Oh no! I've received an East Pacific Police Service endorsement cap violation notice! What do I do? (Old version: 2018-04-18)Note: This is the old version of the dispatch, released on April. The latest version may be found here.
If you've received a telegram from an officer of the East Pacific Police Service, from me or otherwise, and don't know what we are talking about, this is the right place for you!
In-game Delegate vs. Elected Delegate/Acting Delegate
The "Non-Delegate-Friendly Endorsement Cap"
The "Delegate-Friendly Endorsement Cap"
The "Government Officer Endorsement Cap"
The "Senior Officers Endorsement Cap"
Enforcement of the Endorsement Caps
The endorsement caps, commonly abbreviated as endocaps, are very common things in regions, put there for security against being raided or couped. The law that describes the caps and enforcement of the caps in The East Pacific (TEP) are found here: Endorsement Caps Act, 2017
The endorsement caps are also briefly explained in the World Factbook Entry of The East Pacific.
The East Pacific Police Service (EPPS) is required by law to send a telegram (often abbreviated as TG) to an offending nation and wait seven days and put the nation on a list of offending nations for three days (whichever comes later) before further action may be taken. This grace period exists so the user can comply with the endocap.
This is just a quick note to avoid confusion between the Ingame Delegate (the one in NS), and the Acting/Elected Delegate (who may or may not be Ingame Delegate at a given time).
The de jure delegate of TEP is governed by Article A of the Concordat of The East Pacific. They are either elected by a popular vote (instant-runoff voting if there are more than two candidates in the election), in the case of an elected delegate, or confirmed by the Magisterium as a replacement for an elected delegate in the conditions provided by Section B Article 13 of the Concordat, in the case of an Acting Delegate.
The in-game Delegate is the user who has the most NS endorsements, and is shown on the regional page as "WA Delegate". They may or may not be the Elected Delegate at a given time.
If they are not, there are a few reasons. If a delegate election just happened, it tends to take a while for the endorsements to move and give the WA Delegacy to the Elected Delegate. For example, right now, on September 23, 2017, an election just concluded, leaving Yuno as the Elected Delegate, but the now former Acting Delegate Aelitia is still the in-game Delegate. This is usual.
If a user who also has the Regional Officer position of "Vizier" has the Delegacy, then they are a trusted user who is either an Acting Delegate or had agreed with the other Viziers to remove the Delegate under Article D Section 3 of the Concordat.
Then there's the chance that someone raided the region and illegitimately seized the Delegacy, but the last time that happened was 2008 (and at that time it hadn't been raided for years). See SCR #119 for details of the incident. After the intruders were removed, the Viziership was created to prevent something like that from happening again. The endorsement caps were also created as a result.
The Non-Delegate-Friendly Endorsement cap is defined by Section 7.3.1 of the Endorsement Caps Act (Amended 2018-03-02), and it is set to 10 as/of April 18, 2018. The current cap will be mentioned on the World Factbook Entry of TEP.
In short, it limits the number of endorsements that anyone not endorsing the Elected or Acting Delegate may have. Any user not endorsing the Delegate is limited to fifteen endorsements.
Due to technical limitations, it may take a while for a telegram to arrive, but they will.
If you receive a telegram saying that you surpassed 15 endorsements, you can either endorse the Delegate, TG the users endorsing you to unendorse you, or resign from the World Assembly.
One of them seems the more desirable.
The Delegate-Friendly Endorsement Cap is defined by Section 7.3.1 of the Endorsement Caps Act (Amended 2018-03-02). As/of April 18, 2018, the Delegate-Friendly Endorsement Cap is set to 350.
Unlike the Non-Delegate Friendly Cap, it is far easier to find violations, as they would be everybody over 150 who is not the Delegate or a Vizier. A simple look on the World Census World Assemble Endorsement rankings will give the EPPS enough information to send out violation notices.
This cap applies to everyone except the Delegate, an outgoing Delegate just after an election and the Viziers. (Actually, the second is just in practice, but in theory, it should apply.) If you are found in violation, you have to ask the people endorsing you to unendorse you or you could resign from the WA.
Or you could just become a government officer, but that would take a while, possibly longer than the provided grace period, and you still have to comply with the Government Officer Endorsement Cap.
The Government Officer Endorsement Cap is defined by Section 7.3.3 of the Endorsement Caps Act (Amended 2018-03-02). As/of April 18, 2018, the Government Officer Endorsement Cap is set to 375 endorsements. Checking this cap requires access to the record of certain government officers (Magisters, Arbiters, and some Executive Staff) as well as the World Census Rankings.
As mentioned before, this cap applies to Magisters, Arbiters, and certain Executive Staff (that endorse the Delegate lest they have to comply with the Non-Delegate Friendly Endorsement Cap). You usually don't have to concern yourself with what a Magister or Arbiter is unless you want to become one.
If you are one of these officers, and you are found in violation of this cap, there is really nothing you can do except ask for the endos that you have or be withdrawn or resign from the WA.
The Senior Officers Endorsement Cap is defined by Section 7.3.4 of the Endorsement Caps Act (Amended 2018-03-02). As/of April 18, 2018, the Government Officer Endorsement Cap is set to 400. This is easier to enforce than the Government Officer Endorsement Cap because there are far fewer senior government officers, and even less that are not either Viziers or the Delegate (who are exempt from a Cap due to the nature of their job).
According to Section 7.3.4 of the ECA (amended 2017-12-05), this cap applies "for Executive Staff Ministers, EPPS Senior Officials, and EPSA Generals endorsing the Delegate". If they have not endorsed the Delegate, as usual, they would have to comply with the far smaller Non-Delegate Friendly Endorsement Cap.
If you are a senior officer and have been found in violation, you will need to get unendorsed, or resign from the WA, but why, as a senior government officer who should know how to comply, are you reading this?
If you have received a telegram warning you about the fact that you are exceeding the endocap, that is one of the forms of enforcement required by the Endorsement Caps Act. After 7 days and 3 days of being put on a list (which can be before or after the telegrams are sent), the grace period mentioned in the Introduction is considered over, and further action is permitted by the ECA. At this point, you are considered to have committed a summary offense (as defined by Section 4.5 of the Dictum), and the Viziers or the Delegate are officially permitted to eject and/or ban you from The East Pacific. Citizens (those who have ratified the Concordat) are allowed to appeal to the Conclave (the court).