Rule 401/13
Offices, Commonalities
pTang1001001sos (Mark Nau)

Offices are named, unownable entities, unless the rules specify otherwise for a particular office.

The following applies to all Offices:

(i) Seats:

A Seat of an Office is an unownable entity, unless the rules specify otherwise for a particular Office or Seat. [Seats are held, not owned.] The Rule that creates an Office should specify how many players can hold that Office at any one time. This is referred to as the number of "Seats" an Office has. If the Rules fail to specify the number of Seats for any given Office, the Office has only one Seat. A Seat is either held by one Player or it is vacant. No player may hold more than one seat for a given Office, including any seat held in an acting capacity, Non-voting players may not hold offices unless a rule says otherwise for a specific office.
(ii) Duties:
The Duties of an Office are the tasks that the Officer(s) are expected to carry out to facilitate the conduct of Ackanomic business. Duties tend to be typified by the compilation, maintenance, and distribution of information.
(iii) Privileges:
The Privileges of an Office are the considerations the Officer(s) receive according to the Rules regulating the Office. Examples can include the receipt of Ackanomic currency, the ability to cast extra votes in certain circumstance, or special consideration with regards to making appointments or issuing CFJ decisions.
(iv) Acting Officers:
The Rules may specify conditions under which a Player serves in an Office in an "Acting" capacity. In such a case, the Player is responsible for performing all of the Duties without receiving any of the Privileges of the Office, except for Privileges which are also explicitly defined to be Duties by the rules, or Privileges required to perform explicitly defined Duties, or Privileges of the office when the Acting officer is filling in for a vacationing player. For any given Seat, there can be an "Acting" Officer only if the Seat is vacant. Non-voting players may only be acting officers for offices which may normally be held by non-voting players.
(v) Salaries:
If the Rules specify that a particular Officer is to receive a specified salary in A$s, then that number of A$ is transferred from the Treasury to that Officer at noon on the first Monday of each month.
(vi) Term of Office:
a) The Rules may specify a Term of Office, which is the amount of time a Player may hold an Office before his Term is considered to have expired. If the Rules fail to specify a Term for any Office, the Office is considered to have none, which is to say that the Term never expires.
b) When a Player's Term expires, he is no longer considered to be holding the Office. The Player performs the Office in an "Acting" role until the Seat is filled.
(vii) Stepping Down:
An Officer may always voluntarily step down from office, leaving it vacant. Whenever possible, the Officer should give at least 3 day's notice of his intention to vacate an office.
A player may not acquire titles or offices except as specified by the rules.
(ix) Optional Offices
An office is considered "optional" if and only if it is specified as such by the rules. An optional office has the following effects:

a) A player filling an optional office in an acting capacity is not required to perform the duties of that office. This sub-section takes precedence over section (iv) and R 403.

b) If a nomination is held for an optional office, and no one volunteers for that office, no action is taken to fill the office once the nomination period ends, except as follows: If an optional office is vacant, and no nomination or election is currently being held for that office, any player may insist that a nomination (or election, as the case may be) commence, by making a statement to that effect to the public forum. At such time, a nomination (election) shall be conducted by the appropriate officer.

(x) Office Type
All offices are either Functional or Political. If the rules fail to specify the type of an office, that office is a Political Office. Vacancies in a particular Political office are filled by election for office (by the procedure in R 402), unless other rules specify otherwise. In the case of an optional Political office where a nomination did not produce any volunteers, the election process is aborted at that point.
(xi) Efficiency
Officers have 3 days to complete the tasks and duties they are responsible for, not counting any time the officer is on vacation or in Gaol, unless other rules unambiguously specify a different finite amount of time for these things.

Officers, in good faith, shall do all tasks and duties as quickly as feasible to keep the game moving along.

Rule 402/9
Offices, Related Definitions
pTang1001001sos (Mark Nau)

(i)  A Nomination is conducted as follows:
      a) The appropriate Officer publicly announces the
         beginning of the Nomination, the reason the
         Nomination is being called, and when the Nomination
         shall end.
      b) If there is no Nomination Period specified for
         the Nomination, the default Period is 3 days.
      c) During the Nomination Period, volunteers shall
         notify the appropriate Officer of their intent to be
      d) At the end of the Nomination Period, the appropriate
         Officer shall publicly report the list of eligible
         volunteers (Nominees).
      e) If there are no eligible volunteers, the Nomination
         Period shall continue until there is an eligible
         volunteer, except in the case of optional offices
         [qv Rule 401, section (ix)].
      f) If the rules fail to state who is eligible to volunteer,
         then all Players are eligible.

