Establishing home rule for the in-game region residents.
(1) The Local Council will be the local government of the in-game community, composed of three or more residents of the South Pacific, and will represent the interests of all players in the region, moderate the Regional Message Board, encourage activity on the gameside, and administrate itself on issues unique to the in-game community.
(2) The Local Council is entitled to self-administration within its jurisdiction on local issues, but may not pass laws or regulations that contradict this Charter or constitutional laws. To that end, the Assembly may not enact any law, nor the Cabinet deliver any directive, that is solely related to an issue local to the in-game community.
(3) The Local Council may not be denied the authority to run regional polls, create and pin Dispatches, and to suppress messages on the Regional Message Board according to a standard moderation policy. However, it may not alter the regional flags or tags, and may not send out mass telegrams, without the approval of the Delegate.
(4) To help promote inter-governmental relations, the Local Council may send a representative to the Assembly whose term must not exceed the Local Councils. The method of selection will be decided by the Local Council.
Since then, the game has changed (with Regional Officers now being a thing, the Local Council actually has the power to make polls/suppress posts etc. by themselves), but the spirit of the Local Council hasn't. It still exists as a way to help include the gameside members of TSP in the running of the region, and in regional activity.
In the past, the political aspect of the Local Council has predominantly been communicating between forumside and gameside: promoting gameside interests on the forums, and letting the gameside know what was happening on the forums. At one point, the Local Council had a block vote, worth 1/6 of the total vote, that it could cast in any forumside legislative vote as a representation of the gameside. However, the current system is for the SCRO to decide its own laws independently of the forums, while not having any say in the forumside legislation which doesn't affect gameside. Should the forumside of The South Pacific pass a law that affects gameside, the Chair of the Assembly shall call for a regional poll for approval of the law.
The full list of Local Council regional powers is as follows:
Appearance - can change the WFE, the flag, the pinned dispatches, and the region's tags
Communications - can send region-wide telegrams, change the welcome telegram, and change who can send recruitment telegrams for TSP
Polls - can make gameside polls
It's worth noting that while the Local Council has these powers, some of them (such as changing the welcome TG, the regional flag, or regional tags) cannot legally be used without permission from the Delegate.