Bylaws

1. Preamble: Desiring greater community, as well as the promotion of Gaulish Polytheism, language, culture, and heritage, we pledge ourselves to the Gaulish virtues, hospitality to those within and outside our community, and to protect our community from those seeking to dismantle these structures.

2. Name: We shall be Toutâ Galation, which means “Tribe of the Galatîs” in one dialect of the Gaulish language. The name may be used officially as translated into other dialects. If you are a Gaulish Polytheist who holds true to our goals, you are one of us. The Toutâ is spread across the world, across multiple online platforms, and among in-person groups.

3. Scope: Toutâ Galation is intended as the community framework for all Gaulish Polytheists who choose to participate, and is meant to provide and maintain trustworthy information, community, security, organization, and democratic progress to meet the needs of the community.

4. Definitions: The following terms are defined for purposes of this document as follows:

a. Toutâ: A tribe or chiefdom sharing common religious worship, customs, and leaders.

b. Celt: A modern term for any of the six modern Celtic peoples: the Irish, Scots Highlanders, Manx, Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons., as well as any of the ancient peoples who participated in the Hallstatt and LaTene archeological horizons, including their cultural cousins in ancient Britain, ancient Ireland, ancient Iberia, and other parts of ancient Europe.

c. Continental Celts: The ancient Celts of Continental Europe, as opposed to the Insular Celts, who inhabited and still inhabit the British Isles.

d. Gaul: A modern term for the Continental Celts of modern France, Belgium, the Rhineland, Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, parts of Poland, Hungary, the Balkan peninsula, and the Ankara region of Turkey. They spoke the Gaulish or Gallo-Brittonic language, and had various regional and tribal names for themselves.

e. Keltos: Plural Keltoi. A name at least some Gauls used for themselves, particularly in southern, central, and western France, and probably Switzerland.

f. Galatis: Plural Galatîs. A Gaulish-language term meaning “one who is endowed with warrior rage”, used originally as a term for young unmarried members of the warband. Later, the term may have been used for some Gauls, particularly in easterly regions. In modern times the term is used for Gaulish Polytheists.

g. Gaulish Polytheism: Worship of the Dêuoi in a Gaulish way.

h. Gaulish Reconstructionism: Gaulish Polytheism that uses the Reconstructiontionist method. Toutâ Galation is to some extent Reconstructionist in its methodology.

i. Senobessus: “The Old Custom”, a modern, Gaulish language term for Gaulish Polytheism.

5. Official Language: The official language if the Toutâ is Gaulish. Because Gaulish includes many dialects, no form of Gaulish is privileged over any other until such a time Iextis Galation is sufficiently complete and official adopted by the Datlâ. Business may be conducted and documents published in other languages at the will of the community.

6. Governance: The Toutâ Galation shall be the arm and will of the community, guiding and protecting it. 

a. Elected Individuals: Cobrûnoi may hold only a single elected position in Toutâ Galation at a time. They may also hold positions to which they have been by members of the Uxsellos, as long as the additional position does not interfere with their elected position. The Datlâ holds the authority to demand any individual in governance to step down with a two-thirds vote at any time.

b. Vacant Seats: In the event that an elected position has been made vacant in the middle of a term, an emergency election is held to fill the seat until the end of term.

c. Elections: The Datlâ shall vote on the positions up for election three days before the Îuos Lugous meeting; winners shall be announced the night before the meeting. At the unanimous vote of the Uxsellos, they may choose to reduce or extend an elected term in order to prevent more than two elections occurring in a single year. There are currently no limits to how many times a Cobrûnos can run for a position.

d. Uxsellos: “The Very High.” The Uxsellos is the Board of Directors of the Toutâ, responsible for day-to-day administration, including administration of any funds acquired. It shall consist of: the Uercobretos: the “Chief Magistrate”; the Ueletâ/-os: the “Seeress/Seer”; and the Uerbardos/-â “The Secretary.”

e. Uercobretos/-â: “Chief Magistrate”. The Uercobretos shall be the head of the community based out of the Gaulchat discord server, responsible for proposing changes to the bylaws, ensuring Uercobretos/-â: “Chief Magistrate.” The Uercobretos is the head of the community, responsible for proposing initiatives, changes to the bylaws, calling for votes, and ensuring the safety of community spaces. The Uercobretos may create or dissolve committees with the agreement of the Uxsellos as the needs of the community change. At the beginning of their term, the Uercobretos is inaugurated by the Ueletâ/-os. At any point, the Datlâ may reverse any executive action by the Uercobretos by a two-thirds vote. This is an elected position, with a term of three years.

f. Ueletâ/-os: “The Seeress/Seer.” The Ueletâ/-os has responsibility for confirmation and inauguration of Uxsellos, as well as taking of omens, trance work, and divination, among other duties pertaining to direct spiritual communication with the Deuoi that work to benefit the community. The Ueletâ/-os also runs the Suidus Delguani in creating the curricula.

