@BCLG100 - Yes, it is necessary for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, it's necessary to preserve the overall democratic policies of the game. It was also necessary to justify the salaries of the RPG managers. Those salaries are themselves more than justified by the work that will be required of the managers but there was too much opposition to leader-equivalent salaries without the positions being elected. There was also a good bit of streamlining and simplification in the rules development. The complexity of the original setup was prohibitive. There are now 4 managers who can hire whatever help they need.