Pagmies - "I, for my part, would rather be made from the dust of an alien world than the ether of anyone's heaven" - Shiu Wei, Amorpha

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Questions on System Organisation, stolen from Pavilion Library

Operating Structure : Pagmies Collective

1. Do you have a form of internal organization? Describe it.

Our group is run by a Council. If anyone wishes to join council, they may apply. Council will be made up of a group of people who can govern the system. It should currently ideally range from three members to a maximum of six, but if there are more groups in the system in future, this can go up, and if a group loses all representation it can go down. It will remain this size because it is big enough to be able to handle a mutiny, yet small enough to be intense and personal. Its responsibilities are essentially to maintain a lynchpin of wellbeing within the system. It is a judge, a regulator and a government. It is expected to be self-regulatory.

Anyone who wishes may apply to council. Council then have the right to decide whether the application should be refused or taken to a Collective vote. If it is taken to vote, the vote to add them to Council must be unanimous. There may be no more than 2 representatives of each group making a current maximum of on council at any one time. Therefore, for someone new to be added beyond that, someone else of their group must either stand down or be voted off. There must also be at least 1 member of each group on council. In the effect that one group is not represented, all the members of that group willing to stand must.

Each will be voted for, and the one with the most votes wins. There does not need to be a majority, simply the one with the most votes. In the case of a deadlock, the vote should be repeated between the two leading candidates. If there is still one, they should both go on council. If there is a three-way or more deadlock, then it should be Councils decision who joins. If nobody is willing to stand, then that process will be used for members of other groups, who are willing to represent that group on Council, however, this is only until someone from the non-represented group will stand. If there is nobody willing to stand whatsoever, then that group will not be represented. As the group will effectively have decided not to be represented on Council, then that is their decision, and they lose their right to have a representative because of it, until they find someone willing.

All members of the household will be entitled to a single anonymous vote as long as they subscribe to the following criteria: The vote does not contravene any legal laws or rules. The vote will not place the body and the others in deliberate way of harm, whether self inflicted or otherwise as decreed by council). The vote is in accordance with the contract above. The vote is not biased by the others and independent (no bribery, blackmail, selling of votes within the system.) The vote is given freely without prejudice, if it is coerced by others then it is invalid, additionally, the coercer's vote is also invalidated. The vote is given without intent to harm another in the system, nor to disrupt or gain revenge from previous votes.

Non Council members always have the right to abstain. If the voting is a deadlock, all current members of Council have the right to cast a second vote. If the vote is still a deadlock, we should sit down and discuss it until a conclusion is reached. If one cannot be reached, then either Council should make a decision (in cases where one is needed instantly) or there should be a revote daily until a conclusion is reached).

The vote will not be made until either everyone is present, or all mapped areas have been searched to attempt to secure the presence of everyone. Finally, if the vote is on a specific issue, Council have the right to set an age limitation below or above which members cannot vote. Any limitation set should be done so by unanimous decision of Council. Council have the right to set no other limitations on votes. Each vote is equal and anonymous, irrespective of who cast it. State of mind is also irrelevant, people may vote if they wish whatever mental state they are in, as long as their vote does not contravene the other restrictions.

2. Does it resemble an Earth-world model? Does it take after a different context altogether?

Yes, it greatly resembles Earth politics, because those are the models we built it from. It isn't identical, for instance in letting everyone vote, but it is similar.

3. Do you have factions, political parties, etc? How are they handled?

We have three groups. Typically, one group advocates most time being spent on Front, and interaction with Earth, as to them, that is the most important, and another group believes wholly that their task is to keep the memories of what they see as a Homeland secure, and to be a part of our culture. We try and have a balanced line between these, so that everyone gets their wishes respected to some extent.

4. How are major decisions or arguments resolved?

By a vote (see answer to question 1).

5. How does your system handle memory and/or communication?

We don't have a shared memory, which often proves comples when orgainsing things, especially fronting, but we can converse much as people in the outside world do, so we manage to share essential information. We also have a notebook, notepad and whiteboard externally to help us keep track of these things.

6. Has your system of operations undergone major changes, and if so, why?

It has been through three stages. The first was the denial stage, where insiders lived inside, and the fronter fronted, and the two groups barely ever mixed. The second stage was the MPD/DID stage, where we had to be ill to be accepted into the group, and communication was sparse. The third and final stage is the Empowered stage, where we are using a group set-up where we all get time to front and exist.

7. Have there been any specific examples of situations your system's organization has dealt with because of its nature particularly well? Poorly?

We deal very well with situations where one person becomes unstable, because we have plans in place to help them restabilise, and to keep them safe.

8. Is the direction of your organization changing as time goes on, and why?

Yes, it is becoming far more internally focussed, in an attempt to sway the balance from the past, when the Front had the sole attention of everyone, and in an effort to retain remnants of the culture we see ourselves as having had, before they are entirely forgotten.

9. Are there particular strengths?

We are very good at academic work, as there are a variety of brians for all the information to be stored in, and we also find that we are good at adapting quickly to a situation.

10. Weaknesses?

We often present as unstable in relationships in the Earth World, because people who are unaware of the multiplicity will often get a variety of people presenting, and all of those people have different ideas, ideals and views.

11. Is there any direction people are seeking to improve in?

Yes. We are trying to improve the amount of time we spend inside, developing a culture and interests there, and work on making our time there as pleasantly challenging as our time at the front. As well as that, we want to make it possible for people to lead entire internal lives, to minimise the pull on the front.

12. Is your system centered around positions that any able person could fill, or around specific people instead?

Any able person could fill all the positions, and each group has someone who would step up if the current leader of that group were to become indisposed, so the system would not fall apart. It would seem lacking for it to be otherwise - we need to keep track of all this.

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