The Initial Rules of Radio Free Nomic

Rule 101
Obey The Rules

All Players must always abide by all the rules then in effect, in the form in which they are then in effect, and interpreted in accordance with currently existing game custom.

Rule 102
The Speaker and Citizens

Each Player shall be either a Citizen or the Speaker; no Player may be both at the same time. There will always be one Speaker. The term "Player" refers to any Citizen or the Speaker.

Rule 103
What Is A Rule Change?

A rule change must be one of the following: (1) the enactment of a rule; (2) the repeal of a rule; (3) the amendment of a rule; (4) the renumbering of a rule.

Rule 104
What is a Proosal?

A proosal may contain any number of rule changes or alterations to the game state. If any part of an accepted proosal contains a rule change or effect which is ambiguous or is invalid under the current rules, that part shall be treated as if it were a null string.

Any text delimited by square brackets [e.g. [text]] within the text of a proosal or rule is considered semantically null and has no effect on the game state or current rules.

Rule 105
Adopting Proosals

All proosals made in the proper way shall be voted on. Three conditions must be satisfied for a proosal to be adopted: (1) a quorum must have been achieved; (2) the required number of votes must have been cast in favour of the proosal; and (3) the prescribed voting period must have elapsed.

Rule 106
Proosals Must Be Written Down

Any proosal must be written down (or otherwise communicated in print or electronic media) before it is voted on. If adopted, it must guide play in the form in which it was voted on.

Rule 107
When Proosals Can Take Effect

A proosal will take effect when the prescribed voting period has elapsed.

No proosal may have retroactive application.

Rule 108
Numbering Proosals

The Speaker shall give each proosal an ordinal number for reference. The numbers shall begin with 301, and each proosal proposed in the proper way shall receive the next successive ordinal, whether or not the proosal is adopted.

When a rule is created it should be given a number. If a proosal which creates a rule does not explicitly give it a number, or if a rule is to be given a number which is already the number of an existing rule, the new rule shall instead receive the smallest number greater than 2000 which is not already the number of a rule. This takes precedence over all other rules regarding the numbering of rules.

The effective ordinal number of a rule is the number it had instantaneously after it was last renumbered or if it has never been renumbered, the number it had when it was created.

Rule 109
Making Proosals

The proper way to make a proosal is to send it by electronic mail to the current Speaker. The Speaker will then distribute the proosal to all Players. The prescribed voting period begins at the moment that the proosal is distributed by the Speaker.

Rule 110
Winning The Game

The state of affairs that constitutes winning the game may not be changed from achieving n points to any other state of affairs. However, the magnitude of n and the means of earning points may be changed, and rules that establish a winner when play cannot be continued may be enacted and be amended or repealed. The winner of the last game shall become the new Speaker for the next game, assuming all current duties allocated to the Speaker.

Rule 111
Forfeiting The Game

A player always has the option to forfeit the game rather than continue to play or incur a game penalty. No penalty worse than losing, in the judgement of the player to incur it, may be imposed.

Rule 112
Rule Changes That Affect Rule Changing Rules

Rule changes that affect rules needed to allow or apply rule changes are as permissible as other rule changes. Even rule changes that amend or repeal their own authority are permissible. No rule change is impermissible solely on account of the self-reference or self-application of a rule.

Rule 113
Voting Options

Voters may vote either for or against any proosal during the prescribed voting period. Citizens should send their vote by electronic mail to the Speaker before the end of the voting period. Voters who do not vote within the prescribed period shall be deemed to have abstained.

Rule 114
Permissibility Of The Unprohibited

Whatever is not explicitly prohibited or regulated by a rule is permitted and unregulated, with the sole exception of changing the rules, which is permitted only when a rule or set of rules explicitly or implicitly permits it.

Rule 201

Quorum is defined to be 50% of the players. Voters who are not players do not count for the purpose of determining quorum.

