PLEASE NOTE THAT you MUST VM/PM me first to pick a role or have me assign you one. Not following this will result in your post being deleted.
Welcome to the June 2012 debate. As I said, each month between a "real" debate will be a more relaxed and lighthearted debate as we take a step through history. In this particular debate we're heading back to the 18th century, to the American colonies. You have traveled to Philidelphia or (or some city, the detail doesn't really matter) in order to take part in a debate alongside other wealthy landowners.
The speaker briefly informs you of why you are here. Tensions are rising between the colonies and the British Crown. Many people are unhappy with the treatment they are receiving. There is talk of succeeding from the British Empire and becoming an independent state. The Speaker then opens the floor to whoever speaks up next. The question on everyone's mind is, should America declare its independence from the British Empire?
Now, sources are still allowed for this, but, it has to be something that would have existed at the time. You couldn't, for example, quote Obama or Margaret Thatcher, because these people do not exist. You could, however, quote Socrates or Aristotle. These are just examples to give you an idea of how an outside source will work.
The two sides for this debate are Loyalists and Revolutionists. Loyalists believe America should remain under British rule, while Revolutionists want to remove themselves.
Please VM me which one you'd like to be. Alternatively, you can ask for me to randomly assign you a side. If there is a large amount of people on one side then newcomers may be forced to join the other side.