The first issue we should probably discuss is how to conduct business here in The Sand Box of Sol's BackYard. I suggested a few rules for these discussions. These are below. Tell us what you like, or don't like about them and what needs to change. Items that are bold need to be determined.
1) The Referees, appointed by our Reclusive Empress, will preside over The Sand Box and have access to this slashdot account.
2) The Reclusive Empress will approve The Rules for her Back Yard, once enough people agree on what they should be.
3) Any business proposed by a member of The Sand Box must be seconded by another member.
5) Debate on a proposition will be held for 3 days.
4) A proposition under debate passes when [number] percent of members of The Back Yard approve it.
5) Throwing sand at other Nations in The Sand Box is not allowed.
6) The Empress must approve any propositions for them to be valid.
7) Any nation may join The Sand Box, if they are given the password.
8) The Empress retains the right to eject any nation from The Sand Box if they don't play fair, share their toys, or if they annoy everyone else. Suitable discussion will take place before this happens.
9) Nations that need a nap, vacation, or other trips away from The Sand Box, may do so any time they wish with out fear of invasions or harsh trade sanctions.
10) UN membership is optional for all members in The Sand Box. Each region gets a UN Delegate by endorsing a nation. The nation with the most endorsements is the representative. Currently, our Delegate is Turgkey. It might be a good idea to make sure that the Delegate is not also a Referee, just to spread around the fun involved.
So those are just some suggestions. There has already been a proposal for a unified currency for The Sand Box. Some debate regarding this invasion of sovereignty has occured. This could be our first proposition to debate, after the Rules are determined.
Sebi, FortKnox, and myself, robi2106 (jason), have been appointed by Sol as Referees for The Sand Box. I have also suggested Bethanie. Sebi has lots of experience in the game, and great ideas, as described in this post.
El Jefe de Caffeinastan
Note from solemndragon:
The password nations will need is the regional one. But... i think that there should be nations outside our backyard allowed to join. Are all members in the backyard automatically members? Members, you tell me, because you're the ones who will be subject to the proposals we consider. I know there's resistance to the currency idea, for example, and i don't want this to end up as meaningless for some people as the Nationstates UN.
I think that submitting a proposal should be as easy as posting a comment with the subject: "PROPOSAL," and that one of us should make sure there's a JE on a regular basis so that there's room to do this.
I think that each slashdotter should be restricted to one vote, however, no matter how many nations they have. That one's up for debate. Debate it NOW, before we vote. The proposals may be rewritten before the vote, with extra debate time, if salient arguments for or against come up.
That said, i think that we have an excellent setup described here. Sebi may not have the same free time that we do, so we must allow discretion to not take on this responsibility when called. Bethanie's in it for the fun, and i respect that. Which leaves us with some empty space; Sebi, spot's yours if you want it, but no push and no hard feelings.
we need: Someone to chair, along with me- i think there should be two co-chairs, so that it's not just one person approving proposals in my absence should i not be around. There will need to be someone counting votes to make sure that everyone's been represented in a 'need-unanimity' vote. So, i agree- you and FK should be PenUltimate Sandbox Referees ('sandblasters?' *grin*) and we must find a vote-counter who can't/won't be bribed.
I think that the first proposal should be this one: to vote on this entire slate as one proposal, including said ad hoc committee of three, and by taking part in the debate or the vote, (which should take place three days from now? With a 24-hour period for collecting votes, to account for differing time zones) nations start taking part.