Monday, November 24, 2014

The Legion Constitution Article 6: Am I Leader Yet?

Calling this meeting to Order! 
A review of the Legion Constitution by Siskoid

Being the fifth in a series of articles on the Legion Constitution, because the future has honed the running of superteams to a science. If you want to change the rules, you have to do it from the inside.

So how do I become LEADER?This is the reason why the Legion has to continually hold try-outs. In the early days, two of the original trio would give themselves positions to boss the third one around. And that ain't right.

This entire section is interesting for its take on the role of Deputy Leader. Here we see that it's something like the American Vice-President, only becoming leader if the actual Leader is taken out. But what else does he or she do? Stay tuned. Two other things of note:
1) Article 6.3.ii completely subverts democracy, since the replacement Deputy Leader is appointed rather than elected, and the clause does not call for new elections.
2) The original three can always take back control of the Legion by simply (but discreetly) getting rid of the current Leader and Deputy Leader. But it's not like any of them would ever be part of a putsch.
Their resumes are clearly spotless.

Words like "supreme commander" really do invite disaster.
Although I've felt "severely punished" after an election too.

I guess they call this delegating. Personally, I would hand off anything bureaucratic, financial or UFP-related, and just keep the cruel mind games part of the job.

"I... am the Master and you... will obey me. You. Will. Obey. ME."

Oh sorry. Thinking of something else. Where was I? Ah yes, obeying the Leader. Here's a good reason why:
Lightning Lad disobeyed orders and then he DIED! Leader knows best. Even if she seemed to be a total nutjob just a couple panels before.

We'll see the problem with this clause when we explore Article 7, next.

So this WASN'T an outright lie.
She just inflated the Article number so that no one would dare look it up in the apparently hefty Legion Constitution. So what CAN the Leader do with the team's funds?
Why yes, spend it on souvenirs bearing Great Leader's likeness.

Ok then, screw this leadership nonsense. I'm more a follower than a leader. Is there a committee I can be a part of? Perhaps arts & crafts or pep squad?

Keep your eye on the minutes for the next part of this exciting legal document! Coming to a meeting near you!

This article was first published in some form at Siskoid's Blog of Geekery.

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