The Third Place: Youth Palaces

An “Embassy” refers to the building that houses a nation’s diplomatic mission in another country. Usually, they are located in the capital city of the host nation, although there can be exceptions in which the Embassy is situated elsewhere in one of the host nation’s major cities. The decision to establish an Embassy in another country is seen as the sign of a nation to foster peace and its recognition of the other country’s National Sovereignty. On behalf of their homeland, the diplomats assigned to the Embassy are responsible for building and maintaining good relations with the host nation. The highest-ranking diplomatic official at an Embassy is the “Ambassador,” who acts as a spokesperson for their homeland.

However, it should be noted that the term “Consulate,” which is sometimes used interchangeably with the term Embassy, does not share the same meaning in International Relations. A Consulate will not always be established anywhere in the capital city of the host nation. Instead, it is guaranteed to be found in a major city that either has a strong Tourist Industry or has a population of “Expatriates” (sometimes shortened as “Expats”), who are the Nationals of their homeland. Expatriates are Nationals who chose to emigrate from their homeland and reside in the host nation as the Foreigners of their shared People’s Community. They differ from the Totality of the host nation by having a distinguishable National Consciousness, setting themselves apart through culture, tradition, faith, language, social customs and norms, and heritage.  

Expatriates, because they have no intentions of integrating, let alone assimilating into the Totality of the host nation, can be differentiated from “Immigrants.” Their presence in the host nation may be related to the terms of a Real Trade Agreement (RTA), where Enterprises might expand their operations in the host nation by sending personnel abroad. In the LER Process, this is a key aspect of the Balances of Trades and Payments which govern RTAs. It is possible that Expatriates are there to educate and train the Totality of the host nation, their effectiveness derived from the ability to speak the Totality’s language. Depending on their own educational and professional background, an Expat may be expected to teach the Totality in the VCS Economy or the Student Body in the SSE. Additionally, any military personnel stationed in the host nation, including their spouses and families, are also considered Expats by dint of their Profession.  

Even so, there are certain Expats whose Intents for living in other countries have nothing to do with their Vocation or their related Profession. Some might be living abroad as part of the Informal Economy in order to avoid paying taxes to their homeland. Others may have criminal ties to transnational organized crime or fugitives fleeing from the authorities in their homeland. An “Extradition Agreement” may be negotiated with the host nation by the Embassy’s diplomats to ensure that such individuals are brought to justice.  

Alternatively, there may be artists and filmmakers who may be traveling on vacation or gathering first-hand accounts as part of researching their next major work of art. Barring any Service Sector venues that they may visit during their stay, artists and filmmakers do not begin contributing Arbeit and Geld to the Life-Energy Reserve until they are ready to return to their Profession or have gathered enough information to commission their next work of art. The Implicit Intent is two-fold.

First, genuine signs of artist’s block or writer’s block counts as signs of a Presence-at-Hand in Production for Dasein. Unlike Production for Profit or Production for Utility, which are both incapable of translating such human experiences into economic terms, an artist’s block or writer’s block is understood in MTEP (Mission-Type Economic Planning) as indicating that someone in any Profession related to the arts is struggling and debating over what to do next. It is different from their experience of Readiness-to-Hand where they are actually trying to create their next work of art whilst meeting the deadlines set by themselves or their publishers.     

And second, as I had stated back in The Work-Standard (2nd Ed.) in the context of the Force Multipliers (FMs), Arbeit and Geld will never be registered by the Life-Energy Reserve outside of the workweeks governing any given Profession. The workweek serves as the only period of Zeit where it is possible for anyone to be contributing any Arbeit and Geld to the Life-Energy Reserve. The length of the workweek may be shortened or extended by the Council State as a Force Multiplier designed to either increase Inaction (to decrease Attrition) or increase Attrition (to decrease Inaction) and thereby indirectly affect the rate at which Currency Depreciation/Appreciation occurs for the Sociable Currency.

For the SSE (and by extension the OECD-Type Student Economy), international students studying in the host nation within the secondary or tertiary educational levels may not necessarily be considered as Expats. Not every international student may be a true Foreigner. It is possible that the international student might share a common culture and language with the Totality, such as in the case of German international students studying abroad in Austria, Switzerland or Luxembourg, all of which are considered part of the German-speaking world. In the Federalist American Union, we may be inclined to argue that its People’s Communities might send their youths abroad to their homelands to maintain their inherent sense of Authentic Dasein. But in either case, there will always be a Foreigner from another Student Economy who is interested in learning more about the National Consciousness of their host Student Economy.    

