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Author Topic: The Kingdom of You-Gi-Owe applies for membership  (Read 23811 times)
King Chester
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« on: July 26, 2008, 03:33:17 PM »

Role-playing note, my nation-state, being a "Kingdom", the ruler of the Kingdom must maintain 'royal decorum".  While other nation-states may choose to their rulers to be "citizens" of a political body, a hereditary monarchy is a government embodied in it's monarch, and therefore must hold a title that is in some ways either regal or aloof.  The PLAYER of this nation state realizes he is no better than the other players in the Meritocratic Isles.  It's just role-playing.

Esteemed Citizens of  The Meritocratic Isles Government.  WE recognize that you hold the concept of Citizenship in high esteem.  WE applaud this concept in those lands that have not been so decreed by THE ALMIGHTY as Kingdoms.  Please understand that WE mean your governments no disrespect, however, WE are bound by the ancient and sacred customs of  this GOD entrusted land to speak and write as WE do.  WE do desire to be a part of this larger government.  However, WE being Royalty, WE cannot have OUR population, OUR citizenry, mistake themselves to be the equal of Royalty.  Therefore, WE humbly desire "membership" to your council of rulers, of the Meritocratic Isles Government, understanding that though WE appear to be somewhat aloof, OUR PERSON will enjoy the same rights of citizenship as well as the same responsibilities.

I, Chester, Lord of House Worden, Steward under God, King, reigning over the Kingdom of You-Gi-Owe, pledge to act as a responsible King, along with the other rulers of the Meritocratic Isles, to uphold those laws of good conduct between it's member nations, and contribute to the honorable governance of the region.

May God Mightily Bless The Meritocratic Isles
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Kadoshim
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2008, 06:08:16 PM »

Excellent role playing your majesty. Here is my first question.

What do you think the Meritocratic Isles is most in need of?
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King Chester
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2008, 11:24:59 PM »

Excellent role playing your majesty. Here is my first question.

What do you think the Meritocratic Isles is most in need of?

Reports from OUR own citizens abroad lead US  to believe that what the Meritocratic Isles might benefit most from is a Code of Chivalry.  In the eyes of the ALMIGHTY, we are all HIS children and all equal, save for the tasks and positions HE has entrusted to us.  WE believe OUR LORD  said it best when HE stated (and WE paraphrase for brevity):  Love the LORD, your GOD with your all, and love thy neighbor as thy self.

A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, generally some taxation is necessary for good governance, for the benefit of all a land's citizenship.

Contrarywise, taxation of thirty percent and above has been said to be equal to slavery in the eyes of the LORD.

Even with some Meritocratic Isle nation states having no taxes at all, the average tax rate for the region is approximately thirty-one percent.

A Code of Chivalry, which embraces the "Golden Rule", applicable even to those in positions of rulership, could be beneficial to the Meritocratic Isles.
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2008, 06:32:15 AM »

You suggest "Love the LORD, your GOD with your all, and love thy neighbor as thy self." as a Code of Chivalry for the Meritocratic Isles. I should note some problems with such a statement.
Our region has a mix of religious and secular governments. Would it be respectful to those secular leaders, some of whom are obligated to maintain the strict separation between church and state, to pressure them into taking a pledge with such strong religious components?
Another thing one might want to consider is that not all government leaders and cultures in the region are Christian, and some not even monotheistic. As a leader in the region, I feel that it is important to be sensitive towards cultures in the region that differ from our own.
Overall, I feel that a Code of Chivalry is a good idea. Once you are a citizen you could bring it into debate and eventually we could vote on a revised version.

As for regional taxes, I feel that it is not a good option. The cost of running the Meritocratic Isles government is minimal and is already covered by various grants from The Senate.
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King Chester
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2008, 07:52:54 AM »

Most Esteemed Colleague,

While OUR land proudly embraces what WE consider to be the True Faith, WE recognize that GOD has different plans for different peoples.  WE also recognize that our faith has a reputation for proselytizing, which is sometimes known as "The Great Commission".  Therefore WE understand that, perhaps there was some confusion with OUR model of chivalry, based on Scripture, and the only slightly more mundane phrase of "the golden rule", which to OUR understanding incorporates only the part of loving one's neighbor as one loves themself.  WE currently have heard that this tenet of civilization to be recognized by most religious bodies, including the Jewish, Hindu, and Moslem peoples (though there is another Moslem doctrine about lying and self-defense which causes US concern).  WE have also heard of the Golden Rule being used by secular peoples.

In regards to OUR comments on taxation, forgive US if WE have spoken as  a well-intentioned nuisance.  WE merely wished to say that such a Code of Chivalry might adjust the economic state of some member nations so that both anarchy and wage-slavery might be lessened.
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2008, 08:16:07 AM »

The Golden Rule is most certainly an acceptable base for a Code of Chivalry.
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King Chester
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2008, 10:36:08 PM »

OUR Kingdom traditionally has:
Eight central statements regarding the Kingship, Twelve central statements regarding the Law within the Kingdom, Thirteen central statements regarding the Code of Dueling, Five central statements regarding Property Rights, Two central statements of Military Organization, and Eighteen central statements regarding Noblesse Oblige.

There has been discussion about creating a Code of Chivalry beyond the statements regarding Noblesse Oblige, but it has not yet been realized within the Kingdom.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2008, 06:24:22 AM »

Welcome to the Apella. You're in.
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King Chester
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2008, 12:07:37 PM »

The Kingdom expresses it's thanks and gratitude to The Apella, for allowing OUR participation.
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