Unified Social Enterprises for Club Penguin
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Public Limited Company
|Founded||December 17th, 2003|
|Headquarters||Club Penguin, USA|
|Revenue||Sixty billion Coins*|
|References: It is nonprofit and 100% of profit goes to expanding the company and paying the workers.|
The Unified Social Enterprises for Club Penguin, also known as USECP, is the international not-for-profit organization promoting social enterprises to send charity support and import non-EBUL products which can be sold to nonmembers in Club Penguin. USECP is the largest social enterprise organization in Antarctica. It is also a political organization promoting fair trade across Antarctica. They are linked with the USECP receives funding from Coins for Change, penguins who donate to the organization itself and a small tax it puts in place on the members. EBUL once sued the organization in the South Pole Council, claiming it illegally used the name but Judge Xavier, an alleged supporter of USECP and a penguin against EBUL, cleared all charges. There have also been other suings (see Lawsuits) between the two companies, wit USECP being both the plaintiff and the defendant. It itself is a social enterprise venture capital angel investing congolmerate, investing in companies, social enterprise or not and using the money gained to fund USECP and import the products into Club Penguin. It also funds a trade union, Commonwealth - the Union for Club Penguin, for those who work in businesses like the Coffee Shop and for EBUL employees.
- 1 Background
- 2 Breakdown
- 3 Structure
- 4 USECP Act
- 5 Lawsuits
- 5.1 USECP v. EBUL: www.cpimport.org Issue (USECP won the case)
- 5.2 USECP v. United States of Antarctica: Rights to the Club Penguin name (USECP won the case)
- 5.3 EBUL v. USECP: Rights to sell non-EBUL products (EBUL won the case)
- 5.4 USECP v. EBUL: Prohibitive Tariffs (EBUL won the case)
- 5.5 USECP v. EBUL: EBUL's removal of USECP from the Club Penguin Stock Market (USECP won the case)
- 5.6 USECP v. EBUL: Shut down of USECP (USECP won the case)
- 5.7 USECP v. EBUL: USECP Act (Draw; although some clauses were removed the act remained stand)
- 5.8 USECP v. EBUL VII
- 6 Praise
- 7 Criticism
- 8 Public Opinion
- 9 Companies
- 10 Controversy
- 11 Members
- 12 Goods Offered
- 13 Trivia
- 14 See Also
USECP was found in Club Penguin Island to promote the businesses such as the Coffee Shop to adopt social enterprise policies. It never intended to be a political organization or one of the largest charities in Antarctica but simply to provide funding for the small businesses to become social enterprises. Many became social enterprises when The Club personally funded them to become the social enterprises. EBUL was eventually in-cooperated into the economy. At the time they only had the power to decide what to sell or what not to sell in the catalogues. USECP operate an 'alternative market' in cyberspace, using a website called www.cpimport.org. It sold items which would not be available in Club Penguin and as a result, they were popular with nonmembers.
In late 2007, EBUL had expanded and took over much of the Moderators power. They were now imposing tariffs on foreignly imported items. This made everything more expensive on www.cpimport.org since the item would have to be imported and it eventually it was shut down by EBUL. USECP sued EBUL but the court ruled in favour of EBUL. Nonmembers were now being treated as if they were unemployed or homeless and USECP requested rights as a charity to support them. It was granted and it began by receiving donations to provide with basics from social entrepreneurial companies such as food, water and other vital goods. EBUL wished to block them but they believed that it would their image. When the Moderators created Coins for Change USECP came under the Food for Masses Unfed category. USECP received extremely high funding and used the money to expand.
In 2008 USECP became a registered company and invested in several startup social enterprises. The plan was to get them to import their products into Club Penguin. The products would then be sold for nonmembers, although the price would obviously be higher as they were no EBUL. USECP couldn't find a way to get around the costs sadly. The products were sold under the labels 'Coins for Change' and 'Social Enterprise' to nonmembers. Although available to members, only a handful bought them. The reasons were that rather being sold in official shops they were being sold in small businesses set up in igloos on Tri-State Lane where only nonmembers lived. USECP then announced it will become a consumer cooperative, meaning that the consumers of the products would get a say on company activities. Membership for the company was opened for free to nonmembers. Members couldn't join as USECP claimed that EBUL provides enough for them. During the Coins for Change in 2008 it was put under it's own category; Social Enterprise for Nonmembers or SEN. SEN received more money then last year through the combination of investment and Coins for Change. The members of USECP had a say of how the budget was to be used. The priority was the 'Tariff Budget' which automatically paid the tariffs for imports. Establishmentsbegan to sell the products in Tri-State Lane and more and more nonmembers bought the products from USECP. USECP in time would use this increase in revenue to establish a trade union for nonmembers of Club Penguin in all industries and to EBUL employees.
