I do hear the concerns here. If friendliness is sufficient what will we turn down? You rarely see an unfriendly embassy request. With the constitution as it is I believe that it's impossible for us to have a coherent embassy strategy i.e. one where there is a consistent standard that's applied to all applications. We can start discussions on what such a standard should be, and try to persuade others to see things our way, but as long as regional polls are the crucial factor the standard will change as people come and go and the regional mood changes.
I also believe, however, that the open nature of our government is a precious and fragile thing. Delegate endorsements are a good measure of active regional population since each one should represent a distinct player who has selected the region in preference to all others and is at least minimally engaged. Right now we have 81, and there were 35 votes in this embassy poll.Europe, by comparison, has 363 delegate endorsement and 80 votes in a poll on whether to open an embassy with us. This means respective scores on Uan's Engagement Metric of 0.43 for Forest and 0.22 for Europe. If you start comparing us to the off-site legislatures of the GCRs - well, The Rejected Realms has 214 delegate endorsements and only 100 citizens. They'd need a totally implausible 92% of all eligible voters to participate in order to match our UEM score. This is greatly to our credit.
I really don't think anyone here wants to start down the road of restricting the franchise. The GCRs do have (arguably) valid security reasons for doing so. As a region with an executive founder, we don't. So let's celebrate what we have, remembering that we just took a minor decision riding the wave of post Z-day recruitment. If that leaves us a little anarchic, so be it. Let's be realistic about what we can expect in terms of logical policy outcomes.
I would be open to giving new embassies a probationary period of 6 months, after which the Embassy Officer or Forest Keeper could start a vote on closure if, in their opinion, it hadn't worked out. That can be done within the framework of the current constitution, and while the region voted decisively against turning our back on an old friend in decline when we looked at Futaba Aoi last year I think this would be a very different sort of closure.
Ultimately, however, if Forest wants to accept and maintain every eligible request out of a desire to be friendly there's really not much to be done.