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Government [RF]

Last edited by Noble Titans on Monday, November 15, 2021. If you find this dispatch helpful, please upvote.


This document details the government of Ridgefield. The town government is a diarchy, consisting of two authorities, the Town Council and the Court. The town serves as the capital of the Meritocratic League, a union which encompasses Ridgefield?s greater geographical region. The region is a member of the Augustin Alliance.

This document is divided into two articles, Procedure, which concerns the systems that serve to uphold the region, and Policy, which concerns the regional bylaws.

The statutes in this document are the final authority with regard to the actions and decisions of all the region's residents and government officials. They are to be maintained by the Council and interpreted by the Courts. They are not to be superseded by any other document or proclamation short of a Founder decree.

Article I: Procedure

This section contains details of the Town Council hierarchy, including all titles and responsibilities.

Within the Council, there are two executives, the Founder and Mayor-Delegate, who appoint council officials meritocratically - selected on the basis of ability. A resident?s ability is determined by commitment and contribution to the region, as well as thorough understanding of the Statutory Code.
The Council is comprised of the Speaker of the Council, Cultural Curator, Chief of Police, and Director of Relations, and their respective Civil Service.


a) Permanently occupied by: Ridgefielders
b) Responsibilities:
i. Acting in the best interests of the region as a whole, at personal discretion.
ii. Along with the Mayor, convening whenever a candidate has presented their case for a position.
iii. Holding veto authority over any proposed legislation or amendment that is deemed inconsistent with the founding vision of the region.
iv. Establish the region.
v. Serve in an advisory capacity to the higher officials.
vi. Provide security for the region.
vii. Conduct administrative investigations.
c) Authority: Executive
d) Selection: The founder is permanent and unchangeable.
e) Civil Service Employee(s):

Mayor (WA Delegate)
a) Currently occupied by: Noble Titans
b) Responsibilities:
i. Overseeing other officials and ensuring the smooth operation of the region.
ii. Along with the Founder, convening whenever a candidate has presented their case for a position.
iii. Posting all at-vote WA resolutions on the RMB, with a recommended vote or abstention, and the underlying rationale.
iv. Gathering as many endorsements as possible to strengthen the region's voice.
v. Maintaining official regional dispatches.
vi. Appointing and dismissing Regional Officers.
c) Authority: Executive
d) Selection: Elected through the endorsement system.
i. Twice a day, the region updates, and the endorsements of all nations are tallied. The nation with the most endorsements at this point automatically becomes the Mayor.
ii. Under no circumstances shall any resident or residents be removed from the region as a result of surpassing the standing Mayor in endorsements.
iii. Under no circumstances shall any resident or residents be ordered to endorse or unendorse the Mayor or a mayoral candidate.
iv. There are no term limits for the office of Mayor. They may hold office for as long, and for as many separate periods, as residents collectively decide.
e) Civil Service Employee(s):


Speaker of the Council
a) Currently occupied by: Themiddleofnowhere
b) Responsibilities:
i. Composing and distributing region-wide announcements and keeping the World Factbook Entry up to date.
ii. Releases our newspaper, the Ridgefield Report, monthly.
iii. Appoints an Editor-in-Chief to their civil service as necessary.
c) Authority: Appearance, Communications
d) Selection: Chosen based on evaluation from Founder and Mayor
e) Civil Service Employee(s):

Chief of Police
a) Currently occupied by: [nation][/nation]
b) Responsibilities:
i. Enforcing the region's RMB policy by sending warnings and suppressing posts.
ii. Enforcing the region's WA policy by sending warnings and ejecting noncompliant nations.
iii. Every Saturday, sending out a warning to region:ridgefield,-tag:wa. At the same time, going to the Residency list and ejecting all non-WA nations that have been in the region for over one week.
c) Authority: Communications, Border Control
d) Selection: Chosen based on evaluation from Founder and Mayor
e) Civil Service Regulation: The Chief of Police's civil service is to be named 'police officers'. Police officers are to be tasked with gathering endorsements and building influence to assist with ejections, as well as the ordinary function(s) of the civil service.
e) Civil Service Employee(s):

