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==============================  CFJ 1958  ==============================

    There exists at least one rule with Power = 1.


Caller:                                 Murphy
Barred:                                 Machiavelli

Judge:                                  Wooble
Judgement:                              TRUE



Called by Murphy:                       20 May 2008 00:00:45 GMT
Assigned to Wooble:                     22 May 2008 03:34:11 GMT
Judged TRUE by Wooble:                  22 May 2008 11:49:14 GMT


Caller's Arguments:

The actions purportedly leading to FALSE are quoted below as evidence.

Rule 2140 protects the high-Power rules, hence the limited scope of
the statement.

Repealing Rule 1607 would remove the Promotor's authorization to
initiate Agoran decisions on proposals, but Rules 1551, 2201, and
2034 (or 1551 and 2202, ratifying the Ruleset) would allow the
damage to be repaired - albeit either method could be blocked in
practice by a single objector.

I can think of two other arguments to the effect that the actions
quoted as evidence were entirely ineffective:

  1) Rule 2198 does not authorize the mechanism itself, it only
     authorizes the specified Contract Changes.

  2) The mechanism is not performed by Rule 2198 itself, but by
     the contract or the announcer, thus Rule 2140 prevents it
     from changing any rules.


Caller's Evidence:

ehird announced:

> I intend to make the following contract with Ivan Hope CXXVII: {This
> mechanism for being terminated is an Announcement of Chaos, which destroys
> all rules and then terminates the contract.}

In response, Ivan Hope announced:

> I agree.

ehird then announced:

> This is an Announcement of Chaos.


Judge Wooble's Arguments:

A close reading of Rule 2198 indicates that this is, in fact, the
case.  The 'CAN' refers to performing such changes, and allows the
specified mechanism to perform the changes.  It does not make the
specified mechanism possible.  If it did, one could argue that a
clause like "This contract can be changed by any Party with the
consent of the other parties" authorized each party to give consent on
behlaf of the other parties.

In any event, the alternate reading of 2198 could not authorize a
Player to make changes to the rules without explicitly turning that
Player into an instrument capable of doing so; 2198 lacks the power to
override R2140 by any other means, and we cannot read into 2198 an
implicit transformation of a Player into an instrument.

ehird CANNOT destroy all rules by announcement.  The question of
whether the failure of half the intended effect of an Announcement of
Chaos causes the entire Announcement to fail and thus for the contract
to fail to terminate is beyond the scope of this ruling.