I've seen forum democracies attempted at other, smaller communities. They even had a constitution. They don't work. There is no real power-checking, and eventually the admins decide to take matters into their own hands anyway (ie. the Empire). And that is their right as administrators. They are staff, chosen by other staff, who own LFNetwork and therefore are allowed to run the forums however they like, even at the cost of alienating a small minority of the members.
And we've seen how what happens when all members are allowed to "contribute" their opinions. If the staff thinks their councils will be more productive and efficient without the general riff-raff of the average spamming noob, then let them decide that for themselves.
I think the key is to just not get into one of those situations.
"Kj°len is a pretty cool guy. 'e doesn't afraid of anything and 'e doesn't anything about anything."
* Ye Olde Harbour * Aresen *