Cultural Curator
a) Currently occupied by: Patec
b) Responsibilities:
i. Organizing and promoting games, events, and contests for the region.
ii. Thinking of original, politically compelling questions for the region, and posting them as regional polls.
iii. Maintains both the town and world maps.
iv. Appoints a cartographer to their civil service as necessary.
e) Civil Service Employee(s):

Director of Relations
a) Currently occupied by: Viga
b) Responsibilities:
i. Enforcing the region's embassy policy by rejecting requests from regions that are collecting embassies or fail to provide an adequate reason for the request.
ii. Reaching out to other regions to establish relations by constructing onsite and offsite embassies and deploying ambassadors.
iii. Appoints foreign ambassadors to their civil service as necessary.
c) Authority: Embassies
d) Selection: Chosen based on evaluation from Founder and Mayor
e) Civil Service Employee(s):

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The Court is directed solely by the Judge. A potential candidate for Judge should have a fundamental grasp on the policies and procedures of the region and must pledge impartiality in all forms. When there is a vacancy, if the incumbent Judge resigns or their nation ceases to exist, a candidate is to be nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Founder. If the Founder is not available, the nomination shall be voted on by members of the region.

a) Currently occupied by: Antarcticao
b) Responsibilities:
i. Overseeing and making the final decision in court cases.
ii. Interpreting the laws of the region.
iii. Selecting and notifying the jury members for each case, and receiving their votes.
iv. Appoints a District Attorney to their civil service as necessary.
c) Authority: Communications, Polls
d) Selection: Chosen based on evaluation from Founder and Mayor
e) Civil Service Employee(s):

a) Occupied by: Five residents
b) Responsibilities:
i. Attending court cases when selected.
ii. Using best judgment to vote on trial outcomes.
iii. Pledging impartiality, or if unable, willingly stepping aside.
c) Authority: N/A
d) Selection: The Jury is selected by the Judge at the beginning of each court case.
i. Using the random number generator at, the Judge sets the upper bound to the region's population at the time, then generates five integers.
ii. These integers are matched by rank to the nation names of five residents, sorted in alphabetical order. As puppets are prohibited within the region, all jurors should be individual residents.
iii. Should a court case involve a selected juror, the Judge will select a replacement juror using the ordinary method.

Court Procedure

a) Court is to be held on the regional Discord server, unless one or more party does not have a reliable access to the Server. If the accused cannot access Discord, their case may be presented via telegram. If a juror cannot access Discord, he or she may be replaced by a new juror.
b) The Judge is to administer the court hearing process. The prosecution is to present its case, and the defendant(s), their rebuttal.
c) Either the prosecution and/or defendant can issue questions to one another and refute each other's arguments (moderated by the Judge), at witness by the Jury, as well as to present witnesses for questioning. However, any question made towards the bench must be made rhetorically, as Jurors are not permitted, at any time, to speak on the case until the official verdict, unless directly called for by the Judge.
d) After the case has been presented in its entirety or once the arraigned day of court has ended, the Jury is to deliberate amongst themselves in the respective private Discord channel, until a decision is made, with a majority vote. If either side has not been present during the case, his or her side is not represented, and the Jury must make their conclusion from the information they have been presented.

Following verdict,
i. If an action is unproven, or the Jury rules that it does not breach the code in any way, the Judge may absolve the accused of the charges.
ii. If the defendant is guilty, punishment is to be determined by the Judge, according to the Code. He or she may defer to the Founder to interpret the Code and issue due punishment, if needed.
iii. Punishments include:
- Authority revocation
- Position removal
- Temporary kick or ban onsite and/or offsite
- Permanent kick or ban onsite and/or offsite
- The relinquishment of official dispatches under threat of a kick or ban
- A ban from speaking on the RMB or from voting on referendums under threat of a kick or ban
iv. The decision of the Jury and sentencing by the Judge may not be contested and/or overturned, except by the Founder, nor can members of the Jury be punished for their decision.

