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    The Constitution of Total War Center

    Preamble

    Section I - Citizenship and Curial Officers

    Section II - The Curia
    Section III - Praefects, Censors, and Magistrates
    Section IV - Community and Awards

    PreambleThe Curia shall foster all communities within the forums of Total War Center, and in this spirit the Curia serves as an advisory group to, and an awards committee for, the site.

    Within this document lie the principles of the Curia and of Citizenship. Footnotes expand upon the basic principles; whilst not crucial, they are included for administrative purposes.

    Section I - Citizenship and Curial Officers
    Article I. CitizenshipCitizenship is the fundamental award given1 by the Curia for contributions to the site and community of TWC. There are two classes of Citizenship:

    The first is that of Citizen, which members of can display one of the following badges: Artifex, signifying modding contributions; Civitate, signifying writing and debating contributions; and Citizen, signifying both or other contributions.2

    The second is that of Patrician, which is an honorary class of Citizenship reserved for those who have received a Large Award(s); Opifex, Phalera, Asterix's Loincloth, and Novus.

    All former administrators who have served at least six months are also eligible to identify as a Partician.3

    Citizenship allows members to post in the Capitol4 and propose5 other members for Citizenship.

    Members can resign their Citizenship, or any other award, and request it back at will, barring revocation.6 Citizenship can only be revoked by the Curia7 or the Administration8.


    Article II. The Consul and Curial OfficersCitizens elect and can run for9 Curial Officer positions: Consul, Censors, Praefects, and Magistrates.10

    The Consul acts as a local moderator of the Curia and is responsible for ensuring the Curia's day-to-day tasks are accomplished. Two Censors, appointed by the Consul, assist with Curial tasks and review referrals from Curial infractions.11 Magistrates review Moderation actions in the Tribunal. Praefects are the full moderators of the Curia and its related fora.7

    Undue absence or negligence may lead to an officer's removal from office.12 Any Curial Officer receiving a Moderation or Curial warning is immediately removed from office.


    Regulations and Procedures to Section I
    1 To be awarded with Citizenship a member must fulfill the minimum requirements and be proposed by a Citizen, their Patron. Minimum Requirements: At least fifty posts; been registered for at least two months, and; not received a Moderation Warning or Curial Warning within the past six months.

    An individual may hold only one account awarded with Citizenship.

    2 If a member is entitled to other badges, they may choose which badge to display whilst regardlessly retaining all privileges conferred by their positions and honors.

    3 Patricans may display the Patrician badge. If a Large Award recipient resigns from Citizenship or has their Citizenship revoked, they lose the ability to display the Patrician badge but retain their Large Award(s).

    4 Subject to the procedures in Section III. Comments which cannot be supported due to either 'Non-Disclosure Agreement,' or existing within restricted forums, are prohibited.

    5 To be able to patronize members for Citizenship the Citizen must have held their own Citizenship for three months.

    Patronisation Procedure:
    1. The patron confirms the candidate meets the requirements and, with the candidate's consent, Moderation is requested to inform the patron and the Consul whether the moderation requirement is met.
    2. Given moderational clearance, the patron writes an introductory letter outlining why they are nominating the candidate.
    3. The candidate and patron formulate an application which highlights the candidate's contributions along with any supporting evidence/information.
    4. The patron posts the introductory letter and application in a new thread in the Quaestiones Perpetuae forum.
    5. After a two day discussion period the Consul adds a poll lasting five days.
    6. The discussion period can be extended at the discretion of the Consul, provided an explanation is given.
    7. If the candidate achieves sixty percent of non-abstaining votes, they are entitled to the award of Citizenship.
    8. The Consul informs the candidate and patron of the result. If the candidate does not pass they are not eligible to apply again for one month after the conclusion of the poll.


