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DIPLOMACY 
REVIEW V 6 



This is Volume 5, Number 6 or Diplomacy Review „ 
the official journal of the International Dip- 
lomacy Association, a service organization ded- 
icated to promaote the postal Diplomacy hobby. 
This issue is published by Ben Grossman and 
Greg Costikyan. Membership is 5p2 (80p in UK). 
Dues should be sent to j^en Lakofka^ 644 
Uest Qriav Place, Chicago IL . 60657 



As many of you now know, the balloting last issue resulted in a significant victory 
for the proposed new Constitution, the vote being 55 (73.3%) to 20 (26.7) with 2 Abstains. 
However, after we mailed the issue, it came to our attention that we, like Lakofka, had not 
polled the CER and UK members, who are certainly entitled to vote on constitutional amend- 
ments. Further,, we have only recently received from Lakofka the Treasurer's Reports allowing 
us to compile an acurate membership list. Due to the significant portion of the membership 
which was thus disenfranchised, we have determined that any member as of DR. V,5 who did not 
receive the issue (by our mailing list) or any CER or UK member, may vote by filing a ballot 
with the Publieations Committee (Ben Grossman). We doubt if this will in any way affect the 
eesults, but we cannot condone disenf ranchisment by accident or by intent. Such ballots 
will be accepted until OR V,7 is published. 

If at the time of .publishing DR. 11,7 we find that we have ballots which would bring a- 
bout a change in the outcome of the voting, some action will be taken, even tho it may be 
a source of additional problems. This is the only acceptable alternative we could find to 
taking the vote once more, which would be seriously detrimental to the IDA. 

On the other questions presented on last issue's ballot, the voting was as follows: 

1 Does: the IDA need a new constitution? 24 Yes (77.4%) 7 No (22.6%) 

2 Should the Lakof ka-proposed constitution be adopted? 55 Yes (73.3%) 20 No (26.7%) 2 Atos . 

3 Should the new constitution be amended with series A? 25 Yes (80.6%) 6 No (19.4%) 

4 : Should the new constitution be amended with series B? 25 Yes (B6.2%) 4 No (13.8%) 2 Abs. 
5 Should the IDA become a federated body? 24 Yes (80.0 %) 6 No (20.0 %) 1 Abstain. 

Therefore, the, Lakof ka constitution is adopted, along with both series A and B of the 
proposed amendments to it. As the new constitution contains no clause concerning implement- 
ation, v't are making; the following policy on implementation: "The new constitution will go 
into effect with the election of new officers to fill the positions it mandates." Until 
such time as these new officers are elected, we will continue to operate under the old con- 
stitution, and it is hoped that the present IDA Council will see fit to endorse this policy. 

Below are the present list of nominations for office. If you intend to run, it ii nec- 
essary that you contanct the Editor (Ben Grossman) and inform him of your acceptance of the 
nomination, for what office you will run (there is no limit Dn the number of offices for 
which you may run, but we request that each person only run for one office), and a brief 
campaign statement if you desire, for publication in DR. V,7. 

As no nominiees exist for the US and Canadian Project Charimen, anyone may nomiate 
his or her self for either office, and simply send the nomination and a brief statement, if 
..desired, to the Editor (Ben Grossman). 

The Deadline for acceptances is 31 January 1977. 
PRESIDENT: Doug Beyerlein, Jeremy Paulson, Robert Correll, John Boyer, Walt Buchanan, 
Brucs Schlickbernd, Lan Lakofka, Roger Oliver, Don Horton, John Baker, Raymond Heuer, John 
Leedsr, Scott Rosenberg, Doug Ronson, Christopher Pike, Margaret Gemignani, and Greg Cost- 
ikyan. 

OMBUDSMAN : Edi Birsan, Lew Pulsipher, Greg Costikyan, Len Lakofka, Roger Oliver, Doug 
Bayerlein, Mike Rocamora, John Leeder, Don Pitsch, Dave Kadlecek, John Boyer, Allan Calhamer, 
John Baker, Russell Fox, Steven Brooks, Henery Kelley, Howard Mahler, Chairles Doehrer, Nick 
Ulanov, Rod Walker, Margaret Gemignani, Carol Buchanan, and Frank Mcllvaine. 

