If you haven't heard by now, The Mittani has decided to forgo the position of Chair of CSM7. Here is his official statement on the EVE Online forums, and here is the companion e-mail he sent to the Goons.
What this means, in essence, is that Mittens will be "just another CSM member" with exactly the same power that he had this morning. What he's giving up is the bully pulpit of the chairmanship and the media attention that goes with it. It won't be Mittens being interviewed by the gaming media or put in front of a camera in Reyk if something goes wrong, it'll be someone else. But he'll still have the same ability to influence events and would retain the option of flying to Iceland for the May and December summits.
We'll see if CCP allows him to keep this post but again, I see no particular reason why they wouldn't.
EDIT (28/Mar/2012): CCP has issued an official statement, and it is an extremely hard-line response. See the epilogue at the bottom of this post.
You might be asking: what happens now?
Believe it or not, there's actually a formal document that outlines how the CSM is supposed to operate, the CSM White Paper. I read it in detail before I ran for CSM6. It is, for the most part, a fluff sociology paper of very little interest. Still, once it gets past the fluff, it does lay down process and procedure for a number of situations, one of which is what happens if the CSM Chair resigns, steps down, is removed, or declines the post upon being selected for it. It is this last case that is obviously of interest to us now.
Specifically, the White Paper says:
If the Chairman decides to step down or rescind his responsibility at any time for any reason, a vote must be held among Representatives to elect another Chairman – should the Chairman voluntarily step down as one he is still eligible for the position during the vote for a new Chairman.
The use of the word "Representatives" here is interesting. The White Paper makes a specific distinction between Representatives, which are (at that time) the nine voting members of the CSM, and Alternates, who are non-voting members. The nine Representatives were also those that traveled to Iceland. The new model for CSM7, however, altered this structure such that it was the top seven vote recipients that would travel to Iceland, not the top nine. If asked, I would therefore interpret this situation to say that the top seven are likewise the Representatives that will receive voting rights for this decision.
tl;dr: A vote should be held among the top seven vote-getters to decide who the Chairman of CSM7 will be. Six people are eligible: Two step, Elise Randolph, Greene Lee, Trebor Daehdoow, Kelduum Revaan, and Seleene. Those six people receive a vote, and The Mittani receives a vote.
Positions eight and nine are held by UAxDEATH and Hans Jagerblitzen, respectively. If they chose to push a strict interpretation of the White Paper, they could argue that they should not only receive a vote in this matter, they should be able to put their name forward as a candidate for Chair. Still, I suspect CCP Xhagen (who manages this process for CCP) would agree with my interpretation and they will not be eligible either for the position, or to vote for the position. The White Paper is clear that the remaining CSM members are both ineligible for the position and ineligible to vote, though of course they can make their opinions known.
So, that's what happens next, and CSM7 has until April 11 to choose its officers. You're caught up.
EDIT (28/Mar/2012): As I was finishing the final editing of this post, CCP issued an extremely hard-line official statement, and a follow-up to a previous statement issued earlier today.
Calling The Mittani's actions "morally reprehensible", the statement acknowledges his apology, but says the following:
The panelist has subsequently posted a public apology as well as a private apology to the victim of his attack. He has also resigned from his position as Chairman of CSM 6 and has forfeited his right to serve on CSM 7. As per our policies, this candidate may be eligible to run at a later date subject to candidacy review.Emphasis mine. If this position stands, then The Mittani would lose his seat in CSM7, would not be recognized as a CSM representative for the term beginning April 4, and UAxDEATH would be elevated to the seventh representative position. As such, UAxDEATH would receive both a vote for who the new Chair would be and would be himself eligible to be selected as the Chair by vote of the seven representatives.
The previous statement also has several interesting things to say about CCP generally, which I will cover in a follow-up post. Needless to say, I will be delaying my final titan rant blog post until tomorrow so that I can follow developments.
Wow! Stay tuned.