    6 Reinstatement of Citizenship will only be permitted if the petitioner has no active Curial suspensions, and has not received a Moderation Warning (subsequent to the resignation) within six months of the request. Members who resign their Citizen status are not bound by the obligations of Citizenship whilst on leave, but any misbehaviour prior to a request of reinstatement can be subject to Referral (if the petitioner is readmitted).

    7Due to the nature of the Curia, Praefects recognize that off topic and personal references are allowed, within reason.

    8 Any Citizen subject to an indefinite suspension will have their Citizenship automatically revoked by the Administration.

    9 Subject to the procedure in Section III, Article II.

    10 Consuls and Magistrates are elected for four months from the day of their election. The Primus Praefect are elected for a term of one year while the other two Praefects have six month terms from time of election. The Primus Praefect requires verifiable experience in staff moderation for three months, and/or Tribunal experience either as a Tribune or having served at least two terms as Magistrate. Censors are appointed to serve alongside the same term as the Consul but may be reappointed by future Consuls.

    11 Censors are appointed positions and as such the Consul is responsible for overseeing their activities.

    12 If the Consul is absent (has not logged into the site) for seven days without giving a notice of absence, is absent for more than fifteen days regardless of notice, resigns, or is subject to a successful Vote of No Confidence (VoNC), they are automatically removed from office along with any appointed censors. Any decisions of the office shall be held over until a replacement is elected. When such a decision is time-limited, time from the moment the office is empty does not count towards the limit until a new Consul is elected. When the office of the Consul is empty, the Primus Praefect will organize the election of a new Consul, and assume day-to-day administration of the Curia.

    Praefects are included in these stipulations only when there is such a time period where none of the 3 Praefects are present or have given notice of extended absence, or any absence without notice places undue burden on any remaining praefects.
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    Section II - The Curia
    Article I. The Curia ForumThe Curia is a place for all Citizens of the site to discuss and propose changes to the site and this document as well as for holding elections. It consists of the following sections:
    • CVRIA - For non-binding legislative discussion.1
    • Symposium - For general discussion, Citizen debates, and the preservation of Curia and TWC history.17
    • Quaestiones Perpetuae – For Citizenship applications.
    • Prothalamos - For proposing formal resolutions of the Citizenry.2
    • Curia Vote - For all votes on resolutions and elections.
    • The Politia – For the Triumvirate's dealings.



    Violations of Forum Rules and of the Terms of Service in this forum are considered to be doubly serious.


    Article II. ElectionsFor every election the Consul opens a thread for applications3 to the vacant position and another one for all questions and discussion4. The Administration may veto any applicant.

    Once applications are complete, the Consul opens a poll in the Curia Vote forum5. The member who receives the highest number of votes is elected to the position.6


    Article III. ResolutionsAny member can propose a resolution for discussion by posting a thread in the Prothalamos.7

    Resolutions can be Amendments, making changes to this document8; Decisions, suggesting changes to the site; Nominations, proposing a member for a Curial award; or Votes of No Confidence (VoNC) against Curial Officers or Staff Members. A VoNC may only be initiated for neglect of duty or abuse of authority10 and, if successful against a Curial Officer, results in their immediate removal from office.11

    All resolutions are voted on at the proposer's request5, 12 and pass on the basis of a two-thirds majority of non-abstaining votes in favor.13 All Amendments14 and Decisions15 are considered to have immediate effect and no retroactive effect unless specifically stated otherwise. The Administration may veto any resolution.

    After a successful vote the Consul enacts the resolution, or requests the administration to enact it or to give an official reason for not doing so.16
    Regulations and Procedures to Section II

    1 Polls concerning specific Amendments, Decisions and nominations are not permitted in the Curia main.

    2 Polls are not permitted within the Prothalamos.

    3 Should more than six members apply for any position, the Administration may shortlist six members to stand for the election. If there is no applicant, the application period is prolonged and the incumbent will remain in office until a replacement has been elected.

