Let's not get bent out of shape here Cyber. I know its disheartening when one think one is "wrong." But this isn't a black and white situation. I never meant that we are playing with children that need harsh rules, what my point always was is this; we are playing a competitive game, where people will always try to get a competitive edge over eachother. And this ultimately means that people are going to read rules literally, and take whatever advantage they can find. Am I saying this is tantamount to cheating? Absolutely not. In fact its what people do in their everyday lives, you try to get the best deals from coupons and sales, you try to pay as little as possible in taxes, you lie on resumes, and in doctor's exams for insurance policies (well at least I have). It doesn't make someone bad, and taking a rule to the limit in an attempt to gain victory doesn't make someone childish. I am not saying that anyone knowling and wittingly broke rules on purpose, but what they did (and this happens in any sport, professional or otherwise) is take the rule as far as possible, and if its vague and ambiguous they act in favor of their advantage so long as it seems reasonable under the wording of the rule, or at least arguable.
So I would stop trying to judge this through a black and white spectrum CS. Its not as simple as good and evil here. Clearly there has been, and was at the time of this latest incident, a confusion over the rule. I was personally unsure about it myself, and I'm sure others were as well. So let's not assume that "my penalties" are harsh, because they aren't really, and let's not start calling people childish because they don't agree with you, or because they wanted what was best for their country in the game. What we need to do is take advantage of this 200 hour turn timer and write out a clear rule here, and then make a good penalty. Perhaps a voucher and no vote points for that month. If they refuse to vote that month then they will recieve no vote points the next month and so on until they decide to vote. This way we can prevent non-votes out of protest.
That's my idea, although I like my original "harsh" idea I posted a few months ago.