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DemoGame Rules - The Three Books

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Game of Democracy IV' started by Donovan Zoi, Dec 4, 2003.

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  1. Donovan Zoi

    Donovan Zoi The Return

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    People of Fanatica, behold the Three Books!

    This is the home for the new DemoGame 4 ruleset. Our nation is governed by three sets of laws --- the Constitution, the Code of Laws(CoL) and the Code of Standards(CoS). All are presented here in their entirety. Take note that due to the length of the CoL and the CoS, their contents have been divided into 2 and 3 posts respectively.

    My thanks go out to Ravensfire for formatting this entire document. :)

    This is not a discussion thread.
     
  2. Donovan Zoi

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    The Constitution of Fanatica

    Code:
    We, the people of Fanatica, in order to create an atmosphere of 
    friendship and cooperation, establish this Constitution of our 
    beloved country. We uphold the beliefs that each citizen must 
    have an equal voice in the government and ruling of our country, 
    that government itself is a construct of and servant to the people,
    that rules, regulations, and laws should be established to 
    facilitate the active participation of the people and to make 
    possible the dreams and desires of the citizens.
    
    Article A.  All Civfanatics Forum users who register in the Citizen 
                Registry are citizens of our country. Citizens have the 
                right to assemble, the right to free movement, the right 
                to free speech, the right to a fair trial, the right to 
                representation, the right to seek to redress grievances 
                and the right to vote.
    
    Article B.  Governing rules shall consist of these Articles of the 
                Constitution, such amendments that shall follow and lower
                forms of law that may be implemented. No rule shall be 
                valid that contradicts these Articles excepting an 
                amendment specifically tasked to do so.
    
    Article C.  The government will consist of the Executive Branch, 
                Legislative Branch and Judicial Branch.
    
    Article D.  The Executive branch is responsible for determining 
                and implementing the will of the People. It is headed
                by thePresident who shall be the primary Designated 
                Player. The President shall take direction from a 
                council of 4 leaders and from other elected and appointed 
                officials via the turnchat instruction thread.
                  1.  The Minister of Internal Affairs shall be 
                      responsible for all domestic and cultural 
                      initiatives, as prescribed by law.
                  2.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall be responsible
                      for matters involving treaties with foreign nations, 
                      as prescribed by law.
                  3.  The Minister of Defense shall be responsible for all
                      military strategy and troop activities, as 
                      prescribed by law.
                  4.  The Minister of Trade and Technology shall be 
                      responsible for all tech acquisition and trade 
                      initiatives, as prescribed by law.
    
    Article E.  The Legislative Branch will be formed of two houses. 
                The Senate will be formed of the Provincial Governors, 
                each of whom are responsible for the care, management 
                and use of the cities and lands of a province in 
                addition to legislative responsibilities.  The Congress
                will be formed of the entirety of the citizenry and is 
                responsible for the drafting of new Laws.
    
    Article F.  The Judicial Branch will consist of one Chief Justice
                and two Associate Justices. These three justices are 
                tasked with upholding the Constitution and its supporting 
                laws (if any) in a fair and impartial manner as prescribed 
                by law. The Chief Justice shall have the additional 
                responsibility to organize and conduct the affairs of the 
                Judicial Branch.
    
    Article G.  All elected positions shall have a fixed term. All vacant 
                elected positions shall be filled by appointment of a 
                citizen to fulfill the remainder of the term.
    
    Article H.  No person shall hold multiple positions of leadership 
                (President, Department Leader, Judiciary, Provincial 
                Governor) simultaneously.
    
    Article I.  Census, and Amending the Constitution
                  1.  The census shall be defined as the average number 
                      of votes cast, dropping fractions, in each of the
                      contested elections in the most recent general 
                      election.
                  2.  Ratification of Amendments to the Constitution 
                      shall require each of the following:
                    a.  A poll which is open for at least 48 hours, which 
                        states the text of the proposed new section(s), 
                        the text of the section(s) being replaced, and 
                        posing the question in the form of yes / no / 
                        abstain.
                    b.  A majority of yes votes.
                    c.  A number of yes votes greater than or equal to 
                        2/3 the census current at the start of voting on 
                        the amendment, dropping any fraction therein.
    
    Article J.  Elected officials must plan and act according to the will 
                of the people.
    
    Article K.  All irreversible game actions must progress during a 
                public turnchat, while reversible game actions(ie build 
                queues) that adhere to legal instruction can be prepared 
                offline.
    
    Article L.  The constitution, laws and standards of Fanatika can never 
                be contrary to the rules and regulations of the 
                Civfanatics forums. Moderators may veto any such 
                constitutional amendments, laws or standards.
    
    Article M.  Commission of any game action by any person other than 
                the Designated Player while carrying out their duties 
                that is not instantly reversible without reloading the 
                save is strictly forbidden.
                  1.  Exception: Determining options in the renegotiation 
                      of Peace agreements requires an action of acceptance 
                      or war to exit the bargain screen. This may be done 
                      but the game must be immediately closed without 
                      saving.
     
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    Code of Laws(Sections A - C)

    Code:
    A. Citizen Rights 
      1. Right to Assemble 
        a.  Citizens may form civilian agencies/groups to 
            perform specific tasks or promote specific agendas. 
          1.  Examples include a history tracking group and 
              activists for or against war. 
          2.  Citizen groups may lobby for candidates and agendas. 
        b.  Political parties (slate polling) are not permitted. 
    
      2.  Right to Free Movement 
        a.  Each citizen resides in a city of Fanatika. 
        b.  Citizens choose where they live and may change this 
            location at will. 
    
      3.  Right to Free Speech 
        a.  Citizens may post their comments in forum threads 
            wherever 
            appropriate. 
        b.  Citizens may post their comments in chats wherever 
            appropriate. 
        c.  Citizens may create discussion threads on any topic. 
        d.  Citizens may create polls on any topic. 
    