In 2009 EBUL's power had grown. The DISNEY ACT was ratified and EBUL had established itself as the government of Club Penguin. This meant that they had the power to further impose more taxes. They started by increasing tariffs on anything that is labelled 'Social Enterprise' or 'Coins for Change', since those products are primarily sold to nonmember. They then passed the USECP Act (see below) which imposed restrictions, taxes etc on members of USECP, the products and the importers. EBUL shut it down temporarily but the South Pole Council and even the GourdZoid Council restored it. The only way that USECP's power would be limited is if the act was amended. It was several times with the taxes getting higher and the resrictions stricter. However this didn't stop the nonmembers from buying their products. They soon became a political faction because of this.
In 2010 ICP began to fund a private server called iCP where everyone was a member. Secretly the Walrus Crime Ring was also funding it and USECP exposed them. USECP were responsible for aiding the fight to shut down the crime ring. They were rewarded in cash for this and this went to further fund USECP products and iCP. However an amendment to the DISNEY Act meant that iCP was illegal and both iCP and USECP was threatened with a lawsuit. iCP didn't want to bother and shut itself down. USECP has condemned the fact that EBUL threatened iCP with the lawsuit but nothing could be done. Today, USECP continues to sell imported, non-EBUL products.
Before we explain how USECP, please read EBUL first and how it works. Also learn the words needed to understand it. Before we go through the Breakdown of USECP, please learn these words.
- There are a few basic words needed to understand USECP:
- Profit: Making more money then losing.
- Not-for-profit: An organization which uses every bit of profit to improve it's services.
- Charity: An organization which provides some form of service for free to those less fortunate.
- Enterprise: An organization which sells a product to profit. Also known as a business.
- Economist: Someone who studies economics.
- Income: Money that is earned or acquired.
- Expense: Opposite of income; money spent or money lost.
- Investment: This is hard to explain yet it is very basic. You put some money into a product or a company. From the profit earned each investor gets a small amount based on how much you invested. For instance, Turtleshroom invests in Puff Flags and invests 20% worth of the company. From the profit earned he gets 20% of the amount. Puff Flags should had used the invested money to improve it's services and with improved services means more customers which means more profit.
- Discrimination: Bullying against someone because of something (eg skin colour, hair colour, wealth etc).
- These words are more advanced but still must be learnt.
- Apartheid: When a minority enforces it's power over a majority legally. In this case members are a minority who rule over the nonmembers, a majority. This can be considered a form of discrimination.
- Foundation: A charity which donates to other charities or organization in a similar yet more specialised area of their work and/or provides the source of funding for it's own charitable activities. They can be broke up into two types: private and community.
- Private foundations receives funding from it's owner, an individual, cooperation, business or a group people. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are an example.
- Community foundations receives funding from the public who choose to donate. Community foundations often serve a local area. In this case USECP is a community charity as it partially relies on funding from the public and serves a local area; Club Penguin.
- Social enterprise: A business which gives a large amount or all of it's profits to charity or uses it for it's own charitable reasons.
- Capital venture: A type of investment where small startup companies with potential are invested in the hope it will expand in the future or become the next big thing. The Dragons are an example of capital venturers.
- Angel investment: Almost the same as capital venturing. They invest in startup companies in return for a large equity/sharehold.
- Share: A part of a company in terms of company. The owner of a share is called a shareholder.
- Cooperative: A business owned by a group of people for their own mutual benefit.
- Consumer cooperative: A business owned by the customers. USECP is a consumer cooperative.
- Libertarianism: An idea where everyone should had liberty or freedom to do as they choose; freedom to invest, freedom to speak and freedom from government. It is similar to neoliberalism, classical liberalism, liberal markets (free market) and capitalism.
- Neoliberalism: An idea that business should e free from government, that there is a free market or enterprise and open markets. Britain is an example of a neoliberal government.
- Capitalism: An idea that companies should be owned privately and operated for private profit. A free market economy is a form of capitalism.
- Free market: The government has little or no involvement on the private sector and there is very little regulation or intervention.
- Classical liberalism: Everyone should have basic freedoms. It is almost similar to Libertarianism.
- Trade union: An organization which campaigns for the rights of employees in the event they believe that their rights have been breached.
- Strike action: When a trade union orders it's members to stop working for one reason or another. This means the company will have part of it's structure down.
- These words should also be known.
- Moocher: A more offensive term.
EBUL was made to keep the flow of the economy of CP intact. It's like a moat around the castle going round and round; it someone threw a whole load of logs into one part then the castle walls just need to be breached and the opposing knights just need to destroy or climb the walls and they're in the castle. If there were no members spending their money on EBUL products then the whole idea of Club Penguin utopia (high standard of living, money earned from minigames) would fall. EBUL need the money back to fund the minigames which is earned by those who play it and invested into the system in return for a product. The money is then invested into the minigames and earned by an EBUL member who invests it into an EBUL product. The circle then goes on and on.
