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Saturday, November 27, 2004

Proposal: Changing Platforms II

Reword Rule 27 (Platforms) to:

Party Platforms shall summarize the primary missions of a Party and detail events which modify Gamestate data regarding that Party or Lords belonging to it. The modifications mandated by a Platform can only be applied once per day, per Lord.

Prosperity Plaform: Economic Development. If the average Budget controlled by all Lords is greater than half the Budget controlled by the Lord who controls the biggest Budget, each Lord belonging to the Prosperity Party may raise his Confidence by 1 for every full $1,000 by which the average exceeds the half.

New Democratic Plaform: Electoral Equality. If the average Electoral Votes held by all Lords is greater than half the Electoral Votes controlled by the Lord who hold most Electoral Votes, each Lord belonging to the New Democratic Party may raise his Confidence by 1 for every full Electoral Vote by which the average exceeds the half.


Kevan shall receive half of the reward for authoring this Proposal if it passes.

12 - 9 Times out, + 5 to Truman, + 10 to Chronos

Is Jarrod Idle?

If he doesn't manifest in the next 12 hours I'll idle him.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Proposal : Party gain? [trivial]

In Rule 23, replace

If at anytime a party has more than 45% of the population supporting them, every Lord in that party may gain 10 confidence. That party may not gain more for 36 hours, at which point they may, provided they still have > 45%. This process continues until they have < 45%.


with

If at anytime a Party has more than 45% of the population supporting them, every Lord in that Party may gain 10 Confidence. None of these Lords may gain more Confidence in this way for 36 hours, at which point they may, provided their Party still has > 45%. This process continues until the Party has < 45%.

6-0 (15-0 EV). Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Orson. +2 Confidence to shikimoku, +2 Confidence to Orson.

Proposal: Is that the Prime Minister? [Trivial]

Let's make it easy to identify who is Prime Minister.

Add to the end of rule 29 - Ministerial Takeover:
The office of Prime Minister is tracked in the Portfolio field of the GNDT for the Lord with that title, although it is not considered a Cabinet Portfolio.

6-0 (13-0 EV). Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Orson. +4 Confidence to Orson.

Use it or Lose it

I just noticed a line in the Parties rule that we have been ignoring:
All Lords within a Party must name a Lord, within that Party, which they want to be the Speaker...
A number of Lords have made no Speaker choices. Since this rule specifies that you must make a choice, I think anyone could enforce that rule by making the choice for you.

For Lords in the Prosperity Party this makes little difference since we have a speaker selection protocol, but we must still observe the formality.

Proposal: Voting Machines

I've just seen a demonstration of the "eVote Blaster Extreme" electronic voting system. It has three dimensional voting icons, text messaging, a spam filter, and very sexy voice prompts. It is now available for a bargain price since the original source code was posted on the internet (the sales rep assures me that the system has been completely redesigned since that incident).

Add this paragraph after the first paragraph in rule 19 Electoral Votes:
A Lord may add false Electoral Votes to the real Electoral Votes they cast by using "[X]" to indicate AGAINST and "[V]" to indicate FOR instead of the usual voting icons. Up to three of these false Electoral Votes may be included in a Lord's vote. These false Electoral Votes are tallied just as if they were real Electoral Votes.
Add to the end of rule 20 Electoral Vote Counting:
When tallying votes, if the total number of Electoral Votes cast for that post is higher than the total number of Electoral Votes held by all Lords, the processing admin must append a note saying that there is evidence of voting fraud. After a post has been so marked, all Lords who used false Electoral Votes on that post are involved in a Scandal.

7-0 (24-0 EV). Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Orson. +15 Confidence to Orson.

Caucus with Prosperity: Application

3-0. Exceeded 50% FOR votes. Caucus passed by Orson.

Indeed, quorum is 5

Since shikimoku has not joined a party...

Proposal: Voter Apathy [Trivial]

Enact a new Rule, "Voter Apathy":-

Whenever a Proposal fails, any Lord may decrease public support for the Proposer's Party by 5%, within the next 24 hours, if no Lord has previously done so for that proposal.

Whenever a Lord leaves the game, public support for all parties drops by 10%.

If public support for all Parties totals less than 30%, then any Lord may declare a Riot and repeal any Rule outside the Core Ruleset, excluding this Rule and the Glossary. Public support for that Lord's Party is then raised by 10%.

4-3 (13-6 EV). Self failed. Failed by Orson. -3 Confidence to Kevan.

Proposal: Changing Platforms [Trivial]

[ Perhaps platforms should influence public support, instead of confidence. ]

Reword Rule 27 (Platforms) to:-

A Party Platform should summarize the primary mission of a Party and detail events which modify public support of that Party. (Such modifications can only be applied once per day, per Party.)