      4.  Right to a Fair Trial 
        a.  A citizen accused of a crime is considered innocent 
            unless proven otherwise. 
        b.  Cases will be tried by the Judiciary and citizenry 
            through discussion, judged by the Judiciary, and 
            sentenced by the votes of the citizenry.
     
      5.  Right to Representation 
        a.  The citizenry forms the Congress and thereby controls
            the passage of laws and amendments. 
    
      6.  Right to Seek a Redress of Grievances
        a.  Any citizen may call to account any violation of the 
            Constitution or Code of Laws. 
        b.  Any citizen can request that a departmental leader 
            post a poll that lies within that leader's 
            responsibilities. 
          1.  If two other citizens agree with the proposed poll
              (proposal seconded and carried) the request becomes
              a demand and the leader must comply. 
    
      7.  Right to Vote 
        a.  All citizens have the right to vote in all public 
            polls. 
        b.  No citizen will be forced to cast their vote against 
            their conscience. 
        c.  No citizen will vote more than once in the same poll. 
    
    B.  The Executive Branch 
      1.  Presidency 
        a.  The Leader of the Executive Branch is the President. 
        b.  The Deputy of the Presidency is the Vice President. 
        c.  Is responsible for determining what to do with Great 
            Leaders. 
        d.  Is responsible for worker activities. 
        e.  Is responsible for policies, plans and agendas for 
            departments when these have not been set by a 
            department. 
        f.  Is responsible for policies, plans and agendas for 
            items and activities that have not been defined as a 
            task of an individual department or leader. 
      
      2.  Council 
        a.  The Council of the Executive Branch consists of the 
            Leaders of the 4 departments. 
        b.  Each department shall have a deputy. 
        c.  Department Leaders share several powers and 
            responsibilities, regardless of department. 
          1.  Post polls and discussions to determine citizen 
              desires for departmental policies, plans and 
              agendas. 
          2.  Cast a tie-breaking vote in the polls determining 
              their departmental policies, plans and agendas. 
          3.  Formulate departmental policies, plans and agendas 
              based on citizen feedback. 
          4.  Formulate departmental policies, plans and agendas 
              of their own in the absence of citizen feedback 
              (forum outage, low participation, etc). 
          5.  Convey these policies, plans and agendas to the 
              President for play in the game. 
        d.  Departmental powers and responsibilities may overlap. 
            If overlap should cause the creation of non-
            complementary plans, departmental precedence shall 
            be determined by rank in the Chain of Command. 
        e.  Ministry of Internal Affairs 
          1.  Is responsible for settler placement. 
          2.  Is responsible for wonder building, including 
              prebuilds. 
          3.  Governor of cities that do not have a provincial 
              governor. 
          4.  Is responsible for the mapping of Provincial 
              Borders. 
          5.  Evaluate Cultural needs of all cities.
          6.  Monitor overall happiness of COUNTRY_NAME.
          7.  Coordinate efforts of Governors on national 
              projects.
        f.   Ministry of Defense       
          1.  Is responsible for troop movements. 
          2.  Is responsible for defensive plans. 
          3.  Is responsible for offensive plans. 
          4.  Is responsible for troop upgrades and terminations. 
          5.  Track relative strength of foreign nations
        g.   Ministry of Foreign Affairs
          1.  Is responsible for declarations of war. 
          2.  Is responsible for peace treaties. 
          3.  Is responsible for construction of embassies. 
          4.  Is responsible for rights of passage. 
          5.  Is responsible for trade embargoes. 
          6.  Is responsible for mutual protection pacts. 
          7.  Is responsible for placement of spies. 
          8.  Is responsible for intelligence gathering, 
              spying and sabotage. 
          9.  Track world-wide diplomatic situation.
        h.   Ministry of Trade and Technology
          1.  Is responsible for tech research queue. 
          2.  Is responsible for tech trades. 
          3.  Is responsible for tech espionage. 
          4.  Is responsible for trade deals. 
          5.  Is responsible for tracking the status and 
              expiration of established deals. 
                   
    C.  The Legislative Branch 
      1.  The Senate (Governors) 
        a.  Structure
          1.  The Senate shall be comprised of all Provincial 
              Governors
            A.  Should the number of provinces at the beginning 
                of a term be less than 3, a number of At-Large 
                Governors shall be elected.
              1.  The number of At-Large Governors shall be that
                  needed to bring the total number of Governors 
                  to 3.
              2.  Should a new province be formed in mid-term, 
                  and an At-Large Governor exist, the At-Large 
                  Governor receiving the most votes in support 
                  during the election shall become the Provincial 
                  Governor of the new province.
          2.  The Senatorial President shall be the Vice-President
            B.  The Senatorial President shall be empowered to 
                vote only when a Senate vote is tied.                   
        b.  A governor organizes the production of their province.
          1.  A governor organizes the build queues of the cities 
              in thier province
          1.  A governor organizes the tile use in their province. 
          2.  If a tile is unused, it may be used by a city in a 
              neighboring province. 
          3.  A governor organizes tile development in their 
              province. 
          4.  A governor may determine if population rushing is 
              to be used in a city within their province.
        c.  The Senate shall meet prior to each turn chat and 
            vote on the slider settings for the next game play 
            session in a Senate Slider poll.
          1.  The results of this vote shall be posted by the 
              Senatorial President in the game play session 
              instruction thread.
          2.  Should the Senate fail to determine the slider 
              settings, the Designated Player shall determine the 
              slider settings.
        d.  The Senate shall meet prior to each turn chat and vote 
            on all cash requests in a Cash Request poll. 
          1.  These requests should be made in the Senate thread, 
              or another designated thread indicated in the first 
              post of the Senate thread.
          2.  Each request should be considered individually 
              unless the requestor specified otherwise.
          3.  Each request should be voted on seperately.
          4.  Should more requests be approved than funds 
              available, requests shall be conducted in the order 
              determined by the Designated Player.                 
      
