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Citizen Proposals / Amendment X: Constitutional Convention Act
« on: July 02, 2022, 04:04:31 pm »
Amendment X: Constitutional Convention Act

Purpose: To allow the House to call a convention to replace this Constitution with one which is more effective.

Author: Renegalle

New Section, Article X: Constitutional Convention

1. The House of Representatives shall hold the power to call a constitutional convention, by a simple majority, consisting of the citizens at-large.
2. Upon it being called, the Convention shall hold the power to replace this Constitution with a new one, whether one document, or many disparate ones, with a period of debate lasting one week and a subsequent vote among the citizens lasting four days, in which a three-fifths majority in favor of the new document (or all of its parts) must be achieved.
3. Alongside the new Constitution, the Convention may also pass transitional provisions, holding equal power to the new Constitution, to ensure its effective enactment. These provisions must be passed at the same time, in the same manner, and with the same majority as the new Constitution.
4. Following the passage of a new Constitution and any transitional provisions, this convention shall come to a close.

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Elections / Candidacy Announcements: General Election, July 2022
« on: July 01, 2022, 05:52:50 pm »


    Candidacy Announcements: General Election, July 2022



    Candidacy Announcements close on July 4th at 5:53 PM ET



    Up for Election:
    • The Office of Prime Minister
    • Seats in the House of Representatives:
      • 6 Union-list seats
      • 5 constituency seats for Force
      • 4 constituency seats for Heart
      • 4 constituency seats representing RGBN
      • 3 constituency seats representing Prudentia
      • 3 constituency seats representing the Citizens' Alliance of Democracy
      • 1 constituency seat from each territory (Canterbury, The New Kingdom, and Hyperion)

    Prime Minister

    Responsibilities and Privileges: "The Prime Minister of Force shall be the Union’s head of government and shall be responsible for actively leading it and overseeing the Cabinet."
    The Prime Minister has the job of administering the entire Union and ensuring it enjoys prosperity as well as stability.

    Term Length: 4 months

    House Representatives

    Responsibilities and Privileges: The House of Representatives holds three distinct powers: the ability to pass laws to complement and expand upon the Constitution (but not contradict it), the ability to begin the amendment process (all Constitutional Amendments must start in and be approved by the House, before going to the citizenry for a vote), and the ability to remove government officials who fail to perform their responsibilities adequately or misuse their power (including the Prime Minister and members of the Court).

    Term Length: 4 months


    Official Candidacy Form for Prime Minister and Constituency House Representatives

    Candidacy must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted. Your political party must be registered.

    Nation:
    Region:
    Political Party:
    Position Seeking: (Prime Minister / House Representative)

    Official House of Representatives Candidacy Form for Union List

    Candidacy must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted.

    Political Party (or if an independent, say so):
    List Candidates (if you are filing as a political party (leaders), otherwise disregard):
    Nation (if you are filing as an independent, otherwise disregard):
    Region(s):
    Position Sought: House Representative

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    Past Elections / Voting Results: General Election, March 2022
    « on: March 12, 2022, 04:56:13 pm »
    Voting Results: General Election, March 2022




    Official Voting Results for the March 2022 General Election can be found here.


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    Amendment 46: Citizenship and Rights of Citizenship Reform Act, Ver. 2

    Purpose: An Act to strengthen civil liberties, ensure each state or territory provides its residents with local citizenship, and protect against corruption or distortion by clarifying important protections.

    Author(s): Renegalle, Tigslarlowducken, and Sir Salibaic

    Existing Article, Article A: Citizenship
    1. All individuals in the Union are citizens.
    2. Citizenship shall entitle individuals to the rights outlined in Article B.
    3. Citizenship may only be removed by the Court as a punishment following a criminal trial. Rights of Citizenship may be removed by the Court for the same reason, but only temporarily.
    4. Citizenship shall only remain valid as long as the citizen's nation remains in the Union.
    5. Citizens residing in the region a representative represents may vote to remove them from office. They shall do so by holding a democratic vote, overseen by the Speaker, in which a simple majority of votes in favor of the removal, within 3 days, is required to remove the Representative. To vote, a citizen must have resided in that region prior to the vote being held.
    6. Citizens shall hold the power to force a vote in the House of Representatives on any proposed House Law or Constitutional Amendment. At least five citizens must sign a motion putting forward such a proposal, after which the House shall be obliged to hold a vote on the legislation within one week.

    New Article, Article A: Citizenship
    1. All residents of the capital, states, and territories hold citizenship, both in the Union and at a local level and are entitled, at minimum, to the rights outlined in Article B.
    2. Citizenship shall entitle individuals to the rights outlined in Article B.
    3. Citizenship may only be removed by the Court as a punishment following a criminal trial. Rights of Citizenship may be removed by the Court for the same reason, but only temporarily.

    2. Citizenship may only be removed by the High Court or a state court, as a punishment for guilt in a criminal trial. Revocation of citizenship by the High Court shall entail revocation of both federal and local citizenship. Revocation of citizenship by a State Court shall only nullify that individual's citizenship within that court’s jurisdiction. Federal rights of citizenship may be revoked solely by the High Court, and only temporarily.
    3. Federal citizenship shall only remain valid as long as the citizen's nation remains in the Union; local citizenship shall remain valid as long as the citizen’s nation remains in that locality.
    4. Citizens may vote to remove their representatives from office. They shall do so by holding a democratic vote, overseen by the Speaker or relevant deputy, in which a simple majority of votes in favor of the removal, within three days, is required to remove the Representative. To vote, a citizen must have resided in that region prior to the vote being held.
    4.1. In the case of Union-wide representatives, any Union citizen may request a vote to remove a representative from office. This shall follow the same procedure as for regional representatives, and similarly, the Citizen must have resided within the Union prior to the vote being held.
    5. Citizens shall hold the power to force a vote in the House of Representatives on any proposed motion on which the House has the authority to vote. At least five citizens must sign a motion putting forward such a proposal, after which the House shall be obliged to hold a vote on that motion within one week.

    Existing Article, Article B: Rights of Citizenship
    1. The right to freedom of speech and free expression of political views.
    1.1. This right shall not allow citizens to circumvent rules put in place on any offsite venue, as long as these rules are solely for the prevention of spam, flaming, impersonation, doxxing, harassment, to comply with a platform's terms of service, or similar.
    1.1.1. Doxxing is defined as publishing private or identifying information about an individual without their consent.
    1.1.2. Harassment is defined as repeated or continuing contact serving no useful purpose except to create alarm, annoyance, or cause emotional distress.
    1.1.3. Impersonation is defined as deliberately attempting to mislead people to believe that you are a government official or a person who is a candidate for elected office.
    1.2. Government officials shall be subject to restrictions on this right as it pertains to the release of information which if released, could threaten the safety and security of the Union.
    2. The right to freedom of the press.
    3. The right to protest freely and petition the government for the redress of any grievances.
    4. The right to a fair trial.
    5. The right to run for government office.
    5.1. If a candidate in any election fails to answer all questions asked to them by the Founder or Speaker of the House within the debate period, they shall be disqualified from that election.
    5.2. No individual may hold any of the following positions simultaneously, except during a state of emergency:
    5.2.1. Founder
    5.2.2. Prime Minister
    5.2.3. Chief Justice
    5.2.4. Speaker of the House
    5.3. Non-citizens may not hold any government office.
    6. No citizen shall have to answer for a crime committed prior to that act being made criminal.
    7. No citizen shall be forced into military or government service without their clear consent.

