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« on: August 18, 2006, 05:18:50 AM »

Appointed Executive Amendment Fails

Plan to “empower and activate the Patrician class” struck down


An amendment to the Accords of The Meritocracy that would have empowered the Consul and Patricians failed to gain the approval of the Senate. The amendment, proposed by Czarist Duchies, sought to be a solution to two of the biggest problems facing the Senate. The first problem has been that the Consul is unable to work with their nominated Executive team, with each Executor currently elected separately by a vote of the whole Senate. Many Senators have complained that the Consul, deemed the most meritorious, has the same say in Executor elections as (by comparison) a relatively un-meritorious Senator. Senators in favour of the current arrangements have pointed out that in the past the candidate judged most to have the most merit would not have become an Executor as the Consul on their nominated ticket was not elected. Other proponents of the current system have pointed out that in the previous incarnation of The Meritocracy, under the Charter of The Meritocracy, had an appointed Executive and that led to the same people getting the same jobs. Statistical work, most notably by the former Senator from Jasque, suggested otherwise coming to the conclusion that “popular opinion favours the experienced Cabinet Members” with “the old system [doing] a better job of including newer Senators in the cabinet.”

The second perceived problem is that of the status of Patrician. Currently Patricians are responsible for passing legislation in the Curia before they can be considered by the entire Senate. The Censor, Glorious Wegason, has complained that “Patricians are generally not active, we have had to wait days for Patrician approval on a number of bits of legislation”. Novus Homines agrees, “The system which was designed to make the Patricians worth something… is not working.” General opinion in the Senate is that the role of Patricians needs altering to make them more worthwhile and thus widely contested.

The amendment ambitiously sought to solve these two very different problems by allowing the Consul to appoint the executive with Patricians then having to approve the Consul’s appointments. While objection to the appointed executive portion was low, there was great debate over the role of the Patricians. Objectivist Chimps commented, “The Patricians have not proven themselves to be capable of earning greater grants of power.” Defending the legislation Czarist Duchies responded, “the Patricians have been given no opportunity, no power to utilise that Merit.” Further concerns had been raised that by granting Patricians such great powers then the office of Patrician risked being politicised. In the end the amendment failed with 13 votes in favour to 15 against, with four abstentions.

Plethora of Legislation Planned

The Senate will vote on a wide array of legislation in the coming days with many more being drafted in various Curia. Up for immediate consideration are an amendment to the Membership Act and another Accords amendment requiring Senators to become a member of one of five Curia.

Recent Comings

An application by The Andromedan was rejected with 14 Senators voting against, with 10 abstentions.

Recent Goings

The Senators from CrazyGirl and Tazistan both resigned their Senate seats while Merited Flemingovia ceased to exist. The Senator from Conglamo was expelled from the Senate following serious inactivity by a vote of 12 to six with three abstains. Also expelled was Windsor Castle (Windsor Bainbridge) by a vote of 18 to two, with one abstention.

New Patrician Informationis Required


The resignation of the Senator from Tazistan has created a vacancy for a role as Patrician Informationis. Names linked with the position so far are the Senators Valle de Mejico, Big D Baby and Siempre. Nominations close on the 23rd of August.

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2006, 06:02:50 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006, 01:29:14 PM »

 Sad Sorry I just copy and pasted from the Merit.
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