Monday, August 07, 2017

Call for Judgment: Disloyal Techs?

Reaches quorum 5-0. Enacted by pokes.

Adminned at 08 Aug 2017 10:22:27 UTC

In “Command Actions”, we have:

As a Command actions a CIC may assign or unassign up to two techs to the space race.

Can a CIC assign or unassign other CIC’s techs to/from the space race? The argument I see in favor is the literal wording of the rule; it’s not in parallel with other Command Actions, which explicitly state that one can assign one’s own resources.

Arguments against include: (1) That assigning other peoples’ resources isn’t one of the affordances a common-sense reader of the Ruleset would expect. The words surrounding the description of “techs” imply that they’re owned by the CIC, which implicitly (to me) means they can’t be assigned by someone other than their owner. (2) The logistics of people assigning or unassigning other peoples’ resources gets difficult. For example, if someone’s techs get assigned by someone else, should I tell them?

The balance between these sides is sort of ambiguous to me but I’m leaning toward “you cannot assign other CIC’s techs”. As such, if this CfJ passes, change the above blockquote in the Ruleset to:

As a Command action a CIC may assign or unassign up to two of their techs to the space race.

Also, retroactively invalidate any Command actions that run afowl of the new text, and reset the Tick clock such that a previous Tick hypothetically “occurred” 24 hours before the enactment of the CfJ, so that the next Tick occurs at least 24 hours after enactment.

If the CfJ fails, I’ll interpret the block quote above in a way that allows assigning other CIC’s techs.



08-07-2017 22:44:25 UTC

Lol, yes for


08-07-2017 23:56:21 UTC

Who tried to mess around with someone else’s techs?


But oh my gosh that’s hilarious.


08-08-2017 03:03:56 UTC

To the United Nations Secretary General,

I have your most recent dispatch on my desk and in careful review with my counsel, we have decided to agree with your call for action. It is true that I may (Under the guidelines) set others techs to be unassigned to the space race using the well placed spies I have at my disposal. I would certainly not be happy if someone did that to me.
By the power vested in myself by myself I hereby approve this measure with the seal

The Great CIC,


08-08-2017 08:15:40 UTC