Sverok, Sveriges Roll- och Konfliktspelsförbund (the Swedish Role Playing and Conflict Gaming Federation) is a Swedish nationwide umbrella organization for gaming clubs.
What the clubs do
Member clubs vary in size from five to tens of thousands. The vast majority of clubs consist of between five and 50 people, meet somewhat regularly and play the games of their liking. The nature of the activities, and hence, clubs, vary greatly, spanning both indoors and outdoors activities, with or without computers, with or without propping equipment... in short, the span is huge. This is one thing that differentiates Sverok from other national gaming organizations - more than one branch of gaming is represented.
Some clubs organize bigger events such as gaming conventions, larps, LAN parties or other events related to their interest.
Funding and economy of Sverok
Any sufficiently large - 3000 members or more - youth organization organized in a democratic manner is eligible to receive government funding to cover operating expenses. Historically (pre 2001) this has been calculated from the amount of activity generated in the member clubs. Since 2001 it is instead based on the number of member clubs and the headcount they represent.
All in all 64 organizations receive this governmental support - this includes both party political organizations, local branches of international organizations such as Red Cross youth organization and the Scouts, disabilities youth organizations and more hobby related organizations such as Sverok. Notably, it does not include sport organizations.
The 2005 governmental support was just shy of 17 500 000 SEK. This is used to cover administration costs, basic democratic functions, a quarterly member magazine known as Signaler (formerly Sverox) and some member services such as free web hosting for member clubs. The remainder - a stated target has traditionally been at least 50% - is shelled out to the member clubs.
The districts of Sverok receive funding directly from their respective counties and is not included in the above tally. The amount of support received and reasons for receiving it varies from county to county. The densely populated ones have well over €50 000 (Stockholm over €100 000) while the more rural areas tend to hand out less funding. This funding cover administration, basic democrating functions and support to local clubs in ways appropriate for the region.
Sverok is organized in a democratic fashion. The member clubs form the member base and all activity good and proper is performed by them. The districts and the national organization generally do not organize gaming events by themselves, rather opting to support local projects (the districts) or the clubs in general by means of funding, services and lobbying (the national organization).
How a club is run is entirely up to the club as long as it's organized in a democrating fashion and is open for anyone to become a member.
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