Compendium of RP Conclave Rulings

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  1. Sil Dorsett

    Sil Dorsett Minister of... Foreign Affairs!? Supporter Security Council Roleplay Moderator Minister Citizen

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    The RP Conclave, when ruling on major issues, will post its opinion in this thread. For more information about the conclave, see this thread:
    http://forum.thenorthpacific.org/topic/9048686/
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    RP Conclave Ruling #1
    Christianity in Eras​

    The RP Conclave has been asked to rule on the question of whether to permit the use of Christianity in Eras. After hearing testimony from many members of the RP community, and aware that given the controversial nature of the topic we will certainly not please everyone with this ruling, we have decided on the following:

    Summary: Christianity will be permitted, with alterations.


    Detailed Review

    Question 1: Does Christianity exist in some form on Eras?

    To answer this question, we considered three points: Originality, potential exclusion of players, and the future growth of the community.

    The existence of Christianity within Eras is inherently unoriginal. It is a real world religion, and Eras is not the real world. Eras is a fantasy constructed world that only maintains a semblance of realism compared to real life Earth. Christianity is a real life Earth religion, founded by a denizen of Earth in locations found on Earth, not Eras.

    However, the majority of roleplayers in our community with nations on Eras already violate originality in other ways. The vast majority of government structures established by the player base are also unoriginal. The concepts of Kings and Queens, elected parliaments and communist dictatorships are all systems founded on Earth, not Eras. Most languages are unoriginal, either being based on an existing language, such as the relationship between Gotic to German, or straight-up copies. (Mercanti is a special exception where it is a language of real-life convenience so that every player can simply type posts in English and be understood.)

    Religion could potentially fall under the same umbrella, and we must keep in mind that religion is also one of the most contentious areas of human thought. Wars have been fought over it, unlike languages. The prohibition of real-life religions could potentially create a moral dilemma for players who believe that the practice or promotion of other religions, fictional or not, or the practice of no religion, is heretical or immoral. For players who believe strongly that their constructed nation must, under their moral code, be Christian, a ban on real-world religions would prove to be exclusionary, diminishing the player base.

    There are certainly high-caliber roleplayers who can commit to inventing everything about their nation from scratch, and we both congratulate and revere those players. But there are also players that don't quite meet a perfect originality target that are still high-caliber players. It would also be wrong of us to demand such high creativity and time requirements of all players without considering each player's unique situation and availability. The potential for players to simply abandon TNP roleplay would be too high if we fail to take such factors into consideration. We must also consider that our community is derived from a feeder region on NationStates that actively promotes the RP community, so we will naturally attract players of all skill levels, and we should be accommodating within reasonable limits and within the rules of the world's realism we have established, of which we do not feel Christianity would run afoul of.

    Therefore, in the interest of being an open, accommodating, and welcoming roleplay community, the RP Conclave rules that Christianity can exist in Eras, with limitations.

    Question 2: Where does Christianity originate on Eras?

    In the interest of ensuring that no player can claim to be the originator of a real-life religion, and considering that our portion of Eras is only about 1/3rd the surface area of Earth, Christianity shall be considered to be founded outside of our area, off-screen. Christianity simply migrated to our region from far away lands.

    Question 3: How should we deal with church history?

    The foundation of the religion itself is off-screen, and so should its history. For regional purposes, the history of the church shall be ignored. Each player can come up with a history on how the religion spread to their nation, but no player can claim to be the originator of the religion and set its off-screen history. This also means that each nation is responsible for creating their own denomination or working with other players on a shared denomination. The moderation team and the conclave reserve the right to break up any partnership seen as attempting to hold a monopoly on the religion or possessing any other factor that creates an unfair or un-fun experience for other players.

    Question 4: Should the name "Christianity" be changed?