Prosperity Plaform: Economic Development. If the average Budget controlled by all Lords is greater than half the Budget controlled by the Lord who controls the biggest Budget, the Prosperity Party may raise its public support by 1% for every full $10,000 by which the average exceeds the half.

New Democratic Plaform: Electoral Equality. If the average Electoral Votes held by all Lords is greater than half the Electoral Votes controlled by the Lord who hold most Electoral Votes, the New Democratic Party may raise its public support by 1% for every full Electoral Vote by which the average exceeds the half.


Remove the paragraphs beginning "Each time" from Rule 23 (Supporters).

3-4 (7-9 EV). Timed Out. Failed by Orson. -3 Confidence to Kevan.

Welcome to shikimoku

Our new Lord. He previously played as 'mal3'. Quorum raises to 6.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Caucus with Prosperity: Repeal Protocol: Signing Bonus

Now that we have Solidarity I don't think we need this one any more.

3-0. Exceeded 50% FOR votes. Caucus passed by Orson.

Proposal: Be kind, rewind [Trivial]

Give TrumanCapote a B$ of 10.000.

TrumanCapote gains no Confidence if this proposal passes.

7-0 (17-0 EV). Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Orson. +2 Confidence to Orson.

Caucus with Prosperity: Application

I've shut down the offices of my own party, so I rely on your goodwill to find a place to sleep tonight.

3-0. Exceeded 50% FOR votes. Caucus passed by Orson.

Proposal: Minister without Portfolio [Trivial]

"So I'm expected to do ... nothing?"

"That's right, but you have to look important while doing it."


Add a new Minister position to the Cabinet rule:

* Minister without Portfolio - The Lord with this position has no additional powers.
[As a Minister, they are still eligible for the budget bonus.]

6-0 (15-0 EV). Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Orson. +4 Confidence to Orson.

Unidle Me

See above.

The applications are away, it's in the postman's hands now.

Cabinet member nomination: Chronos, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Since everyone in my party is too much of a pansy to play surgeon with the building blocks of our democratic process, I hereby give Chronos the power of Exchequer, in hopes that he'll give some to ShadowSliver for an EV purchase. (Hint, hint.)

Now I must be off to kiss babies at the orphanage.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Proposal: Efective Platforms

Rewrite rule 27 - Platforms so it reads:

A Party Platforms should summarize the primary missions of a Party and detail events which modify the Confidence of Lords belonging to that Party:

* Prosperity Platform: Economic Development. Once per day, if the average Budget controlled by all Lords is greater than half the Budget controlled by the Lord who controls the biggest Budget, each member of the Prosperity Party may gain 3 Confidence.

* New Democratic Platform: Electoral Equality. Once per day, if the average Electoral Votes held by all Lords is greater than half the Electoral Votes controlled by the Lord who hold most Electoral Votes, each member of the New Democratic Party may gain 3 Confidence.


19-0. Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Chronos

Proposal: No automatic term limit [Trivial]

In rule 29 - Ministerial Takeover, delete:

If the current Prime Minister has held the position for more than a week the Request is automatically Granted and any Lord may update the Gamestate to apply any consequences as if he were the Prime Minister Granting the Request.

In the same rule, change

If a Lord meets all conditions required to do so, he may post an entry with subject: "Request to become Prime Minister". In the body of the entry the Candidate may say why he should become the new Prime Minister.

to

If a Lord meets all conditions required to do so, he may post an entry with subject: "Request to become Prime Minister". In the body of the entry the Candidate may say why he should become the new Prime Minister. This Lord may cast 2 extra Electoral Votes on this Request for each day over a week the current Prime Minister has held that position.


15-1. Reached Quorum (5). Enacted by Chronos

Proposal: Committeering queueing and rewarding [Trivial]

In the 31 - Committees rule, change

The Prime Minister does not gain or lose any Confidence as a result of the passage or failure of this type of Proposal.

to

Neither the Prime Minister nor the Admin enacting it gain or lose any Confidence as a result of the passage or failure of this type of Proposal. This type of Proposal may not make any change to the Gamestate other than specified in this rule, may only be enacted after 48 hours of its posting and may not be considered as the Oldest Pending Proposal when tallying any Proposal for failure or Enactment.

I guess this solves some problems with the Committeering proposals...

13-0. Reached Quorum (5). Enacted by Chronos

This is not a Proposal

I'd like to hear the people opinion about creating some random rewards (dice rolling) involving budget usage.

Something on those lines:

Once each day, a Lord with at least 10 Confidence may spend 30.000 budget and roll 2 dice. According to the the result of adding those dice, that Lord must enforce these effects:

:2 or 3 - (8,3% chance) This Lord loses 10 Confidence and an EV
:4 or 5 - (19,4% chance) This Lord loses 10 Confidence.
:6, 7 or 8 - (44,4% chance) Nothing happens
:9 or 10 - (19,4% chance) This Lord may increase the Confidence of any Lord by 10
:11 or 12 (8,3% chance) - This Lord may increase the Confidence of any Lord by 10 and the EV's of any Lord by 1.