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Article II: Policy

This section outlines who currently maintains the Statutory Code and who is permitted to take control in the event that a new owner is needed.

1. Current Arbiter of the Code: Noble Titans, Mayor-WA Delegate
a) The Code shall be in the hands of the Augustin Alliance Dispatch Office, and is to be maintained by the sitting Mayor - whenever an edit is needed, or a change is enacted.
b) The Founder is able to maintain the Code, whenever necessary.

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This section contains a full explanation of Ridgefield's policy requiring WA membership, and instructions for obtaining an exemption.

1. Requirement.
a) All residents are required to be members of the World Assembly at all times (see "Exemption" below).
b) A puppet may be used to join the World Assembly, but only that nation may remain in the region.
c) Non-WA nations without an exemption will be issued a reminder within a week of their arrival or resignation.
d) Nations not in compliance one week after the reminder will be ejected, but not banned.
e) There are no rules regarding endorsements of other WA members.

2. Reason.
a) Ridgefield strives to maintain a certain quality of content and community. Puppets, which are frequently anonymous and of low value to their owners, degrade this quality.
b) The only way to prevent a flood of puppets with total surety is to rely on the game's automatic anti-multiing functionality, which prevents players from cheating by entering multiple nations into the WA.
c) A high-quality region full of active, contributing residents is preferable to a much larger region that has been inflated with inactive puppets.
d) Finally, a high concentration of WA nations strengthens our voice in international affairs, and increases our overall regional influence by orders of magnitude.

3. Exemption.
a) There shall be a World Assembly membership exemption offered for members of the Joint Task Force (JTF), the military of the Augustin Alliance.
b) The founder nation is exempt from this policy, but the founder will not be permitted to own puppets within the region.

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This section contains all rules concerning our RMB.

1. Consecutive posts.
a) Do not post more than once in a row. Multiple consecutive posts will be suppressed with no exceptions.
b) Instead, reread your post before submitting, check for typos, and hit Preview to look over your formatting.
c) Deleted posts cannot be suppressed and therefore do not count toward this rule, but it is asked that you avoid posting consecutively and deleting the posts.
d) When quoting a post, a resident should shorten the content between the [quote] tags to 50 words or less and in a clear and concise way that is not misleading to the meaning and intent of the original post, so as to reduce spam and posting of the same thing twice in its entirety.
e) If a resident fails to comply with rule d) then a warning will be issued, and, if it is not fixed in a reasonable amount of time, the post is to be suppressed indefinitely, until the necessary changes are made.

2. Objectionable posts.
a) Spam is defined as completely meaningless content, or at least six consecutive posts, including deletions. Three or more consecutive posts with completely meaningless content will be considered aggravated spam.
b) Obscene material is defined as gore, nudity, shock images, or highly R-rated text (sexually explicit or containing excessive profanity).
c) Spamming the RMB will result in a telegram warning and suppression of all offending posts, issued by the Chief of Police. Aggravated spamming will result in summary ejection, by the same.
d) Posting obscene material will result in summary banishment, issued by the Chief of Police.

3. Embassy posts.
a) Nations in regions that have embassies with ours are able to post on our RMB.
b) Frequently, though not always, you will have the same ability to post in those regions. Be thoughtful of other regions when posting on their RMBs, as your posts reflect on our region as a whole.

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This section contains the regulations concerning regional appearances.

1. Regional image.
a) Residents shall strive to act in a way that presents the region in a positive light, and avoid actions that will tarnish its appearance or reputation before the outside world.
b) Residents shall speak coherently and sensibly, keeping in mind that they represent the region as a whole, especially on foreign properties.
c) Residents shall take care to stay within site rules at all times, and avoid bringing moderator attention upon the region.
d) Resident shall speak explicitly in character.
e) Resident shall not be allowed to remain in the town if their name is deemed to be obscene or otherwise inappropriate.

