFUL of the existence of mutual interests and common problems among the respective nations in Argis, Thalassa and Alharu and driven by the growing desire among these nations for more mutual cooperation

^Pretty much just adding some filler.

1 hour ago, Iverica said:

DESIRING to work together towards a common goal in the spirit of unity and equality thereby promoting peace, prosperity and freedom within the region

^This one is more because we'd otherwise be referring to unity twice, as being in our spirit and promoting it through that spirit. Freedom could also, for example, be replaced by cooperation.

1 hour ago, Iverica said:

6.  To provide a platform for equal advancement and development between member states.

^Maybe change this to '6. To provide a platform for advancement and development between member states on equal and fair terms'? Either way works, to be honest.

1 hour ago, Iverica said:

1.  An annual meeting of heads of government, whose location shall rotate between member states. Special meetings may be convened as required if decided by the Regional Committee.

^Weren't we planning on having an headquarters? Might be best to keep the annual meeting at said headquarters, as it'll lower costs and logistic difficulties IC'ly. Maybe do smaller meetings, among ministers or such, on a rotating schedule. This would also require a rewrite of point 3, but that could be easily changed with elections once in [select a time frame]. I like the set headquarters idea IC'ly but the rotating location has my preference OOC'ly, if only to watch the various cultures and nations and how they set up and organize the meeting.

 

Other than that, it's good as it is. I mean, if it comes down to it, same with the PA, we can always add something when we come across it.

 

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@Variota's first three points have been added directly since they were just minor changes with the language of the charter.

Below is the proposed edit for the THIRD Declaration. Changes to the original above are in Italics.

THIRD, that to carry out the aforementioned goals, the following machinery shall be established:

1.  An annual meeting of heads of government, hosted by default at an established Association headquarters. Special meetings may be convened at a location and justification decided upon by the Regional Committee.

2.  A board of [regional committee], adjudicated by an elected Chairperson.

3.  A standing committee, under the adjudication of an elected Chairperson or his representative, having as its members the Foreign Ministers or representatives of the other member countries, to carry on the work of the Association in between Meetings of Foreign Ministers.

4.  Ad-hoc or permanent committees of professionals, specialists and officials on specific fields, subjects or common issues.

5.  A National Secretariat in each member state to carry out the aforementioned goals and principles in the said nation on behalf of the Association, and to service the Association’s meetings should they be located in the said nation.

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Where can I join? ^^ I see that I have been flagged as an observer state, but this seems right up my alley. I have been AFK for the past few days, but as a major power in that region (and the largest power in Thalassa, if I may proclaim myself as that), I am very interested in promoting common ideas.

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We are pleased to announce that a unanimous decision confirms the potential member state status of @Sunset Sea Islands, @The Eurofuhrer. Welcome!

As such, your membership shall be confirmed once the signing ceremony is completed. Until then, feel free to contribute or if you don't the like the way it is looking, there shall be no repercussions for backing out.

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

TO ALL POTENTIAL ATARA MEMBERS AND OBSERVERS:

@Andalla @Variota @Prymont @Girkmand  @Sunset Sea Islands @Fleur de Lys @Derthalen @The Eurofuhrer @Astriedan @Lusotropia

The Procedural Addendum (PA) list for ATARA is now up as a draft, subject to scrutiny or change. I would advise reading it, but I warn you, its quite long (6 pages), so I've also prepared a TLDR for your convenience.

SHORT (TLDR) Version

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RLp8JFZUB5Yr7QR7N-Nq7O3wn79fYfWrUjSKTvCiTPM/edit?usp=sharing

LONG (SERIOUS) Version

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l65UAzpKQDEroiRHHnYsKgJy53YlZZr04r8OiO-Fa3A/edit?usp=sharing

Will be adding formats for application soon

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On 10/24/2017 at 7:56 AM, Iverica said:

6.  To provide a platform for advancement and development between member states on equal and fair terms.

 


 

What about adding a seventh point, something along the lines of:

7. To promote the aforementioned ideals and goals on a global scale 

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I'd like to thank @Lusotropia for thinking along and such, that's always a good sign. However, as I stated on the discord (copying it here to ensure easy reading for the rationale behind my vote): It's a Nay from me in regards to Lusotropia's addition. ATARA is meant to be a regional organisation, not a global one. Our goal is centered on the ATA bit, not globally.

Seeing as only one Nay is needed, the motion fails.

I hope that this doesn't discourage you from further attempts and ideas however, Lusotropia.

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@Sunset Sea Islands, you don't need to apply anymore, as you've been cleared already. All nations that have made requests prior to Nov 18 as you have don't need to. You already asked for full member status, all voted in favour.

 

For those with the same question:

Sponsors are current Member States (in this case, just the founders for now) who wish to support your entry. Founders are: Andalla, Prymont, Variota, Iverica, Girkmand.

 the application thread is here in case you want to check it out, included is a link to the template for the forms: 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Iverica said:

@Sunset Sea Islands, you don't need to apply anymore, as you've been cleared already. All nations that have made requests prior to Nov 18 as you have don't need to. You already asked for full member status, all voted in favour.

Ah alright, thank you. :D I have been busy lately, so please forgive me for forgetting details. :D

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