The Grand Association of Relics and Oldtimers
Forums (Much thanks goes out to Dementual for helping us with these.)
When Kevlar jokingly suggest that he and I form a new alliance called GARO, and that we bring Grenval out of retirement to head up our Foreign Affairs department, I could hardly refuse. That was about two weeks ago. In that time, we’ve quietly approached some old friends of ours whom we knew had become either inactive or bored with the game and were looking for some excitement, or at least a good laugh.
And that’s the principle upon which this alliance is being founded. The acronym for our alliance name is an homage to a satirical joke thread of Grenval’s, more than four years ago. Despite the provocative nature of the original thread (which cost GATO the Dove Doctrine MDP with NPO, incidentally), this isn’t meant as a barb toward the NPO or anyone else, but rather as an inside joke for some of us old timers. We’re laughing at ourselves and our history in this game.
And so, with that, I give you The Grand Association of Relics and Oldtimers.
And here is our preliminary charter. Kevlar wrote it, so blame him for anything.
Long, long ago, there lived many ancient deities dedicated to the near-forgotten art of awesome. It is said that there once existed a scroll that detailed how to obtain something greater than religious Nirvana, though not as great as Al Pacino. Countless attempts and innumerable lives have been lost in search of this Lost Treasure, the rigors of time leaving the trail dead cold. But one day it was found by a group of men of questionable moral standing. It went a little something like this:
Chris says (7:57 PM):
The SecGen is elected bi-monthly, with a running mate who shall act as deputy.
The deputy is acting-SecGen whenever the SecGen is unavailable, or leaves office. No emergency elections.
Chris says (7:58 PM):
The Secretary General appoints heads of department (defense, domestic and foreign).
Chris says (7:59 PM):
Each head may write up legislation, and it shall be passed into law if the SecGen doesn't veto. Membership (or senate? not sure which...maybe membership at first, add senate in when we're larger) can overturn it with a simple majority.
Chris says (8:01 PM):
The judiciary will be the Secretary General, or a lifetime appointment by the SecGen.
Oh. Amendments must be a 60% supermajority.
Chris says (8:04 PM):
We should also state that while the heads of department are essentially just the top advisers of the Secretary General, and the Secretary General has ultimate control over the alliance.
And I guess removal from office can be a 60% supermajority.
And that’s where babies come from.
We'll be holding our inaugural elections to coincide with the beginning of August, and so until then you can direct any questions you may have to either myself or Kevlar. We're both available on IRC.
And as our first act of business, the Grand Association would like to announce a protectorate agreement with United Purple Nations.
In the spirit of good will, prosperity, and the pursuit of friendship, the United Purple Nations (UPN) and Grand Association of Relics and Oldtimers (GARO), do hereby recognize this protectorate agreement as official and agree to all terms and conditions therein, and recognize that Grand Association of Relics and Oldtimers shall be a protectorate of the the United Purple Nations until such a time that Grand Association of Relics and Oldtimers can stand independently as a sovereign alliance.
Article I - Members of UPN and members of GARO shall show respect and courtesy towards one another. This includes a positive attitude on the CN forums as well as all other public means of communication towards third parties. Lastly, neither the UPN nor GARO shall engage in any kind of espionage or war against one another
Article II - UPN will assist GARO in building a healthy economy through reasonable means. Additionally, UPN and GARO shall give preference to one another in any buying or selling of technology through official alliance programs. UPN also recognizes the GARO will remain a Red Team unless GARO, on its own, decides to change trading spheres.
Unilateral and Optional Defense
Article III - UPN shall protect GARO from rogue and unprovoked wars of aggression. GARO is highly encouraged, but not required, to declare on any nation and alliance attacking UPN.
Article IV - Should either UPN, or GARO, receive information of importance to one another, that information shall be communicated through private channels within 24 hours.
Article V - UPN recognizes GARO is free to conduct its foreign affairs on their own accord. However, once an MDP, MDOAP, or MADP is passed, the protectorate is null and void. GARO agrees to not engage in raiding.
Article VI - Should GARO tech raid a purple nation, this Protectorate Pact shall become null and void immediately after a government conference involving the situation occurs. Should GARO become the aggressor in a conflict without the agreement of UPN first, then this treaty shall become null. Should GARO be involved in any asshattery as determined by the UPN government (including, but not limited to, spying and trolling), this treaty is to be declared null and void. GARO can request to drop the protectorate at any time.
If either signatory commits a grave violation of the spirit of this treaty the other reserves the right to cancel the protectorate immediately.
Signed for the Grand Association of Relics and Oldtimers,
Signed for the United Purple Nations,
Peggy_Sue, Prime Minister
DonVox, Cabinet Minister
WarlordNazrag, Cabinet Minister
Edited by Chris Kaos, 29 July 2010 - 01:14 AM.