TidusDAO Constitution

'Et Tu Pepe?'

The TidusDAO Constitution is both a statement of intent, and also a definition of the roles and expected responsibilities of members. Although simple in its construction, the Roman-inspired framework is fundamentally different in the social pressures it exerts and the decisions that bind the DAO.

Working Constitution

It is exceedingly unlikely that a fixed model of governance for the TidusDAO, defined at the outset of this product, can appropriately navigate the wallet’s future challenges. So we start from the beginning with a Roman-style Constitution for TidusDAO that is:

Divisions of Power

TidusDAO is divided into the Senate, and the House, with a Caesar to start with the all-powerful veto. This is the planned situation moving forward with a two-year term ending with a transition into the Roman Republic Consul system. This is to balance the transition from a more centralized product, into a decentralized product. We sometimes refer to this as a (DAP) Decentralized Autonomous Product.

The Tidus Foundation

The Tidus Foundation will be a steward of the TidusDAO and its early governance model. The Tidus Foundation is a Non-U.S organization responsible for guiding the growth and development of the Tidus Wallet and its associated products. Acting through its founders, the Foundation may:

The Tidus Foundation will undertake all these responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with the mission of the TidusDAO, and with a view towards increasingly decentralizing its role over tim

Rights of House and Senate

Roles are described in greater detail by the whitepaper(link to be added). Subject to the founding legal documents of the Tidus Foundation and the procedures outlined in the above-mentioned whitepaper.

Tribunes of the Plebs

The main difference between a Roman-style DAO framework and a traditional DAO framework are the Tribunes. This role is the sole position elected by the House. The split of the House and Senate is done purposely in the Roman style to allow the day-to-day operations of the wallet to be free from useless interference, whale abuse, and general proposal overload. The Tribune is designed to be the gatekeeper to the Senate.

Morally Ambiguous

It is important to note that the roles in the Roman-themed TidusDAO are not inherently moral, nor is there an expectation of ethics. The Romans chased absolute power, and it is assumed that game theory will play out very hard within the House and Senate. Tribunes might be bribed, have friends within the project, or be sabotaging the project from the inside. This is not the goal of the DAO, but it is a very distinct possibility at least in short-term bursts. It is expected that TidusDAO members will obey the laws of the countries they inhabit, but outside of legal limitations the DAO does not aim to moralize decision-making. The DAO is designed to operate fast, or slow when needed, not endlessly moralize proposals.


Tribunes can veto proposals, and Caesars OR Consuls can veto Tribunes. Caesars OR Consuls are the end of the road when ending disputes. More information about vetoes is available to read in the whitepaper.

Hail Caesar!

Although some parts of this constitution might seem overtly experimental in nature they were utilized for almost a thousand years in human history. TidusDAO will have at least two years to work out the pressure points, and improve the overall user experience. The goal is not to overload the users, but to empower them. If proposals are good, then they are good to go. It is not required to be a large holder to create change in the TidusDAO. Good ideas will always be implemented and the wallet will grow organically with the user base.