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==============================  CFJ 2170  ==============================

    There is a contract called The Agoran Civil Service.


Caller:                                 ais523

Judge:                                  woggle
Judgement:                              FALSE



Called by ais523:                       20 Sep 2008 20:06:37 GMT
Assigned to woggle:                     23 Sep 2008 08:31:38 GMT
Judged FALSE by woggle:                 23 Sep 2008 21:29:15 GMT


Caller's Arguments:

I'm not convinced that the intent of the dependent action is
sufficiently similar to the action itself to terminate the contract; nor
am I completely certain that a contract reading "This contract
immediately terminates itself" is capable of immediately terminating
itself, especially if the contract is a public one, and given that the
precedences of contract termination rules are screwed up at the moment.


Caller's Evidence:

On Mon, 2008-09-15 at 10:27 -0400, Geoffrey Spear wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 5:44 PM, Geoffrey Spear 
> > I intend, without 3 Objections, to amend the Agoran Civil Service
> > contract by replacing its entire text with "This contract immediately
> > terminates itself."
> Having received only 1 objection, I terminate the Agoran Civil
> Service.  All members of the contract are to report for termination as
> well at their earliest convenience.


Judge woggle's Arguments:

I believe the action itself is a sufficiently clear synonym, with the
intent quoted in context, for terminating the contract by means of
replacing its text with "This contract immediately terminates itself."

As for whether contract security is a problem here:

Old (before the "CAN be performed using that mechanism" language)
precedent has held that among contracts with more than 2 parties,
agreement to amend or to terminate the contract can be manifested in
the contract itself, so "This contract immediately terminates itself."
is sufficient to terminate the contract under the last paragraph of
R2198, which has sufficient power to do this. R2198's "CAN be
performed using that mechanism" creates a mechanism at Power 2 that
checks the wishes of contracts (rather than giving the contracts
themselves some force and making them take effect in some part, as
happens with proposals). Thus, the contract in question would also be
terminated as a result of its amendment if it did not have two parties
despite not itself being an instrument.