Repositocracy

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Types of government
Repositocracy is a family of legislation development and a type of Interactive Democracy. It was inspired by the development models of Linux distributions, and was originally conceived in 2012 by Miles B Huff, an undergraduate student of Linguistics at FSU.

Etymology

'Repositocracy' is a neologism derived from 'repository' and '-cracy' (from Greek '-kratia', meaning "power, might; rule, sway; power over; a power, authority"[1]).
Originally, the ideology was called 'Repocracy' (from 'repo', a shortened form of 'repository') but it became the modern form, 'repositocracy', after Miles learned of the negative meaning of a homographic neologism meaning 'corrupted republic'. This name change happened on 2013's June 7th.

Comparison of development families

Example development flowchart of a Repositocracy

This section is a general comparative description of different legislation development families.
Under absolute monarchies, legislation is often passed by means of decrees, instantly given authority by the ruler and passable irrespective of others' wishes.
In parliamentary systems, citizens elect parties, which then choose people to write legislation. Legislation is passed via vote by the parties. Various chambers may be in place, through which legislation must pass before becoming legal.
In republican systems, citizens elect policymakers who represent their constituents. Legislation is passed by a vote of the council(s). Like the parliamentary system, there can be multiple chambers.
In direct democracies, citizens vote directly on legislation.
Repositocracy, however, functions a bit differently from these hallmarks of contemporary human government. It first and foremost requires an adherence to Open Source principles such as free availability of legislation code and openness in development, and operates on the principle that legislation, like software, always contains bugs. It further has two or more repositories of legislation. Citizens are allowed to comment on legislation, file bug-reports, even limitlessly develop laws themselves. Legislation unpopular with the citizenry is moved into a special repository for unpopular legislation, from which assembly councils generally may not choose. Legislation is selected and organized into codices by the assembly councils, often in a hierarchical fashion with, say, an Economic Assembly Council consolidating the packages selected by a Fiscal Policy AC and a Monetary Policy AC. The people within each Assembly Council are generally meritocratically and/or technocratically (s)elected, and tailored to their particular task. The official code of laws is released on a regular development cycle, which is often lined up with the country's fiscal calendar. All repositocraties are by their very nature bureaucracies.

Potential benefits of a Repositocratic system

Repositocracy was conceived to solve several issues in traditional legislative development models. Several potential benefits of implementing a Repositocratic system are as follows:

  • More organized legislation
  • More concise legislation / less bloat
  • More difficult to pass crony legislation
  • Stability from regular release cycle
  • Modularization
  • Large labor pool
  • Easy bugfixing
  • Specialized councils
  • Less gridlock

Adoption

National

So far, the only country known to have adopted a Repositocratic system is the Kingdom of Theodia. Information about this country's implementation may be found in the Theodian law article.
Regardless, for the purpose of expandability, here is a table of all countries known to have adopted a Repositocratic system:

Flag Nation Date
24px Theodia 2012

Current as of June 2013

Non-national

Repositocracy can be ported to purposes other than state government. Here is a table of all organizations known to have adopted a Repositocratic system:

Symbol Organization Date
Noflag.png Lin. C. of Theodia 2013

Current as of June 2013

See also

References