The following Proposal shall be open for debate for 5 days from the time posted to TheSandBox (till ~00:40 Pacific / 08:40 GMT on Jan25, 2004). Voting shall remain open for a period of no less than 3 days and require >= 75% of votes and approval by The Empress to be The Rules of The Back Yard.
PROPOSAL #00: THE RULES OF THE BACK YARD
The Back Yard is "Solemndragons backyard" region (1). "The Holy Empire of Solemndragons chosen" (2) is the founder and Empress of The Back Yard. The Sand Box refers to voting members of The Back Yard.
SECTION 1 - Membership
Article 1 - Members of SolemDragon's Back Yard region do not need to be voting members of The Sand Box.
Article 2 - Membership in The Back Yard is open to Nations asking for the password. Ask the Empress or a Referee.
Article 3 - Members of The Back Yard can only be removed by a Proposal to Remove a Nation.
Article 4 - Proposals to Remove a Nation must pass by a majority vote and must be approved by the Empress.
Article 5 - Throwing sand at other nations in The Sand Box is prohibited.
Article 6 - Nations may take a vaction from The Back Yard or cease involvement and still remain members (3).
SECTION 2 - Voting & Proposals
Article 1 - Voting is to be performed by non-anonymous posting to journal entries in TheSandBox (4) with one vote per person, not one vote per nation.
Article 2 - Multiple accounts on SlashDot may not be used to hold multiple Nations and submit multiple votes. Abuse may be sufficient reason for removal from The Back Yard.
Article 3 - Any member of The Back Yard may propose a bill.
Article 4 - Proposals must be seconded by another member of The Back Yard.
Article 5 - The Empress or her Sand Box Referees will post proposals to TheSandBox journal.
Article 6 - Proposals will generally start debate on Monday with debate lasting till Wednesday night or 3 days time from the time posted to TheSandBox.
Article 7 - Voting will proceed at the discression of the Empress or a Referee and last for at least 2 days, or as otherwise designated in the proposal.
Article 8 - Votes on proposals may be either "Yes," "No," or "Abstain." Nations that do not vote are not counted as any of the above.
Article 8 - The Empress must approve any proposal ratified by The Sand Box.
Article 9 - The Empress may veto any proposal for any reason with no recourse.
Article 10 - Proposals become law in The Back Yard immediately after approval by the Empress, or as defined in the proposal.
Article 11 - Proposals to modify The Rules must pass with >= 75% of votes and must be approved by the Empress.
Article 12 - Proposals that do not fall under Section 2 Article 11 must pass with a majority of votes, unless a greater percent is specified in the proposal.
Article 13 - Proposals that require unanimous concent must be voted on by all members of The Back Yard with roll called by The Teacher. See Section 3 Article 7.
Article 14 - Unanimous concent proposals must be open for debate for at least one week.
Article 15 - If all nations have not voted on a unanimous concent proposal after one week from the start of voting, then voting is closed and final.
SECTION 3 - Referees, Offices, Ministers, and The Teacher
Article 1 - Referees are appointed by the Empress.
Article 2 - All members of The Back Yard may be Referees or officers, except The Back Yard Delegate to the UN.
Article 3 - Referees serve at the discretion of the Empress and may be removed at her discression.
Article 4 - Referees have access to the SlashDot account "TheSandBox" for official Sand Box business only.
Article 5 - The Referees must maintain at least one active Journal Entry in TheSandBox for discussion by members.
Article 6 - Officers and Ministers may be appointed for any reason by the Empress.
Article 7 - The Teacher is appointed by The Empress for the purpose of calling roll in unanimous consent proposals.
Article 8 - The Roll will be updated by the Teacher any time a proposal requires unanimous consent and includes any member of The Back Yard.
SECTION 4 - The UN
Article 1 - The Back Yard Deletage to the UN is choosen by a plurality of UN members of The Back Yard using the endorsement system in NationStates.net and may not be a Referee.
Article 2 - The Back Yard Delegate to the UN only represents UN members of The Back Yard and does not represent the totality of The Back Yard.
Article 3 - UN resolutions may not conflict with The Rules, laws passed and ratified by The Sand Pit, or with Decrees of The Empress. When a conflict occurs, the UN resolution is void in The Back Yard.
Article 4 - The Back Yard Delegate to the UN must register a complaint to the UN regarding any conflicting resolutions and reasons for the conflict.
Article 5 - No UN resolution may negatively affect the standing of any member of The Back Yard. If a resolution does so, the nation(s) affected are free to disregard the resolution and are encouraged to submit a proposal to The Sand Box for official recognition and resolution of the conflict.
(1) Solemndragons backyard Region in NationStates.net is: http://www.nationstates.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi/target=display_region/region=solemndragons_backyard
(2) The Nation "The Holy Empire of Solemndragons chosen" in NationStates.net is: http://www.nationstates.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi/target=display_nation/nation=solemndragons_chosen
(3) This means you can take off, slack off, or otherwise limit involvement and we won't invade your nation or impose sanctions as as result.
(4) TheSandBox is an account on SlashDot.org: www.SlashDot.org/~TheSandBox