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Subject:FIRE charter
Author:Ilie
Date:Thu Dec 11 01:16:45 1997
Id:890

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FIRE Charter


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1. FIRE

Free Internet Role-play Experiences is a non-profit organisation dedicated to
providing quality Internet games for free to the public (hereafter named
`Projects').

FIRE will maintain a public web site to distribute all necessary
information. This charter will be posted there.  This web page is initially
situated at http://www.pvv.org/fire/

2. Projects

Each FIRE project is funded by a separate account, which is used to purchase
any resources needed to run that project. The purpose of each project is
specified by a separate charter (the `project charter'). The project charter
names the `project leaders', who run the project. A project's leaders control
the use of the funds in that project's account, but any assets purchased with
those funds remain the property of FIRE. The FIRE treasurer verifies that the
purchases made by the project leader's are related to the project's purposes
(as specified in the project charter), and may block these purchases if
necessary.

FIRE does not have any rights on the projects run with the resources it
provides.

On startup, FIRE will run one project, MUME (see references).

New projects are accepted in FIRE on approval of their charter by the
president and all directors (see clause 2).  New projects are announced on the
FIRE web site.

3. Project termination

A project is terminated by its project leaders. Unless the project charter
states otherwise, FIRE members who contributed to that project hold a vote
deciding how to use the assets of that project, and any funds remaining in the
project's account. Assets shared between two or more projects are
automatically ceded to the remaining projects.

Funds from a terminated project can only be assigned to one or more other
projects already active at FIRE, or to one or more new projects. Any funds not
assigned after three months will be donated to Red Cross. Any equipment will
be donated to Free Software Foundation.

FIRE is dissolved whenever all of its projects are terminated, and no new
projects are approved within three months.

4. Membership

To become a member of FIRE, pay a one-time membership fee to any of the
projects' accounts. The minimum membership fee is USD 10/NOK 70/CHF 14
(whichever is smallest). Each project may have a maximum contribution for each
member stated in its charter.

Only physical persons who may legally dispose of their assets in their place
of residence may become members.  Each member must provide an email address
for voting purposes.

Members may contribute to more than one account. The membership lists are
public, and kept on the FIRE web site. The amount of each donation is not
public, but the president (see clause 6, Management) will keep records of
this.

On termination of a project, the members who contributed to its accounts are
still members of FIRE.

Members are divided into active and inactive members. An inactive member is a
member who has not voted in the last two votes held since he or she joined
FIRE. All other members are considered active.

5. Administration

The FIRE administration is composed of a president, a treasurer (appointed by
the president), a leader for each project, and 2 presidential appointees.

At creation time, FIRE has the following administration: 

     Finn Arne Gangstad (President) 
     Ola Bratberg (Treasurer) 
     Pier Donini (leader of MUME project) 
     Gustav Hålberg (presidential appointee) 
     Paolo Gatti (presidential appointee) 

The president and treasurer cannot be project leaders. The president and
treasurer cannot be the same person.  The FIRE bank account is held jointly
between the president and treasurer. When the president or treasurer changes,
the old president/treasurer have a month in which to transfer the account to
the new president/treasurer.

All work in and for FIRE and its projects is voluntary. The administrators of
FIRE, and/or people working on FIRE projects may not receive money for their
work. The exception is expenses caused directly by work done for FIRE or FIRE
projects. These expenses can be fully or partially covered, from a project's
account when the president and the project leaders agrees on this.

6. Presidential terms

The president and treasurer are appointed for a minimum duration of three
months. They may resign before this period is over, but cannot be removed from
office before then.

If the president, for any reason, does not fulfill his duties for three
months, any member may initiate a new presidential election.

Members may impeach the president after at least three months in office. To do
this, they must get a 2/3 vote of members, and a quorum of 33% of active
members (see clause 10 - Voting). In the case of a failed impeachment, no
further impeachment attempt is possible for the next three months.

7. Presidential elections

A new president is selected by majority voting. This election must be held
within three months of the previous president resigning, failing to fulfill
his duties, or being impeached. Presidential elections are announced on the
FIRE web site, they are preceded by a one month period in which members may
nominate themselves as candidates by e-mail. To be eligible the candidacy must
be seconded by at least 1 other member. Eligible candidates will have the
opportunity of placing a link detailing their candidacy on the FIRE web
site. An impeached president may not enter as a candidate in any subsequent
elections. The candidate with the most votes wins.

8. Reports

The treasurer immediately reports on the web site all purchases made for each
project.

The president and treasurer prepare an annual report (on June 1st) on
projects, their accounts and expenses, on the FIRE web site.

9. Amending the FIRE charter

Any member may propose up to two amendments to the FIRE charter every
year. These amendments can be vetoed by the president or any director. The
veto must be notified before the end of the voting period. To be accepted,
they must be approved by a 2/3 majority, with a quorum of 33% of active
members (See clause 10 - Voting).

Project charters can override clauses 3 (Project termination) and may specify
a maximum donation amount (see clause 4 - Membership).

10. Voting

The FIRE directors supervise all voting. FIRE votes are announced on the FIRE
web site. For presidential elections, the directors appoint a vote
manager. For all other elections, the president appoints the vote manager.

From the time the vote is announced, members have one month to submit their
vote by e-mail to the president, the vote manager and all directors. The vote
manager confirms the vote by return e-mail, the voter must then send a
confirmation, again to the president, the vote manager and all directors.

Once the one-month voting period has elapsed, the vote manager counts the
votes and announces the results on the web sites. Directors and members have
two weeks in which to contest the results.

The president, vote manager and directors shall not reveal the way in which
any member voted.

11. References

MUME: see the MUME project description.

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