Owners of the island's 40 tenements (divisions of land) had an automatic seat in the Chief Pleas, and islanders chose 12 people's deputies. But now the Chief Pleas is to be made up entirely of 28 elected deputies. The island needed to reform its constitution to comply with European human rights laws. The island agreed in March to change its 400-year-old system of government, which could directly trace its roots back to Queen Elizabeth I, who once granted the ruling "Seigner" a fief on the tiny Channel Island. The unelected descendents of 40 families brought in to colonise Sark, after the French abandoned it in 1553, have governed life on the island ever since.
Sark is really a very tiny place; scarcely larger than two square miles, and home to only about 600 people.
Why the island has the same name as that character in Tron remains unexplained.