However the nonmembers would suffer under the scheme. They wouldn't be able invest the earned money or receives the rights of members. They are often discriminated and a minority rule enforces Club Penguin where EBUL members rule over a nonmember majority. The nonmembers had few basic rights and because of the system where a member could buy an EBUL product while a nonmember can't, this technically forms it's own class system rather then the traditional workers, middle and uppper clssses. There are two classes; members and nonmembers. However that is not; EBUL also is partially responsible for the national deficit and it also ruins the principle of The Club according to USECP's founder, who believed Club Penguin was intended as an open, communal society. They've formed a common cause with The Bennywatchers, a moderate political faction supportive of state enterprise and mixed economies, but opposed to the what they see as corporate welfare to the constantly indebted EBUL, especially in light of the fact of the ongoing apartheid in Club Penguin. However the Bennywatchers have little care in the Libertarian and CREAM SODA arguments and simply believe that EBUL is causing a huge debt. A common cause was further found with the CREAM SODA Party, whi believe that the freedom of nonmebers is restricted and that EBUL's intervention in the free market is far too extreme. They also believe that EBUL intervenes in nonmember's right to free items, rights to EBUL products and rights to certain rooms.
USECP is an organization not only protesting against EBUL but also directly providing aid to nonmembers and importing in non-EBUL items. These items or products are labelled social enterprise and sent to the nonmember requesting them. Anyone may request a USECP product although nonmembers are the primary consumers. USECP may only import non-EBUL products otherwise it'll be considered illegal. Also due to certain laws they may not create their own non-EBUL catalogue, sell them directly and they must not own or manufacture the items they import. However before the act was even put in place USECP was doing exactly that.
To buy the item, you go to www.cpimport.org and buy an online curency called the CPImport Credit, which can be bought through various methods such as credit cards, PayBro or sent cheques. You then select the product you wish to import and it is shipped from a warehouse in Club Penguin City to the igloo of the buyer. The buyer will have to pay several tariffs and taxes but a coupon issued means that USECP pays some of the tariff fees. Sometimes the products are sent to igloos who wish to sell them. This is not USECP selling them directly since USECP aren't actually involved apart from the member of USECP selling it.
USECP can't manufacture the products and to gain them, they invest in a company, whether it is large or small. Although they do ask for some share in the profit they mainly receive a proposition of the products sold. The products have to be non-EBUL otherwise it's illegal to sell it. Sometimes USECP simply buys the product. Sometimes they invest in company for money to fund it's activities, other times for the product. Primarily it is usually a bit of both.
USECP is traded publicly on the stock market by a few who wish to cash in on a tiny proportion of the profit (only a small amount goes to shareholders). USECP is a consumer co-operative meaning that the company is owned by the customers. The customers take an active role in the management of the company and vote in some areas like 'what should be the budget for this and that'. They pretty much fill the role of a company President or Chairman. The Managing Director/Chief Executive does the main activities and makes the choices like any other Managing Director but the consumer's also get a say. Membership is free although those who are members of USECP often make donations to keep it going.
USECP also acts as a political movement, supporting anti-EBUL parties and politicians. They organize protests, typically anti-EBUL. Politically, there is no defined stance, with supporters from across the political spectrum. EBUL supporters often alternate between accusing USECP of being a hard left front or a funder for the radical right.
USECP receives fundings from the businesses it invests in, from donations and from Coins for Change. It doesn't charge it's members of USECP; members are encouraged to donate but don't have to. The startup businesses USECP invests in expand quickly due to USECP being a bis business; they are the largest Social Enterprise in Antarctica. This provides a flow of income for USECP to use in buying and selling the products.
USECP v. EBUL: www.cpimport.org Issue (USECP won the case)
USECP v. United States of Antarctica: Rights to the Club Penguin name (USECP won the case)
- Main article: USECP v. United States of Antarctica
After EBUL forced USECP to change their name (since it contained "Club Penguin", which EBUL had rights to), USECP sued EBUL over the rights to the name "Club Penguin". EBUL constantly appealed higher and higher, but at the B3 (Big Three) level, the District Supreme Courts found the trademark to be genericized and the rule unnecessary.
EBUL v. USECP: Rights to sell non-EBUL products (EBUL won the case)
USECP v. EBUL: Prohibitive Tariffs (EBUL won the case)
- Main article: USECP v. EBUL IV
USECP, after going into minor debt due to the loss of the previous lawsuit, sued EBUL for making their tariffs far too high. The case made it all the way to the First District Appellate Court of Nautical Antarctica (AC1-NA), where EBUL managed to get a close majority to rule that lowering the tariffs would cause unfathomable debt. USECP attempted to appeal, but the Supreme Court refused to take the case.
USECP v. EBUL: EBUL's removal of USECP from the Club Penguin Stock Market (USECP won the case)
USECP v. EBUL: Shut down of USECP (USECP won the case)
- Main Article: USECP v. EBUL VI
USECP v. EBUL: USECP Act (Draw; although some clauses were removed the act remained stand)
USECP v. EBUL VII
From Libertarians, CREAM SODA Party and Bennywatchers
From Coins for Change
From Other Charities
From Social Enterprises
From Other Businesses
From EBUL Supporters
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