(ii) An Election for Office is conducted as follows:
      a) A Nomination is conducted. Any Player who is eligible
         to hold the Office is eligible to volunteer.
      b) If the number of Nominees is the same as the number of vacant 
         Seats for the Office in question, the appropriate Officer shall
         announce this fact, and the Seats shall be filled by the Nominees.
         This shall conclude the Election process; no actual Election shall
         be held in this case. Otherwise,
      c) The appropriate Officer publicly announces the start
         of the Election, the Office for which the Election is
         being held, and when the Election will end.
      d) Elections last 3 days from the time the appropriate officer
         announces he is starting to accept votes.
      e) During the Election Period, each voting player may cast one
         vote for any one of the Nominees by so notifying the
         appropriate Officer.
      f) At the end of the Election Period, the appropriate
         Officer shall publicly announce the vote tallies
         for each Nominee, and which Nominee(s) shall hold
         the Office.
      g) Letting N stand for the number of vacant Seats for the
         Office in question, the top N Nominees, ranked by
         votes received, shall hold the Office.
      h) In the event of a tie for number of votes received,
         the tie can be resolved in one of the following
         1) Recount: Count Tabula shall once again tally the votes and
            announce the election's winner(s) as described in sections (f)
            and (g) above, except that this time, votes by non-Player 
            entities shall not be counted.
         2) Random: Count Tabula shall randomly assign a
            ranking order among any Nominees tied for votes received.
            All tied Nominees shall be ranked this way, including
            any non-active ones.
         3) <Officer> Preference: the Officer named shall select
            a ranking order among any Nominees tied for votes.
         4) New Election: the entire Election for Office shall
            start over, with all results of the current Election
            for Office disregarded.
      i) If the Rules fail to specify what method shall be used
         to resolve ties, then the Random method shall be used.

Rule 403/11
Functional Offices, Commonalities
pTang1001001sos (Mark Nau)

This rule takes precedence over rule 401.

An Office is a Functional Office if and only if the Rules specify it as such.

The following applies to all Functional Offices:

(i)    A functional Office has only one Seat unless the
       Rules specify otherwise.

(ii)   As a Privilege of Office, each Player shall receive a
       monthly salary of A$25 for every Functional Office held.

(iii)  A Functional Officer going on vacation shall be judged
       to have vacated his Seat for the period of the vacation,
       after which he shall hold the Seat once again.  At his
       discretion, the President may appoint a volunteer to
       fill an "Acting" role for a Functional Office vacated by
       vacation.  In this case, there shall be no action to
       fill the empty Seat.  This section takes precedence over
       section (vi) of this Rule.

      (iv)   Whenever a Functional Office has a vacant Seat, and there
             is no Acting Officer for that Seat, the President is
             to be the Acting Officer for that Seat, unless the rules
             define another officer to be an Acting Officer for that
             particular office.

(v)    Functional Officers may be impeached by the following
       a)  The President declares publicly his intention to
           impeach a stated Player from a given Functional Office.
       b)  At least 2/3 of Senators concur with the impeachment
           by so notifying the President within 3 days of
           the President's declaration.
       c)  At this time, the Functional Office is vacant.

(vi)    Whenever a Functional Office has a vacant Seat, or if the current 
        holder of that Seat publically states an intent to vacate his Seat and 
        requests the President conduct a Nomination to fill it, the President 
        shall conduct a Nomination for that Seat.  After the Nomination, the 
        President shall select an eligible Nominee and announce that Nominee's 
        name publically.  That Nominee shall hold the Functional Office.  If 
        the Nomination was initiated at the Functional Officer's request, he 
        shall be considered to have resigned at the instant the new Officer is 
        announced, if he has not already left the Seat.

Rule 404/7
Offices, Impeachment
pTang1001001sos (Mark Nau)

This rule defers precedence to rule 593 where there is a conflict.

An Officer is Impeached by the following process:

(i) An Impeachment Paper (IP) is authored by a voting Player and posted to the public forum. The IP shall contain the stated intent to remove one Player from one Office held by that Player. An author may only have one IP pending at any one time.

(ii) All voting Players except the Officer named in the IP shall be able to cast one vote either YES or NO on the matter of removing said Officer from Office. The voting period shall be 3 days.

(iii) Upon submission of the IP, the Player in question shall no longer be considered to hold the Seat, instead filling an "Acting" role for the Office. There shall be no action taken to fill that Seat until the IP is resolved.

(iv) At the expiration of the voting period, there will be a resolution of ACCEPTED or REJECTED for the IP. An IP is REJECTED unless it meets ALL of the conditions below, in which case it is ACCEPTED:

a) At least 1/2 of all active players, excluding the Officer named in the IP, voted YES.
b) At least 2/3 of all Players who voted on the IP voted YES.
(v) If the IP is ACCEPTED, the Player named in the IP is no longer considered to be the "Acting" officer, and the Seat is open.

(vi) If the IP is REJECTED, the Player named in the IP is restored to Office, and the author of the IP is penalized 10 points. Also, the author of the IP cannot author an IP for a period of 30 days.

(vii) The Rules may specify additional means of impeachment without invalidating the process outlined above. As well, this rule defers to all other rules on the matter of what conditions are required for an IP to be ACCEPTED.

Rule 405/13
pTang1001001sos (Mark Nau)

This rule takes precedence over all other rules.

(i) The Office of Speaker is declared to have one Seat.

