Saturday, January 3, 2015

3. All-Thing

Among the societies of the Autonomist Alliance there can be found virtually every type of government or non-government conceivable. Some succeed, many fail, but the grand parade of social theories, experiments and designs always continues. The information and communication technologies of transhumanity make many new forms possible, and many old forms can be improved.

The citizens of the small Bernal sphere named Leer Fluss are governed by the All-Thing.

The All-Thing is a re-imagining of the things of Germanic tradition, a meeting of every citizen to decide all matters of law and policy that is always in session. It is overseen by Lawspeaker, a purpose built AI with no interests but to ensure smooth procedure and cite relevant precedence.

In order for the All-Thing to always be in session, every citizen provides an alpha-fork of themselves as a representative. The regular forking and merging makes cyberbrains a requirement; forking with biological brains simply takes too long. Every three hours there will be a recess during which merging and reforking can be done; this minimizes the risks of divergence and failed merges. Representatives also merge with their originals and then re-fork after every decision, ensuring that the forks represent their originals accurately, and that the originals have full memory of deliberations and decisions and are kept up-to-date.

As Leer Fluss has slowly grown, the All-Thing has become more and more cumbersome. The simulspace meeting-hall can simply be expanded, but regular procedure has become slow. Some have proposed the creation of smaller things, each with jurisdiction over its members, with the All-Thing reserved for habitat-wide issues only. Anarchist-leaning citizens, however, object to the creation of a federal hierarchy, and threaten to leave if this is implemented. Some, with gleeful irony, have noted in return that an exodus of anarchists would in fact alleviate the population problems necessitating the new structure. It seems conflict is in Leer Fluss' future.

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