CVnU Political Rules
Official Deffinition of CVnU Terms
RPGer: When the term 'RPGer' is used it will refer to an individual who has posted a minimum of five IC (in character) posts on the RPG board. Those posts can be in any universe.
Active: When the term 'Active' is used to refer to an RPGer in means that RPGer has posted a minimum of one IC post within the last thirty days. Conversely, 'Inactive' shall mean a RPGer who has not posted ICly within the last thirty days.
Election: All political leaders must be elected by popular vote of RPGers.
It is not possible to become a political leader without winning an OOC election.
Voting is to be done via post, not poll, as polls are inaccurate. Those who attempt to cheat by voting multiple times with alts may be detected by the mods. The offending votes will be struck.
A challenge is issued by posting a 'Political Challenge Thread'. This challenge thread must announce your intention to run for the office in question. The thread must be open for three days, as others will need time to see the thread. In addition any RPGer who wishes may also throw their character into the race at this point by posting their intention to run in the challenge thread.
After three days the 'Voting Thread' may be created. The voting thread must contain a list of every candidate and their running mate. If player X is running for President, and they wish to have a Vice President, that Vice President must be listed along side them.
Every candidate who challenged in the 'Political Challenge Thread' must be listed in this thread for the thread to be valid. If a candidate who challenged inside the three day (72 hour) window from the posting of the 'Political Challenge Thread' is excluded the results are not valid.
The voting thread is to be open for three days (72 hours) from the time of posting. At the end of this time the RPGer with the most votes is 'President' and their running mate (if they have one) is 'Vice President'.
Vice Presidency: All leaders have the option of running for OOC election with a 'Vice President'. This is regardless of if the country in question has a Vice President or not; they would be known under another name suitable for the canon of that country (e.g. 'Lieutenant Governor' or the like).
If the duo win, then should the 'President' become inactive or abdicate, the 'Vice President' will replace them with all the powers that the President would have originally had.
Should the original President return, the Vice (now the new President) may voluntarily hand the reigns over to them or choose to retain the Presidency. If the old President wishes to challenge the Vice to regain control, they must wait until the three month 'term duration' ends and challenge just like anyone else.
Term Duration: All political leaders will have three month terms. At the end of those three months a challenger may create another voting thread. RPGers will be able to vote on who they wish to see become the new political leader. If the incumbent wins, they retain their position/s. If a challenger wins, they become the new political leader.
As many challengers may challenge as wish to. So if Jane is the President and Joe creates a three month challenge, then Frank and Alice can also throw their hats into the ring and have a chance to win the Presidency as well.
There is no term limit. An RPGer may remain leader as long as they are capable of winning elections. If this violates the canon laws of the nation or other political unit then it will be 'canon' that the law was changed to accommodate their victory. [Please note, this refers to real life time. So a President of the United States would need to win twenty four elections before the eight year term limit would be relevant.)
Presidential Powers: Presidential powers will be equal to (but not exceed) the powers the entire RL government possess. For example the President of the United States will be able to pass bills, budgets and the like and it will be assumed that their legislation always passes the House and Senate, and is confirmed by the Supreme Court.
They will not, however, posses the powers to 'alter canon' in the way that an Empire holder can. For example they may deploy the army to another country in an invasion. However they may not give the army super powers, super-science materials or an impossible quantity/quality of equipment or manpower.
Essentially a political leader possesses all the powers of that country's government in real life but no more. A real life government cannot legislate superpowers into existence, nor can they pass a bill that advances scientific progress.
Qualifying Locations: All major real life locations are subject to the new rules. If you wish to control a real life locations political system than you must be elected by a popular vote of your fellow RPGers. For example, NYC and Washington DC are major locations real life locations and will always require a vote to control.
However some real life locations are not 'major'. For example Brattleboro Vermont, a small town of less than 15,000 people and no distinguishing features, can be controlled at will as it is not a major part of any canon.
Original Creations and Opt In / Opt Out: Original creations are not arbitrarily subject to this rule. The default state for an original creation is 'opt out', meaning that by default these rules do not apply to fictional cities. Instead their creator has creative control over the location, including its political figures, technology level, law enforcement and the like. By default these new rules have no effect on any original creation.
However the creator can decide to 'Opt In' to the CVnU Political Rules. When they choose to do this the CVnU Political Rules apply to the location. When this occurs that location's political leadership must run for election, political leaders will not have 'canon altering' powers to give the location superhuman technology, numbers or wealth beyond what an equivalent real life city would have.
The creator always retains the right to 'Opt Out' of the CVnU Political Rules at any time. This means that regardless of the results of an election, canon developments, or RPGs, the creator of a fictional location always retains the option to regain creative control. The location belongs to them, not the CoE or the RPGers because they are its creator.
For example a RPGer may create a 'Metropolis' for their 'Superman' character. They may give the police force of this Metropolis superscience weapons derived from alien technology and a jail that suppresses the powers of superpowered individuals (technologies that do not exist in real life). Then they may appoint the 'Lex Luthor' character of their OOC friend as the mayor of this city and proceed to fight against this corrupt mayor and his superpowered NPC police force. At this point none of the CVnU Political Rules will apply to the city.
Then the storyline might end and the RPGer may 'Opt In'. At this point the CVnU Political Rules will apply to the city and if Lex wishes to remain the mayor he must win an OOC election. In addition the superpowered NPCs will be removed and the police force will not have access to technology above what a real life police force would have. Whoever is elected mayor will find their superpower suppressing prison has 'broken down' and no longer functions; instead they have prisons with real life strengths and weaknesses. If the player of the Mayor needs superpowered assistance he must turn to another player. At this point all of the CVnU Political Rules apply to this location.
At any point the creator of this thread may decide to 'Opt Out' and return the thread to his or her control. This may be done regardless of who has been elected mayor, regardless of the progression or events of IC storylines and regardless of the current canon of the location. This 'Metropolis' always belongs to its creator. When he or she chooses to 'Opt Out,' none of the CVnU Political Rules apply to this location.