    New Article, Article B: Rights of Citizenship
    1. The right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press; the right to form and operate organizations for this purpose, without unjust hindrance.
    1.1. This right shall not allow citizens to circumvent rules put in place on any offsite venue, as long as these rules are solely for the prevention of spam, flaming, impersonation, doxxing, harassment, to comply with a platform's terms of service, or similar.
    1.1.1. Doxxing is defined as publishing private or identifying information about an individual without their consent.
    1.1.2. Harassment is defined as repeated or continuing contact serving no useful purpose except to create alarm, annoyance, or cause emotional distress.
    1.1.3. Impersonation is defined as deliberately attempting to mislead people to believe that you are a government official or a person who is a candidate for elected office.

    1.1. This right shall not be construed to permit hate speech, harassment, obscenity, violations of personal privacy, spam, or malicious impersonation.
    1.2. Government officials shall be subject to restrictions on this right as it pertains to the release of information which if released, could threaten the safety and security of the Union.
    1.2. Officials in government may occasionally be required to withhold information for the protection of the Union and the individuals within it. This requirement shall be legally binding, unless it can be established that the public interest in disclosure of the information outweighs the public interest in nondisclosure.
    1.2.1. Protected information will be clearly and legibly marked, according to public standards set by the House of Representatives.

    2. The right to freedom of thought.
    2. The right to freedom of the press.
    3. The right to vote in both federal and local elections, with neither hindrance nor unequal treatment.
    4. The right to protest or petition the government and private organizations for the redress of any grievances; the right to form and operate organizations for this purpose, without interference.
    5. The right to run for elected office; the ability to hold government office.
    5.1. Failure to answer and address the subject matter of any question marked as mandatory by the presiding officer during an official electoral debate shall result in disqualification from that election. Questions asked during these debates must be impartial and no more than ten questions shall be asked of each candidate.
    5.2. No individual may hold any of the following positions simultaneously, except during a state of emergency:
    5.2.1. Founder
    5.2.1. Prime Minister
    5.2.2. Chief Justice
    5.2.3. Speaker of the House
    5.3. Non-citizens may not hold any government office.
    5.3. No House Representative shall be a member of the Court during their continuance in office.
    6. The right to an impartial trial, held in a public setting, with obligatory attendance of the accusing party and assistance of adequate legal counsel for one’s defense, provided for by the relevant court; the right to be notified of the details of the accusation in question.
    6.1. Jury deliberations are considered classified and may only be unsealed as part of a criminal investigation by the relevant court.
    7. No citizen shall be made to provide testimony against their will, or face charges for a crime put in place after the alleged offense.
    8. No citizen may be charged for a crime committed more than six months prior, unless evidence of that crime was only disclosed, discovered, or otherwise made accessible to the plaintiff more than six months after it was committed.

    9. No citizen shall be forced into military or government service without their clear consent.

    Existing Clause, §F.8
    8. The Jury shall have three days to determine, with a simple majority, whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. If they are considering voting guilty, a jury member must ensure that they have no reasonable doubt about that guilt before voting. Alongside their vote, they must provide fair reasoning for their decision.

    New Clause, §F.8
    8. The Jury shall have three days to determine, with a simple majority, whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. If they are considering voting guilty, a jury member must ensure that they have no reasonable doubt about that guilt and that the act in question was malicious, before voting. Alongside their vote, they must provide fair reasoning for their decision.

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    Amendment 44: Citizenship and Rights of Citizenship Reform Act

    Purpose: An Act to strengthen civil liberties, ensure each state or territory provides its residents with local citizenship, and protect against corruption or distortion by clarifying important protections.

    Author(s): Renegalle, Tigslarlowducken, and Sir Salibaic

    Existing Article, Article A: Citizenship
    1. All individuals in the Union are citizens.
    2. Citizenship shall entitle individuals to the rights outlined in Article B.
    3. Citizenship may only be removed by the Court as a punishment following a criminal trial. Rights of Citizenship may be removed by the Court for the same reason, but only temporarily.
    4. Citizenship shall only remain valid as long as the citizen's nation remains in the Union.
    5. Citizens residing in the region a representative represents may vote to remove them from office. They shall do so by holding a democratic vote, overseen by the Speaker, in which a simple majority of votes in favor of the removal, within 3 days, is required to remove the Representative. To vote, a citizen must have resided in that region prior to the vote being held.
    6. Citizens shall hold the power to force a vote in the House of Representatives on any proposed House Law or Constitutional Amendment. At least five citizens must sign a motion putting forward such a proposal, after which the House shall be obliged to hold a vote on the legislation within one week.

    New Article, Article A: Citizenship
    1. All residents of the capital, states, and territories hold citizenship, both in the Union and at a local level and are entitled, at minimum, to the rights outlined in Article B.
    2. Citizenship shall entitle individuals to the rights outlined in Article B.
    3. Citizenship may only be removed by the Court as a punishment following a criminal trial. Rights of Citizenship may be removed by the Court for the same reason, but only temporarily.

    2. Citizenship may only be removed by the High Court or a state court, as a punishment for guilt in a criminal trial. Revocation of citizenship by the High Court shall entail revocation of both federal and local citizenship. Revocation of citizenship by a State Court shall only nullify that individual's citizenship within that court’s jurisdiction. Federal rights of citizenship may be revoked solely by the High Court, and only temporarily.
    3. Federal citizenship shall only remain valid as long as the citizen's nation remains in the Union; local citizenship shall remain valid as long as the citizen’s nation remains in that locality.
    4. Citizens may vote to remove their representatives from office. They shall do so by holding a democratic vote, overseen by the Speaker or relevant deputy, in which a simple majority of votes in favor of the removal, within three days, is required to remove the Representative. To vote, a citizen must have resided in that region prior to the vote being held.
    4.1. In the case of Union-wide representatives, any Union citizen may request a vote to remove a representative from office. This shall follow the same procedure as for regional representatives, and similarly, the Citizen must have resided within the Union prior to the vote being held.
    5. Citizens shall hold the power to force a vote in the House of Representatives on any proposed motion on which the House has the authority to vote. At least five citizens must sign a motion putting forward such a proposal, after which the House shall be obliged to hold a vote on that motion within one week.

