Gerrymandering may be used to achieve desired electoral results for a particular party, or may be used to help or hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious or class group.
I live in California. I know all about Gerrymandering. We provide source material on the topic these days.
And apparently somebody is taking this idea from real world politics to try and “fix” the CSM election process.
Somehow I don’t think creating a convoluted election mechanism to punish players able to organize (in a game that rewards organization) is really addressing the issue when only ~15% of accounts even bother to vote for the Galactic Student Council. (~60K votes cast out of a population of ~400K accounts.)
One of my comments on the meeting minutes from the Spring summit of the CSM was that, based on their output, “the favored topic of CSM7 appears to be CSM7,” which certainly fits the student council model. (As opposed to the UN model, which would have been equally useful, but more entertaining to watch.)
My opinion on that remains unchanged.
But it does look like CCP is really the force driving this particular issue. CCP seems to want a “better,” more broad based council and is frustrated by the fact that the groups successful in most political part of the game… null sec… are also successful in CCPs sandbox political game. What a surprise!
That is the problem with creating democratic institutions. It becomes hard to rig them to get the results you want without looking like you are rigging them merely to get the results you want. But that isn’t going to stop CCP from trying I guess.
Maybe CCP should scrap the whole thing and go the SOE route. Just create a “by invitation only” advisory group that they can whistle up and fly out at need for discussion and otherwise ignore.
What do you think? Does the CSM have any value for the player base?
Addendum: CSM7 loses another supporter and Seleene is in there trying to quash criticism again by insisting that you can only know the real story if you talk to the CSM in person. That worked out so well for Jester.