      2.  The Congress (Citizens) 
        a.  Comprised of all registered citizens of Fanatika. 
        b.  Provincial borders shall be determined and approved 
            by the Congress. 
          1.  A province should contain no more than 
              approximately 126 tiles
          2.  Provincial borders shall be defined well ahead of 
              expansion. 
          3.  When a defined province grows to 3 cities in the 
              middle of an term, and no At-Large Governor exists, 
              a temporary governor must be appointed by the 
              President.
              A.  Any citizen may post a refusal poll for the 
              appointment.
          4.  Any citizen may request a redistricting poll be 
              held by creating a new thread in the Citizen's sub-
              forum with the request.  Should more than 2 other 
              citizens second the request, the Minister of 
              Internal Affairs shall create a redistricting poll. 
            a.  This poll shall ask the question "Shall we 
                redefine the boundaries of our Provinces?" and 
                be open for 4 days.
            b.  If the poll meets a quorum level of 2/3 the 
                census and 2/3 of the votes support the question, 
                the Minister of the Interior shall immediately 
                conduct a discussion on redefining the boundaries 
                of all Provinces.
            c.  Once all boundaries have been created, the entire 
                plan shall be polled for acceptance.  There shall 
                be no quorum level, and the poll shall be open 
                for 4 days.  If 2/3 of the votes accept the 
                proposal, the new boundaries shall become active 
                with the next election. 
        
      3.  Legislative Polls
        a.  Senate Polls
          1.  Slider Polls
            A.  Proposal shall list all slider options under 
                consideration.
            B.  Poll shall be in open response format (normal 
                post option, not a poll).
            C.  The setting with the most votes shall be the 
                approved setting.
            D.  The minimum duration for this poll is 24 hours.
          2.  Cash Request Polls
            A.  Proporal shall list all cash requests.
            B.  Poll shall be in open response format (normal 
                post option, not a poll).
            C.  Each request receiving a majority of the total 
                votes in support shall be considered approved.
            D.  The minimum duration for this poll is 24 hours.
     
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    Code of Laws(Sections D - J)

    Code:
    D.  Judiciary
      1.  The judiciary is comprised of three members, the Chief 
          Justice, and 2 Associate Justices
    
      2.  All members of the judiciary share several rights and 
          responsibilities. 
        a.  Do not have Deputies but may appoint Pro-Tem 
            officials if they are unable to fulfill their duties. 
            Pro-Tem officials have all of the rights and 
            responsibilities of the officials they are filling 
            in for but are a temporary position and must 
            surrender their pro-tem status upon the request of 
            the official. 
        b.  Participate in Judicial Review to determine the 
            legality of proposed amendments, laws and standards. 
        c.  Initiate and participate in Judicial Review to 
            interpret and clarify existing amendments, laws and 
            standards. 
        d.  Participate in Citizen Complaints.
        e.  Post Legislative polls that have passed Judicial 
            Review. 
    
      3.  The Chief Justice 
        a.  Is responsible for posting the current census at the 
            beginning of each term. 
        b.  Is responsible for updating and maintaining the 
            Judicial Log. 
        d.  Is responsible for monitoring investigation threads 
            to keep them on topic and accurate. 
    
      4.  Associate Justices
        a.  Aid the Chief Justice as requested.
    
    E.  Forum Moderators 
      1.  Democracy game forum moderators are responsible for 
          site maintenance. 
      2.  Democracy game forum moderators are responsible for 
          enforcing Civfanatics Forum rules within the Democracy 
          Game Forums. 
      3.  Democracy game forum moderators are responsible for 
          overseeing the election process and determining the 
          validity of election results.
    
    F.  Elections
      1.  Elections shall be supervised by the Election Office 
          under guidance from the Moderators.
        a.  At the conclusion of an election cycle, the Election 
            Office shall:
          1.  Determine and post the results of the election in 
              a thread in the main forum.
          2.  Determine and post the dates of the next election 
              cycle in the first post of the Election Office.
      
      2.  For the purposes of this clause, all times shall be 
          expressed in GMT.
    
      3.  The following offices shall have one calendar month
          terms, beginning on the first day of that month
        a.  President
        b.  Minister of Internal Affairs
        c.  Minister of Defense
        d.  Minister of Foreign Affairs
        e.  Minister of Trade and Technology
        f.  Chief Justice
        g.  2 Associate Justice 
        h.  1 Provincial Governor per Province
        i.  At-Large Govenors, if needed
      
      4.  Elections shall be conducted according to the following 
          scheduled:
        a.  Nominations shall start 7 days before the end of the 
            month and run until the election polls are posted.
        b.  Debates shall start 7 days before the end of the 
            month and run until the election polls close.
        c.  Election polls shall start 4 days before the end of 
            the month and run for 3 days.
      
      5.  The citizen gathering the most votes in an election is 
          deemed the winner of that election.
        a.  Should more than one citizen tie with the highest 
            totals, a run-off election lasting 2 days shall be 
            immediately posted listing only the tied citizens.
    
    G.  Chain of Command 
      1.  Determines the Designated Player if the President is 
          unavailable for the turn chat. 
        a.  If no citizen in the CoC is present at the game play 
            session, the session shall be ended.
      
      2.  Settles departmental jurisdiction conflicts. 
      
      3.  COC 
        a.  President 
        b.  Vice President 
        c.  Minister of Internal Affairs
        d.  Minister of Defense
        e.  Minister of Foreign Affairs
        f.  Minister of Trade and Technology
    
    H.  Vacant Positions
      1.  Leader positions that remain unfilled after an election 
          shall be filled via appointment by the President. 
        a.  Any citizen may post a refusal poll within 24 hours
            of the appointment. 
           
      2.  Deputies
        a.  Each elected office in the Executive and Legislative 
            branch shall have a Deputy. This Deputy is appointed 
            by the office holder.
          1.  Any citizen may post a refusal poll within 24 hours
              of the appointment. 
        b.  No elected official may be appointed a Deputy.
        c.  A citizen may only be appointed to one Deputy position.
    
