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#31 [en] 

Circle of Defense:

* plans concerning the kintin-mounds and -tunnels

The Rangers still pursue their plans of searching for usable termites and brewing potions to stimulate them into eating the remains of the kitin-mounds of the second Great Swarming and the kitin-tunnels underneath. The Rangers said that they are in contact with the governments of all nations and already know of the Zorai being against testing their solutions in the Witherings. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang voiced her disappointment about the behaviour of the Rangers towards the worries of the Zorai.

The Sage Sens / Gangi Cheng-Ho mentioned that he hadn't received any letters concerning this topic. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang has translated a letter of the Awakened Astarth to master Gioi Qiai-Zhan of the Order of Magnetism in Jen-Lai, asking about magnetic means to deal with kitin-mounds and -tunnels. My humble self suggested to talk with Master Reka who teaches magnetic cartography on the same day a delegation of the Zorai will visit the Gibads to ask about their suggestions about how to close the kitin-tunnels. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang also wished to ask tribes in the Verdant Heights: the Ancient Dryads and the Siblings of the Weed.

Scout Daomei Lin Carthan spoke up, claiming that the Atys Rangers should not be demonized, since they would never act on the territory of any nation without their consent. She also seemed unhappy about the arguments of Fey-Lin Liang against using termites because of the eliquilibrium of nature and that termites should not be treated as mere test subjects. Daomei warned the Zorai that the Witherings might be the only or last nation left with intact kitin-tunnels if the Rangers succeed with their plan first which might put the jungle at risk.

The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang opined that a meeting with the Gibads has to be prepared, which my humble self disagreed with. Especially since the Awakened stated to not need any preparations to meet with the Ancient Dryads and Siblings of the Weed all by herself. My humble self wished for all homins interested in this topic to accompany the Awakened Fey-Lin Liang and to be able to meet with these tribes as well. The two tribes in the Verdant Heights could at least be visited by the search party for an abducted Initiate on their way.

In the end the Sage Sens / Gangi Cheng-Ho decided to wait for a reply by master Gioi Qiai-Zhan of the Magnetic Order of Jen-Lai first of all, and also to contact the tribes in question to ask them for an official visit. The tribes shall then propose dates for visits according to their own schedules.

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#32 [en] 

* order of assemblies

There have been different complications and also complaints concerning the timing of assemblies. In general more time or assemblies for national and less for regional topics have been proposed. Some homins have even lamented about too many assemblies on Atys overall. The long running time of national assemblies has been criticized likewise. The representatives agreed about too many national matters being discussed at regional assemblies. And some inhabitants of Min-Cho wished to gather at different times of the day altogether, maybe at special assemblies without one of the Sages attending if there should be no other way to solve this matter.

Initiate Indobi was asked to name a suiting date and time for those inhabitants of Min-Cho who cannot attend assemblies at the current schedules. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang wished to have a known agenda and an orator being named for the Circles. Initiate Karrael proposed to set time limits to assemblies which would lead to postponing even more topics than as of now. My humble self suggested to solve regional matters during only a short period of time first and to have a national assembly afterwards - every time, but less often. Extraordinary assemblies could be added for regional matters only if needed. Instead of that the Awakened Fey-Lin Liang proposed an order of one national assembly, then one local, one national again and so on.

Assemblies would be briefer if problems were solved faster instead of being repeated at every assembly and dragged on, piling up by that. My humble self suggested to make use of open letters to reach agreements faster; but the Awakened Fey-Lin Liang stated that letters pose other problems. She did not explain what kind of problems she was referring to though. The reason for the refusal of some representatives to answer to open letters kept being unclear as well. Especially those who often cannot attend assemblies and would benefit most by using other opportunities to state their opinions. There was no suggestion of any alternatives nor improvements for communications amongst the cities outside of assemblies.

