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Alternative Society

There is clearly a great deal wrong with the world, not least here in Blighty. There are also cultures most of us tend to admire romantically, which operate on an apparently simpler set of values. We also try to preserve, 'protect' and conserve these 'primitive' cultures we so admire, even when they want what we have. We may even criminalize them for trying to profit from our greed when they try to exploit their resources for profit.

Idealists have often set in motion disastrous consequences trying to fix injustice throughout history and writers and others have invented Utopia and other potentially perfect and often hidden and secret societies. So I am going to try to do the same and if you don't like it, you are proof of how pointless and fruitless an exercise it will be.

My intention here is to develop a way of structuring a global community that will benefit its people and their surroundings as they deem fit, without exploiting anybody else and without conflict. A high ideal indeed and the obvious rantings of a child-like mind perhaps. I hope (eventually) that all definitions given will be precise and specific enough to avoid the need for moral or ethical evaluation. It will be a specific aim of this project to remove any reference to (or need for) religious or legal frameworks that rely on any kind of subjective comparisons; perfect objectivity may be a realisable goal.

I do not set out to prevent profit and privilege but expect readers to struggle with the idea of how give up the power often associated with both. I can also imagine a first implementation of these ideas where the new Community structure is based on current national structures, which is fine. But could the new nation based communities truly make rules that did not seek to impose them on others?

I will define principles that should override all other concerns throughout this fictional community's development. These principles and all other definitions will be continually edited and rearranged under the full public glare of all the Bots that visit this domain. Way back machine will make an interesting examination of the meanderings of my mind.

I do not expect in the early drafts of what comes below to be linguistically precise enough to be taken seriously. This will, hopefully, improve.

So!

Constitutional Principles of Community Cooperation

Preamble - which forms part of the Principles

These principles are the over-riding rules of a community built so as to fairly distribute control and power throughout its orginisational structure.

The order of these Principles is of no significance but all must be applied and adhered to and as such are the first rules of any Community. These Principles shall always be in easy reach of viewing or hearing or any other required form of communication of all Community members or visitors.

These Principles must always be publicly displayed in the Community's chosen primary language and be made available in all other languages the Community has decided to support. Users of non-supported languages are required to, and presumed to, have fully understood all Community rules by whatever mechanisms the Community provides or by other means at their disposal. All translations from this original are deemed to carry precisely the same meaning, as judged by any appointed arbitors, who must be proved qualified to make such judgements, free of moral or ethical considerations; the meaning throughout being intended to be precise and literal.

No one shall be required to memorize for purposes of recitation these or any other Community rules but all members are expected to have read and understood the meaning and intention of them, and are deemed to retain that knowledge for life. Where a breach of these principles or any community rules is suspected, those tasked with managing such situations will take action even where interpretation or understanding is in doubt. Such action will be of a containing and holding nature and be resolved quickly enough to prevent any consequential cascade of breaches, or other observed harm, resulting from the action being erroneous.

Where an incident, event or situation ocurs, arises or is anticipated for which no rules have been formulated, those endowed with such responsibility will act immediately to create the necessary rule/s. Such new rules will never be applied retrospectively in terms of sanctions.

No rule shall ever be constructed or derived that seeks to control or prevent human (or human capable or human like) thought except to prevent actions, derived from religious or other philosophical belief systems, from interfering with rules created for the benefit of the whole Community.

It is conceivable that a Community could seek to create a rule designed to allow a religious practice (for example), in restricted confines or for a limited period, that would breach a general rule in the wider Community. This is allowed provided such a rule does not breach any other rules protecting the physical and mental well-being of any individual. Again, it is also conceivable that a further rule could be created that allows for an adult individual's fully informed and aware opting-in to something considered potentially harmful, in a strictly limited context, that would otherwise be likely to breach a wider community rule or one of these principles. As above this too should be allowed provided the rule is formulated in such a way as to ensure that no third-parties would be adversely affected and that the individuals concerned truely were deemed fully willing and able to make such a choice. Such a rule should always provide for monitoring of the individuals' well being and permission should only be granted on a special case basis, which subsequently can easily be revoked.