    Existing Article, Article B: Rights of Citizenship
    1. The right to freedom of speech and free expression of political views.
    1.1. This right shall not allow citizens to circumvent rules put in place on any offsite venue, as long as these rules are solely for the prevention of spam, flaming, impersonation, doxxing, harassment, to comply with a platform's terms of service, or similar.
    1.1.1. Doxxing is defined as publishing private or identifying information about an individual without their consent.
    1.1.2. Harassment is defined as repeated or continuing contact serving no useful purpose except to create alarm, annoyance, or cause emotional distress.
    1.1.3. Impersonation is defined as deliberately attempting to mislead people to believe that you are a government official or a person who is a candidate for elected office.
    1.2. Government officials shall be subject to restrictions on this right as it pertains to the release of information which if released, could threaten the safety and security of the Union.
    2. The right to freedom of the press.
    3. The right to protest freely and petition the government for the redress of any grievances.
    4. The right to a fair trial.
    5. The right to run for government office.
    5.1. If a candidate in any election fails to answer all questions asked to them by the Founder or Speaker of the House within the debate period, they shall be disqualified from that election.
    5.2. No individual may hold any of the following positions simultaneously, except during a state of emergency:
    5.2.1. Founder
    5.2.2. Prime Minister
    5.2.3. Chief Justice
    5.2.4. Speaker of the House
    5.3. Non-citizens may not hold any government office.
    6. No citizen shall have to answer for a crime committed prior to that act being made criminal.
    7. No citizen shall be forced into military or government service without their clear consent.

    New Article, Article B: Rights of Citizenship
    1. The right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press; the right to form and operate organizations for this purpose, without unjust hindrance.
    1.1. This right shall not allow citizens to circumvent rules put in place on any offsite venue, as long as these rules are solely for the prevention of spam, flaming, impersonation, doxxing, harassment, to comply with a platform's terms of service, or similar.
    1.1.1. Doxxing is defined as publishing private or identifying information about an individual without their consent.
    1.1.2. Harassment is defined as repeated or continuing contact serving no useful purpose except to create alarm, annoyance, or cause emotional distress.
    1.1.3. Impersonation is defined as deliberately attempting to mislead people to believe that you are a government official or a person who is a candidate for elected office.

    1.1. This right shall not be construed to permit hate speech, harassment, obscenity, violations of personal privacy, spam, or malicious impersonation.
    1.2. Government officials shall be subject to restrictions on this right as it pertains to the release of information which if released, could threaten the safety and security of the Union.
    1.2. Officials in government may occasionally be required to withhold information for the protection of the Union and the individuals within it. This requirement shall be legally binding, unless it can be established that the public interest in disclosure of the information outweighs the public interest in nondisclosure.
    1.2.1. Protected information will be clearly and legibly marked, according to public standards set by the House of Representatives.

    2. The right to freedom of thought.
    2. The right to freedom of the press.
    3. The right to vote in both federal and local elections, with neither hindrance nor unequal treatment.
    4. The right to protest or petition the government and private organizations for the redress of any grievances; the right to form and operate organizations for this purpose, without interference.
    5. The right to run for elected office; the ability to hold government office.
    5.1. Failure to answer and address the subject matter of any question marked as mandatory by the presiding officer during an official electoral debate shall result in disqualification from that election. Questions asked during these debates must be impartial and no more than ten questions shall be asked of each candidate.
    5.2. No individual may hold any of the following positions simultaneously, except during a state of emergency:
    5.2.1. Founder
    5.2.1. Prime Minister
    5.2.2. Chief Justice
    5.2.3. Speaker of the House
    5.3. Non-citizens may not hold any government office.
    5.3. No High Court Justice shall, during the time for which they serve, be appointed to a Federal Cabinet office within the Union, nor shall a House Representative be a member of the Court during their continuance in office.
    6. The right to an impartial trial, held in a public setting, with obligatory attendance of the accusing party and assistance of adequate legal counsel for one’s defense, provided for by the relevant court; the right to be notified of the details of the accusation in question.
    6.1. Jury deliberations are considered classified and may only be unsealed as part of a criminal investigation by the relevant court.
    7. No citizen shall be made to provide testimony against their will, or face charges for a crime put in place after the alleged offense.
    8. No citizen may be charged for a crime committed more than six months prior, unless evidence of that crime was only disclosed, discovered, or otherwise made accessible to the plaintiff more than six months after it was committed.

    9. No citizen shall be forced into military or government service without their clear consent.

    Existing Clause, §F.8
    8. The Jury shall have three days to determine, with a simple majority, whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. If they are considering voting guilty, a jury member must ensure that they have no reasonable doubt about that guilt before voting. Alongside their vote, they must provide fair reasoning for their decision.

    New Clause, §F.8
    8. The Jury shall have three days to determine, with a simple majority, whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. If they are considering voting guilty, a jury member must ensure that they have no reasonable doubt about that guilt and that the act in question was malicious, before voting. Alongside their vote, they must provide fair reasoning for their decision.

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    Announcements & News / 5th Annual Force Day
    « on: January 30, 2022, 03:40:30 pm »

    5th Annual Force Day: the Founder's Address

    My fellow citizens,

    I am proud and honored to be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of Force’s Founding with all of you. We have made tremendous progress since our founding, and particularly in the past year, especially in our states and territories. In our core regions (comprising the capital and states), we’ve gone from 338 nations to 525 and counting. And in the overall Union, comprising the capital, states, and territories, we’ve grown from 406 nations to more than 615.

    In early September, the Citizens Alliance of Democracy became our newest state, having grown from just 14 nations last Force Day to around 70 at the time of statehood (and 85 now). Our other states have done well too – Heart, which last Force Day had only 20 nations, now has 95, and RGBN, which last Force Day had 161 nations, is stable at 155. Just this January, following a referendum almost a year ago, a raid by unknown belligerents that forced the region’s refounding, and significant growth and reforms since the refounding, Prudentia became the Union’s newest Province, bringing around 45 active nations with it.

    Our community has become significantly more active and engaged – in our clubs alone, activity has quadrupled, going from around twelve thousand messages in the preceding year to more than forty thousand this year. We have supported each other through a very difficult time – the coronavirus pandemic has continued, for the most part, unabated, forcing many of us to isolate and avoid doing those things we most enjoyed before the pandemic. As a result, this Union is no longer focused on what it was originally, which was simulating government – now, our focus is on community, and the efforts of government reflect that. The Ministry of Culture has put on countless contests and events to try and get people involved in fun, social activities. We’ve had great success with this, and in just the past week, we’ve already put on four events and a contest, with two more events to come. We have also grown closer as a community – I’ve witnessed firsthand how amazingly supportive so many of the people here are, helping each other through personal struggles and providing emotional support when it’s needed the most.