(ii) Whenever this Office is vacant, it shall be filled by an Election for Office. The specifications for the Election for Office are:
a) Nomination Period: 3 days.
b) Voting Period: 3 days.
c) Tie Resolution: New Election.

(iii) As an additional Privilege of Office, the Speaker shall receive a monthly salary of A$35.

(iv) Whenever the Speaker goes on vacation, he is considered to be temporarily vacating the Office until he returns from vacation. No action shall be taken to fill the office. The Speaker shall appoint a volunteer to be Acting Speaker for the vacation period immediately prior to going on vacation. If there are no volunteers, then the Clerk of the Court shall be Acting Speaker for the duration. This section takes precedence over section (ii) of this Rule.

(v) Performance of tasks required by Sections (vi) thru (viii) are duties of the Office of Speaker.

(vi) The Speaker is the Officer in charge of random things, and shall make random determinations when the rules require such, and those rules do not specify another officer or procedure for making the random determination, or it is not possible for the specified officer to do so.

When the rules require one of a set of distinct objects to be chosen or operated on without specifying how one is to be chosen, the Officer in charge of random things shall choose one of the possible choices at random, with equal probabilities for all possible choices.

(vii) If, in any rule, an action is required to be carried out, and the rule does not either specify who is to carry it out or define a mechanism for choosing someone to do so, the Speaker is required to carry out the task.

(vii) If any game state information or data needs to be tracked, and the rules do not specify who is to track it, the Speaker is required to do so, and is required to make it available to any player on request or as needed [e.g. player locations and thread splits].

(viii) If it is ever the case that no active Player is Speaker or Acting Speaker, and the application of other rules and/or the preceding clauses of this rule do not correct that situation, the following succession procedure is used to appoint an Acting Speaker:

a) All offices are listed in the order of the rule number which creates or defines the office (in the case of a rule defining multiple offices, the offices are listed in the order in which they appear in the rule).

b) All offices not held by an active player are then removed from the list.

c) The player holding the office at the top of the list becomes the Acting Speaker. If, however, that office has more than one seat, the active player whose Ackanomic name appears first in an alphabetic listing of active seatholders of that office becomes the Acting Speaker. [The Acting Speaker then has the duty assure that all offices are filled, including Speaker, as the case may be, in accordance with the rules.]

(ix) It is a privilege of the Speaker to submit Common Sense Reports (CSRs), provided that the game effect(s) of the CSR, should it be accepted, is limited to the renumbering of rules and the fixing of rule number references in the rules. The CSR is distributed, and accepted or rejected as described in the rules for CSRs.

Rule 406/6
David Chapman

The Office of the Promoter is a Functional Office. The Duties of the Promoter are:

(a) to accept proposal submissions from players;
(b) to keep a record of each proposal from the time it is submitted to the time its voting period ends;
(c) to assign each proposal an integer number greater than any number previously assigned to a proposal. It is expected, but not required, that the promoter shall give each proposal a number exactly one greater than the previous proposal's number;
(d) to promptly distribute each numbered proposal for voting.

The Promoter has three days to distribute each proposal in accordance with part (c) except during a Proposal Moratorium [see R 415].

Rule 407/8
Robert Sevin (Mitchell Harding)

The Office of the Web-Harfer is a Functional Office.
The Duties are:

a) To keep the information on the Ackanomic WWW page up-to-date.
b) To select and maintain one or more links to on-line Dictionaries of the English language. The term "Official Dictionary", as used elsewhere in the rules, shall be construed to mean the union of these Dictionaries.
c) To seek and appoint Assistant Web-Harfers (who must be volunteers) to help keep the Ackanomic WWW page up-to-date. [This mainly would be, for example, putting an assistant in charge of the CFJ portion of the page.]

The Privileges are, in addition to receiving the customary salary:

a) To initiate flights of the Spelling Bee.
b) To add whitespace and line breaks to the rules. The Web-Harfer should consider all player requests to do so.
c) To seek and appoint Assistant Web-Harfers as needed to keep the Ackanomic WWW page up-to-date. [This is a duty because the Web-Harfer is obligated to get help when it is needed, rather than let the Ackanomic WWW page become out-of-date.]

It is the responsibility of other players to make public any information that should be reflected in the WWW page.

Rule 408/19
Tabulator and Count Tabula
Sean Crystal

The Office of the Tabulator is a Functional Office. The Duties of the Tabulator are:

(a) to count votes on each proposal.
(b) to maintain the voting records of each player on each proposal.
(c) to report the acceptance or rejection of proposals, in the time order in which their voting periods ended; the time of these reports is deemed to be the time indicated by the message's initial timestamp.
(d) to handle the duties (except duty (b), below) of Count Tabula when that office is vacant, or its holder is on vacation.

The Tabulator need not perform duties (a),(b), or (c) on any proposal which has been retracted, nullified, or deemed invalid in accordance with the Rules.

It is the Tabulator's Privilege to appoint a player to the Office of Count Tabula. This is the only way that Office can be filled.

