We’ve published experimental theoretical ideas for governing in the past. Though, we’ve settled on a libertarian meritocratic republic.

There is no special status for the leader(s) of the tribe. They’re considered human and intrinsically equal to all other members of the tribe.

We are self-governing in the sense that the tribe elects its own leader(s). However, American law (or whatever the host country may be) takes precedence. This means that if a Vannoken commits a crime, judicial punishment is carried out by the country’s government, not the tribe. The leader can never initiate any kind of force on their people in accordance with the Non-Aggression Principle.

Vannokens elect their leader by that person’s merit via vote.

While our population is small, the heads of each family are the members of our republic. Whether the heads of each family are male or female depends on the individual family. Votes can be carried out in person or via social media. Discussions that start votes can be begun with statements like, but aren’t limited to, “Hey guys, what do you think about this?” The opinion of the member of the Republic can then count as a vote.

The leadership position is reviewed every four years. At which point, any of the republic/heads of houses can run against the current leader. The republic can also impeach the leader at any time for any reason.

The adult of a single-person house qualifies as the head of a house, as well. This means that if a Vannoken is over 18 and living on their own, they are their own representative in the republic of the tribe.

If they are over 18 but not the head of their house, then they should conduct their own family meeting to determine the vote of that house.

At which point, they can hold an official debate and vote to eject the leader at any time for any reason.

Meanwhile, individual Vannokens can also choose to leave the tribe at any time, for any reason. No one can force them to follow any specific tradition or to remain in the tribe. The leadership can only keep a genealogical history of its citizens and that is all.

The tribe can kick out any member at any time for any reason. Though, the leader does not have the full dictatorial power to do so, alone. The leader can only suggest the removal of a tribe member to the republic. At that point, a republican vote commences. The majority decision determines the fate of the individual.

The leader may participate in the vote. Though, their vote has no more or less power than any other Vannoken participant.

The Leader’s Role & Responsibilities

The leader’s primary role is in public relations and representation for the tribe as a whole. They are also responsible for fundraising and land acquisition.

The leader is also to devote their skills and knowledge to the tribe members to help them advance. The leader is to be available via any means of communication within 72 hours to any request by the republic. The leader’s skills are to be available to the tribe members for a discounted price, or even free. The choice of the leader’s skills being discounted or free is at the discretion of the leader on a case-by-case scenario.

For instance, the current leader is a marketing strategist. He’s developed the skill to build businesses. The current mission is to help all tribe members gain financial independence. Thus, the leader must be available to any request for business consulting within 72 hours. Depending on the nature of the tribe member’s request, the leader may help for free, or at most a discounted price.

On other matters, not every Vannoken may agree with everything the leader does. This is expected. This freedom in the form of deviation in thought is encouraged.

Therein, the families can call for a vote to change any aspect of the culture, for any reason, at any time.
For instance, the leader has the power to create tribal traditions without needing to call a vote. However, the families can vote to remove the tradition as official at any time for any reason.

This means that someone who is not Vannoken can share constructive criticism to someone who is. That Vannoken can then pass the suggestion to the head of their family. The head of the family can then call a vote. That vote will determine the evolution of the tribe.

The leader must execute the final decision of each vote as soon they are physically able.

In The Event Of The Leader’s Death Or Disablement

In the event of the leader’s death or disablement, a tribal vote is held to elect the successor. Whether the nature of a physical disablement disqualifies the leader from the leadership position is taken on a case-by-case scenario.

For instance, if the leader loses a limb, they can still likely lead the tribe if they don’t need that limb to perform their full duties, or if a suitable prosthetic or assistant can be used.

Our Population Growth

There is no narrative push to grow the size of the tribe. People can ask any Vannoken to join, or any Vannoken can invite them. Either way is fine.

There is no monetary requirement to join or remain in the tribe. The tribe’s treasury is based 100% on voluntaryism. This means that Vannokens are welcome to donate to the tribe’s foundation, but they are not required. The leader takes sole responsibility for advancing the tribe out of his/her own pocket, or from official fundraisers.

No one under 18 is permitted to join on their own. Children must either be born or adopted into the tribe, connected to an adult Vannoken head of household.

The Vannoken tribe fully supports freedom of religion.

The tribe must hold a republican vote for all new tribe initiates. The majority decision decides the result.

Changes in Governing Style

As heads of households can call a vote to change any aspect of the culture at any time, the very nature of the governing style can change at any time as well.