In the end an agreement was met to have a national assembly at the next date instead of a regional one, even though Jen-Lai still has regional matters to solve that had to be postponed lately. The Sage Sens / Gangi Cheng-Ho announced to discuss this with the other Sages as they might have suggestions.

With that the second National Assembly of the Great Circles ended.

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#33 [en] 

Protocol for the Assembly of the Great Circles in Zora on Fallenor 15th in the fourth cycle of AtysYear 2572 (OOC: April 24th 2013)

Attendents:
Sage Sens / Gangi Cheng-Ho
Awakened Fey-Lin Liang
Awakened Fitis
Initiate Valandrine
Initiate Paolen
Initiate Altamira
Initiate Etoo
Honorary Initiate Zhoi
Tokoose of Guardians of Shadows
Nydoikoth of Clan Sckinock
Filira Salazar Caradini from Davae
Taliar Kaaon
Zendae of Amazons Mysticia
Phaozhu of Amazons Mysticia
Thalys of Amazons Mysticia
Mahija, Zorai from Windemeer
Wasari from Windemeer
Seternulon from Windemeer
Atys-Citizen Daomei
Diwu of Dark Cloud
Mjollren, Officer of Fluffy Bunnies
Bingfa, Tryker-burgess
Varox of Graines de Kami
Senzhu, Zorai
Sari, inhabitant of Hoi-Cho

Topics:
* rules for assemblies
* order of assemblies
* election of ambassadors
* kitin-mounds and rangers
* Goo-opening in the Almati Wood's Kitin Lair leading to the Blackmoors - postponed
* Goo-infested Igaras in the Upper Bog in the Verdant Heights - postponed

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#34 [en] 

There was no news from the Sages nor from the Dynastic Circle about a number of requests:

* founding an Academy in Zora:
The Sage Sens planned to ask existing institutions, scholars and scientists of the Witherings if they would like to have or establish an Academy that would like a central council for them

* putting up a sign board in Zora:
The Sage Sens has agreed to ask carpenters about the possibility to establish a public information board that could be used by representatives of the city could use to announce informations about events and the like between the stables and the trainers

* a new spot for "to new Horizons" in Zora:
The functionaries of the Dynastic Circle were assigned to decide about a new place for the transporter of the Tryker-company "to New Horizons" in Zora to be move to, preferably close to the stables

* list of public institutions and according contact persons of the Witherings:
The Sage Sens has agreed to forward this request but cannot promise that this list can contain all institutions in existance since some of the are still reorganising. A list of suggestion about possible institutions has repeatedly being posted on the boards and written in a letter to the Sages and Dynastic Circle

* burial-rites of the Zorai and the meaning of the "cemetries":
The Sages wanted to see if either an expert explaining the traditions of the Zorai to tend to the deceased could be invited to a future Assembly of the Circles or perhaps documents can be presented

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#35 [en] 

No news from the Sages nor from the Dynastic Circle about these requests as well:

* law against the handling with Goo:
The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang wanted two additions to be made to the Goo-law. One should state that Goo is not to be seen as a "good" nor "ware" to be handled or transported by merchants. The other one was supposed to somehow point out that the law "cannot not be reducing the value of Preservation of Nature and Atys, which shall prevail on this law". Unfortunately the Awakened did not have the time to add this article herself yet nor to answer my question about a suggestion how to phrase this addition. There was also a suggestion to inform people how to handle Goo without risking contamination

* fighting the Goo in the Witherings:
A request was addressed to the Sages to enable homins and Zorai to reward actions against the Goo, like the existing Goo at the rims of the Witherings, examples for how and where to fight Goo were particularized

* meeting with the tribes Ancient Dryads, Gibads and Siblings of the Weed and the order of magnetism
The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang has written a letter to the two tribes in the Verdant Heights as well as to Master Gioi Qiai-zhan, to set dates for visiting them. Another letter was sent to the Gibads since personal visits during regular patrols did not lead to them agreeing on a date for a visit