    Although the political arena is no longer a focus for some of our members, it continues to show growth and engagement. In our last election, held this January, we had 52 voters, surpassing an all-time record of 48, set in November 2020.

    Our government has made progress in many other areas as well. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has been particularly focused on encouraging manual recruitment – this past January, the capital gained nearly 40 nations in the span of just two days, much of which can be attributed directly to the efforts of manual recruiters. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has faced many setbacks this year, but this has also forced a change in strategy – we have re-evaluated which regions we consider it worthwhile to have relations with and are working to address longstanding issues and misconceptions about us abroad. The Ministry of Media has done a fantastic job in the last year, releasing seven (soon to be eight) editions of The Force Flyer, and finally getting on a consistent schedule of releasing them on the first of every month. As previously mentioned, the Ministry of Culture has also done a very good job this year, helping us all get through difficult times. The Ministry of Roleplay has focused on a number of structural changes and experiments, like seeing what would happen if the United Nations were all powerful, while keeping on a good schedule of updating RP stats, the map, and welcoming new members, all of which are time-consuming, but ultimately rewarding tasks. In July of this year, for the first time ever, we released handbooks for each ministry, detailing how to do each job, which makes the process of inducting new members easier, and transitions from one minister to the next less time-consuming.

    None of this – and I mean none of it – would have been possible without the contributions of our many members. Over the past year, four different prime ministers have led the Union, all of whom have done an exemplary job, showing the power of the democratic process and its potential to promote growth and change for the better. They have been assisted by numerous cabinet ministers and advisors, without whom none of their work would have been possible. The leaders of states and territories, as well as their deputies, have done an exemplary job as well – in Heart, with efforts to promote activity and growth, all while working to reform legislation and promote involvement in government; in RGBN, with continued efforts to improve the RP, while also promoting changes like the introduction of an oversight board; in the Citizens Alliance of Democracy, with efforts to create a functioning RP and encourage manual recruitment; in Prudentia with the creation of a legislature, an active RP, and the first elections, featuring high turnout; in Hyperion with a focus on growth and engagement, as well as reform to promote these two objectives; in Canterbury with the creation of a ‘hobby’ system, functioning a bit like clubs; and in The New Kingdom, with ongoing efforts to create a ‘themed’ region, to attract new members and encourage stable activity. Not all of these efforts have been successful, but they do show vision, and the desire to see through that vision shows dedication, which in turn shows how much people truly care about this place. There are many others who I’ve neglected to mention, like our hard-working civil servants, enthusiastic club leaders, forward-looking House Representatives, and dedicated High Court Justices. The Union is strong because the Union stands together. Our future is bright.

    Happy Force Day!

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    Past Elections / Voting Results: General Election, January 2022
    « on: January 12, 2022, 02:24:23 pm »
    Voting Results: General Election, January 2022




    Official Voting Results for the January 2022 General Election can be found here.


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    Past Elections / Voting Results: General Election, November 2021
    « on: November 13, 2021, 12:24:55 am »
    Voting Results: General Election, November 2021




    Official Voting Results for the November 2021 General Election can be found here.


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    Constitutional Amendments / Amendment 40: Judicial and Vacancy Reform Act
    « on: October 23, 2021, 02:53:56 pm »
    Amendment 40: Judicial and Vacancy Reform Act

    Purpose: An Act to reform the High Court and the process in which justices are selected in order to promote competence, efficiency, justice, and transparency; an Act to reorganize the vacancies article in order to improve the structuring of this constitution.

    Authors: Renegalle and Tigslarlowducken

    Existing Section, Article F: The High Court
    1. The Court shall consist of three or five justices.
    2. At the beginning of each elected term, the Justices shall elect from among themselves a Chief Justice, who shall be responsible for ensuring that all responsibilities of the Court are upheld.
    3. Any citizen may bring a case before the Court. The Justices collectively shall hold the responsibility of deciding whether or not to hear the case. They may only deny a case if it accuses the defendant of an action which is not illegal under any law or statute which applies to them in the Union or which has been found legal by precedent of another case that, except for those involved, was identical.
    3.1. If a case brought to the Court indicts a justice, that justice must recuse themselves from involvement in all stages of that case. The Founder must appoint a special justice to temporarily fulfill their role for that case.
    4. If the case shall be heard, the defendant is required to enter a plea of guilt, innocence, or no contest within a week of the case's acceptance.
    4.1. A plea of guilt will skip a trial and move directly to sentencing.
    4.2. A plea of innocence shall move forward with a trial.
    4.3. A plea of no contest means that you do not admit guilt or innocence. The case will move before the justices for sentencing.
    5. Each case in which a plea of not guilty was entered into the record shall be heard by a jury of 3 impartial citizens selected by the Justices. The following are prohibited from serving on a jury: the defendant, the plaintiff, or any citizen currently on trial or that has charges pending.
    6. A maximum of two court cases may be heard at one time, based upon the seriousness of the accusation(s). A queue shall be created if more than two cases are pending.
    7. The Chief Justice shall oversee all trials except in the case of clause 3.1, in this case the Court may nominate any other justice not indicted or involved to lead the trial. Each trial shall consist of three stages: opening statements, witness testimony and/or the presentation of evidence, and closing arguments. The trial must be accessible for viewership by all citizens.
    7.1. Opening statements shall consist of statements by both the plaintiff and the defendant presenting their respective arguments and an overview, from their perspectives, of the case at hand.
    7.2. Witness testimony shall consist of bringing in outside individuals with firsthand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing or lack thereof to testify. The presentation of evidence shall consist of the presentation of evidence to justify or refute the case at hand. Both the plaintiff and the defendant may choose to bring people or evidence forth for this stage.
    7.3. Closing arguments shall consist of arguments by both the plaintiff and the defendant to reiterate their arguments. This may include refuting the testimony of witnesses or evidence from the previous stage. The defendant shall be entitled to deliver the last closing argument. Once closing arguments have concluded, the case shall move to the jury for deliberation.
    8. The Jury shall have 3 days to determine, with a simple majority, whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. If they are considering voting guilty, a jury member must ensure that they have no reasonable doubt about that guilt before voting. Alongside their vote, they must provide fair reasoning for their decision.
    9. The Justices collectively shall hold the responsibility of handing out a punishment to a defendant if they are found guilty or plead no contest.
    9.1. Unanimous consensus among the justices (not including a recused justice, if there is one) shall be required to select a punishment for the guilty party. The Chief Justice must ensure consensus is reached on an appropriate punishment within 3 days of the guilty verdict. If a unanimous consensus cannot be reached after 3 days, a majority in favor shall suffice.
    9.2. The punishment must be fair and appropriate for the crime committed, as outlined in Article J.
    10. Any person convicted of a crime may petition the Court for a new trial based on new evidence.
    10.1. On appeal, the Founder will appoint a special team of 3 justices to oversee the trial. This special team shall operate under the normal rules for a trial.
    10.2. No jury member who served in the original trial shall be allowed to participate in a new trial.
    11. The Justices shall hold the sole authority to judge the legality of all House Laws (excluding Constitutional amendments) and State or Territorial Constitutions (or the equivalents thereof) and amendments to the aforementioned. They shall also hold the authority to judge the legality of executive, treaty, and other State or Territorial laws, though they are not required to do so. For every law they review:
    11.1. All three Justices must present their individual verdict in a public statement.
    11.2. A simple majority among the justices shall be required to find a law unconstitutional.
    11.3. If they judge a law to be unconstitutional, they must suspend it, in its entirety, providing a comprehensive legal argument to explain the reasons for its unconstitutionality.