    Applicants for Curial offices must meet the minimum requirements of the position:

    • Consul - citizenship for at least three months; cannot have received a Curial or Moderation Warning for at least one month
    • Censor - citizenship for at least one month; cannot have received a Curial Warning for at least one month and must not have any active moderation warnings
    • Primus Praefect - citizenship for at least three months; cannot have received a Curial or Moderation Warning for at least six months. Must have verifiable experience in staff moderation for three months, and/or Tribunal experience either as a Tribune or having served at least two terms as Magistrate.
    • Praefect - citizenship for at least three months; cannot have received a Curial or Moderation Warning for at least three months; must not be a current staff moderator or tribune.
    • Magistrate - citizenship for at least three months; cannot have received a Curial or Moderation Warning for at least six months; must not be a current staff moderator or tribune.


    4 The debate thread remains open until the conclusion of the vote.

    5 Votes on resolutions last one week, votes on elections last four days.

    6 Where more than one of the same position is vacant, the procedure is the same, and the members with the highest votes are elected. In the case of ties, a run off vote is held between the tied members lasting three days. If there is only one applicant, a ratification vote is held with options "Yes", "No", and "Abstain".

    If a Curial Officer wins an election for another Curial Office, they are required to immediately resign their original Curial Office. An election for the vacant Curial Office will be held.

    7 Any Prothalamos threads can be archived by the Consul if they are not posted in for twenty-eight days.

    8 The Consul may correct any spelling, grammatical, or formative errors in the Constitution or any Curial resolution. The details of any such changes must be recorded in the Amendments thread of the Tabularium.

    10 Frivolous use of this procedure shall be considered grounds for Curial disciplinary proceedings as per Section III.

    11 Any Curial Officer subject to a successful VoNC, or who resigns during the VoNC process, may not run in the replacement or full election for the next open seat of the same position.

    12 For being moved to vote the latest version of a resolution requires at least three Citizens to post in its Prothalamos thread indicating their support. The latest version of the resolution must be debated for at least three days in the Prothalamos before the proposer can request it be moved to vote.

    When a resolution is moved to vote, the Prothalamos thread is left open and the Consul posts the latest version of the resolution, and a link to its Prothalamos thread, as a new poll in the Curia Vote forum. Subsequent posts in this thread are limited to the notification of having voted. Messages lobbying to vote for or against, including via signatures and avatars are prohibited; however, posts lobbying to vote for or against are allowed in the original Prothalamos thread and in the Curial Commentary Thread.
    Where a Decision requires the Curia to choose between multiple options, two polls are run concurrently, the first poll as a normal Decision, the second poll outlining the various options to choose from if the Decision passes. Whichever option receives the plurality of votes is implemented, but only if the Decision passes in the usual manner.

    Citizens may not view the results of Curia Votes (unless necessary for the execution of any other duty to the site) until the vote has concluded.

    13 If any resolution fails a vote, no re-vote on a substantially similar resolution will be permitted within twenty-eight days.

    14 The Consul posts the text of all passed Amendments in a stickied Amendments thread in the Tabularium, numbered consecutively in the order they pass. The stickied Constitution thread in the Curia is then edited to reflect the changes made by passed Amendments. When a Section or Article is added or removed, all subsequent Sections and Articles are renumbered by the Consul appropriately.

    15 The Consul posts the text of all passed Decisions in a stickied Decisions thread in the Tabularium, consecutively in the order they pass.

