|WA Delegate||Charles Cerebella|
(as of 23 Nov 2012)
Balder is one of the four sinker regions. Balder was created on 19 October 2011 as an additional destination for newly resurrected nations. The two other resurrection regions are Lazarus and Osiris. The region saw a peaceful transition to self-governance, which it has successfully and rather tamely perpetuated.
Balder is name the of the Norse god of light who is the son of Odin and whose death would initiate the end of the world.
The Government of Balder consists of three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The executive branch is headed by the Council of State, which is the collective Head of Government. The Council of State consists of the Delegate, who is the Head of State, and the Ministers, who head their respective Departments of State. The Council of State collectively directs the executive and creates executive policy. The Council of State is responsible for the execution and enactment of the Constitution and any and all Laws passed by the Parliament. It is elected in the first days of every March, June, September, and December.
Council of State
The current government is as follows:
|Delegate||Alvalero||December 27, 2011|
|Vice Delegate||Revolution by Night||December 31, 2011|
|Minister of Security||Bluffshire||December 28, 2011|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs||North East Somerset||December 8, 2011|
|Minister of Immigration||Revolution by Night||December 8, 2011|
|Minister of Internal Affairs||Wanjestay||December 8, 2011|
The history of Balder begins with Lazarus, the sinker region tasked with refounding nations that cease to exist. Lazarus was experiencing difficulties with overpopulation, necessitating less nations be refounded there. In the early hours of October 19th, the regions Balder and Osiris were founded to share the responsibility of refounding. Immediately, nations rushed to be elected to the delegacies of the new sinker. In the chaos that ensued, the United Defenders League and Europeian Republican Navy, under the leadership of Unibot and President Rachel Anumia, respectively, seized the chance to establish Balder as a democratic region and bilaterally supported Unibot as delegate until elections could be held. Unibot established as the seat of Balder’s constitutional convention the forum Sovereign Liberties created for Balder and dictated that every nation was entitled to enfranchisement in the convention after taking an oath to have no reservations of foreign influence. Nations moving to and being refounded in Balder saw a poetic creed and flag crafted by the Delegate upon their arrival:
Being reborn could mean one of two different things for any person; it could be a chance to reunite with one's past or a chance to start anew. This duality is represented in the form of a temporary flag, to represent the roots of one's past and new horizons.
The constitutional convention began and the forum grew, seeing 5,149 posts and 94 members in the first two weeks. Creating a constitution for the amalgamation that is our region proved to be an endeavor that needed more time than expected. Belschaft proposed the Articles of Covenant and Convention to establish an interim government to provide legitimacy to the convention and self-government to the region, which was unanimously approved by the convention on October 23rd. The Articles confirmed the ongoing delegate elections and mandated elections for the Committee of Public Safety thereafter. The following were the results:
Luxembourg 23 Zander 8
Fotar 21 Zander 9
President of the Convention
Belschaft 16 Sovereign Liberties 15
Vice-President of the Convention
C.I.Cerebella 15 Von Stauffenberg 9
Rachel Anumia 16 Sovereign Liberties 13 Unibot 7
Commissioners of Public Safety
North East Somerset 18 (First Round Winner) Black Aspens 12 (Second Round) St George 11
After an established government and free elections, the root administrator planned an election for his position, however, the region unanimously nominated Fotar for the responsibility so no election was held and the account was transferred on November 15th.
Unfortunately a week later on November 22nd,the Interim Delegate attempted to takeover the region, removing the forum‘s link from the World Factbook Entry and attempting to hack Fotar‘s email account for the password of the root administrator account. Luxembourg informed Krulltopia of his actions, who promptly reported them to the Interim Vice-Delegate. Fotar and Rachel Anumia resisted his takeover with the aid of foreign regions and organizations, however, they were unsuccessful. Luxembourg then abandoned his endeavor, surrendered his nation to Unibot, and revealed his identity as Aglrinia. Luxembourg’s explanation for his actions were the following:
As history has shown, I have trouble maintaining any high positions. Such as Kami no Chikara, I ran for the delegacy out of the hope of making a difference on Nationstates. I knew that the responsibilities would be high; however, I began to receive false login attempts daily, and login with an inbox full of hate mail whether it be very crude and sexual or simple like "you're a fascist" people I believed to be my friends called me a tyrant. I was told the only way to take the region was with the forum I attempted to take steps in the direction to do so, but was thwarted. In the end I realized I was a suitcase delegate so I resigned from the WA and gave my nation to Unibot.
Interim Vice-Delegate Fotar replaced soon Unibot as delegate and Balder returned to the matter of drafting a constitution. The results of the Interim Vice-Delegate election to replace Fotar were the following:
Zander 15 Sopo 11
The following is a list of delegates of Balder:
|1||Robin Hood||October 18, 2011||October 24, 2011||First delegate of Balder|
|2||Luxembourg||October 24, 2011||November 22, 2011|
|3||Fotar||November 22, 2011||December 27, 2011|
|4||Alvalero*||December 27, 2011||Incumbent||Emergency election after resignation of Fotar|
* assumed office following emergency election