When the Council State establishes Embassies and Consulates in other nations, it is also allowing the Student Government opportunities for its Student Ambassador to build “Youth Palaces” that are subordinate to the Consulates and their superior Embassy. The concept of a Youth Palace is vastly different from the recreational and extracurricular “Pioneer Palaces” of the Soviet educational system at the primary educational level. The intended function of the Youth Palace is to work alongside the Consulates in delegating on behalf of Student Expats studying or working abroad in the host nation as part of the Total Educational Effort. The SSE, unlike the OECD-Type Student Economy, maintains its own “Student Enterprises” capable of contributing Arbeit and Geld to the Life-Energy Reserve under the terms of a Real Trade Agreement. With the Council State’s prior authorization, an SSE’s Student Tournament can be extended to include the Student Economies of other nations.

The location of a Youth Palace is always going to be situated in areas where a sizeable population of the Student Body can be found within the host nation. More specifically, the location will be in a major city where a Shopping Citadel has been built. The Student Ambassador may be one Student, but they have Youth Leaders and State Functionaries working under them at these Youth Palaces. Youth Leaders and State Functionaries assigned to the Youth Palace will have their offices and workspaces situated somewhere inside the residential area of the Shopping Citadel. This residential area, which is meant to house important dignitaries from the Student Government, will always be situated near the Shopping Citadel’s international hotels for tourists. The Youth Palace’s location is also meant to be situated near the regional branches of Kontore and State Commissariats of Wages and Prices, giving the Student Government easy access to facilities capable of affecting the Student Tournament and its Student Enterprises.

In addition to the State Functionaries and Youth Leaders, the Youth Palace will also include any prospective Economic Planners and Inspectors assigned to the overseas operations of the Student Tournament and its Student Enterprises. Their presence in the host nation is accompanied by their VCS Economy counterparts, who carry out similar tasks for the Enterprises of the official Tournament. Generally, any Enterprise from the official Tournament of the VCS Economy with overseas branches under an RTA can be found operating at the Shopping Citadel or at the REZs (Real Economic Zones). The ones assigned to the Shopping Citadel are more likely to be interacting with the personnel at the Youth Palace than those working in the REZs.

The conventional rules regarding the interactions between the official Tournament and the Student Tournament in the Socialist Nation still apply in other nations. The Student Tournament is there for the Total Educational Effort of the SSE, which means that the official Tournament is restricted from using the Student Tournament to exploit the Foreigners of the host nation. NSFIs such as Scholarships, Apprenticeships, and Sponsorships may be issued to foster greater economic collaboration between both Tournaments. Fiefs can be used to execute Life-Energy Charging (LEC) among personnel working abroad within their respective Enterprises. Work-Plans are great for achieving long-term goals and can be cashed in for Actual Geld once their Maturity Date has passed.

Another intended purpose of the Youth Palace is to serve as an additional deterrent against the possibility of war between the homeland and the host nation. Since Youth Palaces are technically under the Command Responsibility of their Embassy and Consulates, their removal from the host nation is preceded by the removal of all personnel from the Embassy and Consulates. In fact, it can be argued that one of the early warning signs of war with the host is the Youth Palace’s Youth Leaders and State Functionaries evacuating all members of the Student Body and the closures of all Student Enterprises still operating in the host nation. It is because of this role that we might be inclined to envisage the perspectives of the Student Government to be more different from that of the Council State. After all, in war, young people are always the first ones to be drafted into service through Military Conscription and the first ones to die on the battlefield. Thus, the Student Body and their Student Government have a vested interest in ensuring that their concerns are heard and that the Council State will factor them into their diplomatic negotiations with the host nation.

Furthermore, all personnel at the Youth Palace exercise “Diplomatic Immunity” as a Legal Duty related to their relevant Professions within the Total Educational Effort. This needs to be understood as a proper extension of the same Diplomatic Immunity enjoyed by the personnel at the Embassy and subordinate Consulates. Diplomatic Immunity exempts the personnel of a diplomatic mission from the legal jurisprudence of the host nation under International Law as part of fulfilling their Legal Duties. It is a Legal Right whose Legal Duties are applicable to the Legal Code of the Socialist Nation, whose Council State wields full authority over the conduct of the diplomatic mission. Any criminal violations will be prosecuted under the Legal Code of the Socialist Nation instead of the legal jurisprudence of the host nation.

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