      3.  Leader positions that become vacant mid-term shall be 
          filled by appointing the deputy for that position as 
          Leader.
        a.  A mid-term vacancy in the Judiciary shall be filled 
            by a triumvirate vote between the President and the 
            other two Justices determining and approving the 
            replacement.
          1.  Any citizen may request a refusal poll within 24 
              hours of the appointement.
    
    I.  Legal Instructions
      1.  A legal instruction is any instruction, posted in the 
          turn chat instruction thread at least one hour prior 
          to the start of the turn chat, by a citizen empowered 
          to do so, within the limitations of the office the 
          citizen is representing.
    
    J.  Amending the Code of Laws
      1.  Polls to amend the Code of Laws shall be posted by the 
          Judiciary upon succesful completion of a Judicial Review.
      
      2.  Polls are to be in anonymous responder format (standard 
          Forum poll option). 
        a.  Proposal must be in Yes/No/Abstain format. 
        b.  Polls will stay open until: 
          1.  All votes have been cast, or; 
          2.  A quorum has responded and further votes cannot 
              affect the outcome of the vote, or; 
          3.  The posted poll closing time has been reached. 
            1.  Minimum duration to run a poll is 48 hours. 
        c.  The quorum for changes in the Code of Laws is 1/2 of 
            the census. 
        d.  A simple majority of support is required to adopt or 
            alter a law. 
     
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    Code of Standards(Sections A - G)

    Code:
    A.  The Citizen Registry  
      1.  All persons wishing to play the Democracy Game should 
          register in the Citizen Registry thread. 
        a.  Citizens should edit their post in the registry if
            the facts stated there change.
    
    B.  Forum Organization 
      1.  Main Forum - Game play related information    
        a.  Intro Thread / Meta Index (sticky)
        b.  Citizen Registry (sticky)
        c.  Needed Things (sticky)
        d.  Nomination index (seasonal) (sticky)
        e.  Constitution/Code of Laws/Code of Standards (sticky)
        f.  Game Saves and Chat Log index (sticky)
        g.  Judicial Log (sticky)
        h.  Official Absence (sticky)
        i.  Turn chat schedule / Chat instruction thread index / 
            Statistics thread 
        j.  Turn chat threads 
        k.  Election threads (nominations, polls) 
        l.  Threads should be opened here only by Mods and 
            citizens needing to do so for an office.
      
      2.  Government Sub-forum - Government related information     
        a.  Government Thread Index (all branches) (sticky)
        b.  Offices Index (appointed/created positions) (sticky)
        c.  City Index and Registry (sticky)
        d.  Creative History Department (sticky)
        e.  Creative History Department - Storyline (sticky)
        f.  Senate 
        g.  Government Threads 
        h.  Province Threads 
        i.  City Threads 
        j.  Office Threads 
        k.  Maps (Cartographic Society)     
        l.  Citizens are allowed to post, but not to open their 
            own threads. Threads should be created by mods, 
            leaders and those needing to do so for an office.  
            All discussion should be spawned to the citizen 
            forum with only a link in the governmental forum to 
            avoid clutter. The result of the discussion should 
            be brought back to the government forum thereafter. 
      
      3.   Citizen Sub-forum - Citizen related information 
        a.  Citizen group Index & Registry (sticky)
        b.  Discussion Registry (sticky)
        c.  Citizen groups 
        d.  Discussions 
      
      4.   Poll Sub-forum - Polls 
        a.  Poll Registry (sticky)
        b.  Citizen Polls 
        c.  Leader Polls
    
    C.  Game Schedule
      1.  Regular Game Sessions
        a.  The turn chat schedule shall be created by the 
            President
        b.  The schedule shall always have at least two chats
            on the schedule, including the chat taking place on 
            the current date.
        c.  Once set, the schedule may not be changed expect for:
          1.  Correct a minor typing error.  This change must be
              done within 12 hours of the initial post for that
              turn chat.
          2.  Extenuating circumstances within the game requiring
              additional discussion time.  This change must be
              done within 24 hours of the end of the turn chat
              producing the circumstance, and may only delay
              the turn chat.
          3.  Extenuating circumstances outside of the requiring
              additional discussion time.  This change shall only
              be done by the Judiciary acting unanimously.
        d.  All changes shall be posted in the Schedule thread,
            the Presidential thread and as a new thread in the 
            Citizen's sub-forum.  
            
      2.  Special Game Sessions
        a.  The President may schedule a special game session to
            accomplish a single, specific task.
        b.  The need for this task must be supported by either a
            poll or through significant support in a discussion.
        c.  The chat shall be scheduled no earlier than 24 hours
            from when the chat was added to the schedule.
        d.  A turn chat instruction thread must be posted for 
            this special session, and shall include only:
          1.  The date and time of the chat, in GMT;
          2.  A link to the save to be used;
          3.  The reasons and the support for the chat;
          4.  The specific action to be take.
          5.  No other instructions from the Executive or
              Legislative branches shall be posted.
    
    D.  Turn Chat Instruction Thread 
      1.  All instructions to be played out in the turn chat 
          must be entered in the turn chat instruction thread. 
        a.  Any instructions that are not posted to the turn 
            chat instruction thread before the start of the turn 
            chat are not considered official. 
      
      2.  Thread organization 
        a.  Threads will be created in the Main forum 
        b.  One Thread will be used per Turn-Chat 
        c.  The Thread will be called "Turn Chat Instructions 
            [save game date] [date of turn chat]" 
        d.  The Thread of the upcoming turn-chat will be stickied 
        e.  Only the upcoming turn chat thread and the last turn 
            chat thread should be open, the others should be 
            closed if all info posted to stop misposting of 
            information. 
      
