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The job of the elders is to do pretty much everything that is needed to run the community. In particular, we know that the Elders are the ones who decide how various people should be assigned once they become Twelves. We know this because we are told that the Elders have been watching the kids who will soon be Twelves a bunch so they can know what jobs they'd be good for.
We also know that the Elders make rules such as the ones about how old you have to be before you can have your own bike. They also are the ones to decide who can be assigned to care for children.
So they basically make all the decisions in the community.
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