Thomas More, a prominent English lawyer, social philosopher, author, and statesmen, published the novel Utopia in 1516, at the helm of the renaissance. The term would go on to be the prominent focus of such books like 1984, by George Orwell, and The Giver, by Lois Lowry. It describes a perfect society in which the economy, political system, and culture all work together in unfaltering harmony. Now, why am I talking to you about this? Because the CP Army Council is returning. And this time, there are going to be elections.
In an ideal society, perhaps there would have been one of these bodies existing since the initial forming of Club Penguin Armies. Or, perhaps you could argue that the beauty of this community is that each army is basically a sovereign state. Furthermore, you could also argue that armies would be better off as two main factions under two different ruling bodies, much like Lower and Upper Egypt.
But, heck, the council failed the first time. For a few reasons.
- Let’s face it, there is no better head of the council than Boomer. He is probably the most respected politician in the world of armies. But, Boomer is gone. That is the first step here. He doesn’t want to interfere with the council and thus, we’re not going to ask him to.
- Armies had the option — rather, they decided they had the option, to secede from the council for any reason. Some armies seceeded for intelligent reasons — others, not as much.
- The council imposed a rule when some 4 or more armies were commonly voting against it. This cannot be. There must be a larger minimum for a law to pass.
- The council tried to impose laws too strictly and too fast. Granted, reform was desperately needed. But this did eventually lead to the succession of many armies.
- Perhaps the council doesn’t need to pass laws at all. Perhaps the council could act less like a government and more like the United Nations, serving as a forum where prominent army leaders can meet and dicuss things.
Of course, this is probably all irrelevant because I will not be orchestrating this election in any way, I am simply spewing ideas. This will be the most important of the elections, if this does succeed and more elections happen after it. This results in the decision as to whether the council will serve as a government or a forum.
Now, you might ask, why is CPAC involved in all this? Well, that will be explained below, along with the rules of the election.
The First Ever Club Penguin Army Election Preliminary Rules
1. As many people as wishing to contend for the position can comment on this post, filling out a form with the following credentials.
Former Army Ranks/Affiliations:
Any Other Comments:
2. After these people have commented, a group that will remain anonymous will narrow the applicants down to somewhere between 5 and 10 people. Results will be given on Wednesday, February 27th, as to who will be running.
3. Candidates may not be leader of a Top Ten Army, or 2ic/3ic/any other owner rank in a Top 5 army. Retired leaders and non-army affiliated persons are permitted to run.
4. Candidates can use as many “staff” members as suits them, (i.e. a Campaign Manager) may make campaign sites, and may campaign for the position.
5. There will be one public forum debate hosting by CPA Central held on a date that will be disclosed later. In this debate, the moderator will ask the candidates questions, and, following that, there will be a short window for anyone on the chat to ask questions.
6. Following this, there will be a poll on the CPA Central site, where the people may elect the President of the CP Army Council. Whoever finishes second will be elected to Vice President, and the rest of the ranks will be appointed by the President.
7. These rules can be amended or supplemented at any time by the Election Chair.
Bluesockwa2 will be moderating the debate, and for all intents and purposes will be running the election, though he is not running in it. He will also be maintaining an election site which can be found here.
This election will probably go through with a few hitches, or perhaps even fail horribly, but, heck, it can’t go any worse than the council’s first go around did. Hopefully this will bring much-needed reform, however reform that can respond to the times and the era, and not come too quickly nor too slowly. Keep in mind, the first step to solving any problem is recognizing there is one. I encourage you all to keep an open mind as we experiment in the twisting, winding, and always interesting world that is an election in Club Penguin Armies. Except, this time, it will be on a much greater scale. For CPAC, I’m Bluesockwa1.
CPA Central CEO
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