Proposal: Fiat Lux Redux
Passed 13-5. Quorum for.—alethiophile
Adminned at 17 Dec 2009 19:07:01 UTC
Add a new dynastic rule, entitled “Universe”, as follows:
The Universe exists, and is gamestate. The initial state of the Universe consists of all locations, tangible objects, concepts and other subject matters about which an English-language Wikipedia article exists as of 23:59:59 GMT on December 15, 2009 (the “Reference Time”), as described in English-language Wikipedia at the Reference Time (the “Reference Source”). Changes to the Reference Source after the Reference Time shall be disregarded. For example, if the Reference Source provides that the Cullinan Diamond (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cullinan_Diamond) is located in the Tower of London, in the city of London, in the United Kingdom, in Europe, on Earth, then the same shall be true in the initial state of the Universe; moreover, if the Reference Source provides that the Eiffel Tower is located in Paris, France, then by necessary implication for purposes of the initial state of the Universe the Eiffel Tower is located in Europe and in the Northern Hemisphere, on Earth.
If the Reference Source contains two or more contrary or mutually exclusive statements (e.g., “Taiwan is part of China” and “Taiwan is not part of China”), and a determination of which, if any, of those statements correctly describes the initial state of the Universe becomes relevant for Blognomic purposes, then the determination of the Djinni shall be conclusive and binding.
Each Adventurer has a “Location” , which is tracked in the GNDT. Locations are limited to real-life (i.e., not fictional or mythical), contemporary (as of the Reference Time) locations on Earth that have their own article in the Reference Source. For example, Independence Hall (United States), Elvis’ Pink Cadillac, and Asia are all legitimate Locations; while Narnia, Heaven and the Holy Roman Empire do not exist as legitimate Locations. If there is any dispute or controversy over whether a purported location is a legitimate Location, the determination of the Djinni shall be conclusive and binding. Within 96 hours after the enactment of the “Fiat Lux Redux” proposal, each Adventurer shall select his initial Location; if he does not do so, then the Djinni shall select that Adventurer’s initial Location. The initial Location of each Adventurer must have a size or area, as specified in the Reference Source, of no more than one thousand square miles (i.e., “North America” is not a permitted initial Location, but “New York City” is.)
The state of the Universe, and Locations of Adventurers and other objects or entities may be altered by actions that affect Gamestate: for example, if the Reference Source provides that the International Prototype Kilogram (IPK) is located in France, and spikebrennan’s Location is Paris, France, and a wish is subsequently granted which provides that France shall be contained in a brown paper bag behind a dumpster in Perth, Australia, then for gamestate purposes (unless subsequently changed again), France, the IPK and spikebrennan shall all be in that brown paper bag (and the IPK and spikebrennan would continue to be in France, which in turn is in Perth, Australia); any contrary reference in the Reference Source notwithstanding.