The Office of Count Tabula is a Functional Office. The Duties of the Office include solicitation, tabulation, and reporting of votes on all Ackanomic matters, excluding Proposals. This includes, but is not limited to, Hearings [see Rule 360], Impeachment Papers [Rule 404], and all Elections for Office [Rule 402].

When the Tabulator is on vacation, Count Tabula is the Acting Tabulator, and no other procedure for filling the office shall be taken unless Count Tabula requests it. This rule takes precedence over Rule 403 [Functional Offices, Commonalities].

Rule 409/8
David Chapman

The Office of the Registrar is a Functional Office. The Duties of the Registrar are:

(a) maintaining a list of all registered players and their Ackanomic names.

(b) furnishing new players with any game information they need, including but not limited to:

(c) to make oneself available for questions from new players.

(d) keeping track of all of the titles and offices the players hold, and who holds the Magic Potato.

(e) asking new players how they found out about the game, and making any answer they provide public.

Rule 410/4
David Chapman

The Office of the Scorekeeper is a Functional Office. The Duties of the Scorekeeper are:
(a) maintaining a record of the players' current scores
(b) recording each score change
(c) detecting and announcing as soon as possible the event of a player winning a cycle by points.

Rule 411/3
Calvin N Hobbes (Thierry Joffrain)

The Office of Senator has four Seats. The Speaker is not eligible to hold this office. The Senators are collectively an Institution known as the Senate. The Speaker or Acting Speaker is the titular head of the Senate, with the title of ProConsul. When a Senate vote is tied, the ProConsul may cast a tiebreaking vote on the matter in question.

Rule 411.1/1
Senate Resolutions
ThinMan (John Bollinger)

The President, the Speaker, the Supreme Court Justices, and the Senators may each introduce a Senate Resolution by publicly posting its text. The officer introducing the resolution shall then post a presumptuous, ostentatious speech, at least as long as the text of the resolution, explaining why the resolution should be accepted.

If the text of the resolution is longer than 20 80-character lines, or if it is not prefaced in the same document with a statement to the effect that the following text is a Senate Resolution and a provisional title, then the Officer who introduced it is considered an Incompetent Political Buffoon for the following three days. Otherwise, a vote is initiated in the Senate on the question of whether or not to accept the Resolution; the voting period shall be three days for this.

If the Senate votes in favor of accepting a resolution then immediately after the results of the vote are publicly announced (as described in rule 1001), that resolution's text is added to the ruleset as a new rule with its initial title the specified provisional title, and an initial number equal to the first integer greater than 5000 which is not already a rule number. The player who initiated the resolution is then permitted to cheer, strut, and make victory gestures. The CSRR Officer is permitted and encouraged to assign such a rule a new number once within the first 7 days of its existence (in order to place it in the correct section of the rules); the Harfmeister is permitted to once rename such a new rule to any legal name during the first seven days of its existence.

If the Senate votes against accepting the resolution then the player who introduced it loses 10 points and is encouraged to moan, gripe, and complain about their choice of either "tree-hugging, big-government, hippie liberals" or "gun-toting, poor-hating, draconian conservatives."

Rule 412/7
Financier and Free Market
Calvin N Hobbes (Thierry Joffrain)

The Office of the Financier (OotF), or Financier, is a Functional Office. This rule defers to other Officer rules that define another officer to perform a subset of the duties described here.

The Duties of the Financier are:

a) To maintain accurate records of the who owns each ownable entity, what each Player owns, and what each named non-Player entity [such as the Treasury or the Chartreuse Goose] owns.

b) To log (or collate logs made by other officers) all transfers of entity ownership and the creation and destruction of entities, and to verify that these events happen only in accordance with the Rules.

c) To make the records and logs available to any Player upon request.

d) To maintain the Free Market (FM), and to verify any transaction made there was made in accordance with the rules.

The Priveleges of the Financier are:

a) To receive the usual salary for a Functional Officer.

Rule 413/4
Clerk of the Court
Robert Sevin (Mitchell Harding)

The Office of the Clerk of the Court is a Functional Office. The Duties of the Clerk of the Court are:
(a) to receive Calls for Judgement (CFJs),
(b) to select Judges for CFJs, distribute them publically, and to otherwise administer CFJs as necessary
(c) to receive verdicts from Judges and other judicial entities, and to distribute the verdicts publically, at which time they become official.
(d) maintaining and making public upon request the CFJ Ineligibility List.
The Clerk of the Court shall be Acting Speaker when there is no Speaker, and is the default Acting Speaker when the Speaker is on vacation.

Rule 414/7
Calvin N Hobbes (Thierry Joffrain)

The Presidency of Ackanomia is an Office with one Seat. The player who holds that seat is called the President. The President's Term of Office is 8 weeks. The Presidency is filled by an Election for Office.

(i) The Duties are:
a) To publicly announce the occurrence of an open Seat for a Functional Office.
b) To conduct a the nominations for open Functional Office seats.
c) To publicly announce the occurrence of a Player being appointed to hold a Functional Office.
d) Other rules may define other duties.