    New Section, Article F: The High Court
    1. The Court shall consist of three justices.
    2. Following each general election, the Justices shall elect from among themselves a Chief Justice, who shall be responsible for ensuring that all responsibilities of the Court are upheld.
    3. Any citizen may bring a case before the Court. The Justices collectively shall hold the responsibility of deciding whether or not to hear the case. They may only deny a case if it accuses the defendant of an action which is not illegal under any law or statute which applies to them in the Union or which has been found legal by precedent of another case that, except for those involved, was identical.
    3.1. Where a justice is the plaintiff or defendant in a case brought before the Court, that justice must recuse themselves from all involvement, except in the capacity of plaintiff or defendant. The Founder must then appoint a special justice to carry out their judicial duties for that case.
    4. If a case shall be heard, the defendant must enter a plea of guilt, innocence, or no-contest within a week of the case's acceptance.
    4.1. A plea of guilt or no-contest will skip a trial and move directly to sentencing.
    4.2. A plea of innocence shall move forward with a trial.
    5. Each case in which a plea of innocence was entered into the record shall be heard by a jury of three impartial citizens selected by the Justices. The following are prohibited from serving on a jury: the defendant, the plaintiff, and any citizen currently on trial or who has charges pending.
    6. A maximum of two court cases may be heard at one time, based upon the seriousness of the accusation(s). A queue shall be created if more than two cases are pending.
    7. The Chief Justice shall oversee all trials, unless they must recuse themselves. If this occurs, the Court may nominate any other justice who is neither indicted nor involved to lead the trial. Each trial shall consist of three stages: opening statements, witness testimony and/or the presentation of evidence, and closing arguments. The trial must be accessible for viewership by all citizens.
    7.1. Opening statements shall consist of statements by both the plaintiff and the defendant presenting their respective arguments and an overview, from their perspectives, of the case at hand.
    7.2. Witness testimony shall consist of bringing in outside individuals with firsthand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing or lack thereof to testify. The presentation of evidence shall consist of the presentation of evidence to justify or refute the case at hand. Both the plaintiff and the defendant may choose to bring people or evidence forth for this stage.
    7.3. Closing arguments shall consist of arguments by both the plaintiff and the defendant to reiterate their arguments. This may include refuting the testimony of witnesses or evidence from the previous stage. The defendant shall be entitled to deliver the last closing argument. Once closing arguments have concluded, the case shall move to the jury for deliberation.
    8. The Jury shall have three days to determine, with a simple majority, whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. If they are considering voting guilty, a jury member must ensure that they have no reasonable doubt about that guilt before voting. Alongside their vote, they must provide fair reasoning for their decision.
    9. The Justices collectively shall hold the responsibility of handing out a punishment to a defendant if they are found guilty or plead no contest.
    9.1. Unanimous consensus among the justices (not including any recused justice(s), if applicable) shall be required to select a punishment for the guilty party. The Chief Justice must ensure consensus is reached on an appropriate punishment within three days of the guilty verdict. If a unanimous consensus cannot be reached by this deadline, a majority in favor shall suffice.
    9.2. The punishment must be fair and appropriate for the crime committed, as outlined in Article J.
    10. Any person convicted of a crime may petition the Court for a retrial based on new evidence or judicial precedent.
    10.1. On appeal, the Founder will appoint a special appellate court of three justices to oversee the trial. The appellate court shall operate under established trial procedure.
    10.2. No jury member who served in the original trial shall be allowed to participate in a new trial.
    11. The Justices shall hold the sole authority to judge the constitutionality of federal (excluding the Constitution) law and state/territorial constitutions, per the hierarchy established in Article D. The High Court is the supreme authority on state/territorial law. For every law they review:
    11.1. Majority and, if applicable, dissenting opinions on its legality shall be made public.
    11.2. Each such opinion must provide comprehensive reasoning for its findings. If the majority opinion rules a law unconstitutional, that law shall be suspended in its entirety. State and territorial constitutions do not need to be suspended in their entirety; the majority opinion must specify which sections of the law are to be suspended.
    12. The Court may issue writs of certiorari by a majority vote, which mandate that a lower court deliver its records on a case so that the High Court may review and rule on it. For retrials, the Court shall use established trial procedure.
    13. The Court may issue subpoenas by majority vote.
    13.1. When a subpoena involves government documents, the documents must be provided to the Court within three days.
    13.2. When a subpoena involves an individual, that individual must appear before the Court and submit testimony within one week of the subpoena being issued.

    Existing Section, Article G: Absences
    1. A government office is considered absent when:
    1.1. The office holder has lost citizenship.
    1.2. The office holder has not spoken or performed their duties on the NationStates website, Force forums, or Force Discord server in at least 1 week.
    1.2.1. If a government official anticipates an absence this long, in order to maintain their position, they must provide reasonable cause for it prior to the absence and designate another official in their area of government to take on their responsibilities. This shall not apply to the Court, whose members are subject to §G.6, regardless of the circumstances.
    1.2.1.1. A House Representative may take a leave of absence of up to one week and retain their job. However, they may not designate another official to take on their responsibilities, and must notify the Speaker of the House prior to their absence with reasoning for said absence.
    1.3. The office holder has resigned.
    1.4. The office holder has been removed from office.
    1.5. The office was left absent following an election.
    2. In addition to the above conditions, an office in the House of Representatives shall be considered absent when:
    2.1. The nation with which the office holder was elected is no longer present in the region.
    3. In the case of an absence in the office of Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister shall assume the position of Prime Minister.
    3.1. In the case that there is no Deputy Prime Minister or them choosing not to take the office of Prime Minister, the matter shall go to the House, who shall be responsible for choosing a new Prime Minister.
    3.2. Any House Representative may nominate a member of the Cabinet or House for Prime Minister, provided that the nominee has agreed to their nomination. Both the nominations period and the subsequent vote shall last for 24 hours. The nominee with a majority of the vote shall become Prime Minister.
    3.2.1. If no nominee receives a majority of the vote, a second vote shall be held in which only the two nominees with the highest vote totals remain. The nominee who receives a majority of the vote after 24 hours shall become Prime Minister.
    3.3. If no nominations are made, an emergency election, following the same rules as a regular election, must be held.
    4. In the case of an absence in the Cabinet, the Prime Minister must appoint a replacement within 7 days.
    5. If all seats in the House of Representatives are vacant, an emergency election, following the same rules as a regular election, must be held if the next election for it is more than one month away.
    6. In the case of an absence in the Court, the Founder must appoint a replacement within 5 days or choose to hold an emergency election for the position.
    7. In the case of any other absence, unless otherwise specified by law, the office shall be considered vacant and no further action shall be taken.