* ceremonies about the second Great Swarming of Min-Cho and Hoi-Cho:
Min-Cho's Awakened Astarth has planned to meet with one of the Sages (most likely Saison/Season) to plan their city's ceremony. Hoi-Cho has suggested a ceremony on Pluvia 6th in the third cycle of AtysYear 2571 (January 25th 2013) and since then reminded the Sages twice about this matter by sending Izams and also mentioning it at the last Assembly

* constitution of the Theocracy
A new constitution for our Nation is in the making by the Sages, the article about voting-rights at Assemblies was specified as a last topic. The Sage Sens has planned to send all representative of the Circles a draft thereof

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#36 [en] 

Topics of the Assembly itself:
* rules for Assemblies
* order of Assemblies
* election of ambassadors
* kitin-mounds and rangers
* Goo-opening in the Almati Wood's Kitin Lair leading to the Blackmoors
* Goo-infested Igaras in the Upper Bog in the Verdant Heights

* rules for Assemblies

The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang wanted to have the organization of the Assemblies of the Great Circles in Zora specified, in regard of all customs of the different cities of amber. The customs at Assemblies of Jen-Lai were explained by the Awakened Fey-Lin Liang, which were very much like the rules that the Akenak explained at their last Assembly. Opinions opposing some of these rules or traditions to be applied for the Assemblies of the Great Circles in Zora were voiced by my humble self, substantiated by negative experiences. Ideals and principles were brought up as a defense.

In Jen Lai a list of topics was published before the Assembly on the public boards. There was an Orator for each circle, traditionally an Awakened one. They were responsible for presenting topics of discussion during the Assemblies according to the Circles the topics belonged to, Orators also regulated who was allowed to speak so that discussions would keep "calm", everyone would listen and so that talking would be possible without "interruptions".

The Orator also organized the process of votings. However the Orator was said to serve the Assembly, not rule it; unlike it might have looked like at the Akenak, and orators spoke only for themselves. The role of an attending Sage was to guide and give advice from time to time; he was not seen as the "main orator" nor as being in charge of the Assembly. In the end the - one - Orator was the one who wrote and published official reports on the boards.

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#37 [en] 

The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang stressed that having to wait before speaking would ensure that people would think carefully and take their time to be as relevant as possible. And she said that Zoraï take time for wisdom before speaking.

In the community of Hoi-Cho public announcements have not been read by the dynastic circle or the Sages (which still seems that way; even letters are not being read in time, not to speak of ever being replied to), so that has proved to be a waste of time and effort. For a long time there haven't been enough representatives to appoint a speaker for each circle; and the importance of Awakened has dwindled because of their small number. The topics to discuss haven't been addressed by their circles but by decision of the representatives.

Waiting for everyone to put up their hand, being called up and then to finish their sometimes longwinded reasoning without interruption has cost so much time that Assemblies of Hoi-Cho lasted for many hours back in the old times and even then topics had to be postponed. So that was changed - letting everyone talk whenever they wanted to proved to be much more efficient. Letting the audience talk freely and even encouraging them to talk brought together a lot of informations that helped the Circles with their decisions. The writing of protocols for the community of Hoi-Cho was done by whoever took on that unwanted task.

On the other hand even being called up cannot prevent speakers from interrupting topics with unfitting comments anyway, as we have seen at the Rangers's Assembly for example. At the Akenak and also at the Assembly of Taliari we have experienced that orators either unintentionally or deliberately can overlook or even exclude homins - and such their information - by not calling them up. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang protested against comparing them to the Zorai because of the different political structure of the Nations.

Initiate Valandrine pointed out that rules are means to an end, so the goals should first be agreed on; and for these ends efficiency will be needed just as much as order and ceremony. Initiate Altamira also approved of this. The Sage Sens sugested that all concepts should be written down in propositions to be compared, to maybe find compromises or a synthesis; or at least to have a vote about them.

