GERC: The Interdivisional Council

The IC is exactly what it sounds like: it comprises several members from each major GERC division. The IC serves two primary purposes: first, to encourage constant cross-disciplinary communication within the GERC. That is the purpose of the Collective, after all – to unite researchers from all Guilds, races, and disciplines. Second, the IC serves as a balance to the Resource Dispersal and Governance’s (RDG) executive power.

If the IC decides that one of the RDG’s rulings is unjust or, in more extreme circumstances, that an RDG member is corrupt or incapable of performing their duties, they can vote to overturn the decision or oust that member from governance. The former takes a 2/3 majority vote, while the latter takes a 3/4 vote. The former is not common but certainly not unheard of; the IC veto is usually just a bargaining chip in the pocket of the GERC division heads, but if there are substantial disagreements between the two groups it can come into play. The latter, ousting a Governance member, has only happened a handful of times in the last several centuries. Perhaps the most notable was in SP~4,909 – which astute readers may recognize as the beginning of the Wars of Sorcery, the beginning of the Guild’s formal outlawing of the practice of sorcery. Sorrel Kehn, a human Mentarch, swayed the council to eject Nahru Urua, a heolas Mystic who was staunchly opposed to what hsu* described as “nothing short of genocide.” Urua’s ejection from the council was the tipping point in favor of the Wars’ inception.

There is no “head” of the Interdivision Council, but a Speaker (who has equal power with every other member) moderates meetings, and is elected annually from among the division heads. The current speaker is Lihanu, head of the Sojourners. The head of each GERC division is automatically included in the IC; each then receives up to five additional representatives (voted in every two years by the division in question), based on the number of members they have and their seniority.  

*The gender-neutral pronoun used for heola.

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