Scenario 1999: Organizational Structure of the Social Forum

The Social Forums, as the concept was surmised throughout the Entries of Sections One and Two, will follow the conventional organizational structure of the Councils that define the Council Democratic process. What has been said about Council Democracy, both in this Treatise and elsewhere, is applicable to the Social Forums. The most important role of the Social Forums in the National Intranet is to maintain and enforce the Constitution and the Legal Code. Any new laws passed by the Council State, especially those applicable to the National Intranet, will be enforced by the Social Forums.   

The Social Forums shall differ from the Councils by relying on the digital infrastructure to serve as the formal political, economic and social governance structure of the National Intranet. Any nation relying on the Work-Standard will eventually establish a National Intranet with its own Social Forums. Should the Work-Standard gain enough worldwide clout, as in the case of the world order in Scenario 1999, the International Internet will also follow similar parameters at the World State Organization (WSO). On the International Internet, international laws take precedence over the national laws unless the WSO has been dissolved. Should the WSO be dissolved, the International Internet will cease operations, and will only be reactivated when the WSO has been reestablished.

How can the WSO be dissolved? To reiterate what has been described in The Work-Standard (2nd Ed.), the WSO may be dissolved by either of the following conditions:

  • At least one sitting member-state on the WSO’s “Supreme World Council (SWC)” declares war against another sitting member-state on the SWC. In Scenario 1999, the sitting member-states are the “Federalist American Union (FAU),” the “Germanic People’s Reich,” the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR),” the “People’s Republic of China (PRC),” and “Imperial Japan (IJ).”  
  • A two-thirds majority resolution vote from both the WSO’s “International State Assembly (ISA)” and the “International Youth Assembly (IYA).” In Scenario 1999, the IYA are all of the world’s SSEs, including those of the five great powers on the SWC. The ISA constitutes all of the other States that form the rest of this particular world order.  

That being said, it is necessary to demonstrate how the organizational structure of the National Intranets is compared against the organizational structure of the International Internet. It is significant that the discussion about the Social Forums with regard to the National Intranets from only been written from the standpoint of any one given nation.

Main Features of the Social Forums

Aside from acting as the digital counterpart of the Councils, each Social Forum will be presiding over a number of Intranet Service Providers, Computer Networks and Systems, Servers and Websites. From the rest of the nation, the following is a list of personnel and institutions that are to maintain separate detachments working under all Social Forums on the National Intranet:

  1. In the SSE, the Student Government shall maintain Websites, Servers, Computer Networks and Systems for the Student Body as part of the Student Tournament. The Student Body will be able to create Digital Arbeit and Digital Geld among their Student Enterprises at the Student Tournament. The Social Ranking System and the Council State’s Conscription Policy will enable the Student Body to interact with the VCS Economy, Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System, Military-Industrial Complex. This will enable the SSE to contribute Actual Arbeit and Actual Geld from Shopping Citadels and Shopping Arenas, Digital Arbeit and Digital Geld from their Student Tournament on the National Intranet, and Military Arbeit and Military Geld from participating in the national cyberdefenses of the National Intranet.      
  2. In the VCS Economy, the Central Planners will have Economic Planners and Accountants assigned to all of the Digital Enterprises on the National Intranets. These Economic Planners and Accountants work alongside Computer Programmers, Engineers, and Scientists to run and operate the LERE Refineries as part of the LERE Process. By means of Blockcycle Technology, all Digital Arbeit and Digital Geld created on the National Intranet goes straight to the LERE Refineries to be turned into Actual Arbeit and Actual Geld before being transferred to the Central Bank to be added toward the Life-Energy Reserve.  
  3. In the Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System, the National-Socialized Banks (NSBs) will be standing by to facilitate online transfers and wirings of Actual Geld over the National Intranet. The same will also be true for any deposits or withdrawals from the NSBs as well as the lending and borrowing of Work-Tenures. The State Banks are tasked with facilitating the movements of Digital Arbeit and Digital Geld across the National Intranet through Blockcycle Technology. The Kontore also have members from each of their Offices working under the Social Forums and the same is to be said for the National-Socialized Banks and State Banks from the Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System. NSFIs may be purchased either online or at any one of their local branches in the Shopping Citadels and Shopping Arenas. Additionally, the State Commissariats of Wages and Prices have separate detachments of Superintendents for every Service Provider, State Commissars for all Computer Networks and Systems, and Inspectors for all Servers.
  4. In the Council State, when the Social Forums are not collaborating with the Councils of the Municipal and Regional governments, the latter of which will preside over the Service Providers, they answer directly to the Council State vis-à-vis the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Minister of Science and Technology, as a member of the State President’s Council of Ministers, is also responsible for reporting to the State Council if summoned for inquiries from the State Councils’ State Delegates and State Councilors. Social Forums rely on the Ministry of Justice to oversee law enforcement on the National Intranet, deferring to the armed forces from the Ministry of War to operate the national cyberdefenses of the National Intranet.  
  5. The Military-Industrial Complex has a vested interest in ensuring that the National Intranet will continue to deter malware and cyberattacks from within and without the nation. Research and development into cyberdefenses, not to mention their deployments on the National Intranet, counts directly toward contributions of Military Arbeit and Military Geld for the Life-Energy Reserve. Production processes related to cyberweaponry follow the same conventional rules regarding contributions of Military Arbeit and Military Geld from production of most conventional weaponry.  
  6. The three different types of Media discussed earlier in The Third Place (1st Ed.) will also have their own presences on the National Intranet. Anyone interested in accessing State Media (media produced by the Council State), Social Media (media produced by the Totality), and Student Media (media produced by the Student Body) will be able to find them at the Social Forums.    