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#38 [en] 

* order of Assemblies

A lot of topics of concern for the Circles are national and much less regional, and as homins tend to discuss national matters at regional Assemblies where they cannot be solved. So a new order of Assemblies was considered. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang suggested to have one regional Assembly, then one national Assembly, followed by one regional again and so on. My humble self proposed to either have two national Assemblies then one regional, or just to let Hoi-Cho skip some of their regional Assemblies since they do not have so many regional topics to talk about.

After a few possibilities were discussed Initiate Valandrine suggested that regional and national Assemblies should be planned independently. Most of the representatives and the Sage Sens / Gangi Cheng-Ho agreed to have one national Assembly every two cycles (approx. 36 days in real life).

* ambassadors

The Sage Sens / Gangi Cheng-Ho explained that ambassadors for the Circles of the Zorai will have to represent the Theocracy at Assemblies of other nations, to ask questions, to make sure that letters are received and requests are heard, and also to report back about the atmosphere there towards the Theocracy. The ambassadors are supposed to coordinate their efforts, also in cases like congratulations to homins in other Nations.

Four representatives volunteered to be ambassadors; the Awakened Fey-Lin Liang, the Awakened Fitis, Initiate Altamira and my humble self. The Awakened Fitis volunteered to be ambassador in Aeden Aqueous, Initiate Altamira volunteered for the Burning Desert. My humble self volunteered as a protocolist and stand-in just in any such case where the official ambassador should be indisposed. For regional Assemblies though there would be only one fitting solution - for each ambassador to attend to as many regional meetings of cities where their own dialect is spoken as hominly possible.

Since the rules for ambassadors are not set in bark yet it is still a bit unclear what would happen if more than one representative of the Circles, ambassador or not, should be present at a foreign Assembly. Especially if representatives of other Nations should attempt to speak to other representatives of the Zorai instead of the designated ambassador - either because of personal acquaintanceship or because of sharing the same dialect.

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#39 [en] 

* the Ranger's plan to remove the kitin-mounds (and -tunnels)

After the Sage Sens / Gangi Cheng-Ho had left the Assembly the others discussed the current goo-problems a little longer. The Awakened Fitis has wanted to talk about the Ranger's plan of using termites, but she had to leave too. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang admitted that the work of Ardan Keale on four isolated termite-colonies in the Almati-wood looked promising, but it would still pose an ethical problem in her eyes.

Daomei Lin Carthan tried to speak in favour for the Rangers while the Awakened Fey-Lin Liang explained her view of the balance of nature as it is seen by some Zorai based on the political principles of the Theocracy. There are of course also other valid interpretations and this is not to be seen as the one and only irrevocable truth. The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang stated that each lifeform on Atys has a different place in the world according to their spiritual advancement, which can be viewed as structured in circles either closer or further from Ma-Duk (also known to some as the Great Kami) which is the purest spiritual form.

I again want to point out that other homins would see the circles of spiritual advancement merely as an outline of our political structures explaining the different respectability and responsibilities of beings within the Theocracy. All Zorai with political functions have been inculcated with the fact that these circles should not be understood as a hierarchy; even though those closer to Ma-Duk are indeed seen as having elated higher in spirituality and the Awakened are viewed as lights to guide Initiates towards enlightenment.

The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang also believes that every life form on Atys has a spirit, a parcel of Ma-Duk himself. In her opinion the Zorai ethic should be to never harm any other beings in regard of spiritual accomplishment. The Awakened views natural predators and the need even of homins to feed on other living beings as part of the equilibrium of nature. But no creatures should be harmed without a need, because every being should have the opportunity to strive after spiritual advancement.

On the Sanctuary of Ma-Duk there was a teaching to be read long ago. It said that Ma-Duk can create something out of nothingness, and that he created the seeds of life. It does however not mean that every seed or life form actually carries a part of Ma-Duk within. Instead it was especially noted twice on the Sanctuary that the Kami have a part of Ma-Duk's spirit in them - which was not mentioned for any other life form on Atys. The Kitins were clearly said to be part of the life of Atys, very different from abominations like the Goo that is viewed as a part of the nothingness and the Karavan who are seen as outsiders not belonging to Atys.

