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January 8th, Eighth Meeting

President: Term 4

Senate: Term 3

Russia, with a 60 RP problem, paid by himself.

Indis,

None from the last meeting!!


A security problem. Railways and overhead cables are being steeled and sold, South Africa's are losing billions. The people of South Africa was keen useing this way to make money and the loss of money and energy are getting more. Not only this, route of train and electricity were getting more dagerous. South Africa will need to have 1 MP by next meeting and pay 30 RP to fix this problem.

Another security problem. The long-silent war is about to be rekindled, in order to protect the country and its own people, Israel must respond to strengthen its defenses. If don't want the whole country to be destroyed, it is necessary to make thorough preparations. And these preparations are expensive.This problem will cost Israel 45 RP.

Another security problem again. Freedom and rules have always been two rights that need to be balanced, now Germans face the choice to obey the rules to protect their own safety, or set off protests to defend your freedom and autonomy. The German government also needs to take corresponding measures and responses. This problem will cost Germany 38 RP.

A health problem. Ethiopian government has been losing money because of the long war, but they rejected each other's ceasefire last week. To make up for the instability caused by the war and dealing with people's medical issues, Ethiopian government must respond otherwise. This problem will cost Ethiopia 40 RP.

December 11th, Seventh Meeting

President: Term 3

Senate: Term 2

Unsolved from the last meeting,

Iran, with a 38 RP problem, paid all of it herself.

India had a 40 RP problem, absent for this meeting, and the problem remains unsolved.

Currently,

South Africa held a 34.2 RP problem and sought the aid of 30 RP. The 30 RP will be provided by the GWF, and the rest 4.2 RP paid by himself.

Turkey, 55 RP (half must come from international aid), presented a Request for Aid asking for 45 RP. The request passed and the aid will come from the GFW, while the rest paid by himself.

Germany had a 57 RP problem, he sought the aid of 37 RP, and the request passed. 37 RP will come from the GWF, the rest paid by himself.

Russia, 41 RP. Absent, and the problem continues.

Vietnam with 48 RP, requested for 28 RP, passed and to which will come from the GWF, and the rest paid by herself.

Ethiopia's problem cost him 57 RP. He presented a Request for Aid, which passed the Senate, and was a tie when voted. However, the president, being the tiebreaker, refused the request.

South Africa with 55 RP, while Israel had 45 RP. South Africa requested for 55 RP, passed. Israel, 5 RP, request granted.

From a Random Event, Argentina, the USA, Ethiopia, and South Africa each had a 10 RP problem, all paid by themselves.

None from the last meeting!!

The United States had Random Event #2, which is the founding of a new disease in their country. And to contain the disease, the USA chose option 2. He paid 50 RP and stopped all the problems.

Ethiopia with Random Event #24, which is a foreign government trying to manipulate their upcoming elections by spreading false news and rumors. The people are starting to believe all the mumbo jumbo. They chose option 1, because they are an unfree country and they don't need elections.

Germany with Random Event #15, the government has stopped fighting to pass some important reforms, and their economy is thriving. Received 30 RP.

Unsolved from this meeting,

A security problem. Russia has a large force of troops and weapons placed on the Ukrainian border. Russia claims the move is only to “send a message” to Ukraine about its concerns, which is Ukraine aligning itself too closely with more powerful countries like the US and the EU). Mobilizing the military requires resources and the specter of war affects the economy. This problem is getting worse and will cost Russia 60 RP.

Another security problem. The conflict in Ethiopia has only gotten worse since the government last tried to deal with the problem. Fighting broke out of the Tigray region and the rebel forces are getting closer to the capital, Addis Ababa. A civil might break out in Ethiopia if this continues. The warring sides have caused widespread destruction and loss of life as well as many human rights have been abused. This conflict continues to rage and destabilize the region and will cost Ethiopia 75 RP.

A health problem. Not only water but also air pollution has raged in India. Industrial waste and sewage from upriver culminated in the Ganges River resulting in Hindus taking their ritual baths in polluted water. New Delhi, on the other hand, was also hit with crazy bad air quality levels this week. These two problems have cost mass suffering for the people of India. Not being addressed for two meetings, this problem will now cost India 60 RP. What's worse, the pollution is now affecting all countries in the region, which adds an extra 10 RP to the problem.

