Proposal: Bill Establishing The New Guild

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It's taken me a while to read through all that. Thank you to Pel for setting out his ideas so clearly. I find the diagrams helpful as I tend to think in pictures and these ones seem fairly clear to me. Perhaps they need some more commentary though to explain the structures (and proposed reforms) to people who prefer that kind of exposition?

I think we musttake into account the changes that have already taken place though. The Guild was abolished as an institution of CDS government, and the Executive Branch (Chancellor) made a permanent feature of the Constitution, at the RA meeting two weeks ago. The New Guild was set up as a private chartered organisation at the RA meeting yesterday. So I think we should consider some of the other issues that Pel has raised while recognising that the constitutional landscape has changed and that there are other pressing matters to attend to. I understand that Michel is working on a Bill to establish an Auditor-General, so that can go forward for discussion. We could discuss making the Chancellor 'Head of State' (though I'm not sure what I feel about that!) and the relationship with the Civil Service etc. The 'Bank of the CDS' is also an idea that's been kicking around for a while though I wonder how urgently we need one.

Just a couple of quibbles - the 'Local Administrators' for NFS and CN (recorded here as Aliasi and Moon respectively) are not part of our setup as far as I'm aware. Aliasi determines the use of all land in the CDS (NFS and CN). There is no 'Praetor' for CN (unless Aliasi has delegated that task?)

Secondly, I wonder about the inclusion of NGOs in any plan. Surely the point of NGOs is that they plough their own furrow independantly of what the government is doing? I was amused by references to what the CDS Traders' Association *would* be doing in the last election campaign given that the CDSTA is an NGO and no one had proposed those ideas to the CDSTA! But perhaps I should take it as a sign instead that the CDSTA needs to have another meeting soon and I should pull my finger out and organise it! :) Will do!

Thirdly, though I think all the non-Guild ideas here are worthy of discussion and will need to be considered as we expand, I firmly believe our priorities ought to be elsewhere. We need to get the New Guild up and running, determine what our next sim (or sims) will look like, raise funds, buy 'em, build 'em and bring people in. We should also look at ways to improve traffic, commerce and how we can best use the Anzere hub to raise the profile of the CDS within SL (major kudos to Brian for starting regular weekly events in CN, this is a really positive development). These are the major issues facing us right now.

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A few comments.

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Thanks for your feedback, it is much appreciated. I didn't really have time to work on the AC reform committee before the election due to RL issues of moving and lack of Internet access. My profound apologies to Jon, who was very patient with me. My new AC proposal can function with a minimum of a GM and a master level DGM. I added the Director of Licensing role because implementing the Simplicity Party's Mirabeau Banking Roadmap (which the DPU supports) makes much of this look simple by comparison and may require more human resources. The SP roadmap can be found here: http://forums.neufreistadt.info/viewtopic.php?t=739

[b:2xw5b6ye]Ranma & Dnate:[/b:2xw5b6ye] I realize it's pretty complex, but honestly the stuff in white is my understanding of what's currently in place, scary as that seems. I'll be editing them with feedback. It's nice to draw it to make sure everyone roughly has the same understanding of what's on the books.

[b:2xw5b6ye]TOP:[/b:2xw5b6ye] Thanks for pointing out that the MoCA Curator is Delia Lake. Sorry for the oversight.

[b:2xw5b6ye]Diderot:[/b:2xw5b6ye] Thanks for pointing out the you are the new PIO. You should be on the charts under the Chancellor.

[b:2xw5b6ye]Patroklus: [/b:2xw5b6ye] My understanding from chatting with Jon last night was that the new Guild charter was passed along with the new regional plan. He told me that the proposed constitutional amendment abolishing the AC was not passed. So references to the "CDSDI" (Design Institute was a name suggested months earlier by Jon) should be replaced with "The (New) Guild". Can someone verify for me that Article II has been repealed? The last amendment on the wiki is amendment #19 passed Jan. 9th, 2007. If that PCA has gone through I'm more than happy to redo the charts.

Clearly, the gov't has no place telling a NGO what to do. NGOs should follow their founding charter if they have one. My apologies for the comments next to the CDSTA, I haven't seen the charter (is there one?). I believe with the presence of a CDSTA the old AC no longer requires a Chamber of Commerce (CoC). Do you agree?

Local Administrators: I looked at our old RA session transcripts. Praetor was in the CN proposal but we agreed that the executive oversees this and it "could" be delegated. Aliasi does it defacto for NFS (we never formalized "Burghermeister"). Claude seemed to think we made Moon the Praetor (it's in the DPU platform) but I see no evidence of this. We can strike the NFS and CN LAs. Keep in mind that any franchulate will most certainly need a local admin. Yes we'll have more franch applications. We don't need to get into the Republic vs. Federation aka local autonomy debate. We can save that for another time. :)

[b:2xw5b6ye]Aliasi:[/b:2xw5b6ye] Did you delegate the Praetorship to Moon?

[b:2xw5b6ye]Moon:[/b:2xw5b6ye] Are you now, or have your ever been, [i:2xw5b6ye]Praetor of Colonia Nova[/i:2xw5b6ye]? :)

[b:2xw5b6ye]Claude:[/b:2xw5b6ye] Do you remember if/how/when Moon was made Praetor?

[u:2xw5b6ye][b:2xw5b6ye]A couple of possible nitpicks:[/b:2xw5b6ye][/u:2xw5b6ye]
[b:2xw5b6ye]Who really runs the school?:[/b:2xw5b6ye] The Board of Trustees or the Guild Faculty Committee? I think the day-to-day will be run by the faculty with Trustee oversight, just like any other school. The Guild focus is on design. I'd like to see some civil service or administration courses offered by qualified people. Salzie Sachertorte would be the ideal instructor IMO.

