Turf Clan Governance
Clans are internally self governing. Each clan has an overlord elected
by the members. The overlord is responsible for controlling who is a
member of the clan, the promotion/demotion of members, production of clan
webpage and the clan finances. The clan overlord may be removed at any
time if over 50% of the recently seen members of the clan express a lack
of confidence through the voting system.
The Gods of Turf reserve certain limited powers over clans which are as
- New Clans
The Gods determine if and when a new clan will be created.
The normal criterion for doing so will be that the clan form
a list of active players who wish to join from day one and
ensure that those people join quickly and remain active. It
is also the belief of the gods that for all clans to be able
to succeed there should not be too many clans compared to
the number of active players on the game in general.
- Inactive/Unwanted Clans
Clans are intended to benefit groups of players who actively
play the game. That is not to say that it is unacceptable
for a clan to have inactive players in it, but there should
be at least a few active players in a clan and clans should
certainly not be entirely inactive or have only one or two
active players. It is expected that largely inactive clans
will try to increase their membership to include more active
players. Generally an unwanted clan is viewed to be an
inactive clan whose overlord expresses a wish to have the
clan removed. In the event of a clan being inactive or
unwanted the gods will post a note to the membership of the
clan for comments. If it is the view of the gods that there
are probably too many clans in existenence then the gods
will most likely remove the clan. If there are relatively
few clans and other people who want to run a clan the gods
will recommend that a deal is reached to enable some form of
takeover. Ultimately the gods recognise the overlord as
speaking for the clan and the clan should vote to remove
their overlord if this is not a representative view.
- Clan Mergers
It is sometimes the case that clans wish to merge to form a
more powerful single clan. The gods achieve this by
removing a clan and allowing the members of that clan to
immediately join the other clan. In order to achieve this
the overlord of the clan which will be removed must announce
the intention to their membership in a note which must
remain for at least a week to allow people not in favour to
remove the overlord by voting no confidence. It is then the
responsibility of the overlord of the other clan to initiate
all the members of the removed clan. The highest of the two
clan scores will be preserved.
- Clan Renaming
It is possible for the gods to rename a clan, however it is
expected that the clan will have a good reason to make the
request. Reasons could be a merger of two clans, or a
takeover of an old and defunct clan. Any rename should be
requested by the overlord and the clan members have the
opportunity to vote no confidence if this is not a
representative view. Clans requesting a name change will be
expected to show a considerable commitment to the new name
by producing new clan locations and producing a clan website
based on the new name.
- Clan Websites
The gods provide space on the turf.org server for clan
websites. Certain restrictions exist on the material which
may be published on such sites and the gods will be happy to
explain what is and is not allowed.
- Active Players
Firstly an 'active player' must be a unique living
individual (so other characters under the control of the
same person in the same clan will not count as additional
To be counted the character must play an active role
within the clan:
- Primary characters will be seen to be playing an
active role if they are on the game on a regular basis
(at least weekly), and actively do something (i.e. not
idling). Primary characters that sign on for a brief
period once a week are unlikely to be viewed as active.
- Secondary characters will be seen to be
playing an active role if they are on the game on a
regular basis (at least weekly), and actively engage in
playing the game (ie gain experience, explore etc).
Secondary characters that sign on for a brief period
once a week are unlikely to be viewed as active.
Players with a good track record who on ocassion are
absent for a couple of weeks will be included in the
counting of active players in a clan.
Where a player has several characters within a clan those
characters will be examined collectively to determine
whether the player is active within the clan.
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