There will be a two-party system: one of a permanent senate, another composed of a rotating council. The council will be chosen at the end of each round, but their seats are not permanent. The senate members have been chosen on their merits for dedication to the tier, metagame knowledge, and skill. The senate members will decide the suspects and combine their votes with those of the council. In the unlikely event that a majority (5/7) of the senate disagrees with a majority of the non-senate voters (for example, if a majority of the non-senate voters vote to ban Omastar, but a majority of the senate members vote to not ban Omastar, Omastar will not be banned that round). The senate: Senate Leader: SilentVerse seat 2: ShakeItUp seat 3: august seat 4: Texas Cloverleaf seat 5: DittoCrow seat 6: Molk seat 7: complete_legitimacy The rotating council will consist of 6 people to have an odd numbered vote; the senate and council will combine their votes for a total of 13. At the end of each round, both Oglemi and SilentVerse will handpick the council based on battling skill, forum posts, and IRC discussion. Having constantly high ratings on the ladder and winning challenges within the RU forum, making good posts which show knowledge in the forum, and sparking discussions in #rarelyused will all help you to get on the council. Furthermore, the person with the most points at the end of the round will earn a spot on the rotating council; earning various awards will help as well. See: RU Awards for more info. Non-senate voters will receive the Tiering Contributor Badge after they have reached 8 total tier-related votes across all tiers and generations. The non-senate seats are repeatable each round. The end of each round and the requirements to get on the rotating part of the council will be posted periodically.