(from Random Event) Because Angola has helped harbor illegal drug producers. An increase in drugs and drug dealing is affecting all countries in its region. This problem was not addressed by Mexico at this meeting and will now cost 25 RP.

For the next meeting,

A health problem. Health care workers in Turkey strike to protest against poor pay and harsh working conditions. The spark that caused this problem was a bill was passed the give doctors a raise, but not their support staff. This is a problem because nurses, medical attendants, and lab assistants face low salaries, long hours, and, not to mention, violence. Over the past 11 years, doctors physically and verbally assaulted more than 100,000 people of their staff. And at least 10 have been killed by patients. This problem will cost Turkey 48 RP.

Another health problem. Australians have been dubbed the heaviest drinkers in the world, spending more time drunk than any other nation. Surveys show that they drank to drunkness of an average of 27 times a year, which is almost double the global average (which is 15). It's no need to explain how drinking is an unhealthy behavior that poses serious problems for the Australian medical problem. This problem will cost Australia 46 RP.

One more health problem. Doctors in Angola went on a five-day strike this Monday to demand a better working environment. While some emergency care will remain, all other care has been suspended for the week-long strike. This problem will cost Angola 40 RP.

Another security problem for Mexico. A series of difficulties affected Mexico this past week. Inflation, the new omicron variant, and gang violence. To make things worse, one of the most horrific car accidents in Mexican history left more than 50 people dead when a truck carrying at least 200 migrants crashed into a bridge. This problem will cost Mexico 40 RP.

November 27th, Sixth Meeting

President: Term 2

Senate: Term 1

First, we had senate elections.

The Ambassador of Ethiopia nominated Turkey, receiving 11 votes, became the new senate.

The Ambassador of Turkey nominated Ethiopia, receiving 4 votes.

The Ambassador of South Africa nominated himself, receiving 7 votes, became the new senate.

The Ambassador of the USA nominated himself, receiving 7 votes, became the new senate.

The Ambassador of the USA nominated Mexico, receiving 4 votes.

India with a 30RP problem,

Australia with a 28 RP problem, paid by herself.

Japan with a 35RP problem, paid by herself.

Iran with a 28 RP problem, paid by herself.

Angola with Random Event #2, chose option 3, and the disease continue.

India with Random Event #13, bidding won by South Africa.

The USA presented a new resolution for a new welfair system. Resolution passes.

Turkey with Random Event #24, chose option 3,

Ethiopia with Random Event #10, chose option 1, paid by himself.

Angola with Random Event #18, chose option 2, gets 30 RP, but loses 1 AP.

(Industrial) South Africa continues to deal with energy shortages as a cascade of problems are beginning to pile up. Years of neglect and corruption in South Africa’s national energy company EKSOM has led to rolling blackouts over the last two weeks. The power losses have cost the economy $2 billion in the past few weeks. Experts say that the hardship will continue for a while and to fix will require increased investment to repair the existing power grid. This problem will cost South Africa 48 RP.

(Economic) The Turkish lira continued its decline as the currency has lost a third of its value in the past week, it’s worst skid since 2001. The result has been skyrocketing inflation of as much as 20%. Inflation and weakening currency harms investment and causes people to lose faith in the money they earn. To make matters worse, Turkey’s dictator, Tayyip Erdogan, is trying to fix the problem himself and has only made matters worse, according to economists. Can Turkey prevent an economic disaster? This problem will cost Turkey 55 RP, half of which must come from foreign investment.

(Health) Germany and other EU nations have been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases recently, despite high rates of vaccination. The WHO has warned the coming winter surge could be serious and encourages these nations to vaccinate even more. The rise in cases has led many nations to implement even stricter measures, including lockdowns which has led to widespread civil unrest. Germany will need to support its already exhausted medical system for the coming months. This problem will cost Germany 57 RP.