(con't on f Upside) 



Diplomacy Review, Vol V, Nr 5 



31 December 1 976 AD 



The IDA Councils 



Presidents vacant 

Vice President/Treasurer; 

Ombudsman! Henej? Kelly, 

Editors Ben Grossman, 29 E 9 St, NY NY 10003 

Membership Secretary! Stephen Tihor, 212 1941- Hall, Princeton U, Princeton NJ D854D 

At-Large Secr&tarys Matthew Diller, 85-07 Avon St, Jamaica NY 11432 

At-Large Secretary; Joel Klein, 1915 fQaple Aye, Apt 507, Evanston IL 6D201 

Atlantic Secretary! Gil Neiger, Box 4293, Brown U, Providence RI 0291 2 ^ 

Central Secretary! John Baker, Cool Springs Rd, Gradyville KY 42742 ' 

Pacific Secretary! Dave Kadlecek, Box 802, U of Santa Clara, Santa Clara CA 95050 

British Secrc ,:::?y ! Richard Walker dine, 43 Chapel Grove, Addleston, Way bridge, Surrey, UK 

European Secrearys L arry Koran, 9 Ave, Alfred Cortot, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland' 



TREASURER! Len Lakofka, Jeremy Paulson, Edi Birsan, Don Pitsch* Walt Buchanan, Ernie De- 
manelis, Brad Hesssl, Robert Sacks, Fred D vis, John Boyer, Mike Rocamora, Lew Pulsipher, 
Bcug Beyerlein, Steven Brooks, 1 Harry Drews* Rod Walker, 7 Marie Beyerlein, Ron Kelly', and Nina 
Pai-.lak. T ' ^' : - : ' ■ • ' ! -~ : 

PERIODICALS EDITOR! Raymond Heuer, Ben Grossman, Doug Beyerlein, Scott Rosenberg, Walt ! 
Buchanan, Robert Correll,' Calvin White, John Baker, Robert Lip ton, Howard Mahler, Dave Kad- 
lecek, John Leeder, John Boyer, and Pat Efron. r 

SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR: Raymond Heuer, Ben Grossman, Robert Sacks, John Boyer, . R-bbeirt 
Lipton, Edi Birsan, Walt Buchanan , John Boyer, Len Lakofka, Calvin White, Doug Beyerlein, 
David Mueth, Stephen Tihor, Robert Correll, Margret Gemignani, Dave Kadlecek, Doug Ronson, 
Gil Neiger, Lew Pulsipher, Scott Rosenberg, Marie Beyerlein, and Greg Costikyan. 

US PROJECTS CHAIRmAN s see above. ; 

CANADIAN PROJECTS CHAIRMAN s see above, 

(con't on page 7) 

TOEMBERSHIP DATA ^ \.' ' ' " . : : ??"' ' 

The following people 1 s .membership ' expire with this issue. RQnewala^ofr.m.^^eiS-sbip' Should 
be sent to our erstwhile Treasurer, Len Lakofka, 644 West Briar PI, Chicago, IL, 60657. Dues 
are i2 for a year, or $1 if you are a Gfl GM'ing an orphaned game. 

The fallowing people's memberships ran out last. issue; " ,! 

Greg Gallagher, Adam Gruen, Roger Oliver, Jeremy Paulsori'i 
The following people's memberships expire this issue; 

Kevid Adams, Gordon Anderson, Jord artnin, Peter Oerggron, Doug r:y i-rlain , .di iir^san, ' 
3oJ»n 'oyer, . teven -rooks, 'alt Huchahan, Robert -grrell, Javid Davies, Fred Oavis, "rnie • 
jemanelis, Jill' Denning, Marry Drews, .iobyn Edwards, D^0i«}.!ltujihara, Laurence lillespie, Dohn 
i'endry, Dave Kadlecek, llcnry ■ oll.uy , ,ion Kelly, Doel Klein, Henjamin Laves, John Leeder, 
Robert Lipton, .£v.a. ydick, Drew HpDee, Howard Mahler, Daniel ruiler, Larry. Peery, Lewis 
Pulsipher, Doug .Jensen, r.lt.::-r "annwald, Druce 'chlickbernd, J„ D, "hortliffe, Thomas ;abottke 