(ii) The Privileges are:
a) To decide who among the volunteers shall be selected to hold an open Seat for Functional Office.
b) Other rules may define other privileges.

(iii) Whenever this Office is filled in an acting capacity, the Acting President may exercise Privilege "a" as listed in section (ii) of this Rule. This section has precedence over rule 401.

Rule 415/7
Presidential Decisions
Malenkai (Randy Hall)

All of the powers granted on this list are considered Presidential decisions. The President, and only the President, may invoke them. Such invocation must be in a public message, and must be accompanied by reasoning as to why it is being done.

I. Holiday

The President may declare any period of 1 to 7 days a Holiday, provided there are no declared Holidays which have not ended, and provided no Holiday has ended within the past 3 days. The declaration must include the Holiday's duration and start date/time.

No time during a Holiday shall count towards the times officers have to do their tasks. Nor shall it count towards any "periods" as defined elsewhere in the rules. This clause takes precedence over any rule which would require the counting of such time.

II. Proposal Moratorium

The President may declare a Proposal Moratorium to start on the day following the declaration, so long as the declaration is an integral amount of days from 1 to 10, and a Proposal Moratorium is not currently in progress. No officers may distribute Proposals during a Proposal Moratorium.

III. Bomb Shelter

The President may build a Bomb Shelter for the community. In addition to any other requirements of this rule to do so, however, the President must also pay A$850 in construction costs, or it will not be built. Any Bomb Shelter is destroyed 7 days after it is built by a rare species of acidic mold.

IV. Ambassador

The President may remove the Ambassador from office. In doing so, he or she may also appoint a replacement Ambassador from among the players eligible to hold the position.

Rule 416/5
Supreme Court
Calvin N Hobbes (Thierry Joffrain)

The Office of Justice has two Seats. The President, Speaker, Praetor, and Senators are not eligible to hold this office. The Justices are collectively known as the Supreme Court.

Justices are appointed by the President and confirmed by Senate vote. Should the Senate reject a candidate, then the President must propose another candidate until either the Senate confirms a candidate, or until the Senate rejects three candidates for the particular vacancy. In the case where the Senate rejects three candidates, the Office is then filled by election.

The Praetor or Acting Praetor shall be an Acting Justice whenever there is a vacancy in the Supreme Court.

Rule 417/7
Justices Rock
Calvin N Hobbes (Thierry Joffrain)

Justices Rock

The players that are also Justices (should the position exist) that is, members of the Supreme Court, have the following powers, provided all agree to use it and how to use it, on the one instance.

They may nullify a Presidential decision. That is, a decision made by the President acting in his or her capacity as the President.

They may nullify a Senatorial decision. That is, a decision made by the Senate acting in its capacity as the Senate.

They may nullify a previous Supreme Court decision. That is, a previous decision made by the Supreme Court acting in its capacity as Supreme Court, including, but not limited to, AOJs, and CFJ appeals.

The decision must be made public by an Act Of Justice (AOJ) in which they give a statement on what decision is being nullified, and an explanation as to why. The AOJ must be published with the names of all the justices at the end, with the phrase "verified and agreed" before each of their names. As soon as it is made public, it is in effect and cannot be overturned except by another AOJ, unless it is deemed unlawful by a Call For Criminal Judgement (CFCJ), should such a procedure exist.

The following types of AOJs are explicitly prohibited:

1) An AOJ to nullify a Presidential Decision to appoint a particular player to the Supreme Court.
2) An AOJ to nullify a Senatorial Decision to confirm a particular player to the Supreme Court.
3) An AOJ that nullifies a decision made 7 days or more prior to the time of the (attempted) AOJ.
4) An AOJ that nullifies a Senatorial decision either to accept or to reject a Senate Resolution.

If either/both the Senate and president do not exist, then Justices cannot use their first two powers.

Supreme Court Justices and acting Supreme Court Justices are ineligible to be selected to judge CFJs.

When a CFJ comes before the Supreme Court, a Justice, as a public action, may decline judgement on that CFJ. In this case, an Acting Justice is selected to sit on the Court to adjudicate that CFJ only, in the original Justice's stead; the procedure used to select the Acting Justice in this case is the same as if the original Justice went on vacation.

Rule 418/3
Justices Are Keeper Of The Sacred Laws
Calvin N Hobbes (Thierry Joffrain)

Before the result of a CFJ is made public, a Justice or Bronze Torch owner can add their own reasoning to the official publication of the result by sending it either to the person in charge of CFJs, or to the public forum. Prior to its official publication, this reasoning can be made public by no one other than the author of the reasoning.

Upon the Judge or Court reaching a verdict, the person in charge of CFJs will also add any reasoning submitted under the auspices of this rule to the official publication of the CFJ, along with the judge's decision.

Rule 419.1/6
pascal (Jason Reed)

There exists the office of Ambassador, with one seat, and the duty of obtaining information regarding other Nomics, providing information about Ackanomic upon requests to similar representatives of other Nomics, and keeping the Players of Ackanomic informed of major events in other Nomics and endeavours to create meta-Nomic games.