2. Consequences.
a) Minor violations may be met with post-suppression, post deletion, or private censure, depending on the circumstances and location.
b) Major violations may be met with any of the above, as well as temporary or permanent bans from the region or particular offsite property, private reprimand, or removal from office if applicable, depending on the severity of the offense.
c) The responses to violations of 1.a-d) may be determined by Court decision.

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This section contains our official embassy policy, which is currently subject to change at any time. Foreign ambassadors should read carefully before making an in-game embassy request.

1. Please telegram a request to the Director of Relations, or if unavailable, the Founder. The request should include at least one good reason why we should accept your request. All regions collecting embassies will be categorically denied.

2. Embassies do not signify alliances, but good inter-regional relations. We are a neutral region, and an embassy with another region should not be taken as a sign of ideological or gameplay alignment with that region.

3. Keep in mind that nations in embassy regions have RMB posting ability in our region.

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This section contains the standards concerning amendments at vote.

1. Formatting
a) All amendments will be line-by-line instructions for what to change, while also specifying the amended section and subsections.

2. Proposition
a) When put to vote, amendments should be posted plainly in a dispatch, along with a name for shorthand reference and a heading sentence that details which sections () are to be amended. This may be done by either the resident proposing the amendment or the Judge, Mayor or Founder.

3. Attributes
a) The Judge is to post the referendum poll for all amendments at vote.
i. The title of the poll must include the title of the amendment dispatch.
ii. The description of the poll must include a link to the amendment dispatch.
iii. The poll shall last three days and suffrage shall be granted to any resident in the WA.

4. Procedure of Retraction
a) If the resident that proposed the amendment at vote wishes to retract it, the proposed amendment may be nullified and the poll deleted by the Judge so long as the request retraction is made publicly and within the first day of voting.

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This section regards political organizations established by residents of the region.

a) If a resident would like to start an official political organization, they must be granted a Charter of Organization from the Judge to assemble in the region.
b) To get a Charter of Organization from the Council, a faction must create a dispatch including;
i. A founding nation and chief executive.
ii. An explicitly defined platform.
iii. A formal process of enlisting new members.
iv. A displayed list of members.
c) Factions shall be granted a channel in the Augustin Alliance Discord server, and will only be accessible to members of the faction and the Founder.
d) Any faction created by a resident nation of Ridgefield exists subordinate to the Meritocratic League and may not infringe upon its charter in any way.

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This section shall detail the policies to be abided by the Judge when initiating a case of court.

Case of Court Policy
a) A court case may be opened against any resident accused of acting in contempt of the Statutory Code; whether it be of posting objectionable and/or obscene material on the RMB, degrading the regional appearance, acting in abuse of a governmental responsibility, an objection of no confidence made by a resident, etc.
b) Any case opened against a resident must first be submitted to the Judge, unless the Judge is the one initiating the case;
i. The Judge must decide whether or not the case has any merit to proceed.
ii. If the Judge deems the case has merit, a public statement and case dispatch are to be made.
iii. If the Judge deems the claim has no merit, the same person may not be accused for the same crime again, unless the claim is altered and/or more evidence is presented.
iv. The initial case opened against a resident must include the name(s) of the accused, the violation of the Statutory Code and/or damage to the regional system, and a brief description for context.
c) The accused person(s) is to be notified, and a jury is to be selected.
d) A court date is to be arranged according to the availability of the defendant, the prosecution, the Jury, and Judge, no later than three weeks after the opening of the case.
e) Arraignment is to be done privately via telegram or other means of communication, informing all parties of the court date and hearing the plea of the accused person(s).
f) The agreed date set by arraignment is the only day for the case to be held for the defendant and prosecution, unless an official request to move the date is made to and approved by the Judge.
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1. Objections of No Confidence
a) Any resident may call for a vote of no confidence towards an official at any time, for severe inefficiency or ineffectiveness, overall detriment to the region, abuse, disregard of the Statutory Code, and/or negligence of responsibility or authorities and a case is to be issued, following standard case procedure.
b) The Judge queues a judicial review, to validate that the claim is indeed violating the Code, thus, initiating a case in Court in which the Jury is to determine whether or not the no confidence result holds any merit. With a guilty verdict, the official in question is to be removed.

