14th Session of the World Conclave, 23th Meeting, December 27th, 1959
To the General Assembly:
Having considered reports of Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions concerning the need for modernization and the burgeoning security costs of the facilities in the New Virian Empire, currently in a state of civil war, the 14th Session is hereby requested to open up the matter of construction of permanent facilities for this body, particularly as pertains to the location of the permanent headquarters of the World Conclave, so named the "Palace of Nations."
As agreed upon in the 1st Conclave, the New Virian Empire was to take upon itself the role of host nation for a period of time not to exceed a decade, and a five year extension of this provision was agreed upon by a majority vote of this body in the wake of reconstruction and rebuilding efforts as a result of the Grand War. However, the civil war in Viria has created a situation where the question of a permanent location for the World Conclave headquarters must be considered with a greater degree of urgency. At this time the Secretary-General sees no reason not to begin planning for the relocation of the World Conclave to a permanent home city, preferably one that most ably represents the ideals that this body was founded under, as a forum through which nations might peaceably resolve their disputes in order to avoid ruinous physical conflict.
Under the proposed Resolution 1284, the World Conclave General Assembly would deal with the following questions:
- Where to place and headquarter the World Conclave Palace of Nations geographically, which requires a suitable degree of transportation and communications infrastructure to accommodate its mission.
- The diplomatic status, including privileges and immunities, of the ambassadors and their staff, as well as WC employees.
- Any other considerations as may arise in the course of deliberations.
Nations will be permitted either a vote or a bid; a vote being one affirmative in support of one of the nations that have submitted a bid to host the Palace of Nations. The current host nation of the temporary headquarters is, as per Resolution 23, not permitted a vote nor a bid, but will continue to house the headquarters in the event of an inconclusive vote. In order to obtain a successful bid to headquarter the Palace of Nations, a vote of at least half the voting nations is required.
The World Conclave, Trenalkd, New Virian Empire
It was the last item of business for the year, the one that everyone dreaded; though there were fights brewing on the horizon in several nations and an array of considerably more mundane issues, the regulation of various matters commercial, standardizing communiques, feeding starving children in dysfunctional places...more mundane matters. The World Conclave was large, straining at its seams, really, since it was still placed in the New Virian Empire and sort of shoehorned into buildings that it leased for the purpose at the end of the Great War, when the Virians were one of the few nations not savaged by that conflagration.
There were delegates from their respective nations in, but most of them were distracted up until this point; they'd been writing notes or otherwise conferencing with their fellows on various matters, but this was the main event, the one they'd been preparing for. Oh, the Palace of Nations wasn't the only conflict on the agenda, for surely there was the matter of the Virian Civil War, the Ruziyan Civil War, a series of popular protests, and, most importantly, besides choosing the host city of the 1964 Rugby World Cup, discussion of a non-proliferation treaty that the Promethians and the Valorians were both inclined to support.
All these issues were on dockets of potential issues that found their way to the Executive Chamber; the delegates sat in their plush seats at their beautifully crafted desks...some donned headphones or earpieces so as to hear from the translator; the lingua franca here was Delvoirian, and that no doubt would ruffle a few feathers, particularly in the heart of the Virian Empire, but there was little avoiding it...the WC used the most widely spoken language in diplomatic circles as their baseline and supplied translations for every other language, in case the ambassadors did not speak Delvoirian or at least wanted to pretend not to know it for publicity purposes.
Then the sergeant of arms announced, once he read off the contents of the resolution proposal, "The Federal Republic of Promethia has been granted the opening comments regarding the matter of proposed resolution 1284 on the floor..."
The Journal of Atomic Scientists, Volume 24, issue 12
The close of 1959 has shown some rumbles in the current international geostrategic situation which points to a net increase in instability and therefore a change of the Doomsday Clock from 11:51PM to 11:54PM on the basis of several factors; +3 minutes net gain toward "Mutually-Assured Destruction."
This reckoning is based on the following factors; the course of the civil wars in Viria and the Heimsveldi á Rússum, the emergence of the Free State of Valoria as a superpower in competition with the Federal Republic of Promethia and the arms race that the world currently is participating in as almost all countries seek to upgrade their weapons capabilities, and, ultimately, seek nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. However, this reckoning also considers the potential for industrial damage; as a journal whose primary audience is the scientific community, nuclear physicists, engineers and others who have an understanding of the science underlying the technology, we are keenly aware that even if there is no intent to use nuclear weapons, accidents can happen with these technologies as it proliferates. However, nuclear weapons represent only one facet of the danger. The other is crash development and construction programs gone awry for various reasons, as a result of the unwillingness of some powers to share the secrets of nuclear technology and the desire of others to possess it. We cannot overstate the potential danger of accidents arising from crash research of nuclear power as individual powers rediscover the dangers independently of each other again and again. This reckoning is also based on the potential for biological and chemical weapons development, and the accidents that could result from such research.
The Doomsday Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction--the figurative midnight--and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences that could inflict irrevocable harm to the planet and civilization.
The Journal of Atomic Scientists is an independent policy studies think tank founded by veterans of nuclear programmes around the world and is hosted in Meinheimr, though is in no way affiliated with that nation's government.