Rule 419.2/10
Internomic Interface
Kelly Martin (Kelly Martin)

I. Liaison

The Ambassador (or, in the absence of an Ambassador, the Speaker) is Ackanomic's Liaison to InterNomic. The Liaison shall keep the Players of Ackanomic apprised in a timely fashion of events in InterNomic of interest to Ackanomic.

II. InterNomic Proposals

Any Voting Player may request the Liaison to make an InterNomic Proposal by sending the Proposal to the Liaison. If said Proposal is adopted by InterNomic, the player who requested it receives 7 points upon the Liaison reporting the fact of its adoption to Ackanomic.

III. InterNomic Voting

Whenever Ackanomic is permitted to vote upon any matter in Internomic, the Liaison shall initiate a binding vote in the People's Council for Internomic to determine how e should cast Ackanomic's vote in Internomic. If there are fewer than 4 members in the People's Council for Internomic, then the Liasion shall initiate a binding vote in a Joint Assembly of the Senate and the People's Council for Internomic to determine how e should cast Acaknomic's vote in Internomic. In the latter case it is the Senate's responsibility to report the results of the vote to Ackanomic.

In the event that the Institution or Institutions in which the vote was initiated do not reach a decision, the President shall determine how e casts Ackanomic's vote.

IV. InterNomic Judgements (ISFJs)

Whenever Ackanomic is required to serve as a judge in Internomic, the Liaison shall publically post the statement for judgement along with the initiator's reasoning, if any. During the three days following this post, players may respond to the statement for judgment with whatever comments and reasoning they may have on the judgement. Three days after the Liaison's posting of the statement for judgement, a Hearing will commence. The valid responses for this Hearing will be the allowed verdicts Ackanomic may deliver in response to the ISFJ. For the purposes of determining a verdict in this Hearing, each response from a Bronze Torch holder counts as two player responses, and non-player responses do not count. The verdict of this hearing shall be the verdict delivered on the statement for judgement. In the event of a tie or a verdict of "Never Mind", the Liaison shall determine which verdict to deliver. This section has precedence over rules governing Hearings. When reporting the verdict to Internomic, the Liaison shall use whatever player comments he feels are appropriate, including dissenting ones, and shall annote these comments with their author's Ackanomic name.

V. Internomic Attitude

In order to change the Attitude of Ackanomic toward any other member nomic of InterNomic, a vote must be held. Each Senator has one vote, each member of the People's Council for Internomic has one vote and the Liaison has one vote (if the Liaison is also a Senator, or a member of the People's Council for Internomic, e only gets one vote total). These votes are duties of the respective offices. If 60% or more of these eligible voters vote in favor of changing the Attitude of Ackanomic, then the Liaison shall take whatever steps are necessary and possible to carry out this decision in InterNomic.


The People's Council for Internomic is an Institution. Any player may join this Institution by posting a public message. Any players may leave this Institution by posting a public message. The People's Council for Internomic is in Session when it has one or more members. Whenever it is necessary to appoint an Acting Ambassador, the Speaker should first consider members of the People's Council for Internomic for the appointment

Rule 420.1/5
Malenkai (Randy Hall)

The Historian is an optional office with one seat.

The duties are to maintain a WWW page of the History of Ackanomic. Content of the page is up to the Historian [but should include the comings and goings of political parties (and their agendas); history of Presidents, Senators, and Winners, notable historical events such as the Quorum Crisis, etc]. The Historian should maintain a copy of all Historical Dissertations.

The Historian does not receive a salary, but it is considered good form for players to give donations to the Historian when he or she is doing a good job.

Rule 420.2/0
Ackanomic History Guild
Guy Fawkes (Robert Shimmin)

1. There exists an Institution called the Ackanomic History Guild, hereafter called the Guild.

2. The Ackanomic History Guild consists of all players who have a Guild Ranking greater than zero. Guild rankings may not be changed except as described by the rules.

3. Any player may submit a public message called a Historical Dissertation. A Historical Dissertation must: (a) be at least 50 lines in length, excluding blank lines; (b) state that it is a Historical Dissertation; (c) describe in detail one or more events in Ackanomic history.

4. Unless more than one-third of the members of the Ackanomic History Guild express disapproval of a particular Historical Dissertation within a week of its posting, the author of that Historical Dissertation shall have his Guild Ranking incremented by 1 seven days after its posting.

5. Only members of the Ackanomic History Guild are eligible for Nomination for the Office of Historian.

Rule 421/8
Office of Common Sense, Redundancy, and Redundancy
The Governor (Dan Marsh)

(a) There shall be a functional office called Common Sense, Redundancy, and Redundancy. This office may be referred to as CSRR.

(b) The purpose of the Office of Common Sense, Redundancy, and Redundancy is to make changes to the rules when it finds that the rules, as written, do not make sense, are redundant, do not conform _in fact_ to their interpretation in game custom, or are redundant. The Office may perform other functions if they conform to the rules. [The Office should make minor changes. But if it can get major changes past the, shall we say, review process, it can.]