(Security) Russia has built up a force of 100,000 troops and supporting machinery and weapons on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks. Ukraine is warning the West of imminent invasion while Russia claims the move is only to “send a message” to Ukraine about its concerns (Ukraine aligning itself too closely with the US and the EU). Mobilizing the military requires resources and the spectre of war affects the economy. This problem will cost Russia 41 RP.

(Agriculture) An African swine fever outbreak is spreading widely in Vietnam and is hurting the local farming industry, forcing the culling of three times the number of hogs culled last year. African swine fever is harmless to people but fatal to pigs. AS an important source of food, it is important to get the outbreak under control. This problem will cost Vietnam 48 RP.

(Security) The conflict in Ethiopia has only gotten worse since the government last tried to deal with the problem. Fighting has spilled out of the Tigray region and rebel forces are getting close to the country's capital of Addis Ababa. If this were to happen, the result would be all out civil war in Ethiopia. Already the warring groups have caused widespread destruction and loss of life as well as many human rights abuses. The economic losses are piling up. Can anything be done? The situation is rapidly getting out of control. This problem will cost Ethiopia 57 RP.

November 13th, Fifth Meeting

President: Term 1

Senate: Term 4

First, we had presidential elections.

The Ambassador of Russia was nominated for reelection, with 4 votes.

The Ambassador of the USA nominated himself, receiving 3 votes.

The Ambassador of Australia was nominated, and with 7 votes, became the new President of the JN.

Australia appointed Russia as the temporary senate for the meeting.

Russia with a 38 RP problem, paid by himself.

Germany with a 30 RP problem, had a request for aid in seek of 20 RP, request passed, the 20 RP came from the HRW, the rest paid by himself.

Australia with a 25 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 16 RP, the request passed, 16 RP from the HRF, the rest paid by herself.

Argentina's Event #14, with the debation for sovereignty. Angola and the USA both presented a resolution for sovereignty over the islands. Angola received the islands.

Turkey with Random Event #8, chose option 5 and presented a resolution for setting environmental standards for all countries. The resolution passed and the Event is solved.

Ethiopia with Random Event #19, chose option 1, and nothing happened.

Russia presented a new resolution for a new point-problem deduction system, created Health Points, reset the tax system, and abolished the Human Rights Fund. Resolution passed.

Angola with Random Event #2, result pending.

India with Random Event #13, bidding open until next meeting.

Not only water but also air pollution has raged in India this past week. Industial waste and sewage from upriver culminated in the Ganges River resulting in Hindus taking their ritual baths in polluted water. New Delhi, on the other hand, was also hit with crazy bad air quality levels this week. These two problems will cost India 30 RP.

Rain Australia has caused flooding, damage, and left a few people dead. This rain was a part of the series of extreme wather event this week. Some are pointing the finger at climate change, but regardless of what it is, the government will have to provide assistance for rescue and clean-up. This problem will cost Australia 28 RP.

Japan is currently experiencing the world's first bird flu outbreak all while struggling with COVID-19 problems as well. To prevent the spread of the bird flu, Japan has culled up to 150,000 chickens and halted all chicken and egg exports. This will lead to Japan suffering from a hit to trade and worrying about measures to prevent the flu all while juggling COVID problem. This problem will cost Japan 35 RP.

Storms, a blizzard, and heavy flooding has caused traffic disruptions and the need for people being rescued. While the storms didn't kill anyone, it did cause much damage and disruptions. As Iran fixes up and protects its people, this problem will cost Iran 28 RP.

October 30th, Fourth Meeting

President: Term 4

Senate: Term 3

Angola with a 25 RP problem, had a request for aid in the seek of 19 RP, the request passed, and the 19 RP will come from the GWF, while the rest will be paid by himself.

India with a 35 RP problem, paid by herself.

Mexico with a 38 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 35 RP, the request passed, and 10 RP will be donated by the USA, 25 RP from the GWF, the rest paid by herself.

And South Africa with a 30 RP problem, had a request for aid asking for 30 RP, the request for aid passed, and the 30 RP will come from the GWF.

Angola with Random Event #23, chose option 2, receives 1 AP.