!ichard .wies, F,.,"I, Thomas, Richard Jedder, eric 'ierheiden, iod 'alker, Raymond lesterdahl, 
Dohn : eswig, illi.im Young 

number of people. who joined, between Dune. and the present h$Ve not until this issue received 
an issue of 0 J, This is because our treasurer failed io inform the editor or membership secre 
tcry of those who renewed or joined the ID . Therefore, since this is their first issue, 
all such persons' memberships will expire in .ecember of 1977, rather than 'a year from the 
date they joined .. '' ' ' " ' 



COUNCIL DOINGS 

a recording of acts passed by the IDA Council as off 1 j an 1977 



bill nr iBaker .'Dilller !Klein! LakoEka! Neiger i Tihor! Result 





N 


N 


Y 


D 


N 


- 


DEBATED 


76X.2 ! 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y. 


Y 


PASSED 


76X.3 !- 




Y 


N 




N 


Y 


FAILED 


76X.4 !■ 


I 


Y 


Y 




Y 


Y 


PASSED 


76X,5 ■! 


Y 


Y • 


- y - 


Y 


Y 


Y 


PASSED 


76X.5 ! 


Y 


Y 


N 


N 


Y 


Y 


PASSED 


76X.7. . ! 


Y 


Y 


N 


N 


Y 


Y 


PASSED 


56X.3 .! 


I 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


PASSED: 


761. 9 ! 


N 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


Y 


PASSED 


76X. 10 ! . 


Y 


Y 


Y 




Y 


Y 


PASSED 


76X.11 ! - 


N 


Y 


A ' 




Y 


N 


FAILED 


76X.12 ! 


N 


IT . 


A 




N 


Y 


FAILED 


76X.13 ! 


Y 


YC 


Y 




Y 


Y 


PASSED 


762, 14 ! 


N 


Y 


N 


N 


Y 


Y 


FAILED 



These actions of council were carried out in Qfruncil Courier , which is 
presently being published by the Editor in lack of a president. Those who 
care should note that, both A and I were not counted in totals as this was 
the stated intent of the voters. Dave Kadlecek, Richard Walker-dine, and 
Larry Moran failed to turn in votes. 

The following is a short summary of the text of each bill proposed, but 
no Act numbers as I am still trying to revive old CC's for reference: 

76X.1 To make Stephen Tihor Acting President. (B) 

76X. 2 To make Ben Grossman Editor. (P) 

76X.3 To make John Baker Vioe-^Pr evident if Lakofka turned out to have 
resigned as some people had stated. (F) 

76X.4 To request that Len Lakofka execute his duties, or appoint. someone 
to execute them for him, or resign. (P) 

76SL 5 Tp authorize payment of $3.30 to Ben Grossman for CC.(P) 

76S, 6 To make Henjey Kelly Ombudsman. (P) 

76X.7 To make Laurence Gillespie Canadian Secretary. (P) : 

76X.8 To request all publisher members mention that EDA is operating, 
and repeat the membership „ v';! n as printed in the latest Diplomacy 

Review, for the express purpose of reviving membership interest. (P) 
"~76Xr9 To delay the conduct of elections for 1977 until such time as the 
preseat — troubles are somewhat solved, with recognition of the unconstitut- 
ionality of this action. (P) 

76X.10 To have Len Lakofka send membership updates to the Membership 
Secretary and the Editor or Chairman of the Publications Committee to en- 
able them to conduct their constitutional responsibilities. (P) 

76X.11 To declare the balloting of the Publications Committee in. Violat- 
ion of the constitution and null and void. (F) 

76X.12 To declare the balloting of the Publications Committee in viola- 
tion of the constitution, and to further accept the validity of these act- 
ions. (F) 

76X.14 To appoint Raymond Heuer (US) ,Cal White (CAN), Richard Walkerdine 
(UIC) , and a CER-elecfced member to the International Calhamer Awards Panel, 
to ret as regional chairmen, and appoint one further person to the ICAP. 



