Statement of Being
Information on How We Work
Questions on System Organisation, stolen
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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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