I. Naming of the Ueletâ/os:  The Ueletâ/os is nominated by their predecessor who later inaugurates them after displaying sufficient expertise, after a vote from the Datlâ. There is no term length, they may step down upon their choosing after nominating a new Uelitâ.

g. Uerbardos/-â: “The Secretary.” The Uerbardos/-â shall be responsible for running Datlâ and Uxsellos meetings; handling the scheduling of the Toutâ’s day-to-day affairs; and other duties as required. This elected role has a term of three years.

h. Dannoi, singular Dannos, “Officers”. These are positions that are the cogs and wheels of the Dannoi, singular Dannos: “Officers.” These are positions that are the cogs and wheels of the Toutâ’s functions. They handle a variety of specialized tasks, depending on their specific role. Dannoi must be Cobrûnoi within the organization. They may be called on to assist with the Uxsellos with specific tasks outside of their role should they be willing, as they hold the trust of the Toutâ. When the positions remain unfilled, it is the responsibility of the Uxsellos to fulfill any necessary duties in the interim and seek out candidates. Dannoi positions include the Argantodannos/-â: “The Treasurer;” Ambactos: “The Ambassador”; the Labâdannos/-â “Chat Officers”; the Uegâdannos/-â: “Web officers”; and the Uoretos/-â/-on): “Helper.”

i. Argantodannos/-â: “Treasurer.” The Argantodannos/-â is responsible for keeping track of monies, funds, and assets. They are responsible for providing a monthly expense report to the Datlâ, as well as full transparency whenever requested by the Uxsellos. They are also responsible for any online shops or ticket-vending the Toutâ orchestrates. This is an elected position with a term of four years. Candidates are required to have a relevant background as confirmed by the Uxsellos.

j. Ambactos/-â: “The Ambassador.” The Ambactos/-â manages the outward perception of the Toutâ. They are in charge of the Suidus Driciâs, advertising events, and managing efforts to bring Toutâ Galation to the wider world. This can include wider duties such as maintaining an advertising pamphlet; coordinating with the Cobrûnoi to share information at public events; and interfacing directly with external organizers of events and conventions to establish a presence. This is an elected position, with a term of two years. Currently, this role will be filled by the Uerbardos until such a time they decide another individual is required to fill this role.

 k. Labâdannos/-â: “Chat Officers.”  These Dannoi are the moderators of our online spaces. They are retired every year at Îuos Lugous, and new Dannoi are selected by the Uxsellos and the caretakers of each online space, but individuals may be reselected as many times as they are willing. They may be nominated at any time.

l. Uegâdannos/-â: “Web Officer.” This member of the Dannoi is chosen by the Uxsellos to administer the website. The role includes upkeep, designing pages, and adding content from data provided by members of the Uxsellos. This position is held until the Uegâdannos/-â steps down or until the agreement made between the Uegâdannos/-â and the Uxsellos regarding duties and efficiency at the start of their term is no longer being met. The two parties may re-negotiate this agreement at any time. The Uxsellos can assign an interim as needed.

m. Uoretos/-â/-on: “Helper.” Upon mutual agreement, a member of the Uxsellos may name a Cobrûnos as their Uoretos/-â/-on. This Helper will be responsible for assisting them with their duties, shadowing in meetings, and representing them at official events and meetings in their absence. Each member of the Uxsellos is entitled to name a single Uoretos and both parties may change their decision at any point.

n. Sulabârios/-â: “Good Speaker.” The language officer is responsible for creating and verifying the anuan, or Gaulish name, of a Sepânios in the final stages of the curriculum. Duties will also include advising the Uxsellos on incorporating additional Gaulish into the community, such as additions of Gaulish terms to the bylaws and assisting members of the Toutâ in learning Gaulish. This position is nominated by the Uxsellos upon mutual agreement with the proposed Sulabârios/-â.    

o. Suidus Delgauni: “Order of Keepers.” Suidus Delgauni is in charge of administering the lessons and tests for the basic certification, as well as keeping records on members of the community. The Suidus Delgauni will also approve the curriculum of the Interest Groups and administer the tests and lessons for their certifications, depending on their preferences. The members are known as Delgaunos/-â,/-on) and are Cobrûnoi chosen by the head of the order, the Ueletos.