    New Section, Article G: Vacancies
    1. A government office is considered vacant when:
    1.1. The office holder has lost citizenship.
    1.2. The office holder has not spoken or performed their duties on the NationStates website, Force forums, or Force Discord server in at least one week.
    1.2.1. If a government official anticipates an absence this long, in order to maintain their position, they must provide reasonable cause for it prior to the absence and designate another official in their area of government to take on their responsibilities. This shall not apply to the Court, whose members are subject to §G.6, regardless of the circumstances.
    1.2.1.1. A House Representative may take a leave of absence of up to one week and retain their job. However, they may not designate another official to take on their responsibilities, and must notify the Speaker of the House prior to their absence with reasoning for said absence.
    1.3. The office holder has resigned.
    1.4. The office holder has been removed from office.
    1.5. The office was left vacant following an election.
    2. In addition to the above conditions, an office in the House of Representatives shall be considered vacant when:
    2.1. The nation with which the office holder was elected is no longer present in the region.
    3. Should the office of Prime Minister become vacant, upon their agreement, the Deputy Prime Minister shall assume the office. Should they choose not to assume the office, the matter shall be deliberated in the House, which shall choose a new Prime Minister.
    3.1. All Representatives shall be able to nominate citizens for the office, provided they agree to their nomination. A subsequent vote shall be held in the House, and the nominee who receives a majority shall assume the office of Prime Minister. Both the nominations and voting period shall each last one day. If no nominee receives a majority, a second vote, lasting one day, between the two nominees with the highest voting totals, shall be held.
    3.2. If no nominations are made, or if a tie cannot be broken, an emergency election, following the same rules as a regular election, must begin within one week.
    4. Should a vacancy arise in the Cabinet, the Prime Minister must appoint a replacement within one week.
    5. Should all seats in the House of Representatives be vacant, an emergency election, following the same rules as a regular election, must begin within one week. If a seat allotted to a political party becomes vacant, that party may designate another individual to fill the seat.
    6. Should a vacancy arise in the Court or should a proposed nominee be rejected by the citizens, the Justices shall collectively decide upon and nominate a replacement within one week. The Chief Justice shall make a public announcement regarding this nomination, and it shall be brought by the Speaker to the citizens for a vote. A simple majority in favor of the nomination, within four days, shall be required to confirm the nominee.
    7. In the case of any other vacancy, unless otherwise specified by law, no further action shall be taken.

    Existing Section, Article H: Elections
    1. Stages
    1.1. Elections shall begin with candidacy declarations, which shall be open for 3 days.
    1.1.1. In midterm elections, registered political parties and independent candidates shall be able to declare their candidacy, with parties being required to provide lists of candidates for the allocated seats. They may only choose candidates from that list if they are allocated seats, unless extraordinary circumstances, such as an absence, or a list candidate leaving the party, require otherwise.
    1.2. Following this, a debate, open to questions by all citizens, shall be held for 3 days.
    1.3. The last stage shall be voting, which shall be held for 4 days.
    1.4. Following the completion of one stage in an election, the next stage shall begin within 12 hours.
    1.5. Should circumstances necessitate it, each stage may be shortened by up to one day. The length of a stage may not be changed once that stage has begun.
    2. Voting
    2.1. Voting for Prime Minister shall follow this process:
    2.1.1. If there are two candidates, voters shall choose their preferred candidate and the candidate with a majority of votes shall be elected. If there are more than two candidates, voters may rank their preferred candidates. Their favorite candidate shall be ranked 1, their second favorite 2, and so on as far as they wish to do rankings. Each candidate may only be ranked once. Only a voter’s last preference(s) may be marked as an abstention.
    2.1.2. First preference votes shall be counted initially. If a candidate achieves a majority after this, they shall be elected. Otherwise, the candidate with the least votes shall be eliminated and the second preferences of that candidate's voters shall be counted instead. This process of elimination and counting next preferences shall be repeated until one candidate has a majority of votes.
    2.1.2.1. If no candidate can be eliminated or more than one can be eliminated, the second preferences of all voters shall take the place of first preference ones. If a candidate has a majority of votes at this stage, they shall be elected. Otherwise, this process shall be repeated with each successive preference until it is possible to eliminate just one candidate.
    2.1.2.2. If all of a voter's preferences have been eliminated, their ballot shall not be used in further counting.
    2.1.2.3. Abstentions shall not be considered in determining whether or not a candidate has achieved a majority.
    2.2. The voting process shall vary between general and midterm elections for seats in the House of Representatives.
    2.2.1. In general elections, residents of the capital, states, and territories may rank their preferred candidates to fill the seats indicated in §E.2.2. Their favorite candidate shall be ranked 1, their second favorite 2, and so on as far as they wish to do rankings. Each candidate may only be ranked once. Only a voter’s last preference(s) may be marked as an abstention.
    2.2.1.1. The total number of votes cast in each region divided by the number of seats allocated to that region shall determine how many votes a candidate is required to gain a seat representing it. If this is not a whole number, it shall be rounded to the nearest one. Abstentions shall not be considered when determining the total number of votes cast.
    2.2.1.2. Each candidate who receives the required number of votes shall be elected.
    2.2.1.2.1. In the first round, those candidates with the required number of votes in voters’ first preferences shall be elected. If any such candidate achieves more votes than required, then their surplus votes shall be transferred to their voters’ second preference candidates, or if these candidates have already been elected or eliminated, then to their third preference candidates and so on.
    2.2.1.3. In the second round, if there are still unallocated seats and multiple candidates who have not yet been elected, the candidate(s) with the least votes shall automatically be eliminated. Votes for these candidate(s) shall be transferred to their voters’ second preference, third preference, or likewise ordered candidates until an unelected and uneliminated candidate exists to which the vote can be transferred. This round shall continue until all candidates have been elected or eliminated.
    2.2.1.4. If all of a voter's preferences have been counted, their ballot shall not be used in further counting.
    2.2.1.5. This process shall be repeated with the capital and each state or territory until the total number of seats allocated are filled. If any allocated seats cannot be filled, they shall be considered absent as indicated in §G.
    2.2.2. In midterm elections, Union residents may cast their vote for a registered political party or an independent candidate.
    2.2.2.1. Each party and each independent candidate shall be allocated seats according to the total number of votes cast divided by the number of available seats and this calculation shall determine how many votes a party or independent candidate needs to gain a seat. Abstentions shall not be considered in this calculation.
    2.2.2.1.1. An independent candidate may not be allocated more than one seat in this process.
    2.3. In elections for Court Justices, ballots shall allow citizens to vote for or against each candidate. They may vote, at maximum, for up to five candidates if there are at least that many candidates for the position. Otherwise, they may vote, at maximum, for up to three candidates. The candidates with more votes for than against them shall be elected.
    2.4. If for any reason, an election ends with no candidate holding a majority of the vote, whether by process of elimination or otherwise, another vote, following the same procedures and lasting one day, shall be held. If there is only one candidate in that contest, their seat shall be considered absent as indicated in §G.
    2.5. If there is only one candidate for a position, voters must approve of that candidate with a simple majority in order for them to be elected.
    3. Oversight
    3.1. All stages of general and midterm elections shall be started, overseen, and run by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
    3.2. The Speaker shall be responsible for ensuring the citizens of the Union are informed of the start of each election stage, no later than 12 hours after each stage has begun. They must ensure all citizens are notified both by telegram and on the Union’s regional Discord servers.

