So you have made it to the 200 acre Retreat, You and the best of your Group and all it's supplies actually made it and are doing relatively well. Most of the Group SOPs and other rules have worked out as well. The surrounding area is pretty vacant with a few other small Groups. Maybe some Squared away Farmers and other Kind families. It's a really good meld. Months go by. The Group is really in full swing, You've picked up members and the whole Group has settled into it's daily routine. You have made a few connections with some other Groups. A "Group Rep" has been designated to handle the Logistics of communicating and dealing with the other Groups. You've managed to work out some territories and responsibilities between some of these groups. Some random MZB attacks have been thwarted and a form of society is slowly rebuilding. Some talk of Further organization and Elections for some Representitives for the region, (say 1-2000 acre zone) are looming. Months pass Talk of rebuildng a form of government are heard more and more. How does the Group represent itself in this new and innocent time? Does it have a "Leader"? If it does, what is in check to keep the leader from declaring that he is "too busy with Important Diplomacy with the other groups to work the field"? Maybe this Leader really is too busy traveling and trying to sort things out to work the fields, hunt, butcher game, etc... Who then provides for him and his family? Does he need a larger House to host other, traveling Group Leaders? Maybe some comfortable Chairs to negotiate Treaties and Food trades on? A nice Pen? I think he might. After all, he is securing the further growth and well being of the Community, right? At least that's what he convincingly told us at the last Group Meeting. How to we keep from returning to Business as Usual and Political Corruption, Favoritism, and "All Animals are Equal, But some Animals are More Equal than Others"? TEOTWAWKI would really suck, but I have often had the dream that the silver lining would be the reset of all we live with now, a new and better system. Free from Graft, Corruption and other Politcs... But, wouldn't it slowly build up to the same type of one we have now? me thinks yes. Leadership has always had it's perks and Government "Service" is nothing more than a silver platter with a bed of Cash rather than lettuce... So, Group, how can we change that course? Maybe It should be that the Position of Leader, well agreed upon by the Group as best for the Group,(election), is really a pretty crappy job; more of a sentence. Yes, the leader needs all of the above "extra space" to do his duty, but, he is also in charge of cleaning Latrine Pits too! Maybe he is the one that must do the Fat Rendering at night, after that hard day of Diplomacy... I don't know, I think that the job of The Leader should be given, (voted) to the Best candidate, but it shouldn't be too comfortable. Maybe it's as simple as the Leader having to also provide for his family by his own toil like the others. Favors and anything even seeming like Graft would be considered Treason and the Rope hanging from the nearby Oak tree would be the reminder? Human nature will always try to add convenience and affluence to positions of Power. I think we've all heard it before: "Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely". I think we could stop that with a few simple SOPS. What do you think?