After reading through this thread, we appear to be divided into three main camps. Those who favour a democracy, those who favour a meritocracy, and those who favour rule by measure of intelligence. Advocates of each position have presented arguments of variable efficacy in support of their individual factions and in opposition to others; yet, we seem to be no closer to a consensus than when we started this discourse. Perhaps, there is a happy medium which will satisfy the main concerns of each faction. In a humble attempt at this very goal I propose a new form of government incorporating the main tennets of each of these three forms of governemnt while at the same time reflecting the uniqueness of Asgardia and our fellow Asgardians.
To begin, Asgardian citizenship should be divided into three classes. I realize this may appear to fly in the face of democracy, but please stay with me. Each of these classes must be explictly hammered out irrevocably within our constitution to prevent future changes and should contain an article for each class defining the specific rights of a citizen of this class. The first class of citizen would would be applicable to children and new citizens only. Ideally, within the article defining this class a series of rights would be explicitly hammered out. For example, Asgardians with this level of citizenship would be entitled to freedom of thought, expression, religion, and communication in addition to the right to life, liberty, and property. Rights and freedoms may be added or removed and the extent of these freedoms debated before the final draft. However, Asgardians with this level of citizenship will not be entitled to vote or join a crew an idea which will be proposed later. Additionally, Asgardians with this level of citizenship are directly tied to another Asgardian. In the case of children, the parents whom the children are dependent on must be an Asgardian with second level citizenship. New citizens must have a sponsor. Asgardians not having obtained the second level citizenship are not permitted to serve in this capacity. The sponsor must co-sign legal documents in addition to the possibility of having certain authorities over the autonomy of the dependent Asgardian.
Asgardians with the second level of citizenship have both achieved a certain age and have been an Asgardian for a requisite period of time. They no longer need a sponsor to co-sign legal documents and have full autonomy over their decisions. All rights and freedoms of a first level citizen still apply to an Asgardian of second level. Second level Asgardians still are not permitted to vote or join a crew; however, they are permitted to take a test designed by what will hopefully be the ministry of education to test general competence compared to asgardian standards. Passing this test will allow an Asgardian to take on the third level of citizenship.
The third level of citizenship will be those educated to the national standard. These indivduals will have demonstrated sufficient competency in all areas on the national test. The standard WILL NOT be the average score; instead, it will test for those who are competent in a wide variety of intellectusl pursuits and award a composite score. Those having achieved the requisite score will be awarded third level citizenship. Third level Asgardians are entitled to all rights and freedoms of the second level. Additionally, they are permitted to join a crew.
A crew will be a group of united Asgardians striving to a common purpose. A crew will work as the lowest level of government as well as a voting block. A crew will be led by a Research leader elected on an interval of four years and shall not be subject to recall. Each crew must consist of atleast twenty five members but no more than fifty. When national votes are required each crew will have one vote which will be cast by the crew leader. Each crew is permitted to create their own by laws but must register and receive approval from a supreme crew to form.
In summary Asgardians who contribute to voting will be educated to national standards.
The government hierarchy is as follows:
1. A Supreme council/assembly/crew-comparable to congress. The supreme council/Assembly/crew will establish their own by laws and will be permitted to edit them every eight years. The supreme council/Assembly/crew will be made up of lower crew leaders each of whom will have one vote in any vote.
- Local Council/Assembly/Crew: Consists of 25-50 third level Asgardians permitted to form their own bylaws and elects a leader who represents their interests at supreme.
Sorry, it became less specific towards the end. I found my time cut short. I look forward to replying to your replies.