The Steps of Creating A Law
If you wish to write up a new law and have it enforced
overEgypt, here are the steps you will need to follow:
1. Achieve citizen status.
2. Go to the University of Leadership, click to create petition. Type your petition into the dialog box.
3. Walk around and talk to people, ask them to sign your petition. They can sign by clicking on you. You can also share the petition.
4. When you have enough signatures, go back to the University of Leadership, and turn in the petition.
5. The developers will now classify the petition: either it is a feature request, or a petition for a law.
6. If it is a feature request, the developers will put it into the feature request manager on atitd.info.
7. If it is a petition for a law, it will appear at the voting booth in the game. Players will begin voting on it.
8. After the voting, if the players achieve the necessary number of votes, the petition will become a law.
9. After a petition becomes a law, the developers reprogram the game to enforce the law.
The Law Library
A good way to start is to go to a voting booth and view all the laws that have already been written. You can view the law library by clicking on the booth and selecting the "Law Library" option. The laws are classified according to whether they passed or not.
The Signature-Gathering Process
Any player can ask another for a copy of a petition. When you get a copy of a petition, you also get a copy of the signatures. So if I have a petition with 5 signatures, and you copy it, you also have a petition with 5 signatures - the same 5 signatures.
Suppose, then, that you take the copy out in to the world, and collect signatures. You gather 3 more signatures, so your petition now contains 8 signatures: the 5 I originally gave you, plus 3 more you collected yourself. Meanwhile, I go gather another 2 signatures.
We can now meet and share signatures. To do so, you click the same button you originally used to request a copy of the petition. When you do, you will gain all of my signatures, and I will gain all of yours. The result is that we will both have 10 signatures: the 5 that I originally had, plus the 3 you collected, plus the 2 that I collected.
Is It A Law Or A Feature Request?
After turning in the petition, the developers will classify it
as a law or a feature request. The way we decide is simple, but subtle: there are things that real-world governments cannot do. If the petition asks to do something that a real-world government could not do, then it is not a law, it is a feature request. What follows is a short list of a few things that governments cannot do.
Governments Cannot Grant New Abilities
Imagine if the US Congress were to pass a law declaring that people can run faster. This would not suddenly enable Americans to run any faster. Here is a proposal that violates this rule:
Small and light buildings such as chests, forges, kitchens, tents, etc. should be relocatable by the owner. This would allow reorganization without destroying things.
Players do not have this ability, and governments cannot
grant abilities. Therefore, this petition is not a law, it's a
feature request. To rephrase: if there is some activity you would like to do in the game, and there is currently no way to do it, adding that ability is a feature request, not a law.
Governments Cannot Conjure Knowledge Out Of Thin Air
Imagine if the US Government were to pass a law stating that from now on, all Americans shall have the knowledge of any terrorists in their vicinity. Nothing would happen - governments cannot magically grant knowledge to their subjects. Here is a proposal that violates this rule
Since this proposal grants people knowledge, it is a feature request.
Governments Cannot Negate Challenges
The Stranger has challenged Egypt - he has given us several tests, and dared us to try to accomplish them. If the government declares his tests "too hard" and substitutes easier ones, then we have not lived up to his challenges at all! If a law tries to simplify one of the tests, then that is simply a concession that we are too weak to do what he challenged us to do. Here is a sample law that violates the rule:
Each citizen will (automatically) send a personal messenger to their mentor to advise them of the completion of their mentor shrine. The mentor will receive an EgyptMail message telling them that the mentee has built them a shrine.
This violates the rule because it makes mentorship easier. Mentorship is intentionally hard - it's a test of character. Anything that makes it easier, or automates any part of it, is diluting the challenge. So this is a feature request, not a law.
So What Does Count As A Law?
Laws in Egypt are just like laws in the real world - it's a way for you to limit the behavior of other people. For example, if you say that "nobody may cut down trees in the lakeshore region," that's a law. If you say "nobody may use the university unless they first pay their taxes," that's a law.