[Ansteorra] Governance (was: re: Ducal Perogative)
james at crouchet.com
Mon Nov 12 10:03:55 PST 2007
I would say that the quality of our kingdom administration has a lot to
do with the small number of constituents, the fact that most have direct
access to the policy makers (remember, we are talking on a kingdom
level, not corporate), and a very large percentage of the populace is
interested and involved.
I know the following is a bit off topic but I suspect your main
comparison point may be the current US government. A US representative
currently represents almost 700,000 people which makes them rather
inaccessible. The number of a senator's constituents varies from state
to state but on average is about 6 million. Is it any wonder they seem
disconnected from the people they represent?
Jay Rudin wrote:
> "robert segrest" wrote:
>> At any rate, I am continually amazed that a system of governance that
>> theoretically should be one of the worst possible methods for choosing
>> leaders seems to usually produce high quality administration, not only
>> from our monarchs, but also from the officers they appoint.
> The SCA is a volunteer organization, and the principles of government are
> different. The essential control over the government is not the vote, but
> the fact that we can always walk away. In essence, the Crown's word is
> law, but they still have no absolute authority over the power of the Crown,
> because their power works through other people (officers, peers, baons,
> event stewards) who can always just resign.
> In the East kingdom, if the king decides to dig a privy on the listfield,
> the Curia meets and votes not to do it. In the West kingdom, if the king
> decides to dig a privy on the listfield, everybody says, "Yes, Your
> Majesty", but it takes several months to find a shovel. In Ansteorra, if
> the king decides to dig a privy on the listfield, the queen says, "No,
> But in all three places, the system prevents the kind of excesses that
> absolute power usually causes, becase royal power in a volunteer
> organization just doesn't work that way. We forgot to re-create the
> dungeons, iron maidens, gallows and other little homey touches that make up
> a medieval dictatorship.
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