Cupertino Gazette

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Cupertino Gazette
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TypeInter-micronational magazine
FormatNewspaper
OwnerAendereseFlag.png Curio Publications
CupertinoAllianceFlag.png under contract to Cupertino Alliance
FounderJayden Lycon
LanguageEnglish
FrequencyWeekly

The Cupertino Gazette is the official newspaper of the Cupertino Alliance. It was first published on 1 February 2020, the same day in which the first meeting of the Alliance was conducted. Originally, it only included proposals voted upon in the most recent Cupertino Parliament session, but has since expanded to include project updates, statements by the Chair, and various other information related to the governance of the Alliance. As the Cupertino Alliance does not have a major social media presence, the Gazette is most often the only way for the public to find new acts, proposals, and members.

The Cupertino Gazette is published 3 - 6 days after the latest session has been adjourned.

History

During the first phase of the Cupertino Alliance (March 2019 - June 2019), information passed within the alliance was mostly kept in secret or published to news sites. [1] The earliest forms of a "gazette" were simply Discord announcements on new bills and members. A problem with this was that activities within the alliance were not well known and often restricted to delegates.

With the revival of the Alliance on 1 February 2020, the Gazette was formed by Jayden Lycon to communicate information regarding the Alliance to the micronational community. The Gazette was redesigned on 10 April 2020 as one of the projects to increase the formality in the alliance and to include more information such as updates to projects and opinion polling, as well as changing the font from Lato to Georiga. Though, due to formatting issues, the post-redesigned Gazette was moved from Google Docs to a PDF format.

The newly redesigned format takes some inspiration from the Alberta Hansard, with its use of the column layout, the similar front page, and more. Public reception to the Gazette is positive, with Zarel Smith calling it "professional and well organized".[2]

Though the task of the Gazette is normally handled by the Chair, due to increased workload, the Gazette hasn't been published. To compensate, it was decided to allow the public to view Cupertino Alliance sessions occasionally though the Discord server. There are plans to separate the duty of managing the Gazette to the Minister of Public Affairs[3].

Format

Originally, the Gazette was composed out of three parts:

  • Members in session - List of members who attended the meeting
  • Proposals - List of proposals proposed during the meeting
  • Transcript - A written version of everything talked during the meeting

Following the redesign, several more parts were added and changed:

  • Too long; didn't read - A summarized version of everything that happened in the session
  • Business of the house - Replaces proposals. Includes all proposals and membership votes, as well as what delegates voted for. (Exception to membership applications as it is kept classified.[4])
  • Opinion polling - Ideas are voted upon and if passed will be discussed in the next session
  • Other business of the house - Updates on projects and other Cupertino Alliance information
  • Statements by the Chair - Statements written on the announcements or session channel by the Chair regarding an important topic

Members in session and the transcript were kept in the redesign.

Publications

The original style of the Gazette, used until issue 11.

As of 16 April 2020, there have been 11 issues of the Gazette.

Gazette Issue Date Issued Link
Issue 1 1 February 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NH-X_gfMD6IuSJK-nk2KWVCjse0s15pmVsvmFmUNF3M/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 2 8 February 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fq_U9KKTj0xSgm-5bTmNvjFKVYQ_-N2B5eKmfFisG8Y/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 3 15 February 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ET-IBmGb6SVqyGUGvCOnjnvswUGTM1NT8ZpkcV6t0Fw/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 4 22 February 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vNf9MHsEY-KwGuaMieZogdagpjltwt4TkAEpiBEd8Lk/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 5 29 February 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XUmyx5Rnh3D9d4fyd6hkEgNF3oVM6HNYI1Wf6_u7hSQ/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 6 7 March 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xN89YMEX9mSXaeWe7rga9FPZkaW0mTjx8V-yN14-xHo/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 7 17 March 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IO_hnhcIEwCsqFV6ec4dOAcMLHQVKAIwh1pmnm_lHXA/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 8 21 March 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ONSSB9m-2ej6ua1-t8uSPc_qekD11gkcWBqG6bZff4A/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 9 31 March 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gAORETeB1s8o_YagKGkYNF1WF4EMkDasRNZsfJxw0aA/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 10 9 April 2020 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P8DAMPbOenBqmQpoWTx_Z1qLQHUPIqrhU_I1hQGmBH4/edit?usp=sharing
Issue 11 15 April 2020 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EO14n5aiKFXERtanlJa8vR7LiAfuaQE6/view?usp=sharing

Legal

The Parliamentary Practice Act states that the Gazette is in public domain, and must be distributed without cost. Though, delegates may request to censor a part of the transcript for protection reasons. Other parts of the transcript may be censored if it violates the Mission of the Cupertino Alliance, 2020, or considered not safe for work or offensive. After a proposal reaches a majority or passes after 3 days, the proposal will be in effect after the publishing of the Gazette. If though the Gazette is published but a proposal does not meet the 3 days or majority threshold, the Gazette will simply read "TBD" as the result until voting is finished.[5]

References

  1. Gilzem, Russell (18 May 2019) Auvenese Post: New Area Expansions & Compromise with Bepistan Cached
  2. Lycon, Jayden and Smith, Zarel (10 April 2020) Zarel reviews the new redesigned Cupertino Gazette
  3. Lycon, Jayden (30 May 2020) AN ACT TO TRANSFER THE DUTY OF THE GAZETTE
  4. Lycon, Jayden (7 March 2020) An Act to Protect our Indepedent Opinions
  5. Lycon, Jayden (28 March 2020) Parliamentary Practice, 2020