p. Suidus Driciâs: “Order of the Faces.” The group is responsible for the outward perception of the Toutâ. This includes managing the official social media accounts, advertising events, related tasks deemed important by the head of the group, the Ambactos/-â. The membership must be Cobrûnos at a minimum.

q. Datlâ: “The Moot.” This term refers to both the meeting itself and the members of the assembly. The Datlâ are Cobrûnoi who have chosen to take part in the democratic process of the tribe, and are thus responsible for approving changes to the bylaws, voting in members of leadership, sanctioning or exiling members who bring dishonor on the Toutâ, and addressing other issues the Uxsellos believe are important enough to bring to the Datlâ. In addition to having basic knowledge of lore, members of the Datlâ must agree to uphold an exile when it is voted on. During official meetings, quorum is whomever is in the meeting to advance motions and make votes, and absent members of the Datlâ may vote within 48 hours.

r. Meetings: The bodies above shall meet at least twice per year, on or around Îuos Lugous and Îuos Brigantias. Any five initiates, or any member of the Uxsellos, may call other meetings on at least 48 hours notice, preferably more. A member of the Uxsellos may call for a meeting with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Quorum shall be one half of the members of any of these bodies. Motions shall pass by simple majority, except in the case of sanctions or exile of members, which will require votes from three-fourths of those in attendance. These meetings currently take place within the Datlâ voice channel in the Gaulchat Discord server.

s. Diplomacy: The Toutâ may enter into agreements with communities or organizations, including other Toutâs, religious bodies, etc., as shall be appropriate and mutually beneficial. Such agreements shall be proposed by the Uercobretos, and approved by the Datlâ. Labâdannoi may decide on partnerships between other discord servers without  Datlâ involvement, though a majority vote will annul any partnership. Official communication on behalf of the Toutâ to other organizations or to traditions is solely the responsibility of the Uxsellos, and also the Ambactos/-â when their role requires it.

7. Community Growth: The Toutâ Galation shall assist, mediate, advise, and encourage members of the community to develop local connections and Household Discord servers, in order for members to participate in worship with a more specialized subcommunity and/or in-person.

a.Trebâ, plural Trebâs: “the Settlement.” Trebâs shall consist of two or more members of the Cobrûnoi within easy driving distance of one another that meet for regular worship. The Constitution of a Trebâ requires the approval of the Uercobretos/-â or the Ueletâ/-os. A Trebâ shall be headed by a Pennos Trebâs, who shall be responsible for day-to-day administration, but governance shall otherwise be democratic. In order to maintain the safety of the members of the community, the Uxsellos will handle the personal information of members of the community seeking to network locally, until a match for a potential Trebâ is found. To further preserve the safety of the Toutoi, a member of the Uxsellos will assist with the logistics, and all communications regarding the logistics must occur in a location where it can be observed by the representative of the Uxsellos.

b. Household: Any Tegoslougos may petition the Uxsellos to create/establish a Household discord to host a subsection of the wider community with their blessing and assistance. A Household server must be focused on a specific aspect of the community, such as a specific cultus or tradition, or even a large enough Trebâ.

8. Membership

a. Terminology: Members of the community who identify as Gaulish Polytheists shall be referred to as Toutioi, singular Toutios. Members who do not identify as Gaulish Polytheists shall be referred to as Aliotoutioi, singular Aliotoutios. Aliotoutioi are welcome to participate in any curriculum offered, but may not become Cobrûnoi.

b. Non-Discrimination: Toutâ Galation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, current citizenship, region, ancestry, religion of birth, gender, sexual or affectional preference, social class, profession or lack thereof, income, or disability.

c. Rank: Toutioi shall be divided into three classes, as follows:

I. Sepânioi, singular Sepânios, “Students”: Non-voting members who are still studying Gaulish lore, and have yet to demonstrate mastery.

II. Cobrûnoi, singular Cobrûnos, “Initiates”: Initiated members who have demonstrated their knowledge of basic Gaulish Polytheism. These members will work on a Gaulish name alongside our experts prior to completing their basics certification and will be initiated with a self-performed ritual before the gods. These Cobrûnoi may choose to participate in the Datlâ.