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#40 [en] 

The Awakened Fey-Lin Liang sees a relocation of a large amount of species to other places than their natural region as endangering the equlibrium of nature; and she also views the Kitins as a threat to the equilibrium. Still she views natural magnetism as a phenomenon belonging to the equilibrium of nature; while the Karavan modify magnetism which then threatens the equilibrium.

Daomei Lin Carthan stressed that magnetism could still put the balance of nature in danger, and Initiate Altamira also viewed the treatment of the termites with magic potions as worrisome. While fire can occur naturally on Atys (flaming forest, pyrophoric sap) and is the main means to fight the Goo, the Awakened Fey-Lin Liang sees fire as a manifestation of the void. The Awakened differenciates between fire that is produced by magic, also used by the Kami, and the fire that homins make by using wood, oil and sap for instance (as campfire was made with alchemy).

My humble self stressed that the Zorai will not be able to talk the Rangers out of their plans with the termites. But it might be possible to persuade the other Nations of a better solution, if we can find such a solution in time. Sadly our fate now lies in the hands of the magnetic order and the tribes we have addressed with letters. They are supposed to set dates so we can visit them. It is a pity that the open letters have not been used to come to conclusions faster; we could have talked to the tribes much sooner then. I already proposed to visit the Gibads and ask them about the kitin-mounds on Mystia 17th in the first cylcle of AtysYear 2572 (March 4th) to Min-Cho and Jen-Lai.

We could not calm all of our worries. The Rangers have already made clear that they will respect the wishes of the Theocracy and will not experiment with termites in the Witherings. Still individuals could bring some of those termites into the Withering - by accident or even willingly. We can only hope that the Rangers will guard their experimental termite mounds well. As long as the tunnels are there the Kitins can invade us anytime easily, so we should act as quickly as possible. Also nobody knows if Goo might already be spreading through those kitin-tunnels below the bark. Hopefully it does not, even though Goo has been found in the Kitin-lair lately coming from the blackmoors.

In the end we did not reach a conclusion other than the ones already in motion. And with that the Assembly ended.

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#41 [en] 

Here are my suggestions for Assemblies:

The aim and such the reason for all rules to our Assemblies should be to enable the Circles to come to wise political decisions or at least to be able to make wise motions to our Sages in due time; quickly if necessary.

1. Topics

a) collecting a list of topics as a first deed at the Assembly by asking all homins present what to discuss about has proved to be a good thing to keep an overview. When representatives and homins from the audience have added all topics that they wish to discuss it either should be self-evident that the discussions will begin - or maybe the attending Sage / representative of the Dynastic Circle might want to point this out specifically.

Putting up such a list of topics on public boards before the Assembly would be too hard to accomplish - since all representatives from the three cities of amber and maybe ambassadors from other countries would have to add to it in time nowadays. Also it might not be possible to announce discussions about sudden events in time.

b) I strongly suggest that the order in which topics are discussed should not be decided according to Circles, but instead according to the immediacy to find political solutions or decisions therefore. An imminent danger to the Theocracy should always be put first; also foreign affairs that have to be answered by our government soon.

Sometimes we will not have the time to adress all topics during an Assembly like it has happened at the last one in Zora. Since a necessary cutting of time is sometimes not foreseeable we should always talk about the most important topics first to make sure that they will be solved as soon as possible.

c) also it must be allowed to add more topics to the list of topics later on too. I insist on this condition. It always happens that not all of the important topics are mentioned or remembered when the list is put together in the beginning. Late-comers might want to add topics to the list, and urgent topics might come up suddenly as well; like the goo-infested igaras during our last Assembly in Zora or other incoming informations.