(c) A privilege of the CSRR is to issue Common Sense Reports (CSRs). A CSR is a list of suggested changes to the rules, but it is not a proposal.

(d) The CSRR shall distribute CSR's publicly, and assign each one a unique number. After a CSR is distributed, any player may officially object to it by publishing his or her objection publicly. If less than 2 voting players object to the CSR within a 3 day review period immediately following its distribution, then the changes it suggests will be made at the end of the review period. The CSRR shall publish a notice that the changes have been made.

Rule 422/7
/dev/joe (Joseph DeVincentis)

The Postmaster is an optional functional office with one seat.

A duty of the Postmaster shall be to create and maintain an official mailing list and a separate official voting mailing list for Ackanomic, so public messages can be sent to one address and forwarded from there to all players and observers automatically. [The official list is intended for messages of importance to all Ackanomic, and the official voting list for messages of importance only to voting players.] The Postmaster shall create additional, optional lists as he deems it appropriate. Another duty of the Postmaster shall be to keep a publicly available record of the Postal Code.

The Postal Code is a document which may be changed by the Postmaster by publicly posting the desired changes; if fewer than 2 players publicly disagree with the change within 3 days, it is applied to the Postal Code; otherwise, the change is ignored.

A message is a public message if and only if it is distributed to all non-vacationing Players or it is sent to any mailing list indicated as a public forum in the Postal Code, and any actions performed in the message obey all restrictions in the Postal Code for that list, and the subject line contains either "Ackanomic:" or "Acka:". For the purposes of this paragraph and the restrictions in the Postal Code, an action is a statement that the player is doing something regulated by the rules, or a public post required by the rules. [Only actions are regulated; discussion can take place anywhere, though players should try to post to appropriate lists.]

A private message qualifies as being "from" a certain Player if and only if the recipient is satisfied that the sender of the message was in fact the Player in question. An officer who receives private messages in the course of his Duties may set a reasonable protocol in place for verifying the authorship of such messages.

For a player not on vacation not to be subscribed to at least one form of the official mailing list is a Crime. For a voting player not on vacation not to be subscribed to at least one form of the official voting mailing list is a Crime. There may be multiple forms of the official list, such as a regular list and a digest list. Any person subscribed to any public forum who is not a player is considered to be an observer. The Postal Code must always indicate which list is the official list.

If a digest version of any mailing list exists, the Postmaster shall have the privilege of moving any player or observer from the normal list to the digest version of that list if that person's e-mail is bouncing.

The Postmaster shall receive the usual salary for a Functional Office.

Rule 423/5
Malenkai (Randy Hall)

The Office of the Map-Harfer is an optional Functional Office.

The duties of the Map-Harfer are:
a) to create and maintain the Map of Ackanomia, as governed by other rules.
b) to maintain and make publically available a list of the locations of all entities, including players, for which location is known or specified.

Rule 424/4
Poet Laureate
Guy Fawkes (Robert Shimmin)

The optional Office of Poet Laureate exists. The Duties are:

1) To compose poetry as described below.
2) To maintain a web page preserving the literary heritage of Acka.

Once a month, the President may require the Poet Laureate to compose a poem to commemorate an important milestone in Ackan history (winning a cycle of internomic, a great e-mail blizzard, the resolution of a major crisis, the enshrinement of an Elder, etc.) or to liven a festive occasion. These lists are by no means all-conclusive, and the President may require the Poet Laureate to compose for just about any event, although if players feel he is using this power frivolously, they are permitted to sneer. The Poet Laureate has seven days from the date of the President's request to publically post such a poem, unless the President's original public request allows him a longer period of time. The Poet Laureate receives no special compensation for such compositions.

Other players may commission the Poet Laureate to write poems on their behalf (to commemorate great accomplishments of theirs, to mock their adversaries, or just to make sure their otherwise imminently forgettable career will be recorded somewhere). It is solely the privilege of the Poet Laureate to earn fees for such works, though he may refuse to accept a commission entirely. The amount of the commission fee can be anything agreed on by both the commissioning player and the Poet Laureate, so long as this does not conflict with rules regarding transfers of currency or entities. For such a commission to have effect, a public post must be made giving the commissioning player, the fee (if any), and the date by which the work must be completed.

The Poet Laureate must also maintain a web page recording the literary treasures of Acka. Such items include poems of the Poet Laureate, Party Hall Party poems, sad little Gaol songs and Dueling Limericks (should such styles exist), and any other works of verse or song described in the rules.

Rule 425/4
(Guy Fawkes) Robert Shimmin

I. The Office of the Praetor is a Political Office. To be eligible for the office, a player must be active and one or more of the following:
a) a Bronze Torch holder
b) the owner of a Gold Stripe or Ruby Slipper
c) a former Supreme Court Justice
d) enshrined in the Hall of Elders
Regardless of any other eligibility, a current Justice or Acting Justice is never eligible.

