The Sixteenth Dynasty of Josh
31 August - 23 September 2021
CMEMO TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE
Earth 21 August 3221 / Clatoc 55 Harvest 52
In the twenty years since we lost contact with Earth, our colonies have been politically stable. Long live the Clatoc Colony! Long live the Standing Committee!
This stability has never been complete. The intellectual and artistic classes have chaffed, and there’s always been cadres of agitants requesting a more democratic process. The popular will is the voice of God! Down with anti-society malcontents!
That notwithstanding, for the most part the citizens seem to have responded well to the continuity and decisiveness of our committee’s leadership. This acceptance has been aided by the considerable efforts of the Ministry of Information.
However, in recent months the Ministry has noticed a disturbing uptick in organised discontent. It is therefore asking for additional powers to monitor communication and intervene to disrupt the flow of seditious sentiment, as well as identifying any perpetrators. Information is security! Security is strength!
Thanks to the Ministry’s awareness of your own communications, the Ministry is aware that these additional powers are going to be approved unanimously, and it thanks the Standing Committee for its ongoing and unflinching commitment to the security of our Colony. Long live Clatoc! Long live the Ministry of Information!
Throughout the ruleset, change the term Legislators to Cells and Wielder of Vetoes to Ministry of Information. Set the Dynastic Tracking page to MinInf. Set the Special Case rule No Collaboration to Active.
The following players were active at the start of the Dynasty:
Bucky, Chiiika, Clucky, Cuddlebeam, Darknight, Jason, Josh, Jumble, Kevan, lemonfanta, pokes, Raven1207, Trapdoorspyder, Vovix
And at the end:
Brendan, Clucky, Cuddlebeam, Darknight, Josh, Kevan, Raven1207, SupernovaStarbright, Trapdoorspyder, utina
Posts of Interest
- History is Cyclical created a 72-hour game clock and a system for private communication via the Emperor... which the Emperor had the power to censor according to a list of Censorship Terms (initially player names, URLs and anything that the Emperor suspected was a secret code)
- The People’s Liberation Front of Judea allowed each player ("Cell") to pick up to three Ideologies from the List of Ideologies
- The Heat Sheet gave each Cell a number of Adherents, and the ability to send Adherents to other Cells
- Bill Dings defined a list of public and private Buildings that Cells could select as the target of Tasks, each having a Progress score that advanced each round based on how many Cells were targetting it
- Ear of the Panopticon allowed Cells to report each other to the Ministry of Information if they could deduce each other's Ideologies
- Census and Censurability changed Adherents from a number to a list of named Citizens, each with a randomly-generated Name and an Ideology
- Bell Leaf had the Ministry of Information give each Cell a "Psy-Index" score for how likely they seemed to be able to win, each cycle. Ace of Clubs later made this a "Most Wanted" score.
- Ministry of Adversary allowed Cells to appeal against Censorship Terms that they felt targetted individual players
- Price and Precedence only allowed Adherents to be passed between Cells if they shared an Ideology
- Cell du Jour gave Cells a "Buzz" stat which got exchanged for new Adherents each cycle
- Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years? changed from Cells having Target Buildings to Adherents working at particular Buildings
- In Plain Sight made the names of Adherents who worked at Public Buildings public knowledge
- New Methods randomised the lengths of the censorship black boxes after a player was caught sending information through them
- The Middlemen moved Informants into public jobs at the Committee Hall, provided that they were secretly aligned with the Ministry of Information
- Unspeakable Crimes redefined the unenforceable "you can't do this" limitations on public communication to instead say that if someone does do that, they lose access to the private comms channels
- A Principled Populace allowed mindless Citizens to acquire new Ideologies from their Cells
- Shredder Party changed some Building effects
- Strength in Unity rewarded Cells which shared Ideologies
- Sweetness and Light added two victory conditions: be loyal to the Ministry when all other Cells are destroyed or in disarray, or be opposed to the Ministry and take over the Colonial Palace.
After the Endwas a failed proposal to require the Emperor to reveal all private information at game end. Some time later, The Truth Waits for No-one ruled that the Ministry would not reveal any private information at the end of the dynasty.
- The Clatoc Clarion added more information reveals to the Stability Threat Indexes
- Loop-da-Loop Whole required a loyalty victor to also be in good standing with the Ministry
- The Face of the Revolution broke ties on a revolution victory: highest Notoriety wins it
- Fluency/Influency defined a low bar for an elite group of players ("Any Cell whose Most Wanted score has been above 5 in the past three News Posts") whose votes were enough to enact proposals by themselves, ignoring other players' votes
- Overtime at the Memory Bank sped up building progress rates
- Zoooom accelerated the game clock
- Rebels Without A Cause defined Cells with no members or ideologies as "harmless", restricting their Most Wanted score and ruling them out of the Influence subgroup
- All Cops Are Bots allowed staff at the Copbot Depot to target named individuals
Criss Cross Apple Saucewas a proposal from Clucky to change the tiebreak rule in their favour, so that they would win the imminent Revolution instead of Kevan. It failed.
- The Revolution Will Be Televised addressed the issue that information reveal rules meant that the Ministry might be blocked from announcing whether anybody had won
- Issuing a Notice began censoring "terms that indirectly but specifically refer to any of the above (eg “The second item on the Ideologies List”, “the third Cell alphabetically”)"
- Stability Threat Index, Cycle 1
- Stability Threat Index, Cycle 2
- Stability Threat Index, Cycle 3
- The Clatoc Clarion, Cycle 4
- The Clatoc Clarion, Cycle 5
- Official MinInf Notice began censoring "any term that specifically directs the reader to a specific Votable Matter, rule in the ruleset, or other public utterance"
- The Clatoc Clarion, Cycle 6
- Official MinInf Notice began censoring "references direct or indirect, per the above, to specific Citizens"
- The Clatoc Clarion, Cycle 7
- The Clatoc Clarion, Cycle 8
- The Clatoc Clarion, Cycle 9
- Alert Miscommunication Cuddlebeam had found that the "No Collaboration" Rule didn't apply to the Emperor themselves, meaning that they could share information with all Players except them, privately, and not violate that rule. They used it to attempt to make a non-Emperor public cipher. It didn't work out.
Kevan had the highest Notoriety amongst Leaders when the Colonial Hall fell, and declared victory.