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#42 [en] 

2. directing the Assemblies

I am very much against having an orator "in charge" to be elected from all representatives; especially not only Awakened ones to do this always. Having a Sage or someone from the Dynastic Circle lead the Assembly has always proved sufficient. There are just too many disadvantages to having an orator additional to the Sage or dynastic representative, and we Zorai should be wiser than other Nations in this aspect.

Having Sages lead the Assemblies will make sure that their wise words will be heard at all times without them having to ask other Homins for speaking-time. Also they will be able to follow the discussions easier and it will make sure that they will receive requests properly if they themselves can organize the Assemblies and calm heated discussions if they feel the need to do so.

Foreign Homins might view it as a sign of disrespect towards a Sage to let another Zorai lead the Assembly instead of the wisest ones present. It might even lower the status of the Sages in the minds of the audience, thinking that Sages are not well-respected in the Theocracy if they just have to stay passive. This has already happened at Assemblies of the Akenak with the Sharükos. On the other hand some Homins might view the current orator/s as having an overly important status in the Theocracy - maybe this is what those aiming to be orators secretly wish for; but I regard this as inappropriate.

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#43 [en] 

3. choosing speakers

Nobody should be forced to first raise their hands and afterwards to wait humbly to be called up. All that waiting has already caused too many Assemblies to be extremely extended and/or has even led to leaving topics unadressed - just like it happened at the last Assembly in Zora. Wisdom is to learn from experience.

To postpone the discussion of important events just because of having wasted too much time by waiting doing nothing is not tolerable. The grave consequence might very well be that our Nation could be overrun by invasions or hit hard by catastrophes that have not been prevented in time just because our Assemblies has not been able to properly discuss the upcoming threats timely. We cannot have that happen.

Another disadvantage of raising hands and waiting is that it's just too easy to overlook someone or to scramble up the order of those who have put up their hands; so Homins might feel mistreated. Also waiting a bit too long before calling Homins up can often make their input harder if the topic has already slightly changed while they had been waiting And shy Homins might not even dare to put up their hands or miss the right timing to do so; such we could miss important information. This is an important worry that I want to stress; because instead we should encourage Homins to participate..

At the Assembly of the Akenak, but also at the Assembly of the Taliari (!), ignoring hands that were up in the air for a long time and not wanting to hear information from specific Homins has already been viewed as as a method to exclude unwelcome opinions, to show vilification to Homins or to even shut out "unwanted" facts (like the Akenak did not want to hear about what has happened in Yrkanis). If we Zorai also forced others to first have to raise their hands and then to wait patiently for a call-up it might give some Homins the impression that we also might want to abuse these rules, since Homins have already experienced others doing so.

Also leaving too many silent breaks bores the audience, might drive Homins to leave Assemblies early or could make them not even show up at the next Assembly at all. And there have already been complaints like that. All of these consequences are extremely problematic. Instead it would be wiser to gather all interested Homins and encourage them to share informations - according to the Zorai-value of knowledge/teaching, so well-rounded decisions can be made by the Circles.

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#44 [en] 

4. distinguishing speakers

As our Assemblies are normally easy to overview it seems to be a good idea if the ones wanting to talk for more than just a short comment would stand up and then will sit down again after being done. This makes it easier to recognize the right moment when a speaker has finished a longer argument, request or pleading. Still small comments or mere approvals should be allowed to be expressed without longwinded deeds or restrictions, so Homins will not hesitate to speak up because of too many rules troubling them.

5. the role of the listeners

Neither representatives nor audience should be forced to stay silent to "let others talk" nor to keep discussions "calm". By that not only time will be wasted but also the audience will feel forced to resort to different methods like gestures or murmurs to express their opinions in time. On Atys nobody can "interrupt" someone else, nor can anyone drown out voices of others. Everyone is still clearly head. So let's make use of this benefit. And I want to stress that Homins shall never be forced to merely think their comments instead of voicing them.