    16 After an election or resolution has been voted on all its threads are archived appropriately by the Consul

    17 Subject to the procedures in Section IV, Article I
    Last edited by Akar; May 18, 2020 at 09:07 AM. Reason: Fixed a typo in the spelling of moderation

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    Section III - Praefects, Censors, and Magistrates
    Article I. The Triumvirate and ReferralsCitizens are expected to behave in an exemplary manner and can be referred1 to the Praefects for a review of their behavior and possible disciplinary action. Such a Referral is initiated automatically by Moderation for infractions incurred, or discretionally by Citizens for behavior considered unbecoming. Praefects may decide if a referral is frivolous, and decide to dismiss. If a referral has merit, the Praefects request a defense2 from the referred and decides3 whether4 and which5 disciplinary action is to be taken.6

    If a citizen believes an offense by another citizen is egregious enough to bring before the entire Curia that citizen may initiate an Ostrakon.7,11

    The Triumvirate consists of:

    • The Praefects - Who discuss and vote on every Referral. The Primus Praefect holds the tiebreaking vote if necessary.
    • The Consul and Censors - Who may discuss Referrals, hold no vote, except in the case of infractions issued to citizens in the Curia where they will act in place of Praefects.
    • The Hexagon Council - Who may choose to participate.


    Praefects, Censors, and the Consul must recuse themselves in their own referrals or any case of a non-Curial infraction they may have issued elsewhere as a site moderator.8

    If a Citizen is not satisfied with the result of their referral, they may request a public appeal. The appeal will be discussed and decided in the Curia.9 The result is binding and is not subject to further appeal.


    Article II. Magistrates and the TribunalThe Tribunal reviews appealed infractions and notes issued by Moderation in order to ensure that the Terms of Service are applied correctly and fairly.

    To serve on the Tribunal, a panel of Tribunes is appointed by the Hexagon Council and two Magistrates are elected by the Curia. Magistrates rotate as acting Tribunes, each voting on one of every two cases.10



    Regulations and Procedures to Section III

    1 No Citizen may be subject to more than one Referral for a single post.

    2
    After receiving a referral, the Praefects may informally vote to dismiss the case if deemed frivolous, i.e. lacking completeness or objectively without merit for the referral process. All praefects, if not having to recuse themselves, must at a minimum post their intent to "Dismiss" the case, otherwise it will be brought to a full referral process. This dismissal can be done and completed before or after a defense is received at the Primus Praefect's discretion.

    3 The defendant receives an anonymous copy of the accusation from the Praefects. Any defense must be provided within ninety-six hours of the request. At the request of the referred, the Praefects also accept materials provided on behalf of the referred. Such materials shall be posted until a decision for dismissal or continuation is reached, and must be considered by the Triumvirate in the poll, if such a poll is required.

    4 A simple majority of non-abstaining votes is required to pass. Where two options have the same number of votes, the Consul or Praefect breaks the tie. Votes submitted by members of the Triumvirate shall be accompanied by a post stating which option the member selected, along with their reasoning.

    5Four days after requesting a defense, regardless of whether it has been received, and if not dismissed, a vote is opened by a Praefect to conclude after four days with the options to take further action, or abstain.

    6 If the Citizens' Triumvirate vote to take further action, a Praefect opens a poll for four days. The options are:
    • Censure
    • Suspension of Citizenship for 1 month
    • Suspension of Citizenship for 2 months
    • Suspension of Citizenship for 4 months
    • Suspension of Citizenship for 6 months
    • Revocation of Citizenship
    • Abstain


    7 All citizen initiated referrals processed as Ostrakons are public. All other referrals are private unless the member referred requests for them to be made public.

    8If a Praefect must recuse themselves, the Consul may step into their voting position. Praefects may recuse themselves from citizen initiated referrals but not from staff initiated referral (except one against themselves or one they were involved in directly as a site moderator). If at any point the majority of Praefects must recuse themselves, the entire process is referred to the Consul and Censors.

    9 The Consul posts any original private referral and further action threads in the Questiones Perpetuae, and opens a new poll thread with the options to keep, overturn or change the ruling, or abstain. The poll lasts four days. If the Citizenry votes to change the punishment, the Consul opens a second poll for four days. The options are all punishments excluding the original punishment, and abstention. A simple majority of non-abstaining votes is required for the first vote. In the case of a vote to either increase or decrease punishment, in the second vote, the option with the highest number of votes is the punishment given. Where two options have the same number of votes, the punishment given is determined by the Multiple Transferable Vote System.