    There are options available to make real-world religions less obvious by using alternative names, and we have decided that Christianity shall be subject to that. We have considered multiple alternative names but the one that has been settled on at the moment is "Messianism" (short name) or "the Messianic Church" (long name). This name is derived from the word Messiah which is an alternative for the title of "Christ". Should anyone have further suggestions for the alternative name, the RP Conclave is open to ideas but for the time being, this shall be the name used.

    Question 5: Should the name of "Jesus" be changed?

    Given that we have already stated that the origin of the religion is off-screen, the early formative history is ignored, and the religion is not pegged to any individual player, we do not believe changing the name Jesus is necessary.

    Question 6: Should the Via be removed from the map?

    So that no player can claim ownership of a single organization that claims to be the governing body of the church, and so that we do not have a governing body in Eras that tries to do that regardless of player control, we recommend that the Via be removed from the map.

    Question 7: Are other real-life religions impacted?

    It would be best if all religions with established doctrines and histories should have said history left off screen, but there are religions with no shared history, mainly neo-pagan and reconstructionist religions that could easily be explained at a national level. The use of elements of real-life religions to construct a new religion is also fine, as long as it is unique to each player. Use your best judgment, and consult with the moderation team and the conclave.
     
  2. Cogoria

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    "The existence of railguns has been challenged by a complaint brought to the RP Conclave. The Conclave looked into this complaint, focusing on plausibility, cost and performance. The Conclave has ruled that Railgun technology is permitted to be deployed by naval vessels, with some caveats. First there is a limit of 8 railguns per nation. This is due to their extreme cost and limitations met IRL. Second, there is a limit of 1 railgun per vessel and the vessel must be of significant size to believably provide sufficient power. This is due to the difficulties met with providing power to even a single weapon. Third, the power of the Railguns is limited to 32 megajoules, this shall also be utilised to restrict the number of shots in a battle, there is no fixed limit but common sense should be used. This is due to IRL limitations. Fourth, the rate of fire is limited to 10 rounds per minute, again due to IRL constraints. Fifth the railguns shall require repairs after 1000 shots, again due to IRL constraints. The Conclave must stress that 8 is not a goal, it is a limit. Railgun capable vessels and Railguns are nearly prohibitively expensive. We don't want every nation to now claim to posses 8 railgun carrying vessels, as such the Conclave reserves the right to rule on individual nations quantity of railguns, and potentially limit numbers further on a case by case basis"
     
  3. Sil Dorsett

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    RP Conclave Ruling #3
    Concerning Anthropomorphic Animal Species Proposals​

    After receiving both Discord-submitted and Forum-submitted species proposals essentially asking for unrestricted allowance of anthropomorphic animals (animals basically walking and acting like humans) in Eras, the RP Conclave has decided to issue the following ruling to cover both pending proposals and set precedent for future proposals of the same classification. To clarify, this reactively covers Notboss Dragonking's Discord proposal for the "Tiginian", "Canor", "Lizinian" and "Crocilian", Taluna's Forum proposal for "Ambulans Animalis", and proactively covers Emalunya Skye's "A-cgwä" ("catgirls"). This does not cover Syrixia's "Dubal'Ne" (That proposal is still being considered).

    Summary: The proposals as presented are denied.

    Detailed Review

    The RP Conclave has decided not to accept species proposals for the sole purpose of adding anthropomorphic animals to Eras for no reason other than to have them. This deviation from realism is too great to allow without a specific narrative purpose to justify them. The Conclave would ordinarily consider added value versus lost realism. However, the petitioners, through either their proposals or their writing, have not demonstrated how these species add value to the Eras environment beyond what could be contributed with normal humans with regional cultural differences.

    We suggest that in cases where multiple "species" fall under this umbrella and are a critical component of the nation that these groups adopt an approach similar to The Clans from the BattleTech series. These groups remain human but adopt cultures, religions, and rituals that center around the desired animal worshipped by each group. This will actually grant players that implement this suggestion greater freedom to design multiple cultures without the need for the Conclave's approval, but at a small "cost" of staying human.