Ethiopia with Random Event #21, chose option 1, and nothing happened.

Argentina with Random Event #14, chose option 3, and presented a resolution to the General Assembly. After a harsh debation, the resolution did not pass, and we continued on to choice 1, and the resolution debation for sovereignty will be continued next meeting.

Turkey with Random Event #8, result pending.

Ethiopia with Random Event #19, result pending.

Cases of COVID-19 and its related deaths have spiked in Russia these past weeks. This has led the Russian government to impose stricter regulations and lockdowns in some areas for their people. However, these regulations and lockdowns are sure to slow down economic growth and will require lots of resources. The health care system in Russia is becoming strained by the increase of resources needed to be used to help. This problem will cost Russia 38 RP.

Germany has seen an immense increase in migrants entering the country since last year. These are people who are fleeing their home countries to find a better life for themselves and their families. Many of these migrants are fleeing former Soviet Republics and entering the country on the Polish border. However, about half of them are also coming from the Middle East. This inrush of people will require resources for security, processing, and aid. This problem will cost Germany 30 RP.

Strong winds have destroyed the Melbourne area of Australia leaving 450,000 homes without power and causing property damage to hundreds. Strong winds over 100 kph scourged the area causing major damage. Australia must send in crews to get the power back on and repair the damage. This problem will cost Australia 25 RP.

October 16th, Third Meeting

President: Term 3

Senate: Term 2

Germany with a 35 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 10 RP, the request passed, and the 10 RP came from the GWF.

Turkey with a 35 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 8 RP, the request passed, and the 8 RP came from the GWF.

Israel with a 35 RP problem, found out no problem.

Russia with a 35 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 35 RP, the request passed, and the 35 RP came from the GWF.

Australia with a 30 RP problem, paid by herself.

Argentina with a 30 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 1 RP, the request passed, and the 1 RP came from the GWF.

Angola with a 35 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 35 RP, the request passed, and the 35 RP came from the GWF.

Russia with Random Event #19, chooses option 1.

Iran with Random Event #19, chooses option 1.

Ethiopia with Random Event #21, result pending for next meeting.

Argentina with Random Event #14, result pending for next meeting.

Angola with Random Event #23, result pending for next meeting.

Crime is up in Angola. An increase in the number of robberies, especially in the capital city of Luanda, has the people of Angola feeling insecure. Armed robberies in broad daylight have been especially alarming. The government will need to increase resources for its law enforcement to try to curb the rise. This problem will cost Angola 25 RP.

India is facing a worrying shortage of coal. 70% of India’s electricity is produced in coal power plants. 17 of these plants have run out of coal and most of the rest have less than 5 days of supply on hand. With demand looking to go up as winter arrives, higher energy is certain at this point. However, the government must make moves now to ensure that the power stays on in the country. This problem will cost India 35 RP.

Mexico is facing a couple of problems. First, worsening economic conditions in Central and South America had led to large groups of migrants to flock into Mexico in hopes of crossing into the USA. This has put a considerable burden on Mexico’s resources. Second, violent crime has been on the rise in recent months. A new report has found that almost 100 violent crimes are committed a day in Mexico. Many of them were perpetrated by drug cartels requiring the mobilization of Mexican soldiers to help deal with the problem. These problems will cost Mexico 38 RP.

Copper theft from state companies in South Africa has led to the damage and destruction of billions of rand worth of property and infrastructure. Most of the theft has been in cables and wiring which needs to be replaced. These stolen sources of copper are melted down and exported to places for high profit. The South African government must step up security to prevent further theft. This problem will cost South Africa 30 RP.

October 3rd, Second Meeting

President: Term 2

Senate: Term 1

Ethiopia with a 25 RP problem, had a request for aid seeking 25 RP, the request passed, and the 25 RP came from the GWF.

Mexico with a 15 RP problem, paid by herself.

Turkey with a 25 RP problem, had a request for aid asking for 25 RP, the request passed, and the 25 RP came from the GWF.

South Africa with a 20 RP problem, presented a request for aid soliciting 20 RP, the request passed, and the 20 RP came from the HRF.

