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Post-Mayoral Election Update Written by Isaris It's time for an update from the Equilism Township! However, before I update you all about our region, I'd like to share with you an incredible and infinitely exciting bit of news about something from RL. Rhydian Cowley, a 20km race walker, has been added to the 2016 Australian Olympic Team. You can find an article on that here. Why am I sharing this? Because Rhydian Cowley is long-time member and former WA Delegate of Equilism, The Monkye! Our community is filled with pride seeing our friend fulfill his aspirations and we will be cheering for him as he goes for the gold in Brazil this summer! You can follow Monk's Olympic journey here at this Facebook page. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Astarial Elected Town Moderator in May The election for the office of Town Moderator of the Equilism Township ran from May 1st through May 8th, with two candidates standing. Those candidates were Astarial and Kubrikistan, both long-time members with a history of service to the region under previous governments. Running on a campaign promise to bring new tools to the job and increase the efficiency of the position's administrative duties, Astarial was elected by a vote of 5-3-1. However, shortly after the dust had settled, Astarial asked Kubrikistan to be her Deputy Moderator, and he accepted. The Deputy Moderator is a new position for the Township created by Astarial as one of her first acts in office. They are appointed by the Town Moderator and serve to moderate over proposals in which the Town Moderator has taken an active role as a participant. The need for this arose as Astarial had been heavily involved in important legislation being debated in the Town Hall prior to taking office, and thus she could not be impartial on the matter. As the Town Moderator has the authority to declare a proposal passed by consensus, the new office was created to take on this duty when the Town Moderator cannot be impartial. The first proposal to be passed this way, and indeed the first legislation passed since the Charter was adopted, was the Protectorates Act (2016), authored by WA Delegate Isaris. It passed on May 22nd and is a replacement for the Colonies and Protectorates Act passed by the Second Commonwealth of Equilism in 2014, re-validating Equilism's relationship with protectorate region Warzone Europe. As Astarial is also the Empress of the Dominion of Warzone Europe (head of state), this further facilitated the need for the office of Deputy Moderator. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~ New Layout for Off-Site Forum Another implementation Town Moderator Astarial is partially responsible for is the redesign of our off-site forum's layout, with heavy input from WA Delegate Isaris as well. Citizens and visitors alike should find the Equilism forum to be a much more user-friendly place thanks to their design and the brilliant admin work of Co-Founder Westwind. Not only are threads and categories easier to locate, but site performance has also been improved by the reduction of categories and recent technical updates. Furthermore, a new feature to Township life was also implemented along with the new layout: clubs and organizations! Clubs and organizations can be founded by forum members regardless of citizenship status and two have already sprung up so far; the Equilism Anime Club and the Equilism Gaming Guild! The Anime Club is an entire sub-forum devoted to anime due to its large membership in respect to the population of the region, as well as its history on old Main Street, where it was originally founded by Monk in 2008. Meanwhile, the Gaming Guild, founded by Isaris, is devoted to all things gaming; whether you're a fan of video games, board games, card games, sports, or all of the above, you're welcome in the EQLGG! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~ Pooch Confirmed as Mayor for Second Term The election for the office of Mayor of the Equilism Township ran from June 1st through June 8th, with only one candidate standing. That candidate was the incumbent Mayor, North Pooch and Vodkaland, who has been in office since the March 25th election that started the Township government. With Pooch standing uncontested, the Election Aide opened a confirmation vote on June 5th after the standing period had officially ended, wherein citizens of Equilism could confirm or deny Pooch as Mayor. In the end, with a tally of 8-0, Pooch was confirmed as Mayor for a second term. After his confirmation, Mayor Pooch made the following statement on the Equilism RMB: ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~ Private Journalism in Equilism Equilism has always been a region that's welcoming to journalists. Over the years, numerous publications have graced its shelves, including the Equilist, the Rejected Times, the Westwind Frontline News, and many more. Since April, a new publication has regularly filled the stands in the Township. The Isari Times, formerly known as the Isari Weekly News, strives to provide news to the citizens and tourists of Equilism from around the region and the NS world at large. What's more, the Isari Times has recently expanded into Europeia as well! As you probably guessed from the title, the author of this publication and the author of this update are one and the same. If you enjoyed reading this update, you might enjoy reading the Isari Times! You can find it here in Equilism and here in Europeia! Shameless advertising and possible abuse of power aside, this is an open invitation from the Equilism Township to foreign media outlets to publish in our region! We want to hear from our friends all over the world, not just the ambassadors of their governments in the embassies! All are welcome to bring their publications to our foreign media sub-forum here. Please check the guidelines and information thread before posting your media. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>~ Upcoming Festival Preparation for Equilism's next big event is underway! The Midsummer Nights Festival will be a series of bonfires held from June 21st to July 5th in the center of the Township. Come and join us as we gather round to debate a wide variety of topics and issues that have permeated humanity throughout the years, or start a topic of your own! If debates aren't your thing, don't worry, the Midsummer Nights Festival will feature other activities as well. One of the other star attractions of the Festival will be the Wildwalker Hearthstone Tournament, hosted by the Equilism Gaming Guild. Participants will be required to create three wild mode decks for this tournament as it will use a last hero standing format. More information and a sign-up sheet will be available in the near future with the release of another update regarding the Festival. We hope to see you there! Thank you for reading this update. If you'd like to visit the Township as a tourist, you can do so by visiting www.equilism.org/forum