Of course, these would be given some flavour text and the chance percentages would not be shown.

Candidature

As the current holder of that portfolio is not fully using his prerogatives, I gently ask our current Prime Minister to name me Lord Great Chamberlain.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Wildcard is Idle

He just asked me to idle him, via private mail. Quorum is stil 5.

Proposal: Authoring Committee Position [Trivial]

Add to the Committee rule:

Once within the period of 48 hours after a Proposal is enacted which creates a rule, the Lord who authored it may add the number of that rule to his Committee list.


15-0. Reached Quorum (5). Enacted by Chronos

Proposal: Proposal: No Tax Evasion [Trivial]

If there is a Budget rule,

  • In the Budget rule, Change:

    At any time, a Lord may transfer as much of the Budget he controls to any other Lord.

    to

    At any time, a Lord may transfer as much of the Budget he controls to any other Lord, provided that the value transferred is not potentially taxable by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

  • In the Cabinet rule, change

    Within the period of 24 hours after a Lordís Budget was increased, if that increase was not consequence of a transfer from other Lord, the Chancellor of the Exchequer may transfer to himself, to the Prime Minister or to the High Lord, from the Lord whose budget was increased up to 10% of that increase.

    to

    Within the period of 24 hours after a Lordís Budget was increased, if that increase was not consequence of a transfer from other Lord, the Chancellor of the Exchequer may Tax that increase by transfering to himself, to the Prime Minister or to the High Lord, from the Lord whose budget was increased up to 10% of that increase.

This is to close a minor loop-hole in the Budget Proposal, where a Lord could evade taxation by immediately transferring away a Budget increase.

20-0 Knightking's votes doubled because of Committee membership. Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Chronos

Proposal: Budget

Create a rule Budget:

Each Lord controls a Budget, which is tracked by the GNDT as a non-negative amount of BlogDollars (B$). No action may be taken that makes a Lord budget a negative number. New Lords start with a budget of B$ 10.000.

At any time, a Lord may spend 5 Confidence to increase the budget he controls by B$ 5.000.

At any time, a Lord may reduce the Budget he controls by B$ 10.000 to increase his Confidence by 5.

At any time, a Lord may transfer as much of the Budget he controls to any other Lord.

Once a week, the Prime Minister may increase the Budget he controls by B$ 15.000.

Once a week, the High Lord may increase the Budget he controls by B$ 10.000.

In the Cabinet rule, add to the description of the Chancellor of the Exchequer role:

Within the period of 24 hours after a Lordís Budget was increased, if that increase was not consequence of a transfer from other Lord, the Chancellor of the Exchequer may transfer to himself, to the Prime Minister or to the High Lord, from the Lord whose budget was increased up to 10% of that increase.

To the end of the Cabinet rule, add:

Once a week, each Minister may increase the Budget he controls by B$ 10.000.

When this Proposal is enacted, each Lord shall be given a Budget of B$ 10.000.

Letís talk some real business hereÖ I already have a couple of uses for the Budget in mindÖ

18-2 Knightking's votes doubled because of committee membership. Reached Quorum (5). Enacted by Chronos.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Cabinet member nomination: Patio11, Chancellor of the Exchequer

He's been doing such a great job with that other position that I totally trust him to juggle our Confidence.

Proposal: Publicity [Trivial]

There are plenty of opportunities for Lords to make public appearances. To name a few: somebody should be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated national archives (if it gets completed on schedule); a guest speaker is invited to host the annual festival of celebrity logicians ("LOG-JAM 2004"); and there is an interview request from the news program "Inside BlogNomic" concerning our ballooning budget deficit. Let's get out there and show the people we care!

Add 5 to the Confidence of every Lord with more than 25 Confidence.

13-2. Reached Quorum (6). Enacted by Chronos (who, BTW, is threw away 15 Confidence by buying an EV too soon...)

Proposal: Decor [Trivial]

The Parliament building is a bit spare so I have commissioned a set of stately portraits made of each Lord and a dramatic bronze for the foyer, depicting the legendary Genghis Knightkhing grinding fallen enemies beneath his heel, to commemorate our nation's roots.

Add 10 to the Confidence of each Lord with less than 50 Confidence.

19-0. Reached Quorum (7). Enacted by Chronos

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Proposal: Committee Assignment Committee Meeting I

All right, settle down everyone. I know we're all anxious to get our democracy on, but I just wanted to remind you that our United Way fundraiser is still stuck at twenty-three dollars and fifteen cents. Dig deep, fellow lords; we're over halfway to our goal!

Now, down to business. Everyone hand in your Committee Allocation Request Form. I trust they're all signed in triplicate...

16-0. Timed Out. Enacted by Chronos