Article 0: Preamble|
This Constitution provides a system of governance for MOO Canada, Eh.
MOO governance should be democratic -- everyone should be able
to participate -- and lightweight.
Article 1: Democracy
(a) Every person who has a character on this MOO which is older than three
months is an eligible voter, unless disqualified for voting fraud.
(b) No person shall be discriminated against by this constitution or by
statutes due to any views expressed by that person.
(c) The person who is responsible for the MOO's connectivity is empowered to
take such actions as are required to protect it.
Article 2: Council
(a) Council is composed of elected Councillors and appointed Maintainers,
who both may vote on questions before Council. The number of Councillors
shall be at least one greater than that of Maintainers, but may be otherwise
changed by Council. No decrease in the number of Councillors shall affect a
sitting Councillor until the Councillor's term is complete.
(b) Councillors' terms are set by statute, but shall not exceed one year.
No change in the length of a term shall affect a sitting Councillor until
the Councillor's term is complete.
(c) Council shall keep public records of its decision-making, except in
the case of sensitive personal information.
(d) Councillors are elected from amongst the eligible voters who are not
either sitting Councillors or Maintainers. A sitting Councillor may be
removed by a passed initiative.
(e) By simple majority of those voting in Council or by a passed
initiative, a session of Council may be terminated. In this case, all
Councillor seats are declared vacant and no action may be taken by
Council until new Councillors are elected.
Article 3: Statutes
(a) A statute is created by the agreement of at least two-thirds
of those voting in Council, or by simple majority in a referendum.
(b) A statute may state that it has constitutional effect: that is, it
may be amended only by a simple majority of those voting in a
referendum, and it overrides ordinary statutes where incompatibile.
Such designation is effective only if the statute is approved by
(c) No ordinary statute may be in conflict with this constitution.
(d) Questions about the interpretation of statutes, excluding those
portions having constitutional effect, are settled either by the
agreement of at least two-thirds of those voting in Council or by
simple majority in a referendum. A referendum's interpretation
overrules that of Council.
Article 4: Initiatives
(a) An initiative with the support of ten eligible voters shall be
brought to referendum, and upon approval by two-thirds of those
voting, becomes a statute.
Article 5: Constitution
(a) This constitution may be amended by a simple majority of those voting
in a referendum. Amendments may be brought to referendum either by Council
or by initiative.
(b) Questions about the interpretation of this constitution are settled
by a simple majority of those voting in a referendum. Such questions may
may be brought to referendum either by Council or by initiative.
Article 6: Transitional Provisions
(a) The persons whose characters include whiz, manta, JS and Mandos
are ineligible to be Councillors for a period to be set by Council,
but not longer than 2 years from the adoption of this constitution.
This section is repealed when the ineligibility period expires.
(b) The initial number of Councillors is seven. Elections are to be held
within thirty days of the adoption of this constitution.
(c) The persons whose characters include Dax, MadHatter, Lao-Tzu and
Cecil are the initial set of Maintainers.
September 21, 2002. Initial Revision.