South Africa with Event #22, chooses option 4. Paid 30 RP on his own, his government loses power and does not win the Nobel Peace Prize, either.

Iran with Event #19. Ambassador absent, result pending.

Russia with Event #4, chooses option 2. Paid 10 RP on his own, protests end, also gets 70 RP from flocking business in the same region.

The United States of America with Random Event #12, chooses option 2.

Russia with Random Event #19, result pending for next meeting.

Energy prices are ascending to record highs well before winter arrives in Europe. Winter is the period of highest energy demand in Europe. This year poor energy management and inflation have resulted in a double shock to the energy market. This has caused energy prices to become 4 times higher than normal even before winter. All countries in the European region will need to divert resources now to avert a crisis when winter arrives. This problem will cost Germany, Israel, Turkey, and Russia 35 RP each.

Some Australians have been chafing against their country’s COVID zero policy which has resulted in widespread lockdowns and restrictions of traditional freedoms regardless of the very low case numbers and deaths. Protests in major cities call for a lifting of restrictions and vaccination mandates. These policies are causing social division and economic harm. This problem will cost Australia 30 RP.

Argentina is facing a downpour of difficulties. Above its economic woes exacerbated by the pandemic that has led to the country going on a money printing spree, it is also facing one of the worst droughts since WWII. Water levels have been below average for three years and the situation doesn't look optimistic. Farmers are suffering the most, but the drought has also left Argentina’s ski slopes dry, keeping away tourists. Argentina must engage resources to secure enough water to keep its people going. This problem will cost Argentina 30 RP.

More than 1.3 million people in southwest Angola are facing severe hunger as the country faces the worst drought it has seen in 40 years. What's worse, high food prices and an army of locusts have added to their problems. Residents of affected areas have begun migrating to more water-rich areas. The Angolan government must find resources to treat malnutrition and get water for those in need to prevent a humanitarian crisis. This problem will cost Angola 35 RP.

September 18th, First Meeting

First, we had elections

Presidential Elections:

The Ambassador of the United States of America nominated himself - 3 votes

The Ambassador of Russia nominated himself, winning the election with 9 votes

President Term: 1

Senator Elections:

The Ambassador of the United States of America nominated himself - 5 votes

The Ambassador of Australia nominated herself - 13 votes, becoming a senator.

The Ambassador of Ethiopia nominated himself - 6 votes, becoming a senator.

The Ambassador of Turkey nominated himself - 11 votes, becoming a senator.

Senate Term: 0

Historie Committee:

The Ambassador of Australia nominated herself, becoming a part of the Committee.

The Ambassador of Japan was nominated, becoming a part of the Committee.

The conflict between Ethiopian authorities and Tigray rebels has been raging for 10 months, resulting in famine and killing a significant amount of people. The conflict started when Ethiopia's prime minister sent the military to overthrow the government of Tigray. In recent weeks, the government of Ethiopia has cut off supplies to regions where over 2 million people live. Something must be done to prevent the starvation of all these people. This problem will cost Ethiopia 25 RP.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake happened in the Acapulco region of Mexico last week. The large tremor caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Fortunately, the loss of life was to a minimum. However, cleanup is in progress and it won’t be cheap. This problem will cost Mexico 15 RP.

Protests are breaking out in Turkey because of the refugees from Afghanistan. As the Taliban swept into power, many Afghans fled their homes fearing the rule of the militant-Islamic group. The people of Turkey have been expressing their anger at millions of Syrian, Iraqi, and other refugees being given asylum in their country for quite some time now. This problem will cost Turkey 25 RP.

Research shows that at least 25% of children under 5 years old in South Africa are undernourished and are at a developmental disadvantage compared to other kids their age. The study tells how this problem could lead to added crime and addiction in the future, and points to systemic problems in the food system, and recommends an overhaul to help fix the problem. Reforms are expensive. This problem will cost South Africa 20 RP.

South Africa with Random Event #22, result pending (next meeting).

Iran with Random Event #19, result pending (next meeting).

Russia with Random Event #4, result pending (next meeting).