III. Suiđ (plural, suides), “Scholars” Members who have gone above and beyond the minimum level of knowledge required for voting rights. This might include displaying a large amount of knowledge on Gaulish Polytheism such as through authorship, speaking at live events, or a significant amount of research and writing. The Uxsellos votes to nominate an individual to this level.

d. Community Initiation: To obtain Cobrûnos rank, a Sepânios shall demonstrate that they have knowledge of the basics of the Gaulish worldview, the names and natures of the Dêuoi, any of several methods of performing rituals, and any of several systems of Gaulish holidays. Prospective initiates shall demonstrate that they have mastered a core religious, philosophical, and cultural vocabulary in the Gaulish language. They shall have constructed for themselves a name in the Gaulish language.

e. Right to Vote: The voting rights of the Datlâ is a privilege that does not automatically fall to all Cobrûnoi. Individuals gain the right of entry when becoming Cobrûnoi but may choose to decline if uninterested. Members may step down from the assembly in the event they no longer feel comfortable or capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of the role and may take on the role of a Datlâ Observer. If a member of the Datlâ does not participate in a vote or maintains only a very minimal level of activity within the assembly, they will lose their voting privileges. Cobrûnoi may regain their ability to vote at the discretion of the Uxsellos at any time.

f. Minors: Individuals under the age of 18 when they complete the curriculum will receive the Observer role in the Datlâ until they reach the age of 18. They also may not run for any elected position or participate in local groups without parental approval, but are afforded all other rights of the Cobrûnos.

g. Training: The Ueletâ/-os, alongside the rest of the Suidus Delgauni, shall be responsible for maintaining the training program that will ensure initiates attain a knowledge of the basics. Additional curricula may be petitioned by a Suiđ. In the case the curriculum is accepted, the Ueletâ/-os and the Suidus Delgauni will work with this Suiđ to create the curriculum. Advanced curricula may not directly contradict the basic curriculum, but may contradict each other.

h. Donations: Toutâ Galation may ask for donations to cover the cost of rituals, materials, or time, or costs associated with a meetup outside of the scope of the Trebâ. The Uxsellos will decide whether to ask for donations. The Datlâ may overrule any imposition of donation requests.

g. Resignation: Any member may leave the Toutâ’s online platforms at any time and be eligible to re-join. Please note that leaving the main Discord server while staying in a Household server may result in a kick from the Household server. Additional roles or responsibilities may be terminated when a member leaves all online platforms if Toutâ leadership is not properly informed or if the departure renders the member unable to fulfill their duties. These roles and responsibilities may not be returned at the discretion of the Uxsellos. Following the third departure, the member may only be reinstated by a Datlâ vote.

h. Sanction and Expulsion: In addition to standard server moderation by the Dannoi, members who have committed crimes or serious ethical offenses may be sanctioned or expelled by a ¾ vote of the Datlâ. Such offenses must be actually criminal, legally actionable, violate the bylaws in some way, or severely violate the spirit of Gaulish ethics and culture. Note that racist activities, harassment, sexual or otherwise, and hate speech all fall under the purview of this section of the bylaws. Involving oneself with people or groups with hateful ideologies are grounds for expulsion, with the exception of individuals specifically given permission by the Datlâ to monitor or rehabilitate.

9. Interest Groups

a. Terminology: Various subgroups or Interest Groups within Toutâ Galation will be called Uarinâ, plural Uarinâs.

b. Membership: Membership in a Uarinâ can be granted at any time by existing members of that Interest Group, either by a majority vote or an additional system outlined in their clan laws. Individuals may only possess a position of leadership of a single Uarinâ at any given time.

c. Affiliation: Uarinâs must exist independently of any tradition, but members of an Interest Group may also be members of external traditions and use material created by a tradition, as long as they do not unreasonably favor one over the other in the context of their particular subgroup.

d. Laws: Uarinâ have the right to create their own bylaws to dictate their practices as long as they do not violate the overall bylaws or the virtues. The Uercobretos may veto changes to an individual Uarinâ’s bylaws only under these circumstances. These bylaws must be posted publicly on the Toutâ Galation website.

10. Creation of Interest Groups

A new Interest Group is created at approval of the Uxsellos when two or more Cobrûnoi petition them to represent a branch of Gaulish Polytheism under the banner of a new Uarinâ.

a. Focus: The Uarinâ must be specific to a recognized subgroup of Gaulish Polytheism and must be currently unclaimed by an existing Uarinâ.

b. Self-Governance: Upon creation, decisions are made collaboratively. When the Uarinâ reaches 5 members, a vote for Head of the Uarinâ is held by a simple majority vote.

c. Responsibilities: The agenda of an Uarinâ must contain the creation and upkeep of at least one advanced curriculum within Toutâ Galation, focusing on the subgroup the Interest Group.

d. Identity: The petition to create a Uarinâ must contain a Gaulish name for itself, the subgroup it intends to represent, and a relevant symbol.

e. Dissolution: Uarinâ may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the Datlâ if they fail to uphold their responsibilities.