Silence and quiescent do not have anything to do with the values of our people. Meditation is not the right principle to be put first at a political Assembly that should instead serve the purpose of working out political decisions. It is much wiser to talk and be informed thoroughly first and to meditate about it afterwards and before the next Assembly to phrase arguments wisely. And even to know about how Homins feel about things can be a valuable information for political matters, so everyone should feel motivated to talk.

Having to wait does not make anyone wiser. And it is no requirement for wisdom to take one's time. Just a few minutes or mere seconds of thinking about what to say cannot make arguments significally "better" anyway; especially when in reality there is no time to think but instead one listenes what is said by others during this waiting period, perhapes even getting distracted by that. Being tardy and waiting silently for a long time before doing anything is definitely not a part of wisdom, not even to speak of a necessary one.

All in all holding on to detrimental settled habits, and perhaps even calling them "traditions" mereley to justify the laziness to think them over is the exact opposite of wisdom. Times are changing and in the name of wisdom customs sometimes have to change with time little by little to be able to serve their purpose.

That would be all, thank you for reading and considering these proposals.

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#45 [en] 

Kamia'ata laï-ho'i,

Here is my own proposal :
  • Firstly, an agenda, or list of topics, has to be commonly made and announced, enough time before the day of the Assembly so that attendance can work on any announced subject in advance.
  • The Assembly has to examine each Circle in the following priority order : Defense Circle (priority to any threat, wether it may be homins, kitins or Goo), Exploration Circle (including diplomatic relations with outsider entities), Dynastic Circle, construction Circle, Spirituality Circle.
  • On the day of the Assembly, each participant has to show his title related to the Theocracy, and take place, siting down, according to his Circle by the criterions of the Theocracy (look at his : first chapter)
    This shall look like this :
  • Exceptionally, some homins not belonging to the Theocracy may sit amongst Initiates, particularly foreign ambassadors, in order to facilitate their speaking.
  • The assembly shall be directed by an Orator, whose charge will be to announce the beginning of the Assembly, its agenda (list of topics), ask for and take into account its possible modification, announce the different Circles and their topic, eventually intervene to bring back calm or moderate the discussions so that, in particular, translators have time to accomplish their mission, and finally, annouce the end of the Assembly. The Orator shall be choosen amongst attending Sages, Awakened or Initiates by consensus before the Assembly begins.
  • A report (ooc : germans often use the english term "protocol" which seems not to have the same meaning as their "Protokol", or at least, "protocole" in french exists but is far from the same meaning, let's avoid cross-language confusion) shall be written in each dialect by rapporteurs, who shall introduce themselves after the Orator is deisgnated.
  • Translaters shall introduce themsleves after the Rapporteurs, before the beginning of the Assembly
  • Speaking shall happen by turn, with scrupulous respect for the speaking time of previous one. One shall stand up to speak, and sit down to show he has finished. Anyone willing to speak shall stand up to indicate this, and shall wait the previous speaker to sit-down (and translations to be done) before beginning himself.
  • Only one person may stand to ask for speaking while someone else is speaking already. In case more than one people stand up at the same time, one of them shall sit-down to let priority to the other, in worst case according to the order of the Circle they belong to, by criterions of theTheocracy. If no one would give up, the the Orator shall intervene to designate who would be the next to speak. The Orator has the right to intervene at any time to give speech rights to anyone before others, in particular to allow someone from a lesser Circle to speak, preventing him to wait and pass turn too often
  • In case of excessively long debates, the Orator has the authority to interrupt and propose to report the topic, so that next topics may be examinated. the proposal has to be approved by the Sages and Awakened

I want to precise that according to me, allowing such freedom to speak as you proposed; Zhoi, would make the task of translators completely impossible, as everyone would speak without waiting that everyone else has been able to understand. This would be particularly disrespectful, and lead to exclude homins who may not speak more than their own dialect.

Fey-Lin Liang

[ooc : another thing, making too much things depending on the Event Team shoulder's shall be avoided as soon as possible so that they can focus on events. So for example, we shall not expect from them to set the list of topics, lead all assemblies and more ...]

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