    New Section, Article H: Elections
    1. Stages
    1.1. Elections shall begin with candidacy declarations, which shall be open for three days.
    1.1.1. In midterm elections, registered political parties and independent candidates shall be able to declare their candidacy, with parties being required to provide lists of candidates for the allocated seats. They may only choose candidates from that list if they are allocated seats, unless extraordinary circumstances, such as an absence, or a list candidate leaving the party, require otherwise.
    1.2. Following this, a debate, open to questions by all citizens, shall be held for three days.
    1.3. The last stage shall be voting, which shall be held for four days.
    1.4. Following the completion of one stage in an election, the next stage shall begin within twelve hours.
    1.5. Should circumstances necessitate it, each stage may be shortened by up to one day. The length of a stage may not be changed once that stage has begun.
    2. Voting
    2.1. Voting for Prime Minister shall follow this process:
    2.1.1. If there are two candidates, voters shall choose their preferred candidate and the candidate with a majority of votes shall be elected. If there are more than two candidates, voters may rank their preferred candidates. Their favorite candidate shall be ranked one, their second favorite two, and so on as far as they wish to do rankings. Each candidate may only be ranked once. Only a voter’s last preference(s) may be marked as an abstention.
    2.1.2. First preference votes shall be counted initially. If a candidate achieves a majority after this, they shall be elected. Otherwise, the candidate with the least votes shall be eliminated and the second preferences of that candidate's voters shall be counted instead. This process of elimination and counting next preferences shall be repeated until one candidate has a majority of votes.
    2.1.2.1. If no candidate can be eliminated or more than one can be eliminated, the second preferences of all voters shall take the place of first preference ones. If a candidate has a majority of votes at this stage, they shall be elected. Otherwise, this process shall be repeated with each successive preference until it is possible to eliminate just one candidate.
    2.1.2.2. If all of a voter's preferences have been eliminated, their ballot shall not be used in further counting.
    2.1.2.3. Abstentions shall not be considered in determining whether or not a candidate has achieved a majority.
    2.2. The voting process shall vary between general and midterm elections for seats in the House of Representatives.
    2.2.1. In general elections, residents of the capital, states, and territories may rank their preferred candidates to fill the seats indicated in §E.2. Their favorite candidate shall be ranked one, their second favorite two, and so on as far as they wish to do rankings. Each candidate may only be ranked once. Only a voter’s last preference(s) may be marked as an abstention.
    2.2.1.1. The total number of votes cast in each region divided by the number of seats allocated to that region shall determine how many votes a candidate is required to gain a seat representing it. If this is not a whole number, it shall be rounded to the nearest one. Abstentions shall not be considered when determining the total number of votes cast.
    2.2.1.2. Each candidate who receives the required number of votes shall be elected.
    2.2.1.2.1. In the first round, those candidates with the required number of votes in voters’ first preferences shall be elected. If any such candidate achieves more votes than required, then their surplus votes shall be transferred to their voters’ second preference candidates, or if these candidates have already been elected or eliminated, then to their third preference candidates and so on.
    2.2.1.3. In the second round, if there are still unallocated seats and multiple candidates who have not yet been elected, the candidate(s) with the least votes shall automatically be eliminated. Votes for these candidate(s) shall be transferred to their voters’ second preference, third preference, or likewise ordered candidates until an unelected and uneliminated candidate exists to which the vote can be transferred. This round shall continue until all candidates have been elected or eliminated.
    2.2.1.4. If all of a voter's preferences have been counted, their ballot shall not be used in further counting.
    2.2.1.5. This process shall be repeated with the capital and each state or territory until the total number of seats allocated are filled. If any allocated seats cannot be filled, they shall be considered absent as indicated in §G.
    2.2.2. In midterm elections, Union residents may cast their vote for a registered political party or an independent candidate.
    2.2.2.1. Each party and each independent candidate shall be allocated seats according to the total number of votes cast divided by the number of available seats and this calculation shall determine how many votes a party or independent candidate needs to gain a seat. Abstentions shall not be considered in this calculation.
    2.2.2.1.1. An independent candidate may not be allocated more than one seat in this process.
    2.3. If for any reason, an election ends with no candidate holding a majority of the vote, whether by process of elimination or otherwise, another vote, following the same procedures and lasting one day, shall be held. If there is only one candidate in that contest, their seat shall be considered absent as indicated in §G.
    2.4. If there is only one candidate for a position, voters must approve of that candidate with a simple majority in order for them to be elected.
    3. Oversight
    3.1. All stages of general and midterm elections shall be started, overseen, and run by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
    3.2. The Speaker shall be responsible for ensuring the citizens of the Union are informed of the start of each election stage, no later than twelve hours after each stage has begun. They must ensure all citizens are notified both by telegram and on the Union’s regional Discord servers.
    3.3. If the Speaker is unable to perform these duties, the responsibility of doing so shall fall to the Deputy Speaker. If for whatever reason, the Deputy Speaker is unable to fulfill these duties either, the Founder shall be endowed with them.
    4. General Elections
    4.1. These shall be held to elect the Prime Minister and all capital, state, and territorial representatives in the House.
    4.2. They shall begin on the first of March, July, and November.
    5. Midterm Elections
    5.1. These shall be held to elect the Union's representatives in the House.
    5.2. They shall begin on the first of January, May, and September.
    6. If an emergency election is held less than or equal to one month before a regularly scheduled election, the regularly scheduled election shall be canceled. Emergency elections for the House of Representatives must be for: all Union-wide seats, all capital, state, and territorial seats, and/or all seats in a regional constituency.