2. Indictment Clause
a) With reasonable cause and justification, the Judge is permitted to indict an official.
i. The sitting Judge will preside over this case.
ii. From here, a standard jury trial will be carried out.

3. Rights of the Accused
1. Right to a Fair Trial,
a) Any resident accused by a case of court has the right to a fair trial by impartial judge and a jury of peers.
b) The case must follow the formally defined court procedure.
c) A court case that has formally selected a Jury must maintain its integrity and may not change its presiding Judge intermittently.
i. If a Judge is removed from office, they are obligated to finish the trial before their official resignation.
ii. If they deliberately refuse, the case is to be dismissed and the resigning Judge may face prosecution.
If they are otherwise unable to continue, the case is declared a mistrial.
iii. A Judge that is facing an Objection of No Confidence by a resident may not preside over any cases involving the resident prosecuting them, until their own case is finished.
iv. An interim circuit Judge may be appointed to preside over those conflicts of interest, as necessary, per standard appointment procedure.
*amend Selection Process, Jury to include ?iv. The accused person may object to any two of the selected jurors.?*
2. Right to "Plead the 2nd",
a) The accused may not be forced to incriminate oneself.
b) If the accused are called to the stand to testify, they have the right to remain silent.
c) Other witnesses involved with, but not facing charges in, a case - may be implored to testify.
3. The Right to Counsel,
a) A resident may appoint a legal-aid to represent themselves.
b) If the resident wishes to appoint, but cannot find, proper counsel, a public defender can be sought and appointed by the Judge.
*amend Court Procedure, 2 to remove redundant clause ?b. If a resident wishes to seek legal-aid from another resident, he or she is permitted to do so.?*
4. The Right to Petition Pardon,
a) At any time, the accused may make an official appeal to the Mayor and Founder.
b) If either of them finds that the Court violated due process of Code in any way, they must post their findings publicly via dispatch explicitly highlighting the discrepancy.
i. The case is to be declared a mistrial and the accused is acquitted.
5. The Right to "Exclusionary Rule",
a) Any evidence irrelevant to the trial, especially that which is used to discredit or attack the character of the accused, is to be thrown out, at the discretion of the Judge.
b) Any resident found guilty, innocent, or otherwise acquitted may not be retried using previously presented evidence.
c) If an amendment is passed that defines a new procedure/rule of Code, a resident may not be tried for their prior violations of that amendment.
i. All other implementations of the Code are to be carried out retroactively, as necessary; updating dispatches, etc.
6. ?Augustin Rights?,
a) Residents have the right to be informed of their rights.
b) Directly following the public declaration of a case, the Judge is obligated to privately read the accused person(s) their rights:
i. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you in a court of Code.
ii. You have the right to a fair trial by your peers. When the jury is selected, you can object to any two jurors, for any reason.
iii. You have the right to represent yourself or seek legal counsel. If you wish, you can petition the Court to help find counsel, to the best of its ability.
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This section regards awards for those that have done the best work for the Meritocratic League.

a) In order to achieve this award, one must serve this region with honor and distinction, proving that they have merit.
b) Individuals will be added to this section when the Town Council bestows this honor.
c) Individuals will also be presented with the Medal of Merit, showcasing their fine achievements.

Medal of Merit:

DiRito-Opolis 10 / 2 / 2019
Duby 5 / 16 / 2021
New rodack 6 /13 / 2020
Helaw 6 / 1/ 2021
Betmet 3 / 30 / 2020
Nueva rico 3 / 30 / 2020

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1. Original Statutory Code, created 012217. (Authored by Ridgefielders & Helaw)

2. Statutory Code as Amended, created 022418. (As amended by Nueva rico & DiRito-Opolis)

3. Statutory Code as Amended, created 012821. (As amended by Ridgefielders, Helaw, Nueva rico, DiRito-Opolis, Noble Titans, Bretislavia, Antarcticao, Betmet, Duby)

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