Diplomacy Review, Vol V, Nr 6 



4 jan!977 




tales of the realm 



as told to the Editor 



Since (see previous page) the Council has not yet taken action on the 
question of the now-passed- "but-still- in-cuestion constitution, I will once 
again be attempting to get Council approval for the measures undertaken 
by the PubCom to insure the continuity of the IDA. We are unhappy with the 
outcome, but our overridding concern is with the IDA as an organization, 
irrelevant of minor details so long as some semblance of democracy is still 
present. To this end, we wee that, of necessity, the new constitution is 
still the constitution of the IDA, a continuing group, not of a wholy new 
IDA-NA, with: no connection to the IDA. 

This position is simple sense, for no c onstitutional changes can cause 
a independent organization to form, but can merely effect changes in the 
present organization, however drastic. ThEBefor, IDA and IDA-NA are merely 
different names, and we shall continue to have only one organization. 

In phone talks, Walt Buchanan has indicated that he sees the situation 
in terms of "...revolution..." This, unfortunately, cannot be so, for if 
a revolution has occured, then of necessity, the old IDA still exists, and, 
rather signif icantly , it still controls the treasury, regardless of the 
desire (apparant) of Len Lakofka to have the IDA(-NA) operate with that 
treasury. Should Walt and Len wish to organize a separate association, they 
are certainly entitled, although the action will probably kill both it and 
IDA of. It is not, however, possible to simply conduct a revolution with- 
out any pretense to legality and then claim that continuity is preserved. 
Enough politics, I'll try to keep it in the Council henceforth, 

iWhile many tales of a Canadian Dippy Organization (CDG-O) have reached 
the hinterlands (New York City) , I have little or actual details. Does one 
of the formers wILsh to let the rest of us in on the set-up? 

As you no doubt have hea.rd, Conrad von Metzke has, at the urging of Fred 
Davis, declared himself Miller Numbers Custodian, removing the office from 
Robert Sacks, apparantiey by a clause in Conrad's agreement with his suc- 
cessor (I don't know who). At the present, it seems that Robert is of the 
opinion that he ma.de no such agreement, and is therefor not subject to it, 
and will continue as Miller Nuber Custodian (HNC). 

Conrad reports that his takeover is based on Robert's failure to properly 
preform his duties. In response, an investigating committee ha.s taken a 
look into the claims against Robert, and they have found him innocent of 
anything beyond offending people (his personality can rub you the wrong 
way, that's just the way he is, there seems to be nothing intentional in 
it) and having assigned a MN to the Gemignani-2 5-player variant, thus cau- 
sing it to be played (in while h I can see only good) . 

The Miller Numbers (MN) are similex to the Boa.rdman Numbers that Doug 
Beyerlein assigns to regular Diplomacy games for ranting and reference pur- 
poses, except they are for variants, and ca,rry an additional designation 
of what variant the ga„me is (say 1973CNbu is a Youngstown game). Both of 
the claimants intend to continue to assign MN's, so some games undoubtedly 
will be assignnd two. Neither Conra.d nor Robert seems to have much desire 
for conciliation, but some peace in the matter would be desirable. If they 
want to work, well, constructive would be better than destructive. . . 

Diplomacy Review Vol V Nr 6 4 j^n 1977/ 





CONSTITUTION, . - 

new constitution as amended : ■ 1 j-an 1977 

PREAMBLE 

The IDA is a diplomacy hobby serilve organization whose purpose is to make 
the diplomacy hobby more fun and more interesting for all North American 
diplomacy players. We hope to cooperate with other organizations worldwiHe. 
The members elect" officers who will administer the brganiza,t-i£)n and make 
all decisions in accordance with the constitution. 

MEMBERSHIP "\ 

Any person who plays ((has played diplomatic games is a member when he/she 
pays dues set by the Council. 

THE COUNCIL 

The Council is composed of seven officers; President, Treasurer, Ombudsman, 
Periodicals Editor, Special Projects Editor, Candian Projects Chairman, 
and United States Projects Chairman. Each office is held by a different 
individual who shall be elected to a .1 year term begining on January 1. 