    Existing Clause, §K.4.1
    4.1. Only States may by law establish courts, all observant of due process and both state and federal law.
    4.1.1. These courts may only try crimes which are illegal in that state, but not on a federal level. Only the Union High Court may try federal crimes.
    4.1.2. Punishments for these crimes must be in line with the Union Constitution and may only remove privileges which exist within that state and not on a federal level.

    New Clause, §K.4.1
    4.1. Only States may by law establish courts, all observant of due process and both state and federal law.
    4.1.1. These courts may only try crimes which are illegal in that state, but not on a federal level. Only the Union High Court may try federal crimes.
    4.1.2. Punishments for these crimes must be consistent with the Union Constitution and may only remove privileges which exist within that state and not on a federal level.
    4.1.3. State courts shall hold the power to judge legality, but only of laws passed within that state. They may not review the legality of the local constitution.


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    Consulates / Consulate of The Kingdom of Great Britain
    « on: October 20, 2021, 08:10:02 am »




    Official Consulate of The Kingdom of Great Britain to the Union of Force




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    Past Elections / Voting Results: Midterm Elections, September 2021
    « on: September 12, 2021, 08:35:58 pm »
    Voting Results: Midterm Elections, September 2021




    Official Voting Results for the September 2021 Midterm Elections can be found here.


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    Media / Ministry of Media: Jobs Handbook
    « on: August 15, 2021, 12:52:46 am »

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    Courtroom / High Court: Jobs Handbook
    « on: August 14, 2021, 04:44:30 am »

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    Constitutional Amendments / Amendment 39: The Executive Overhaul Act
    « on: August 03, 2021, 03:03:31 pm »
    Amendment 39: The Executive Overhaul Act

    Purpose: An Act to give the Prime Minister discretion in Cabinet appointments, solidify certain powers, and provide basic organization for the Executive.

    Author(s): Renegalle

    Existing Article, Article C: The Cabinet

    1. The Founder of Force shall be the Union's head of state and the Prime Minister of Force shall be the Union's head of government.
    1.1. The Founder shall be responsible for maintaining stability, overseeing the Cabinet, and stepping in to lead the Cabinet should the need arise.
    1.2. The Prime Minister shall be responsible for actively leading the Union and Cabinet.
    2. The Prime Minister shall appoint the Cabinet and have the power to remove any of its members, except for the Founder. They shall be responsible for, at minimum, appointing ministers charged with foreign affairs, internal affairs, media and culture, and roleplay.
    2.1. A minister shall be responsible for maintaining existing diplomatic relationships and forging new ones, overseeing the signing of treaties, and ensuring The Force Flyer is distributed to all of them.
    2.2. A minister shall be responsible for overseeing domestic matters, including Union recruitment, ensuring new members of the Union understand how the government works and all opportunities available to them, as well as producing any official publications and documents.
    2.3. A minister shall be responsible for publishing The Force Flyer on a monthly basis, creating and running events for citizens of the Union to participate in, recording the history of the Union, and continuing old and forging new traditions.
    2.4. A minister shall be responsible for managing the Union roleplay.
    2.5. All members of the Cabinet may appoint deputies to assist them in their duties. If any deputy is delegated power or responsibilities through the administration of a formal oath affirming this, they shall be considered a government official.
    3. Any military or intelligence forces within the Union shall be considered under the supreme command and authority of the Founder and Prime Minister.
    4. The Prime Minister can nominate a Deputy Prime Minister to help oversee the ministries. The House of Representatives shall be presented with that nominee and must hold a vote lasting three days, until all House Representatives have voted, or until a majority of House members have approved or rejected the nominee. If the nominee is rejected, the Prime Minister may present a new nominee and restart the process.
    4.1. The Prime Minister can dismiss the Deputy Prime Minister at any time for any reason.
    4.2. The Prime Minister is held accountable for the Deputy Prime Minister's actions, and thus the Deputy Prime Minister is expected to be as professional as the Prime Minister.
    5. The Prime Minister shall not have the authority to appoint a non-citizen to a cabinet position or otherwise.

    New Article, Article C: The Executive

    1. The Founder shall be the Union’s head of state. They shall be responsible for ensuring the unity and stability of the Union and advising and overseeing the Cabinet. The Founder may also be referred to as Emperor of the Union of Force or simply as Emperor.
    2. The Prime Minister shall be the Union’s head of government. They shall be responsible for actively leading the Union and Cabinet and ensuring the proper functioning of government. They shall hold the sole power to create and dissolve ministries and other executive departments, appoint and dismiss ministers, other members of the Cabinet, and executive officials, except for the Founder, pardon or reduce the sentences of individuals convicted of legal offenses, and sign or revoke treaties between the Union and other sovereign governments.
    2.1. The creation or dissolution of a ministry must be approved by the House of Representatives with a simple majority, after a three day voting period, once all representatives have voted, or once a majority of House members have voted in favor or against.
    2.2. Pardons and reductions of sentences shall cancel or shorten a criminal sentence. The Prime Minister may not pardon themselves, their friends, or their associates in government. A combined total of two pardons or reductions in sentences may be issued each elected term.
    2.3. The Prime Minister may nominate a Deputy Prime Minister to help oversee the ministries. The House of Representatives shall be presented with that nominee and must hold a vote lasting three days, until all House Representatives have voted, or until a majority of House members have approved or rejected the nominee. If the nominee is rejected, the Prime Minister may present a new nominee and restart the process.
    2.3.1. The Prime Minister may dismiss the Deputy Prime Minister at any time for any reason.
    3. The Executive shall consist of the Cabinet and its associated ministries, and any other executive departments.
    3.1. The Cabinet shall hold regular meetings to discuss its progress.
    3.2. At minimum, the Ministries must: maintain existing diplomatic relations and be capable of negotiating diplomatic settlements and treaties, oversee the recruitment and integration of new nations into the Union, produce official publications and other documents, including The Force Flyer, record the history of the Union, host events and celebrate traditions, operate a Union roleplay, and ensure active engagement in the World Assembly.
    4. All military and intelligence forces within the Union are under the supreme command and joint authority of the Founder and Prime Minister.

    Existing Clause, F.12

    12. The Prime Minister may issue a pardon to anyone convicted of a crime, effectively canceling that person's sentence, provided that the person is not themselves, a close friend of theirs, or an associate in government. They may only issue a pardon once per term.

    New Clause, F.12

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    Past Elections / Voting Results: General Elections, July 2021
    « on: July 13, 2021, 12:10:44 am »
    Voting Results: General Elections, July 2021




    Official Voting Results for the July 2021 General Elections can be found here.


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