[b:2xw5b6ye]Who heads the Treasury?:[/b:2xw5b6ye]
Under the old regime, assuming we did not repeal Article II, I don't believe (despite being a civil servant), the Treasurer should report directly to the Chancellor. Article II section 1:[quote:2xw5b6ye] "Its governmental role is to act as treasury".[/quote:2xw5b6ye]There is no mention of a treasury function in amendment XI (creation of the exec). If there were, then Amendment XI section 9: [quote:2xw5b6ye]" Any power or responsibility assigned to the Artisan's Collective by the constitution and precedent that overlaps those provided to the Chancellor in this amendment will be assigned to the Chancellor. "[/quote:2xw5b6ye]

So I would treat the Treasurer as appointed by and reporting to the GM with the Chancellor acting as a VP of Human Resources. Also note that Sudane is acting as GM and Treasurer in seeming vioation of 5-5 (unless SC waiver was granted). It is with that understanding that I find the following section of 5-5 to be unconstitutional and in need of some minor editing:
[quote:2xw5b6ye]The position of Treasurer shall be understood as a "civil service" type position. The citizen holding this role [b:2xw5b6ye]will not occupy any other elected or administrative position in the governed entity which he/she serves[/b:2xw5b6ye], unless a waiver might be granted, on a case by case basis, by the SC. [b:2xw5b6ye][i:2xw5b6ye]She/he shall be appointed by the Chancellor, with the advice and consent of the RA, and shall hold their position until they may resign or removed for cause.[/i:2xw5b6ye][/b:2xw5b6ye] Any such planned transition shall be of a duration of no fewer than 60 days to allow for reestablishment of accounts and the transfer of funds. [/quote:2xw5b6ye]

[b:2xw5b6ye]Making Chancellor Head of State:[/b:2xw5b6ye] This is a wholly separate issue, but I threw it in anyway. I put this in due to some confusion on my part. If Phillip Rosedale or Desmond Shang had to have an emergency meeting with a single CDS representive, who would we send? I realize we would ideally have them meet with many people or perhaps some kind of council of branch heads. Who is in charge of foreign (LL and other groups/resident run gov'ts) policy? Another possibility would be to make the Dean the Head of State. Then we look a bit like a constitutional monarchy.

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Regarding the issue of Treasurer and of Estate Owner not holding other governmental roles, I believe that I applied for and was granted the two necessary waivers from the SC. We might want to confirm that with Gwyn.

I am firmly behind this concept, that these roles should be held by different people. I hope that before too long they can be.

Sudane.....

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Thanks for your proposal and clarification.

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[b:1cwa6y7g]Sudane:[/b:1cwa6y7g] I expected the SC granted you the appropriate waiver. No one is more trusted than you in the CDS. You are rock solid reliable.

[b:1cwa6y7g]Patroklus:[/b:1cwa6y7g] The reform ideas in yellow could use elaboration with respect to function and procedure. Also missing is any kind of "workflow" or process diagram. Hey, at least it's simpler than Gywn's JA diagrams! :)

[b:1cwa6y7g]Gwyn:[/b:1cwa6y7g] Can you email me your diagrams? As .vsd if possible. Thx!

My nitpicking about who employs and appoints the Treasurer really stems from my fear of concentrating too much power in the office of Chancellor. My personal preference is the following:

RA: The People
SC: The Law
AC: The Money
Exec: The Land and Law Enforcement

If we take out the AC and add "Keys to the Bank" to the Exec I fear what could happen under an *EVIL*(tm) Chancellor scenario. As an aside, this is another reason Sudane and I agree that ideally EO and Treasurer posts are held by different people. I have a EO proposal that Ashcroft and Desmond both like that mitigates the malfeasance and absence risks.

Sudane is a known and trusted quanitity and so we don't mind putting all our eggs in one basket as Desmond does. Putting all our eggs in one basket has other problems (we're fine on Aunt Bea, but more vulnerable to Hit by a Truck & Evil). I think in our case "Hit by a Truck" is the concern.

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The AC is gone, long live the New Guild.

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Everyone, my apologies for the inaccurate charts. I was looking at the wiki and did not see that the Abolition of AC proposed constitutional amendment has passed.

The charts need to be updated, and thankfully, simplified. I'll do my best to make them current (without reform proposals). There was a vote on the New Guild charter set for March 4th. Did that pass?

Thanks! -Pel

PS: We sure do need a RA archivist to keep the meeting transcripts, constitution and code items on the wiki up to date. I would argue also that major changes in the constitution, like Abolition of the AC (the prime branch of gov't) and Repeal of the Judiciary Act (took much of our time last session) be headline news item on the website.

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[quote="NL 6-2 New Guild Establishment Act":t84eiiy7]New Guild Charter

The New Guild’s Charter is attached to this bill. Any substantial revision to this charter must be approved by the Representative Assembly.[/quote:t84eiiy7]
This is the one but last paragraph, doesn't that approve the charter as well?

[quote="Pelanor Eldrich":t84eiiy7]I would argue also that major changes in the constitution, like Abolition of the AC (the prime branch of gov't) and Repeal of the Judiciary Act (took much of our time last session) be headline news item on the website.[/quote:t84eiiy7]
I agree ..

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Ah, yes, 6-2 passed, so we have The New Guild.

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Awesome. Thanks TOP. I'll try to read more carefully. -Pel

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Some Updated Charts

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Just thought I'd take advice and put together charts based on my understanding of our structure today (without reform proposals). Please comment so I can correct these or fill in missing information.
Gotta fix the Civil Service chart to reflect the vacant positions.

Thanks! -Pel

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