Principle Rules

Constitutional Structure
  1. The Community must choose a Primary Language, through which all communication will be disseminated. The Community may also choose to support other languages in any way it sees fit. Where the chosen Primary Language is not English the Community must defer to this original source to determine precisely and concisely the full and exact meaning of any translation.
  2. These Principles and other Community Rules apply at all times to all members and visitors to the Community (except where special privilege has been granted to visitors by inter-Community agreement). Members below the age of eight are exempt from sanctions for any breach, for which their guardian/s or appointed carers will be held responsible.
  3. Rules shall be written so as to be precise, concise and unequivocal and shall be organized and arranged so as to be easily and quickly referenced by all.
  4. Rules shall be constructed or derived in such a way that power is always in the hands of the majority and not concentrated in individuals or minority groups so that the Community can always challenge them freely and change them by the methods set out in these principles.
  5. The practitioners and sympathizers of all religious or philosophical belief systems shall not be permitted to set their principles or aims before the rules of the Community but no restrictions shall placed on the practice of those belief systems except where those practices conflict with the Community rules.
  6. The Community structure and its rules shall never be construed as being derived in any way from Divine purpose or intention.
  7. There shall be no restriction on the number of nested levels of Community organization except that the top level Community shall always have the power to restrict the scope of rule making at other levels. The top level can also directly overule any nested sub-level.
  8. The Community shall not construct rules that interfere with the private lives of members, although this does not allow the breaching of any other rules protecting the individual.
  9. The Community shall not construct rules that prevent the accumulation of individual or sub-community wealth or privilege, except where such gain would be to the detriment of the whole Community. No such wealth or privilege shall ever be used to gain disproportionate power.
  10. The Community will always protect the physical and mental well-being of each individual member except where sanctions against breaches of rules allow otherwise.
  11. The Community will always seek, by all methods available (including those external to the Community), to provide maximum care, protection and healing to any member in physical or mental stress.
  12. The Community must always seek to protect itself and its members and visitors by whatever means. Where doubt exists as to the necessary level of response to any external or internal threat, a level effective enough to ensure security and safety must be used. This is allowed to include breaches of rules that would otherwise protect individuals, visitors and external communities. Where such action has been taken all events leading to it and during it must be fully analysed in the aftermath. Where such analysis demonstrates abuse of power, deception, dishonesty or other rule breaches were a contributing cause to such action being necessary in the first place, sanctions must be applied against all involved.
External Relations
  1. If a Community is set up within a pre-existing society that society's rules can never be overwritten by the Community rules except by agreement with that society.
  2. The physical boundaries of a Community's influence shall be clearly defined by agreement with all neighbouring Communities and other external societies.
  3. Each Community shall agree boundary rules with all adjacent Communities.
  4. Any Community can make cooperation rules with any other Community that do not affect or undermine boundary rules with other Communities and other external societies, or that do not contradict any of these principles.
  5. The internal rules of governance of any one Community must only affect other Communities where boundary rules or other inter-community rules apply and should always be constructed so that there can be no conflict with these Principles.
  6. No Community shall create an internal rule that will affect in any way the functioning of any other Community, except where it forms part of an agreement with the other Community.
  7. On entering a Community a visitor is automatically deemed to be bound by the Community rules unless their visit constitutes part of an agreement with another Community or external society that allows otherwise.
  8. Where a Community based system comes into conflict with other systems not conforming to these principles the Community should first establish a rule of engagement whereby it can determine which system's rules came first. Where the external system's rules pre-existed, they must be incorporated into Community Rules after which a decision should be reached on how to resolve the conflict. Where the Community and its rules pre-date the external system's rules the Community should decide how to proceed in its own best interests.
Justice
  1. All breaches of Community rules must be confronted and non-reporting of a breach is itself a breach.
  2. Sanctions for breaches of rules shall be determined at the time of writing each rule.
  3. There shall be no limit placed on the potential extent of sanctions except that no sanction shall be brought, for any level of breach, where debatable, equivocal or doubtful evidence remains on thorough and complete examination of all evidence presented, which must be carried out in every case.
  4. Communities must set up a justice system to manage the reporting of alleged breaches of Community Rules; the assessment of alleged breaches; the set up Judgment Tribunals and to administer sanctions against those who are deemed to have breached. The entire structure of this system across all administrative sections and other branches, including Judgment Tribunals, must not concentrate the power of judgment or assessment on any individual or group smaller than twenty in number.
  5. Reports of breaches deemed to false and maliciously made shall be treated as a breach by the perpetrator, which should itself be fully investigated. Sanctions in such a case should always match those given for the original breach.
  6. No member shall ever be compelled, persuaded or in any other way forced to give or reveal anything whatsoever about matters relating, or otherwise, to a suspicion of breach on their own part or on the part of their immediate family members. They can be asked if they are willing to give evidence. An exception to this is allowed where an immediate and real threat to the stability, safety or security of the community can be demonstrated, and where the individuals being examined can be proved to be involved. In such a case there will be no limits to the steps the Community must take to extract or obtain information that will prevent a greater harm. Community structure reprasentatives will have immediate and ongoing access to all processes and documentation throughout such a situation. All such action must be fully documented (including the evidence used to justify it) and be made available for scrutiny to the Community when all related danger has passed.

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