I still don't see the point in this thread! I don't mind government sponsorship of a history department but I think that if a leader (say the president or domestic leader or even the culture minister if there's still one) could just go ahead and create such a thing, appoint someone to do it and that's it. Do we need a citizen vote to rubber stamp the idea or to confirm someone in the office? NO I also think we should avoid (as far as government sanction goes) is officially declaring that we have to have such and such an office that performs such and such function because then we have to make rules and regulations regarding the whole thing and we have enough to do trying to figure out the rules and regulations for those who have authority to make Civ III game play decisions. A suggested rule of thumb is: If it doesn't carry any authority to make Civ III game play decisions (I.e., if the *officer* can't post any legal instructions then let's let our leaders be constrained only by their imagination in creating and staffing offices.