The SORA Parliament

Sora XOR
Sora XOR
Nov 13, 2020 · 7 min read

TL;DR

  • Multi-body sortition allows for collusion- and censorship-resistant governance
  • Unlike many other blockchain networks and societies that use token voting, SORA will utilize multi-body sortition in order to govern the SORA blockchain network and use of the SORA funds in a decentralized way
  • In the SORA Parliament, no single body or committee can both propose and decide something; clear separation of powers allows for careful review and avoids self-selection

Ordo Ab Chao

For millennia, human societies have organized into many forms of governance. In ancient Athens, democracy evolved over a period of 200 years and improved continuously over that time. Modern democratic systems, however, ignore many of the successful principles of Athenian democracy and have mostly degenerated to easily controllable popularity contests, using weaponized social media and control over news sources. Given the undeniable trend that citizens of countries across the world are increasingly unhappy with their governments, designing a better system for world governance seems timely.

Atena Soramoto

Governance by Multi-Body Sortition

Democracy of course can take many forms. In ancient Athens, the system evolved over time, but was generally grounded on 3 concepts:

  • Isegoria: the right of all citizens to speak and contribute
  • Sortition: randomly choosing groups of citizens to make decisions
The proposal pipeline made up of multiple bodies in the SORA Parliament.
  • Agenda Council: Takes a proposal and, if it is within the boundaries set by the Rules Committee, votes on whether or not to accept a proposal for further study.
  • Interest Panels: For each proposal accepted by the Agenda Council, one or more volunteers can come forth to form Interest Panels to study a proposal. If there are multiple volunteers, as many Interest Panels can be formed as there are interested participants and they can all put together reports studying a proposal. Additionally, ministries that focus on specific topics should participate in Interest Panels, providing their expertise.
  • Review Panel: Collates reports from the Interest Panel(s) into a proposal presentable to a Policy Jury. The proposal should clearly list pros and cons for a proposal in a neutral way.
  • Policy Juries: Each proposal will be decided by a randomly selected, one-time panel that is called a Policy Jury. All rule changes, proposals, citizenship revocations, and other punishments can only be ratified by a Policy Jury.
  • Monetary Policy Committee: Sets monetary policy variables and can make new proposals.
  • Financial Markets Authority: Regulator of financial markets that choose to be regulated by the FMA. Regulator of Polkaswap that provides governance facilities for the DEX.
  • Oversight Council: Watches all participants in the SORA Parliament and looks for violations of rules. If punishment of some entity is required, it proposes punishment to a Policy Jury for the final decision.

Governance by Anons for Anons

Blockchain-based societies are by their nature pseudoanonymous. Therefore, traditional concepts of identity, such as national ID cards, cannot be used to prevent Sybil attacks on the SORA Parliament, so another method must be used. Similar to Proof-of-Stake systems, to become a citizen in the SORA Parliament, a bond of XOR must be posted. Though not decided, approximately 150 XOR are likely to be the size for a citizenship bond. This bond can be slashed if the citizen is convicted by a Policy Jury of breaking rules.

The SORA Citizen

All citizens have equal chance of being selected, have equal voting power, and equal rewards for participation. To compensate citizens for their time, 1% of the funds that are allocatable to projects for productive uses shall be distributed to citizens.

Citizens & Civilians

The Role of Experts

In addition to citizens, full-time teams of experts are likely needed to work in the ministries of the SORA Parliament in order to perform analyses and simulations, as well as propose long-term strategic policies. Including domain experts into a democratic process, without having non-democratic domination by a technocratic elite is a very difficult balance to accomplish. After consultation with Bouricius, we decided on using sortition to form a nominating/recruiting body that would hire professional experts to work in the ministries, in support of the SORA Parliament. These staff could then also be removed, if proposed and ratified by a Policy Jury.

Supranational Global Governance

Because SORA (XOR) aims to be a supranational, global unit of account, store of value, and medium of exchange, the SORA Parliament also needs to be global, so as to avoid a Triffin dilemma. Thus, the end goal of all of this is to create not only a global new economic order, but also a supranational governance system that can go along with it. Democratic governance and capital allocation combined together will be a powerful force that can be used to unite people across the globe into productive collaboration.

About SORA NEO Network, Polkaswap, and Fearless

SORA NEO (New Economic Order) is a new economic system aimed at creating a supranational, decentralized central bank (DCB) with built-in tools for decentralized finance (DeFi). The SORA network implements a new way of parachain architecture on Polkadot and Kusama network, with the capability to bridge external blockchains (like Ethereum) to the Polkadot ecosystem. One of the DeFi applications that will run on the SORA network is Polkaswap, a non custodial liquidity aggregator, cross-chain AMM DEX designed uniquely for the Polkadot ecosystem with boundless liquidity through one of a kind Aggregate Liquidity Technology (ALT) with the security and convenience of a DEX.

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