Additional Features of the Social Forums

To promote Productive Property-as-Power and to ensure personal privacy by protecting Personal Property-as-Power, the National Intranet shall maintain digital boundaries delineating the various institutions, organizations, and structures of the nation back in the Real World. There are well-defined points of entry and exit to and from various Websites, Servers, Computer Systems and Networks. When everyone logs on to the National Intranet from a PC, tablet, or smartphone, they will automatically begin at the Social Forums. From here, they can navigate to the rest of the National Intranet by means of a Search Engine.

Alternatively, when somebody tries to access the International Internet, they will also leave the National Intranet while doing so. Upon exiting the National Intranet, they will arrive at one of the International Internet’s “Social Courts,” its equivalent to the National Intranets’ Social Forums.

The Social Court is term chosen in this Treatise to describe an area within the International Internet that has been discussed previously in previous Treatises but has never been given an official designation until now. The best analogy to understand the Social Court is to think of them as being comparable to that of a “Rest Stop” that one might find along the national highways, the technical chosen to refer to them in The Third Place (1st Ed.) being the “Shopping Arena Transit Hub (SATH).” Back in the Real World, SATHs is an umbrella term to designate the various economic activities that occur along national highways, railway stations, airports, and seaports. Most SATHs will contain the usual amenities like gas stations, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, and the occasional Specialty Shop, Youth Hostel, and Internet Café for Foreigners and Nationals alike.  

The purpose of the Social Court is to establish the digital extension of the SATHs in the International Internet, outside the boundaries of the National Intranets. Here, all the usual features found in the National Intranets are operated by member-states responsible for the entry points to and from their National Intranets. For instance, if the Social Courts of the SATHs along the French-German Border in Europe will be run and operated by the French and Germanic authorities. The WSO is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and repair of both the digital infrastructure and the physical infrastructure connecting the French and Germanic Intranets across international borders. Member-states are responsible for the cyberdefenses of all Social Courts facilitating access to their National Intranets.

Suppose for a moment that one was logging on to the Germanic National Intranet from within the German-speaking world. They exited the Germanic National Intranet to reach one of the Social Courts facilitating access to the Germanic National Intranet. From here, how would they access the French National Intranet, assuming they have the proper passport, travel visa, and, if necessary, the prerequisite Social Rank? At the Germanic Social Courts, they have a number of options at their disposal, all of which will lead them to different parts of the International Internet:

  • International websites reserved for the Totalities of the WSO’s member-states. Those international websites would be overseen by the Consulates of different nations to the rest of the world and WSO.  
  • Websites of international organizations complementing the WSO can also be found here as well.
  • The Social Courts of other nations besides those governed by the Germanic People’s Reich.   

Obviously, to reach the French National Intranet, one would have to choose the third option to access one of the French Social Courts. It is at the French Social Courts where the passport and visa checks are to be implemented before anyone could be allowed into the French National Intranet. This may seem odd, especially in another world order where the French Republic and “West Germany” have a Schengen Borders Agreement that abolishes such border checks, but European border checks continue to exist in the world order of Scenario 1999. There are border checks in the Real World and there are border checks in the Digital Realm. Once somebody passes those border checks without any issues, they will finally arrive at the French National Intranet, where they can browse everything there is to offer for visiting Foreigners.

There is no doubt that the Shopping Arena Transit Hubs, like the Shopping Citadel, will form an integral part of the Council State’s Real Trade Agreements (RTAs). What can be said about the SATHs can also be said about their digital counterparts in the International Internet, the Social Courts. All the usual rules regarding Arbeit and Geld in International Internet are to be applied on the Social Courts as well.  

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