    10 Should a Tribune recuse themselves, or there is a tie between Tribunes, the other Magistrate respectively votes in their stead, or is called to break the tie. Magistrates are terminated by a unanimous vote of the Tribunes.

    11 A citizen initiates an ostrakon by making a case via private message to one of the Praefects. A majority vote of the prefects determines if an ostrakon has merit. If an ostrakon has merit:

    • The Primus Praefect notifies the defendant and requests a defense
    • After a defense is provided, or after one week if no defense is provided, the Primus Parefect posts the ostrakon accusation and defense within the Quaestiones Perpetuae
    • After three days of discussion a Praefect adds a poll lasting seven days to either Dismiss, Revoke Citizenship, or Abstain. A 2/3rds majority of non-abstaining votes is required for revocation.

    Last edited by King Athelstan; August 08, 2020 at 04:53 AM. Reason: Implemented Referral Clarifications Amendment

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    Section IV - Community and Awards
    Article I. The SymposiumThis sub-forum exists as a general meeting place for all Citizens of Total War Center. Within the Symposium, rules are generally more relaxed to allow for more concentrated debates. Breach of the Terms of Service shall still be dealt with accordingly in this sub-forum.

    The Symposium also exists as a place where the extensive history of Total War Center may be stored.


    Article II. TWC's Living History ForumTWC's Living History Forum exists as a place where the extensive history of Total War Center may be catalogued and chronicled. It is overseen by the Consul.


    Article III. Curial AwardsThe following awards are those among TWC's awards that are granted by vote1 of the Curia.

    Large Awards are granted for exceptional contributions to an area of the site and awardees may adopt Citizenship:2
    • Divus - To achieve apotheosis, the nominee must have served as a Hexagon Council member (or previous equivalents), made a clear and distinguished contribution to the community, and provided exceptional service to TWC in their capacity as an administrator. Any former member of Administration is eligible, but they cannot be nominated within three months of resigning.3,4
    • Novus - To qualify for the Novus award, the nominee must have made exceptional contributions to the site in the capacity of a staff member. A current or former member of any branch of Staff is eligible to receive the award.4,5
    • Opifex - To qualify for the Opifex award, the nominee must have made exceptional contributions to the Total War sections of the forum, either by modding or other contributions related to the those sections. Any member is eligible to receive the Opifex award.4,5
    • Phalera - To qualify for the Phalera award, the nominee must have made exceptional contributions to any section of the forum not covered by Opifex. Any member is eligible to receive the Phalera award.4,5
    • Asterix Loincloth - To qualify for the Asterix Loincloth award, the nominee must have demonstrated purity of mind and spirit on TWC, in the pursuit of humour and good times for all members. Any member is eligible to receive the Asterix Loincloth award.4,5


    Medium Awards are granted for significant contributions to an area of the site:6
    • Curial Service Award - To qualify for the Curial Service Award, the nominee must have served the Curia with distinction as a Citizen for at least six months.


    Small Awards are granted for notable contributions to an area of the site:7
    • Man of the Hour Award - Awarded by the Curia for a remarkable deed that benefited the TWC community.


    Regulations and Procedures to Section IV
    1 See Section II.

    2 All Large Awards are accompanied by display usergroups. A Large Award is defined visibly by a postbit icon greater than 40 pixels in both dimensions.

    3 A nominee who fails the vote is not eligible to be nominated again for a six month period.

    4 Nominees must also meet the criteria to become a Citizen.

    5 A nominee who fails the vote is not eligible to be nominated again for a three month period.

    6 A Medium Award is defined visibly by a postbit icon greater than 30 pixels, and less than 40 pixels in both dimensions.

    7 A Small Award is defined visibly by a postbit icon less than 25 pixels in both dimensions.
    Last edited by Akar; May 19, 2020 at 06:36 AM. Reason: Changed Curator to Consul

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