I. . President 

The President is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the org- • 
animation and coordinates Council proceedings. The president must be of 
legal age in his state or providence of residence. 

II. Treasurer 

The Treasurer is responsible for the day-to-day fiscal operations of 
the organization and maintenance of the membership list; The Treasurer must 
be of legal age in his state of providence of residence. S emianually, the 
Treasurer will submit a budget. The dates- wftichi budgets shall bo submitted 
r;h.: 11 be February 1 for the fiscal period beginning April 1, and on August. . 
1 for the period beginning on October 1. Each item of the budget must be 
approved by a 5/7ths vote of the Council. 

III. Ombudsman 

- The Ombudsman will mediate disputes, receive complaints, and investigatE 
irregularities. He may make recbmmenda,tions to the parties involved to 
assist them. He may consult the Council on the recommendations. 

IV. Periodicals Editor 

The Periodicals Editor is responsible for the regular production of a 
magazine or news^ Council doings, etc. titled DIPLOMACY REVIEW and issued 
six times each year, at intervals of between 7 find 9 weeks. 

V. Special Projects Editor 

The Special Projects Editor is responsible for production of at least 
one special publication per year. 

VI. Projects Chairmen' -.: , ; . 

The Projects Chhirmen shall be elected regionally to be responsible for 
those projects assigned by the ..Council to .be '' accomplished on a regional 
basis. 

Any Council member may Call for a vote on any issue but no sooner than 

( over) 

Diplom acy Review Vol V Nr 6 4 jan 1977 



;itution (con't) 



f after the mailing of the question. Council members shall 
by means of multicopied letters/magazines within this %%\ 
le President shall collect %he votes and print the re* 
[g$tn&il may- create or abolish any project. The Oouncil 
Lnator or similar officer to chair any project it creates^ 

KE0f?f^./ ; _ ' ■ . ... 

he|(ji. ; at the end - of every, calendar year. Ih©; 
. s f or -^d collects nominations for each office. The' £| 
i&tbrma. each:- nominee;. Thos;e who accept, may „sUbmit a briofl 
which will appear in the same periodical, issue as the 
office there will be the option to write-in the name of 
t on the ballot or oppose all those running for an office^ 
vote of the. Council may call a special election of 



JANCIES 

of fice of President becomes vacant, the Ombudsman wl^H 
^!%^t^ ; v a /iievv Pr e silent is ^elected/ • ; . ••».. •• 

''y^mer ''6:&6Acf±l n seat falls vacant, the Council may unna^ 
£S$&ft. eli|£ble member. 'Otherwise a special election w±Hji ' 
which Vill remain Vac ant for more thru four months dullfl 

vote "bf ' the C ouncil : members may remove any C qijirojULjj 
& Art election to replace the removed member for the roi 
L 4£, 9 ver four months duration, must be held forthwith. A n 
re-elected in such a special election may notbe'reSif 
fthat tmrm.' , -tfa 

|; _* ; " ;■; ' ■ ' v u| 

lidns on the constitutionality of any Council a-ct must §0 
Hhs vote of the Council. . ., 

)MENQ?S 

;C%ancil or any 5 members of the organization may proposal 
L» constitution. For an amendment to pass, a majority of 
^Oting must cast an affirmative vote. r '----y 



that in the: above, we have substituted IDA for IDA-NA^i 
of the NA subdivision was evident. If the Council were 
itp to North America and were to further approve the cd 
Of such a measure , then the appelation IDA— NA would bp 



gq&.have heard endlessly, this new constitution is- full of ^ 
^ieve. Several measures are underway to plug .the holosr/- 1 
,1;n®m in the wings until the new Council takes office, 



lent s on certain important matters related to this are at* 
ytcy Review Vol V Nr 6 



News (con' t ) 



On other fronts, I understand that John.- Boar dm an, originator of the 
B'oardman Numbers (BN)y has stated in the latest issue of Grausfcark, his 
zine, that he no longer recognizes Doug Beyerlein as the Boardman Numbers 
Custodian (BNC), and instead recognizes Raymond Heuer, This comes about 
as a result, he states, of Doug's new policy of charging $1 for BN's. J'ohn 
feels tli£ .t this will destroy the universality of the BN's, which, will have 
thF result of making them worthless. 

