On the original topic: wasn't that color of blue of the magic scroll the same as the Fate magic spell? Page 13, Book 1
Would that imply that our friend orange-and-beardy has a Fate-magic scroll? What would that tell us? (Although I also recall Wanda saying it was findmancy/lookmancy to Jillian in the dungeon. Hmm.)
On the emerging political topic: It's my belief that the most efficient decision-making process (but not necessarily the most far-sighted) is a strictly hierarchical (vertical organization) government, and the one that would produce the best long-term results, but not necessarily in time, is a simple democracy (horizontal organization), perhaps mixed with some sort of Meritocracy. However, neither of those would or has actually functioned well in the real world; one short-sighted, the other unable to react quickly.
Probably the best (or, like Churchill said, the least bad) that we can hope for is a vaguely American-style mixed democracy, with a Legislative body, Executive, and a Judicial body. The Executive reacts to emerging situations, and puts in a quick-fix until the Legislative body can decide on a robust, long-term policy. The Judicial body then determines how well those fixes policies thrive in the real world, and if they break the Rules. [/Armchair Philosophy]
On the issue of GMOs. Technically speaking there's nothing that must
be bad about GMOs. Imagine a cake*. If you have a good understanding of how to make a cake, and good ingredients, and the execution is good (including good, clean tools), then you can make a very enjoyable product. Omnomnom. If you don't know what you're doing, your ingredients aren't up to spec, or the execution is lacking, suddenly your cake can be bad for people, or at least untasty. No omnomnom.
Remember that no matter how sacred you consider humans, animals, and nature, we are
natural machines in a purely biological context. If we do have souls, I'm pretty sure they aren't troubled by indigestion. I mean, good god, that would be awkward. If you give machines input that doesn't complement their/our machinery, you produce adverse results. Incompatible inputs can be found in both nature and artificial products. The advantage of artificial foods is that we can make lots of them, and once we understand the biological machinery that we're applying these foods to, we have a chance of making more nutritious foods than emerged naturally.
*Substitute pie at your leisure. Or, complement cake with pie.