The 21st Term Dawning

The Confederation

The Confederation of Democratic Simulators

Have you ever thought about alternatives to the most common model of land ownership in Second Life? Typically there is an estate owner, also known as land baron, who rents parcels to the residents in his (or her) sims. He is the dictator, feudal lord, boss, master or whatever word you prefer. If you want to live in his land, you better try keep good relations with him. If he dies, who will inherit his land, or does it vanish overnight without warning, erasing all your group-owned items?

If you don’t like this kind of model, you may be interested in knowing, that there are alternatives. You can move to Linden-owned mainland or rent a tiny Linden home. Many are not happy with the almost unlimited freedom of mainland, which is often misused, and the Linden Homes lack customization options.

Democratic ownership of land is an interesting option. All the decisions are made by the community itself, that represent the whole population. You can affect to things, or at least have an illusion of that. Democracy involves always politics, that can be challenging from time to time.

City wall of Neufreistadt

City wall of Neufreistadt

The oldest democratic community of the Second Life is known as the Confederation of Democratic Simulators (CDS), which was founded in 2004 by group of virtual democratic pioneers. Originally it started as Neualtenburg in the Anzere mainland region, but later was moved to a private sim, called Neufreistadt. Linden Lab turned the settlement in Anzere into an infohub, which can be visited even nowadays. On course of time new sims have been added one by one, and now the confederation consists of five sims with three three or four themes.

Region Theme Founding Year
Neufreistadt Bavarian 2006 [1]
Colonia Nova Roman / Italian 2006
Alpine Meadow Alpine 2007
Locus Amoenus Tuscan / Italian [2] 2008
Monastery Alpine 2010

[1] Neufreistadt was founded in 2006 by moving Neualtenburg from mainland. Neualtenburg itself was settled in 2004.
[2] Originally Locus Amoenus was of the Roman theme, but was converted to Tuscan in early 2014.

One of the founding principles of the CDS is, that the citizens build the public infrastructure by themselves and grant to the community ownership over their creations. Naturally this means, that talented artists and builders are needed in the community. Privately owned parcels can naturally have any building as long as they are in harmony with the building code of the local covenant.

New Guild planning Alpine Meadow in 2009

New Guild planning Monastery region in 2008

Events are another nice dimension of the CDS. There are annual events for inaugurations of new Representative Assembly (the parliament of the confederation), Octoberfest, Floralia and some others. Despite of the themed festivals, the CDS is not about role playing.

Floralia planning meeting

Floralia 2014 planning in chancellor’s office

Political year of the CDS consists of two terms. Elections are held, to choose the Representative Assembly (RA) and the chancellor, who is a kind of prime minister of the community. The term starting in June 2014 will be the 21st term of the confederation. There are some excitement in the air, because a new region may be added as the economic depression is over and the community has started to face overpopulation. It will be interesting to see, what the future brings for the CDS!