Raymond has indicated that he does not seek this action, nor does he 
oppose it, but rather, is impartial: to. :the; idea. This seems a proper, stance, 
since while John has a point about destroying the universality of the BN's, 
I feel we should wait a little and see if this does have that effect, and 
then if the statistics show that the universality is gone, it will be time 
to attempt to reach a compromise.. Until the effect of the new policy is 
clear, I feel that any action, especially something jas drastic as this, is 
over-reacting to the situation. 

Again, the PubC'om, in the interests of the hobby as a whole, offers its 
good and impartial offices to both parties (in both disputesj to help them 
resolve .their grievences, without causing the hobby harm,;, as their actions 
thus far have, C'mon, you guys, knock off tlae gorilla- games and use the 
part of your heads that pretains to a minimum of intelligence. NEGOTIATE! 



( con' t from page 2) 

Note that the Constitution does include a one-off ice-per-person clause, 
I. merely overlooked it when preparing page 1. 

It is the understanding of the PubCorn that, since the new Constitution 
specifically lakks any restrictions on regionality, and further since it 
is by its very nature a continuation of the present organization, the IDA 
remains'; an/international organization, regardless of the impression that 
lias generally prevailed. Thus, members are in no way restricted by residence, 
and the members of IDA in Europe and Great Britain are full members, with 
the seme rights and powers as members in North America, 

Since there are presently separate treasuries in both UK and CBR, the 
present Council, or the newly ©lected Council, will have to formulated new 
By-Laws pre taifiing to these members aaid treasuries under the new Constitu- 
tion, I will offer some legislation to the present Council concerning this, 

Further, as IDA is a continuing organization, unless the Council shall 
legislate otherwise, the presently enacted By-Laws of the IDA shall remain 
in effect under the new Constitution, since no provision for the revocktion 
of these' By-Laws was made in the new Constitution. Ii will endevour to have 
the wording or at least content of these By-Laws printed in the next DR, 
so that the whole membership will understand them. 

The Constitution (present) requires that the PubCom make copies of DR 
available to all members, so any Europe an Member may obtain a copy of this 
upon request to the Editor. The UK and CER Regional Secretaries are asked 
to inform their members that they have this right, and that if they were 
disenf rachised (see page 1), they -are still entitled to vote. All mail 
should be sent Air Mail due to the inefficiency of surface mailings. 

If you were disenf rachised, it will be noted on the back page. 

D iplomacy Review Vol V Nr 6 6 jan 1977 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



New Constitution 
News ............ 

Officers ........ 

Council Doings. . 
Mermberships Status. 



too© 



5 
4 
2 

3 
2 



I 



regre: 



at that ray new Smith-Corona 
electric typewriter broke down after 
page 2, and the remainder of this 
issue was done on ray old manual, in 
which several troubles are easily 
evident , including the weakly typed 
character 'a' 



Sigh. 



The PubCom (Ben Grossman and Greg Costikyah) have produced this issue, 
and thruout the references I and we, as well as our and Tiy, are to be seen 
as collective, and indif f erentiable . 

This issue goes out to all members who have still active memberships. 
If your membership expires this tine, unless you renew, this is your last 
DR. If you renewed recently (6 months) and did not recieve DR V, 5, you 
have been disenf rachised (seeepage 1) , and should act on it. 

A note to Council members; the Constitution REQUIRES that, you maintain 
your membership in IDA to be an officer, and if your memberships has now 
lapsed, your votes will not count henceforth and you will not be receiving 
any- further issues of DR or CC. Therefor renww NOW! 

All publishers are requested to remind theri readers that IDA is alive 
and well, and that memberships are 12/year, including 6 issues of DR, the 
money should.be sent to Lcn Lakofka, 644 West Briar Place, Chicago II 
60657, the present Vice-President/Treasurer of IDA. I suggest that, all 
checks an d money orders be made out to 



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