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The concept of this board was inspired by Dennis from Monty Python's The Holy Grail.

PREAMBLE
Dennis: We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Monty_Python_and_the_Holy_Grail

This board is about the peaceful transfer of power from one Executive Office to the next, and trust in the will of the people, or more appropriately -- the Mandate from the Masses.


VOICE
The masses shall consist of those poor sods and/or lurkers who choose to grace this board long enough to vote.


POWER
The Executive Officer's term shall be from Monday - Sunday. That officer will be in complete charge of this board for the designated week. The Executive Officer must ensure that conversation flows freely, or at least moderately, discussions matriculate in accordance to her/his own personal ideology, and detractors are summarily executed.

Every Friday elections will be held on this board to determine who has a mandate from the masses to be the Executive Officer for the next week. It is the current Executive Officer's last responsibility to post an election poll on the Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune board (hereinafter ASC) for the masses to determine who has a mandate to be the next EO for the following week.

The candidates for the masses mandate election shall be those individuals deemed appropriate by the reigning Executive Officer, but shall be exclusively determined by their contribution to the ASC board, and shall be restricted to those who have posted to this board in the preceding week.

Bribery is required and heartily encouraged.

An irrefutable mandate shall be given to the individual who has garnered a plurality of votes in the weekly election poll. A plurality of votes goes to the individual who has the most votes after 8:00 PM Fool Time each Sunday evening, after which time the EO-elect can call the election to end it. The voting shall continue until the new EO calls it, or until the EO has been declared a No Show or a Loser as prescribed below.

The Executive Officer winner calls the election by making her/his first post of the week a continuation of the "When They Were Lord" thread. She/He shall include at the head of this post the results of the election poll at the time she/he calls it.

The new EO shall post her/his name in bold as the last entry in that threaded post, followed by the date of her/his reign, to show that the voting is over.

If after a vote has been taken and no clear candidate emerges victorious, the EO who issued the election must then choose who the next Executive Officer shall be from the candidates who have garnered the most votes in that recent election.


NOT
After an Executive Officer's term, she/he may not be on the ballot for 4 election cycles, and under no circumstances can the EO put herself/himself on the ballot.

In no way shall this board be construed as a Monty Python quote forum, unless that particular quote happens to follow the thread begun by the Executive Officer, or a member of the masses.


AMENDED GRAHAM CHAPMAN MEMORIAL REFORMATION AMENDMENT

NO SHOW
If the EO fails to claim victory by 8:00 PM Fool Time on Monday, then any former EO may declare the new EO a No Show by posting a new message with the subject of "The EO is a No Show". The body of the post must be signed off as Graham Chapman, the Collective EO. This former EO who made the No Show declaration must then update the "When They Were Lord" thread by posting the No Show's name with the designation of No Show, and adding the name Graham Chapman, The Collective EO to the list.

Graham Chapman, the Collective EO, shall then assume full rights and responsibilities of the office of EO until the Friday following the No Show declaration, at which time the former EO who declared No Show will post the new election poll as if she/he were the sitting EO.

LOSER
If the new EO fails to post her/his name in bold, then any former EO may declare the new EO a Loser by posting a new message with the subject of "The EO is a Loser". The body of the post must be signed off as Graham Chapman, the Collective EO. This former EO must then update the "When They Were Lord" thread by modifying the Loser's name with the designation of Loser, and adding the name Graham Chapman, The Collective EO to the list.

Graham Chapman, the Collective EO, shall then assume full rights and responsibilities of the office of EO until the Friday following the declaration of Loser, at which time the former EO who declared Loser will post the new election poll as if she/he were the sitting EO.

AWOL
The EO is required to post on each Fool calendar day during her/his reign (starting on Monday up until she/he posts the next election). Silly excuses like being suspended or having a life outside of these message boards are not acceptable. If the new EO fails to post on any calendar day, then any former EO may declare the EO AWOL by posting a new message with the subject of "The EO is AWOL". The body of the post must be signed off as Graham Chapman, the Collective EO. This former EO must then update the "When They Were Lord" thread by posting the AWOL EO's name with the designation of AWOL, and adding the name Graham Chapman, The Collective EO to the list.

Graham Chapman, the Collective EO, shall then assume full rights and responsibilities of the office of EO until the Friday following the declaration of AWOL, at which time the former EO who declared AWOL will post the new election poll as if she/he were the reigning EO.

INCOMPETENT
The EO is required to post a legitimate EO election on the Friday of her/his rule. However, a dispensation may be made at the EO's own discretion, allowing her/him to post the election on Thursday. If the EO posts an illegitimate poll, or if he fails to post an election by the end of the Fool calendar day on Friday, then any former EO may declare the new EO Incompetent by posting a new message the subject of which is "The EO is Incompetent". The body of the post must be signed off as Graham Chapman, the Collective EO. This former EO must then update the "When They Were Lord" thread by posting the Incompetent EO's name with the designation of Incompetent, and adding the name Graham Chapman, The Collective EO to the list.

Graham Chapman, the Collective EO, shall then assume full rights and responsibilities of the office of EO and the former EO who declared Incompetent will post the new election poll as if she/he were the sitting EO.

IMPEACHMENT
In the event that the masses become incurably dissatisfied with their duly elected EO, any former EO may at any time post a poll with the subject line "The Peasants are Revolting" (hereinafter Impeachment). The sole purpose and intent of this poll is to decide whether the sitting EO shall be replaced by Graham Chapman, the Collective EO.

If 66% of the masses as computed by the TMF percentage calculator embedded in the TMF poll vote to Impeach, the EO is removed from office and shall be in disgrace forever. The former EO who posted the Impeachment poll must then update the "When They Were Lord" thread by posting the disgraced EO's name with the designation of Impeached, and adding the name Graham Chapman, The Collective EO to the list.

Graham Chapman, the Collective EO, shall then assume full rights and responsibilities of the office of EO until the Friday following Impeachment, at which time the former EO who called for Impeachment will post the new election poll as if she/he were the sitting EO.


GROOVE
This ASC Constution may be added to, but shall never be changed from its original intent.

Updating requires a vote of at least 66% of the masses as computed by the TMF percentage calculator embedded in the TMF poll.

The statutory time for any poll to remain open (other than an EO election) shall be no less than 24 hours from the time of posting, according to TMF time.

Anybody can post a nomination to change to this Constitution, but the EO determines whether or not said change will come to a vote of the masses.


UNDECIDED
If anything is ever in doubt in our Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune, a vote of the masses shall decide...

Signed,
FibreglassTrout
Grand Poobah


Constitutional History:
Constitution 1.0 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16981254)
Constitution 1.1 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17396509)
Constitution 1.2 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17524908)
Constitution 1.3 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17784014)
Constitution 1.4 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18056524)
Constitution 1.5 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18610999)
Constitution 1.6 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18617864)
Constitution 2.0 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19268793)
Constitution 2.1 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19541850)
Constitution 3.0 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21110894)
Amendment #1 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17330946)
Amendment #2 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17376371)
Amendment #3 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17519012)
Declaration of Reformation and Amendment #4 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17777630)
Amendment #5 and Definition of "Fool Time" (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18046742)
Amendment #6 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18522068)
Amendment #7 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18612065)
Amendment #8 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19263482)
Amendment #9 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19540165)
Amendment #10 (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23527995)
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