      3.  Post organization 
        a.  Specified files should be uploaded with the file 
            server upload (link at bottom of Forum pages) and a 
            URL link should be put in the applicable post. 
        b.  First Post: 
          1.  Time and date when the chat will be held 
             a.  Time should be expressed in GMT
          2.  Save game which will be used 
          3.  Any other information the President considers
              relevant
        c.  Following Posts: 
          1.  Turn chat instructions from the officials, one 
              post per department and province 
        d.  Game Save Posts
          1.  Used for uploading the intermittent saves during 
              the chat. 
        e.  Last Posts 
          1.  Turn Summary 
          2.  Chat-Log 
          3.  Screenshots (if needed) 
    
    E.  Turn Chat Procedures 
      1.  The Designated Player (see Chain of Command) should be 
          in the chat room at least 10 minutes before the 
          scheduled time and begin play at the specified start 
          time.  The Designated Player may conduct any prepatory 
          activities that can be immediately undone without 
          reloading the save, at any time prior to the start of 
          the turn chat, even offline.
        a.  The primary chat room shall be #Turnchat on 
            irc.irc-chat.net.
      
      2.  If the Designated Player has not shown up 10 minutes 
          after the scheduled start of the turn chat, a new 
          Designated Player shall be chosen from the officials 
          present following the Chain of Command. If none are 
          present, then the Chat is cancelled.
      
      3.  The Designated Player shall upload a save of the game 
          after turn 0, every 5 turns after that, and a final 
          save at the conclusion of the chat. 
      
      4.  If the Designated Player voluntarily relinquishes 
          control, they shall post a current save of the game in 
          the TCIT.  The next person in the COC attending the 
          chat shall download this save and resume playing the 
          game with that save.
      
      5.  If the Designated Player disappears and has not 
          reappeared within 10 minutes, the next person 
          attending the chat on the COC shall become the 
          Designated Player using the most recently uploaded 
          save game. 
      
      6.  If a game has to be used that is not current, then the 
          moves from the chat log must be duplicated. 
      
      7.  Once a player has started playing the save, they are 
          the Designated Player for that turn chat and shall not 
          be required to relinquish play to a late arriving/
          returning, but higher ranked official.
      
      8.  The maximum number of turns to be played per Turn Chat
          will be 10. 
        a.  A valid and binding Forum Poll may extend the 
            number of turns to be played, on a per-chat basis
        b.  Under extenuating circumstances the chat may be 
            extended by the DP for up to 3 turns.  No other 
            approval is need for the DP to extend the Turn 
            Chat if the allowable conditions are met. The 
            reasons a chat may be extended are:
            * to allow research to complete so that next 
              options can be discussed.
            * to allow a specific wonder or production to 
              complete, so its affects can be determined.
            * to complete a military action, so that peace 
              terms can be discussed, or follow on action 
              planned.
            * to allow a period of anarchy to complete, so the 
              government change can be assessed.
    
    F.  Turn Chat Rules 
      
      1.  Only citizens of the Democracy game shall be voiced. 
      
      2.  Citizens are encouraged to provide constructive advice
          & positively contribute to the chat.
      
      3.  Spaming, lobbying, repetitive questions and any other 
          unnecessary traffic in the chat is forbidden. 
      
      4.  Clones are not allowed! 
      
      5.  Violations of the chat rules shall result in the 
          offender being de-voiced. 
          
      6.  The chat operators hold 
          the right to de-voice all non-officials if the chat 
          gets too confusing or is disturbed by someone 
          permanently. The Designated Player makes this decision. 
      
      7.  De-voicing actions shall be investigated by the 
          Judiciary. 
      
      8.  During turn chats, #Demogame is still open for totally 
          free discussions. Departments or special interest 
          groups can also open private discussion rooms. 
      
      9.  The Designated Player retains the right to end the 
          chat turn at their discretion. 
    
    G.  Save Game/Log Thread
      1.  Links to all official game saves and turn chat logs 
          shall be posted in a thread titled "Games Saves and 
          Chat Logs" located in the main forum.
    
      2.  Each President shall make one post which shall be 
          updated with a link to the game save and turn chat log 
          within 12 hours of the beginning of a turn chat session.
         a.  The post shall have two sections: "Game Saves" and 
             "Turn Chat Logs".
         b.  The link text for the game saves and the turn chat 
             logs shall be the game year at the start of the 
             turn chat session. For example, the links for the 
             game save and turn chat log that are posted after 
             the first turn chat session would be "4000 BC".
     
  6. Donovan Zoi

    Donovan Zoi The Return

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    Code of Standards(Sections H - K)

    Code:
    H.  Naming Rights 
      1.  The first Governor for a province shall name that 
          province.
    
      2.  A City Name List is compiled from names provided by 
          the citizens of Fanatica. 
        a.  Each citizen was required to provide a name at the 
            time of registration. 
        b.  Names will be used in the order of citizen 
            registration. If a city name was not provided, that 
            citizen is skipped until that citizen provides a 
            name.  That name is placed on top of the remaining 
            list.
        c.  A citizen may change or add their choice of city 
            name any time prior to their choice being used. A 
            post must be made in the Census Office thread 
            regarding the change or addition.
    
      3.  When a city name is required, the first name available 
          on the official City Name List shall be used unless 
          that city's name-giver determines otherwise.
        a.  The first President shall have rights to name the 
            first city founded by Fanatica. If the President 
            exercises this right, the President shall be skipped 
            in the City Name List the first time they are due to
            name a city.      
    
      4.  When a city has been named using a name from the City 
          Name List, it shall not be renamed unless the city is 
          wrongly named .
    
      5.  Cities that were captured, flipped, or otherwise 
          acquired are always renamed.  When a city is renamed, 
          it must follow the points above.
    
      6.  Natural terrain features (mountain chains, lakes, 
          deserts, etc) may be named by Provincial Governors. If 
          the Provincial Governor does not wish to name a feature 
          it may be passed to the next Governor
    
      7.  Naming rights must pass through all citizens before a 
          citizen is given a second naming right in the chain. 
    