Rule 203
Required Number Of Votes

The number of votes required to pass a proosal is two-thirds of the votes legally cast within the prescribed voting period.

Rule 204
One Voter One Vote

Each Voter has exactly one vote.

Rule 205
The Prescribed Voting Period

The prescribed voting period on a proosal is seven days, starting from the moment that the proosal is distributed by the Speaker.

Rule 206
When Proosals Take Effect

An adopted proosal takes effect at the moment that the prescribed voting period ends.

Rule 207
Scoring When A Proosal Is Adopted

When a proosal is adopted, those players who voted against it receive 5 points each. A player whose proosal is adopted also receives 10 points.

Rule 208
Scoring When A Proosal Is Defeated

When a proosal is defeated, the player who proposed it loses 10 points.

Rule 209
Required Number Of Points To Win

The winner is the first player to achieve a score of 100 points.

Rule 210
Resolving Conflicts

If two or more rules conflict with one another then the rule with the lowest effective ordinal number takes precedence. If at least one of the rules in conflict explicitly says of itself that it defers to another rule (or type of rule) or takes precedence over another rule (or type of rule), then such provisions shall supersede the numerical method for determining precedence. If two or more rules claim to take precedence over one another, or to defer to one another, then the numerical method must again govern.

Rule 211
Invoking Judgement

Any player who has a question or complaint about any matter concerning the rules and their interpretation may email their statement to the Speaker, who will then distribute it to the rest of the Citizens. A call for judgement is then incurred on that statement. The Speaker shall give each such statement an ordinal number for reference, starting with 101.

Rule 212
Selecting A Judge

When Judgement has been called for, a Judge is randomly selected from among the other registered players by the Speaker. The player selected has 3 days in which to accept or refuse the appointment by posting to the Speaker. Any player who does not respond to selection in 3 days shall be penalised 10 points, and is deemed to have refused appointment. If a selected player refuses appointment, then a further random selection is made from the remaining pool.

Rule 213
Delivering Judgement

Having accepted the appointment, a Judge has exactly one week in which to post an official Judgement. A Judge who fails to deliver Judgement within that period is penalised 10 points.

Rule 214
Three Possible Judgements

There are only three possible Judgements: (1) True; (2) False; or (3) Undecided. A Judgement may be accompanied by reasons and arguments, but any such reasons and arguments form no part of the official Judgement itself.

Rule 215
Judgements Must Accord With The Rules

All Judgements must be in accordance with all the rules then in effect. When the rules are silent, inconsistent, or unclear on the statement in question, however, then the Judge shall consider currently existing game custom and the spirit of the game in reaching a decision.

Rule 216
Judgements Are Not Rules

If a statement on which Judgement has been called is Judged to be true, and that Judgement is not overruled, it does not thereby become a rule, or any part of a rule. It merely becomes an explicit part of currently accepted game custom.

Rule 217
Overturning Judgements

At any time in the week following the posting of a Judgement of "true" or "false", any player may propose that the Judgement be overruled, i.e. changed to "undecided". If that proosal is adopted, according to whatever rules are currently in effect for the adoption of proosals, then the Judgement is overruled, and the Judge who made it penalised 20 points.

Rule 218
Registered Players

A player is any person who is registered as a player. No person may register as a player more than once concurrently. Anyone is allowed to observe the game and participate in discussion of any issue, but no person who is not a player may make a proosal, or vote on any proosal, or call for judgement, or judge, or score points, or win the game.

Rule 219
Winning By Paradox

If the rules are changed so that further play is impossible, or if the legality of some action cannot be determined with finality, or if some action appears equally legal and illegal, then a player may call for judgement on a statement to that effect. If the statement is judged true, and the judgement is not overruled, then the player who called for judgement is declared the winner of the game. This rule takes precedence over every other rule for determining the winner of the game.

Rule 220

The term Voters, as used in the rules, refers to all players, and anything or anyone else that is eligible to vote.

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