> Here are my initial proto-judgement, but I am definitely open to being > persuaded otherwise: > > * * * > > Caller's arguement depends on the idea that to "Declare Apathy" means > the same thing as to "announce" or "publish apathy." I don't > necessarily agree with that, and so I would judge FALSE. > > The word declaration has several meanings. In the context of Rule > 2465, I think "to Declare Apathy" is a kind of a speech-act: it is a > statement that causes a particular social fact to come into existence > (in this case, it creates a victory by Apathy). It has a similar form > as when a wedding officiant says "I declare you man and wife," or when > a monarch says "I declare war on [country]," or when the chair of a > legislative body says "I declare that the legislative session is > adjourned." > > In each of these examples, the declaration works only if certain > preconditions are met. The wedding officiant must be vested with some > legal, religious, or other kind of authority to perform the marriage, > and the bride and groom need to express consent and have a valid > marriage license--otherwise the declaration is void. The monarch must > be vested with the power to declare war, and may lack authority to do > so in a constitutional monarchy. The chair must actually be > recognized as legitimately presiding over the legislative body, and > certain rules typically must be followed before an adjournment can be > declared. > > If authority is lacking, the declaration is void. So if I were to say > (or announce or publish), "I declare Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham > Clinton to be married," or "I declare war on BlogNomic on behalf of > Agora," or "I declare the U.S. Congress to be adjourned," we would all > immediately understand why the declarations are void. > > So too here. Under certain circumstances, Rule 2465 vests a player > with authority to declare a particular social fact to come into > existence--a victory by Apathy. The key question is under what > circumstances does that Rule create authority to Declare Apathy? The > Rule says that "[a] player CAN Declare Apathy without objection, > specifying a set of players." In my view, "without objection" must be > read as a precondition that must be satisfied before a player is > vested with authority to Declare Apathy. > > So what does "without objection" mean? Well, Rule 1728 says that "a > rule that purports to allow a person to perform an action [without > objection] thereby allows em to perform the action by announcement" > provided certain conditions are met. Here, those conditions are > plainly not met (and not merely because dependent intents are > currently temporarily broken). So, I think the declaration sadly must > fail (which is regrettable because a TRUE judgement would also give me > a win by Apathy from December 2018).
That's great reasoning, thanks. Taking those examples into account, I agree that it's a stretch to say that I declared apathy (or "apathy") simply by announcing or publishing it.