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SNOW Changes

It is amazing to still see that this project that started from a TOOL govt chamber a year ago in May 2008 still thrives today. However, like all things, it evolves as time goes on. SNOW is evolving again. It evolved back in July of 2008 to become SNOW from WET and fell under TOOL's control. Now, it is changing again.

I've been SNOW Director since November 2008 and I've worked with SNOW since June 2008. It has been a long ride and I am glad to see where SNOW is going but SNOW is undergoing many changes now.

The first one is the Charter. All alliances will be actively involved in being representatives and there will be a FA/IA Director to replace the position of SNOW Director. This is voted on every 3 months. Hopefully with this new charter, all alliances will have an opportunity to pitch in.

Solidarity of Nations On White

"A day will come when markets, open to trade, and minds, open to ideas, will become the sole battlefield."

—Victor Marie Hugo

Article I: Introduction

"Solidarity of Nations on White", henceforth known as "SNOW", is the international economic pact for the represented nations on the white sphere. This treaty is an expression of economic unity, but in no other way is meant to infringe upon the sovereign rights of any of the undersigned alliances. Our purpose is to increase the prosperity of the White Sphere through cooperation and honest communication, to better both ourselves, and our neighbors.

The services that SNOW will provide include organizing technology trading, resource trading, donation dealing, and any other kinds of deals that can be organized on these forums. Alliances are expected to act with respect towards one another, and maintain a level of decorum.

Article II: Organization

  1. Every alliance is obligated to send over at least Internal Affairs (IA) and one Foreign Affairs (FA) representative. Each alliance can send over as many representatives as they want.
  2. Director of Internal Affairs

    1. The Director of Internal Affairs of SNOW is elected by the body of the IA representatives. Each representative is allocated 1 vote.
    2. The Director of Internal Affairs will be responsible for organizing trade circles, tech deals, and any other kind of deals between other members of SNOW
    3. The Director of Internal Affairs has the authority to deputize any members necessary to help with the organization of the IA department of SNOW
    4. The term of the Director lasts 3 months. Should the Director take a temporary leave of absence or step down, the body of IA representatives shall appoint a successor

[*]The Director of Foreign Affairs

  1. The Director of Foreign Affairs of SNOW is elected by the body of the FA representatives. Each alliance is allocated 1 vote.
  2. The Director of Foreign Affairs will be responsible for organizing regular meetings with the other FA representatives, coordinating and resolving issues between signees of SNOW, making public announcements regarding SNOW, and managing any prospective signees of SNOW.
  3. The Director of Foreign Affairs has the authority to deputize any members necessary to help with the organization of the FA department of SNOW
  4. The term of the Director lasts 3 months. Should the Director take a temporary leave of absence or step down, the body of FA representatives shall appoint a successor

[*]Separation of powers:

  1. Neither of the Directors may directly interfere with the work of the other. Each director will be given observing powers to watch the meetings of the other assembly, but no other powers will be given.
  2. There will be maintained separate meeting rooms for the FA and IA representatives.
  3. An alliance may assign a single member to act as both an IA and an FA representative, but that member may not run for both Director positions

Article III: Membership

  1. Membership can be granted to any alliance on the White Sphere who is willing to cooperate peacefully with the other represented alliances of SNOW.
  2. Membership is decided by the body of FA Representatives, however, each alliance is allocated 1 vote, regardless of how many representatives they have present.
  3. Should an alliance sign the SNOW treaty and have protectorates, the protectorates are allowed to have access to the services provided by SNOW, but they are otherwise not allowed to be formally represented, unless they become an official member. The protector of the protectorate is responsible for all actions taken by the protectorate.

Article IV: Peace

  1. The undersigned alliances will not partake in acts of aggression towards each other
  2. Acts of aggression include acts of espionage, military action, use of spies, or sending technological or financial aid to any of the enemies of the undersigned
  3. Each alliance and their protectorates (if applicable) are responsible for their own involvement. Should any of their members misbehave, it is the alliance's responsibility to discipline those members.

Article V: Voting Procedures

  1. Unless otherwise noted, all votes require a 72 hour time period
  2. Unless otherwise stated, all votes require a majority vote to pass. Should any alliances not partake in a vote, the votes will be counted by those present.
  3. An amendment to the charter of SNOW requires a 2/3rds majority of the undersigned alliances
  4. Should an alliance wish to remove itself from the treaty, it is to notify the FA representatives of SNOW 72 hours prior to its removal. The alliance in question is still subject to all the rights and duties of SNOW during that 3 day period.
  5. An alliance may be immediately removed from SNOW with a 2/3rds majority of the undersigned alliances
  6. Election procedures for both directors are as follows:

    Signed,

    For TOOL,

    Lord Captain Commander, GrahamKeatley

    Hand of Commerce, FeigelInc

    Hand of Foreign Affairs, Mia

    Hand of Education, Creekynoise

    Hand of Internal Affairs, King William I

    Hand of War, Dodoei123

    Inquisitors , Jarkko, Minimoi

    Council of Light

    For TPF,

    mhawk - Evil Horserider

    For FEAR,

    Canik - Grand Chancellor

    Schmutte693 - Internal Chancellor

    ClashCityRocker - External Chancellor

    For NEW,

    K1L1On1Mr4, triumvir

    Blackorchid, triumvir

    Qhier, MoFA

    For TGE,

    Frederick II

    Reichkanzler, President Chris

    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Gavin Jones

    Minister of Finance, Highlanderr

    For SSSW18,

    Generalissmo: Jipps

    Vice Presidente: Taget

    Ministro of Defense: Neforatu

    Ministro of Love: Matt Bowen

    Ministro of Brainwashing: Tepes

    Ministro of Everything Elese I Can Think Of: Blackrose

    For UCN,

    Popsumpot, Secretary of the Interior

    Borimir, Secretary of the Interior

    DarkFox, Minister of Defense

    NuTkaSe, Minister of Foreign Affairs

    DonPinguino, Minister of Communication

    Sqkura, Minister of Finance

    For WAPA,

    The Firm:

    hassman

    monolok

    Impman

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs: President Allan

    Ministry of Internal Affairs: Skaha

    For Zenith,

    Executive Triumvir: Suvorov

    External Triumvir: Duncan King

    Internal Triumvir: Metictype

    Regent: Ferrous

    Minister of Defense: Christian

    Minister of Development: Jazhayre

    Minister of Domestic Affairs: Panther

    Minister of Finance: Xaero

    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Kzoppistan

    The next announcement is SNOW has moved to new forums: http://cn-snow.net/forums/ .

    We have begun moving over there and hopefully to have it up to full speed soon.

    And here comes the last big change, I will no longer be SNOW Director with this Charter change. I'm stepping back and elections have already been held for IA/FA Director. It has been a long haul with SNOW and it has been a struggle and a joy at the same time. It is difficult to keep people active on an economic forum and to deal with trades but it is still amazing to watch your hard work pay off over the months in the success of SNOW.

    So to the new leadership of SNOW, I have great faith that you'll lead SNOW to a bright future. It is tough to deal with trades/tech and other demands but I have no less faith that we can all work together. (I'll still be around on SNOW just not in an overall leadership position.)

    So congratulations to the below:

    Foreign Affairs Director - Great Lakes Union of TPF

    Internal Affairs Director - Schmutte693 of FEAR

    Mia, signing out as SNOW Director, one last time. :)

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Procedures will commence on the last week of the 3 month period of the incumbent directors
Procedures will start with a 48 hour nomination period for directors. Only current IA or FA representatives may be nominated for their respective directorship
Following the nomination period is a 48 hour period for debate and campaigning.
Following the debating period is a 72 hour election period
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Oh the weather outside is frightful

But the fire is so delightful

And since we've no place to go

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Thanks for your hard work Mia and all the work TOOL has put into SNOW.

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Disappointing to see that the protectorate loophole hasn't been closed here. Would it have been that difficult to include some disciplinary measures here to ensure the OPP style dogpile can't occur during the future?

This was fixed a long time ago. It was fixed back in December and continues in the new Charter.

3. Each alliance and their protectorates (if applicable) are responsible for their own involvement. Should any of their members misbehave, it is the alliance's responsibility to discipline those members.

That was one thing I made sure to work on when I first became SNOW Director. Alliance signatories are responsible for their protectorates' actions and can be kicked out if the protectorates do not obey the NAP and no actions are taken by the signatory.

I'm also surprised... Did we miss a memo?

There are many alliances and I thought I had gotten them all. Zenith didn't post a signature on SNOW forums, hence why it wasn't originally here but I've updated the post now. :)

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This was fixed a long time ago. It was fixed back in December and continues in the new Charter.

That was one thing I made sure to work on when I first became SNOW Director. Alliance signatories are responsible for their protectorates' actions and can be kicked out if the protectorates do not obey the NAP and no actions are taken by the signatory.

There are many alliances and I thought I had gotten them all. Zenith didn't post a signature on SNOW forums, hence why it wasn't originally here but I've updated the post now. :)

I wonder where that idea came from? :rolleyes:

;) Thanks for all the hard work you did Mia.

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Good to see this finally get done and looking forward to seeing SNOW become more prosperous and getting work from all involved parties. Nice to see a couple leaders from outside of TOOL take a bigger role. Enjoy the rest Mia, glad you didn't let this die.

o/ SNOW

o/ White

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Wait, I didn't remember agreeing to more work :P

I really think these changes are for the best, I understand the enormous workload this must've been havingon TOOL. Hopefully with everyone helping out things can be much more productive.

But really? Now we have to see GLU's name on the SNOW announcements? :D

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This was fixed a long time ago. It was fixed back in December and continues in the new Charter.

That was one thing I made sure to work on when I first became SNOW Director. Alliance signatories are responsible for their protectorates' actions and can be kicked out if the protectorates do not obey the NAP and no actions are taken by the signatory.

Perhaps it's just me, but I don't see that written in anywhere. What I see is:

Each alliance and their protectorates (if applicable) are responsible for their own involvement. Should any of their members misbehave, it is the alliance's responsibility to discipline those members.

It may just be silly e-lawyering, or it may be me and a lack of understanding as to how a situation like this would play out in the upper echelons of SNOW leadership, but I do believe I still have a point here.

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I've been in the upper echelon of SNOW leadership since November and that clause holds signatories responsible for their protectorates. If the protectorates violate the NAP, then the signatory is responsible for it and can be kicked out for it.

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Ahh, I see it still contains a NAP. Good luck with this and your white unity.

We'd have better luck if STA participated. :P Still wub you guys though. :)

Also, Mia! No flags again!? I is disappointed. :P

EDIT:

Obligatory o/ SNOW

and o/ White Unity!

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