II. If an Acting Justice needs to be selected because of a Justice's Vacation, the Praetor shall be selected before other eligible players, if not already an Acting Justice; if the Praetor cannot be selected, or the Praetor abdicates the appoinment, players eligible to be Praetor shall be selected before other players.

If an Acting Praetor needs to selected due to Vacation, players eligible to be Praetor shall be selected before other players.

III. If a judge or judge-designate should ever be declared a deadbeat, the CotC shall select the Praetor as the next Judge for the deadbeat's CFJ. If, however, the Praetor's seat is vacant, or the Praetor is ineligible to receive the CFJ in the first place [e.g., because they initiated it, or it is a CFCJ and the Praetor is the defendant], it shall be reassigned as if the deadbeat had actively declined judgment.

IV. The Praetor may not decline Judgment. When a CFJ is submitted to him, he is assumed to have immediately accepted it. He may send a CFJ to the Supreme Court, and if e does this, he is not required to deliver a verdict.

V. The Praetor is forbidden to take any action or inaction which would cause him to be a deadbeat. If he is ever a deadbeat, he is immediately removed from office, and the seat is vacant.

VI. The player who holds the Office of Praetor may be selected to judge CFJ's by the methods described in other rules. Should this occur, he is not acting as the Praetor on this CFJ, and he is neither bound by the rules of the Office nor able to use the Praetor's powers on this CFJ. Should, however, he ever become a deadbeat as a result of such a CFJ, he is immediately removed from office as described in the previous paragraph, and the CFJ is reassigned as if he had actively declined.

Rule 426/3
Malenkai (Randy Hall)

The Office of the Undead-Harfer is a Functional Office. When vacant, it is filled by the Financier in an acting capacity.

The Duties are:

a) To maintain a list of all Undead, the entities they own, and any other pertinent details of the Undead.
b) To make this list available to any player upon request.

Rule 427/2
Malenkai (Randy Hall)

The Office of the Bond-Harfer is a Functional Office. When vacant, it is filled by the Financier in an acting capacity.

The Duties are:

(a) to calculate and publically report the yields on PFBonds, per PFBond, when they occur.
(b) to calculate and report PFBond yields per player based on the PFBond yields per bond and players' PFBond portfolios.

Rule 428/1
Calvin N Hobbes (Thierry Joffrain)

The Trinket-Harfer is an Optional Functional Office.

The Duties are:

a) To keep an acccurate record of all Trinket names, values, and descriptions, and to make that record available to any player on request.

Rule 429/0
Alfvaen (Aaron Humphrey)

There exists an optional Functional Office of Treasure-Harfer.

The Duties are:

a) To keep a record of all buried and found treasures -- who buried them, who found them(if applicable), their map when revealed, and the entities they contain, as well as any other information, clues, or riddles provided formally or informally that e feels are relevant.

b) To be the default Map Custodian for any Treasure Map whose Writer requests it, as in Rule 1217. The Treasure-Harfer is not excluded from finding any Treasure for which e is not a Map Custodian.

Instead of the normal salary for a Functional Officer, the Treasure-Harfer shall receive an Automatic Sculpture every month. The Treasure-Harfer is encouraged to bury these for other players to find; if e does not, and lets them accumulate in eir possession, then other players are permitted to sneer.

Rule 450/2
Robert Sevin (Mitchell Harding)

Any player may become an Expert on any area or areas of the Ackanomic rule set. An Expert in a given area must be knowledgeable about the area, particularly including knowledge of relevant rules and CFJs. In order for a player to become an Expert in a given area they must publicly state their desire to become an Expert, and they must declare the area (or areas, if they wish to become an Expert in more than one area simultaneously) in which they wish to be considered an Expert. For each title of Expert requested, the Senate shall conduct a vote on whether to approve the request or not. The player shall become an Expert in each area approved. This vote has a voting period of 2 weeks. If the Senate does not declare a player an Expert in a requested area, they have the option of posting the reasoning for their decision. There is no limit to the number of areas a player may be an Expert in, and there is no limit to the number of players that may be an Expert in a given area.

When deciding whether or not a player is an Expert in a given area, the Senate must consider the following criteria:

1. The player must be well versed in all rules and CFJs relevant to the area.
2. The player must be keeping up to date with any relevant new proposals.
3. The player must be honest, and willing to interpret the rules when a conflict arises that is relevant to their area of Expertness. They must do so without bias.
4. The area must be well-defined and specific.
5. The area must not be too broad (ie "the rules" is too broad, but "Acka economy" isn't).
6. The area must not be so simple that everyone understands it well.

An Expert may publicly resign as an Expert in any given area (or areas). This causes them to no longer be an Expert in that area (or areas). The Senate may, at any time, vote to cause a player to no longer be an Expert in any given area (or areas). The Senate must publicly announce their intention to do so, and then publicly announce the results of their vote. If 75% or more of the Senate votes to revoke the player's title of Expert in a given area (or areas), the player loses that title (or titles). The Senate must publicly give their reasoning for this decision.

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