    I.  Poll Procedures 
      1.  Forum Poll
        a.  The following criteria are required for a forum poll 
            to be binding: 
          1.  Approval levels must be achieved. 
            A.  A simple plurality is required. 
            B.  If "Abstain" ever holds plurality at the end of a 
                poll, the forum poll is not binding. 
        b.  The following criteria are required for a forum poll 
            to be valid: 
          1.  Discussion thread open for 24 hours, minimum. 
          2.  Poll type in the header and first post. 
          3.  Forum Poll end dates/times noted in the first post. 
            A.  End dates/times can be conditional. (Example: 
                poll ends at 1 hour prior to the beginning of the 
                next chat turn) 
          4.  Link to relevant discussion threads in the first
              post. 
          5.  Inclusion of an "Abstain" option. 
          6.  Link to the poll in the Poll Registry. 
          7.  All above criteria must be met within 4 hours of 
              creating poll, excepting minor typos and corrections.
        c.  The following criteria are preferred for all forum 
            polls: 
          1.  Proposed poll, up for 24 hours minimum. 
          2.  Forum poll posted with link from discussion thread. 
          3.  Forum poll duration minimum of 24 hours (48 hours 
              plus is preferred). 
            A.  If the forum poll runs into the weekend it is 
                advised that the duration be extended by 24 hours 
                for each weekend day. Forum participation is much 
                lower on the weekends. 
          4.  Link to the forum poll in the appropriate Department 
              thread. 
          5.  Vote options given explanations, if not immediately 
              apparent.
              Example:  Yes (I want to build the embassy.)  
                        No (I do not want to build the embassy.)
                        Abstain (I don't care if we build the 
                                 embassy.)
      
      2.  Informational polls
        a.  Do not have restrictions and cannot be used to 
            justify policy, plans or actions. 
          1.  All polls posted by Leaders are considered Forum 
              Polls unless specifically noted to be informational 
              in the header and first post.
      
      3.  Refusal Polls
        a.  Any citizen may request a refusal poll to be posted 
            within 24 hours of any citizen being appointed to an 
            elected office.
        b.  The person who appointed the citizen to the office 
            must create a poll within 24 hours of the refusal
            request.
          1.  Failure to post the poll shall result in the 
              appoinment nullified
          2.  Poll shall only contain Yes, No and Abstain options.
          3.  Poll shall run for 48 hours.
          4.  Header and body of poll should state that this is 
              a refusal poll and the position in question.
          5.  Should there fail to be a majority of votes in
              support of the appointment, the appointment is 
              immediately nullified upon the poll closing.
        c.  If the appointment is nullified, the person making 
            the appointment must appoint a different citizent to 
            the office.
    
    J.  Elections (CoS section)
     1.  Nominations
      a.  The Election Office shall create one Nomination thread 
          for each possible Election poll.  These threads shall 
          be in the main forum.
      b.  Any citizen may nominate any other citizen, including 
          themself, for any office.
      c.  To be listed in the Election poll, a Citizen must post 
          that they have accepted a nomination.
        1.  A self-nomination is considered to be automatically 
            accepted.
      e.  The Election Office shall create a Nomination Tracking 
          thread in the main forum summarizing all 
          nominations and their status.
        
     2.  Debates
      a.  Debates shall be held within the Nomination thread.
      b.  Any citizen may post a question or statement in this 
          thread.
      c.  No candidate shall be forced to respond to a question.
      d.  The Election Office shall maintain a list of the asked 
          questions and periodically repost them.
      
     3.  Polling
      a.  Polling threads shall be created by the Election 
          Office in the main forum.
      b.  Only accepted nominations shall be listed in the 
          Election poll.
      c.  The poll shall list the nominees and abstain.
      d.  Each office shall have its own poll.
        1. Judiciary exceptions:
          A. There shall be only 1 multi-select poll for the 
             Judiciary branch.
            i. This poll will list all the candidates and 
               instruct the citizens that only the recipients of 
               the three highest vote totals will be elected.
          B. The nominee with the most votes shall be the Chief 
             Justice.
            i. Should a tie exist for 1st, the nominees tied for 
               that position shall be listed in a poll to 
               determine who shall be the Chief Justice. This 
               poll shall last for 2 days.  The person receiving
               the 2nd most votes in the poll if there are two
               candidates tied shall be an Associate Justice.  
               If there are three or more candidates tied, the 
               2nd and 3rd place candidates shall be Associate 
               Justices.
          C. The nominees with the 2nd and 3rd most votes shall 
             be the Associate Justices, unless a tie existed for 
             1st most votes.  If there are two tied for 1st, the 
             3rd place from the original multi-choice poll shall
             be Associate Justice.  If three or more tie for 1st
             in the multi-choice poll, the associate justices 
             shall be determined as specified in foregoing 
             section 1.B.i.
          D. Should a tie exist for either Associate Justice 
             position, where there are more candidates tied than 
             positions available, a run-off poll shall be posted.  
             This poll shall list only the tied candidates and 
             the number of positions available. This poll shall 
             be a single-select poll (standard format), and be 
             open for 24 hours. The candidate(s) with the most 
             votes shall be elected to the position(s).  This 
             poll shall run for 2 days.
    
       2. At-Large Governors
          A. There shall be only 1 multi-select poll for all 
            At-Large Governor positions.
           i. This poll will list all the candidates and instruct 
              the citizens that only the recipients of the X 
              highest vote totals will be elected, where X is 
              the number of At-Large Governor positions for the 
              election cycle.
          B. The top X candidates, where X is the number of 
             At-Large Governor positions for the election cycle, 
             shall be the At-Large Governors
          C. Should a tie exist between two or more citizens for 
             the final At-Large Governor position, a run-off 
             poll listing only those citizens shall be posted.  
             This poll shall last for 2 days.
    K.  Absenteeism  
      1.  The Deputy for a position may post instructions for 
          that position should no instructions be posted within 
          24 hours of the scheduled start of the game play 
          session.  
        a.  The office holder may not post instructions should 
            they return once the deputy has posted instructions.
    
      2.  Should an Executive or Legislative leader fail to post 
          instructions for 2 consecutive game play sessions, 
          without posting in the official absence thread, any 
          citizen may request that the office be declared 
          abandoned by creating a thread in the Citizen forum. 
        a.  The Chief Justice shall then send a PM to the office 
            holder, notifying them of the request.
        b.  The Chief Justice shall then post in the request 
            thread that the PM has been sent.
        c.  Should the office holder fail to reply by posting in 
            the request thread within 96 hours of the PM, the 
            office holder is removed and the office is 
            considered vacant.
       
