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Christian Kovanen (1379372)
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Christian Kovanen (1379372)

Due to the recent discussions in various channels of our Discord server and on these forums, I have been asked to make this announcement explaining our position and the position of VATSIM regarding the ongoing war.

VATSIM has always been very much apolitical and above any real-world conflicts. It has been decided by the powers that be that real-world conflicts, no matter their size or impact, shall not be recognized here. The war between Russia and Ukraine is not merely a political conflict, that is correct, but it is a real-world conflict with loss of life, and as such, it is not to be recognized on VATSIM. As such, we cannot take any action as a vACC based on this war.

It is also important to realize that VATSIM does not collect information about members' nationality, and Region/Division/Subdivision membership is purely based on personal wishes. VATSIM Regions/Divisions/Subdivisions have no relation to any governments or real-life organizations, nor do they support the same. An event with VATRUS is not, in fact, an event with the "Russians", as you would understand it in real life but with a Division of VATSIM that happens to share a similar name. Members of which could be nationals of any country and supporters of either side of the conflict.

As an individual, you are free to not control during any event. There is no requirement to provide reasoning for not controlling. All the work is done by the controllers attending an event; if nobody turns up, then there is, in fact, no event. Contrary to what some people believe, most events are simply requests from other parts of VATSIM to provide ATC on a specific date. Only the largest events, such as FSS, involve more work and planning.

Discussion of this conflict is not allowed on our Discord server or these forums. Please discuss this war and other conflicts with loss of life somewhere else. If you have questions about this, feel free to email me at [email protected]

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