I’m ProfessorHenn, long time South Pacifican, incumbent Prime Minister, former Minister of Culture, Regional Affairs, Army, and General of the South Pacific Special Forces.
I am confident in asserting that our region is doing excellent. The RMB is active as ever and continuing to cause problems for our RMB Moderators (shout out to the two newest ones!), the Assembly has had vigorous debate over a variety of topics, big and small, and the SPSF has been a big part in big liberations and small operations alike. The Cabinet Moose has been on a roll with event planning and RMB outreach and advocacy, we’ve came to a good understanding in Aegis regarding intel sharing, and our integration systems are either in a good place now, or very much about to be.
So, if we’re in a good spot now, where do we go from here?
A lot of our active legislators and citizens are members at various ranks in the SPSF. I’ve interviewed a lot of them, via Resident Spotlights, had discussions with SPSF leadership regarding the organization and theming of our military, and otherwise talk to a lot of folks from one of the best aspects of the South Pacific. They’ve helped to convince me of a fairly high, yet achievable objective: having one of the largest and most competent militaries in NationStates.
We have excellent leadership in the Officer Corps, as well as amazing Soldiers and Trainees that form the bulk of the Special Forces, so let’s leverage that to maximum effect and help grow both their leadership capabilities, their capacity for ideas and administration, as well as the Special Forces itself, so that the prestige and power of “[SPSF]” can continue to grow.
In general, these are some of the ideas I’d like to explore with a defense minister:
- Renaming the ranks to be more in line with the ocean/nautical/seagoing theme we have. This was attempted before, with a shift to the Admiralty in place of the General Corps, but I’m hoping the passage of time and additional workshopping from the ground-up will help with the passage of a bill.
- Emphasize the continued development of South Pacifican and Special Forces culture domestically, as we continue to operate more and more unilateral and bilateral operations. This in particular will tie into. . .
- Aggressively promoting the SPSF (via telegram, RMB posting, and the integration system) as one of the most active institutions in the South Pacific, and one of the easiest to get involved with. To an extent, it’s a super useful gateway into the rest of our government and region, as well as a good way to meet and greet with folks outside of the region as well.
- Seek out graphics designers so we’re not overburdening the existing General/Officer Corps for designing ribbons, graphics, and more. This is more a broader idea, not just for the SPSF in particular, but it’s worth mentioning here should we manage to shift ranks and want to design new graphics to represent them.
I’ll be the first to recognize that I haven’t been in the military (in NS) for many many moons, and these are broadly dependent on more than just myself, but I offer them as ideas to help spearhead when working with military leadership.
Pronoun has done a great job as Minister of Integration (3.89 is nothing to scoff at!), and I’m especially thankful to them for leading the charge on the Pathways to Engagement throughout the term. My plans for Integration for the next term are simple enough: continue the work and the momentum.
Building and maintaining an integration program or system requires a long-term approach, and doubly so for seeing the effects of it. We have our team working the scene, aside from seeking out another member to get them trained up and able to share some more of the burden, there’s not much more to add here.
The Cabinet Moose has been doing a fantastic job, even if he doesn’t think so, and I’m hoping to continue working with him to execute more of his planned events that couldn’t be accomplished this term.
The intel-sharing agreement was recently agreed to by all Aegis partners, and the Partnership for Sovereignty has also taken on a bigger role with the OWL Director leading the charge there. The aim is to continue the push there, with additional outreach to regions amiable to the PfS’s values and goals to explore bilateral opportunities for cooperation. In a similar vein, I’d like to keep up our outreach and communications with non-Aegis/PfS regions, as best exemplified by the opening of an embassy with the Empire of Great Britain.
This is my last time running for election for any position for at least the next three cycles, this one included.
I don’t think we’re in a particularly troublesome time, and big, bold ideas about shaking everything up is required for this election cycle, hence the relative simplicity of my campaign.
My previous policy of not naming particular citizens for minister positions will continue, although there are some who are more likely to be ministers in a particular role than others.
My conflict of interest disclosure: Prime Minister of the South Pacific, member of Selene.
MoH&S has been receiving increasingly severe reports of a disease spreading among the nations of our fair region, and I have begun earnest discussions with the Delegate over the possibility of declaring a state of emergency for health affairs. I am hoping that we will be able to continue elections as planned, and with all necessary safety measures in place.
Thank you for reading. I look forward to your questions.