      3.  Should a Judicial leader fail to respond to an official 
          post or message within 96 hours,  without posting in 
          the official absence thread, any member of the 
          Judiciary may request that the office be declared 
          abandoned by creating a thread in the Citizen forum. 
        a.  A member of the Judiciary shall then send a PM to 
            the office holder, notifying them of the request.
        b.  The Justice that made the request shall then post in 
            the request thread that the PM has been sent.
        c.  Should the office holder fail to reply by posting in 
            the request thread within 96 hours of the PM, the 
            office holder is removed and the office is 
            considered vacant.
    
      4.  Should an office holder post that they will be absent 
          for a certain time period, the Deputy is empowered 
          with all duties and responsibilities of the position 
          for that period.
        a.  The Deputy shall relinquish all such powers upon 
            return of the office holder.
        b.  Should the Deputy fail to post instructions while so 
            empowered, the Designated Player shall perform the 
            actions of that office as they deem to be within the 
            Will of the People, using such information as is 
            available to them.
        c.  A member of the Judiciary, subject to approval by 
            the other members of the Judiciary, may appoint any 
            citizen, not already an elected official or deputy 
            to an elected official, to serve in their office 
            until they return.
     
  7. Donovan Zoi

    Donovan Zoi The Return

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    Code of Standards(Sections L - N)

    Code:
    L.  Citizen Complaint Process
      1.  Complaint
        a.  A Complaint is filed with the Court by a citizen
          1.  May be filed as a post in the Judicial Thread or;
          2.  PM to any Justice or;
          3.  PM to Moderator
        b. The Complaint should detail the circumstances for the 
           accusation, and include some evidence.
        c.  The Court appoints a Prosecutor for case.
          1.  The Accuser may represent themselves, arrange for 
              an Advocate, or request the Court to appoint an 
              Advocate.
        d.  Court notifies Accused and determines Defense.
          1.  Accused may represent themselves, arrange for an 
              Advocate, or request Court to appoint an Advocate.
        e.  The Prosecutor and the Defense investigate complaint.
          1.  May interview witnesses, gather evidence, etc.
          2.  If complaint made via PM, the Prosecutor and the 
              Defense shall communicate with Accuser through the 
              person the Complaint was sent to.  The identity of 
              the Accuser should not be revealed unless they 
              choose otherwise.
        f.  The Prosecutor and the Defense then present the 
            results of the investigation to the Court.
          1.  The Court should be skeptical of all allegations, 
              requiring a reasonable chance the allegation is 
              true and determining that, if the allegation is 
              true, a violation of Fanatican law has occurred.
        g.  By majority vote, the complaint is disposed as 
            follows:
          1.  Dismissed
            A.  Complaint dismissed completely.
            B.  Complaint should not be referenced in future, 
                non-court events (think arrest record vs court 
                record).
          2.  Accepted
            A.  Complaint accepted for Trial.
          3.  Partially Accepted
            A.  Only some parts of the complaint are accepted.
            B.  Those portions not accepted are Dismissed and 
                should not be referenced in future discussions.
        h.  If the complaint is Accepted, the Court should 
            determine if there is a specific action that can 
            significantly remedy the harm caused.
          1.  The Prosecutor, the Defense and the Accused meet 
              to determine a proposed remedy.
            A.  If they unable to determine a remedy, the 
                complaint is Accepted.
          2.  The court then votes on the proposed rememdy.  If 
              a majority of the Court agrees with proposal, the 
              remedy is accepted.
            A.  If not accepted, remedy discussions should 
                continue, with guidance from Court.
          3.  The Chief Justice shall post all instructions 
              needed to carry out the remedy for the next turn 
              chat.
          4.  Failure by the Accused to carry out remedy, or 
              make every effort to see that the remedy is 
              carried out, is treated as Guilty plea.
          5.  The Complaint treated as Dismissed if remedy is 
              carried out.
        j.  If the complaint is Dismissed for any reason, 
            including the Accused carrying out the rememdy, the 
            Chief Justice shall post the disposition and 
            reasoning in the Judicial Thread and the Judicial 
            Log.  Any remedy should be included in this post.
    
      2.  Trial
        a.  The Prosecutor creates the formal charge.
        b.  The Chief Justice shall create a trial thread in the 
            Citizens forum, entitled
            "People vs <Accused>".
          1.  The first post shall be from the Chief Justice 
              containing formal charge.
          2.  The second post shall be from the Prosecutor.
          3.  The third post shall be from the Defense.
          4.  The Discussion continues until the Chief Justice 
              declares arguments over.
            A.  Associate Justices may overrule if both agree.  
                They may also declare a halt to arguments if 
                both agree and Chief Justice is not willing.
            B.  At this time, the Prosecutor and the Defense 
                should make final, summary posts.
        c.  The Judiciary shall then confer privately and 
            determine by a majority vote, Court determines
          1.  Innocent
          2.  Guilty
    
      3. Sentencing
        a.  The Chief Justice shall create a poll to determine 
            sentence handed down to the guilty party.
          1.  If there are multiple Guilty verdicts, the Chief 
              Justice shall determine if multiple polls (one per
              charge) or a single, combined sentence poll shall 
              be used.
          2.  The poll shall include options determined by the 
              Chief Justice
            A.  The Chief Justice shall consult with the 
                Associate Justices for appropriate options, but 
                the final decisions shall rest with the Chief 
                Justice.
            B.  The options shall be ranked in the order of most 
                severe to the least severe.
            C.  There shall be no abstain option.
            D.  Some of the sentencing option the Chief Justice 
                should consider are:
              1.  Expulsion (removal from the current DG)
              2.  Suspension (time to be determined by Moderators)
              3.  Impeachment (removal from office)
              4.  Final Warning
              5.  Public Apology (wording to be approved by 
                  Moderators)
              6.  Warning
              7.  No Punishement
            E.  The preceding list should not be considered
                complete.  The Judiciary may add additional 
                options as needed.
            F.  Options may be combined at the discretion of the 
                Judiciary for a single sentencing option.
            G.  Explusions and Suspensions must be approved by a
                Moderator prior to their inclusion in the poll.
          3.  There shall be a minimum of three options with 
              varying levels of severity.
          4.  There shall always be an option of "Warning"
          5.  The poll shall be open for 2 days (48 hours)
          6.  The poll shall allow each citizen to select only 
              one option.
          7.  Once the poll has been closed, the Chief Justice 
              shall determine the sentence for the accused.
              A.  Each vote shall be determined as a vote for 
                  the option selected, and all less-severe 
                  options.
              B.  The sentence selected shall be the most severe 
                  sentence that a majority of the citizens 
                  supported.
                  Example:
                    Option A	- 4 Votes
                    Option B	- 12 Votes
                    Option C	- 13 Votees
                    The sentence carried out is option B.
                      Option A has 4 total votes.  
                      Option B has 16 total votes.  
                      Option C has 29 total votes.  
                    A total of 29 citizens voted, making Option 
                    B is the most severe sentence that a majority 
                    of the citizens support with a total of 16 
                    votes in support and 29 votes overall.
          8.  The Chief Justice shall announce the sentence in 
              the sentencing poll, and PM the accused with it.
          9.  Sentencing shall commence once the sentence is 
              announced.
          10.  The guilty party may appeal the sentence to a 
               Moderator.
    	 
      4. Conclusion
        a.  The Chief Justice shall post a summary in the 
            Judicial Log and in the Judicial Thread.
         1.  The post shall include the formal charge(s), 
             verdict(s) and sentence(s), as appropriate.
         2.  The post shall include a link to the discussion 
             thread and the sentencing poll(s).
    
      5.  General
        a.  The Accused is innocent unless proven Guilty.
        b.  All proceedings should go forth in an expedient 
            manner.
        c.  All proceedings started under one Court shall 
            continue with that Court through the conclusion of 
            that proceeding.
        d.  The Accused may plead Guilty at any point, 
            immediately moving the case to Sentencing.
        e.  Members of the Court may not initiate a Citizen's 
            Complaint.
        f.  Should a member of the Court be the target of a 
            Citizen's Complaint, a pro-tem Justice shall be
            appointed.
    
    M.  Judicial Review
     1.  Judicial Review of an Existing Law
      a. Request
        1. Any citizen may request a Judicial Review by posting 
           the request in the Judicial Thread or via PM to any 
           Justice.
          A. The request should contain the question and the 
             specific law involved.
          B. If the request sent via PM, the citizen should 
             remain anonymous unless they choose otherwise.
        2. The Chief Justice shall post a notice in the Judicial 
           Thread that a Judicial Request has been filed.  This 
           post should contain a summary of the Request.
    
      b.  Public Discussion
        1. The Chief Justice shall create a new thread in the 
           Citizen's Forum entitled (Judicial Review - Term <term 
           number> - Request <request number for that term>)
        2. The first post shall contain the formal question and 
           law involved
          A. The Chief Justice may rewrite the question so long 
             as the meaning is not altered. Any changes should be 
             discussed with the requestor.
        3. All Citizens are then invited to discuss the question.
        4. Justices are to post questions, but not conclusions.
        5. Discussion continues until the Chief Justice declares 
           arguments over.
          A. The Associate Justices may overrule if they both 
             agree to do so. They may also declare halt to 
             arguments if they both agree and Chief Justice is 
             not willing to end the discussions.
    
      c. Judicial Discussion
        1. The Judiciary shall then meet privately to discuss 
           review
        2. The Judiciary shall produce a Majority opinion, and 
           if needed, a Minority opinion.
        3. The Chief Justice shall post both opinions, including 
           the signers of each, in the Judicial Thread and the 
           Judicial Log.
          A. Each Justice should post a confirmatory message 
             which may also include an explanatory note. Any 
             such note is not part of the official record.
        4. All Judicial Reviews are part of COUNTRY_NAME’s body 
           of Law, and may be used for future decisions unless 
           overridden by future Laws.
    
      d. General
        1. All proceedings should go forth in an expedient 
           manner.
        2. All proceedings started under one Court shall 
           continue with that Court through the conclusion of 
           that proceeding.
    
     2.  Judicial Review of a Proposed Law
      a.  As citizens, the members of the Judiciary should be 
          active during any discussion of a new law.
      b.  Once a final proposal has been made and agreed upon 
          for a proposed Law, the Chief Justice should post in 
          the discussion thread that the Judiciary will review 
          the law and the text of the law to be reviewed. 
      c.  The Judiciary will then meet privately to discuss the 
          law.
      d.  If the proposed law passes review, the Chief Justice 
          shall post the poll for the proposed law in the Poll 
          sub-forum.
        1.  A majority of Justices must agree that the proposed 
            law does not conflict with any existing law or 
            constitutional article for it to pass review
      e.  If the proposed law does not pass review, the Chief 
          Justice shall post in the discussion thread the 
          reasons for the rejection.
        1.  Should a poll already be posted for this proposal, 
            the poll is deemed void.
    
    N.  Amending the Code of Standards
      1. Polls to amend the Code of Standarsd shall be posted by 
         the Judiciary upon succesful completion of a Judicial 
         Review.
      
      2. Polls are to be in anonymous responder format (standard 
         Forum poll option). and follow the standard Forum Poll 
         procedures.
        a.  Proposal must be in Yes/No/Abstain format. 
        b.  Polls will stay open until: 
          1.  All votes have been cast, or; 
          3.  The posted poll closing time has been reached. 
            A.  Minimum duration to run a poll is 48 hours. 
        c.  There is no quorum to amend the Code of Standards
        d.  A simple majority of support is required to adopt or 
            alter a standard.
     
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