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General / The Bird Republic
« on: April 15, 2021, 12:34:48 am »
An archive of an incredible April Fool's Day.

It began with:

The Bird Republic is hereby formed.
All Court Justices are hereby dismissed from their positions until further notice.
@Suter is hereby appointed Crab Commissioner.
Please standby and await further orders.


Don't @ me.

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High Commission / Federal Issue Resolution Notifications
« on: April 13, 2021, 04:57:33 pm »
Federal Issue Resolution Notifications



Information

This thread is for use by the Prime Minister (or a designated subordinate) and the High Commission to ensure issues states or territories face are promptly resolved in an accountable manner, per §K.2.2 of the Constitution. The Prime Minister is legally required to attempt to resolve any issues reported by these notifications within 1 month of them being issued.

Issue Resolution Form (for the High Commissioner)

Region(s):
Issue Name:
Issue Description:


(use one of these for each issue)

Resolution Form (for the Prime Minister)

Region(s):
Issue Name:
Description of Resolution/Attempted Resolution:
Successfully resolved?


(use one of these for each issue resolved/attempted to be resolved)

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Internal Affairs / Election Telegram Templates
« on: March 13, 2021, 04:17:55 am »
General Elections

To be sent individually to the capital and each state (at least)

Candidacy Announcements
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The first stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union General Elections[/b], candidacy announcements, has begun.

If you wish to run for [b]Prime Minister[/b], represent this region as a [b]House Representative[/b], or serve as a [b]High Court Justice[/b], then you need to declare your candidacy, following these instructions:
[spoiler=[b]How to run for office[/b]]
1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Carefully read the whole Candidacy Announcements post. It contains important information that you will need to know. It can be found here:
[b]URL TO CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENTS[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME CANDIDACY PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to file your candidacy.

I hope to see you on the ballot!

Debate
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The second stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union General Elections[/b], the Debate, has begun.
[spoiler=[b]If you are a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please ensure you answer [b]all[/b] questions asked to you by the Founder and Speaker in the Debate.
It is required by law and you will be disqualified if you do not answer them.

This is the Debate thread:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]
[spoiler=[b]If you are not a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please feel free to ask candidates questions! This is a chance for you to get to know them and what they stand for.
They are not required to answer your questions, but it will reflect poorly on them if they don't.

To ask them questions...

1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Post your question, indicating who you are asking it to, here:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME DEBATE PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to participate in the Debate.

Voting Period
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

Voting in the [b]MONTH YEAR Union General Elections[/b] has begun.

As a resident of [b][region=REGION][/b], you have the right to vote. Here's how to exercise that right:
[spoiler=[b]How to vote[/b]]
1. Make sure you are logged into NationStates (this shouldn't be an issue considering that you're here)

2. Login to the voting system and cast your vote:
[b]https://forcens.com/vote[/b]

3. Save your ballot number

[i]If you have any technical issues or trouble voting, please contact [b][nation=noflag]Renegalle[/nation][/b] either [url=/page=compose_telegram?tgto=Renegalle][b]by telegram[/b][/url] or on Discord.[/i]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME VOTING PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to vote.

I hope to see you at the polls!

Midterm Elections

To be sent individually to the capital and each state (at least)

Candidacy Announcements
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The first stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union Midterm Elections[/b], candidacy announcements, has begun.

If you wish to represent the [url=/page=dispatch/id=1348830][b]Union at-large[/b][/url] as a [b]House Representative[/b] or serve as a [b]High Court Justice[/b], then you need to declare your candidacy, following these instructions:
[spoiler=[b]How to run for office[/b]]
1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Carefully read the whole Candidacy Announcements post. It contains important information that you will need to know. It can be found here:
[b]URL TO CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENTS[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME CANDIDACY PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to file your candidacy.

I hope to see you on the ballot!

Debate
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The second stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union Midterm Elections[/b], the Debate, has begun.
[spoiler=[b]If you are a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please ensure you answer [b]all[/b] questions asked to you by the Founder and Speaker in the Debate.
It is required by law and you will be disqualified if you do not answer them.

This is the Debate thread:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]
[spoiler=[b]If you are not a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please feel free to ask candidates questions! This is a chance for you to get to know them and what they stand for.
They are not required to answer your questions, but it will reflect poorly on them if they don't.

To ask them questions...

1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Post your question, indicating who you are asking it to, here:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME DEBATE PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to participate in the Debate.

Voting Period
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

Voting in the [b]MONTH YEAR Union Midterm Elections[/b] has begun.

As a resident of [b][region=REGION][/b], you have the right to vote. Here's how to exercise that right:
[spoiler=[b]How to vote[/b]]
1. Make sure you are logged into NationStates (this shouldn't be an issue considering that you're here)

2. Login to the voting system and cast your vote:
[b]https://forcens.com/vote[/b]

3. Save your ballot number

[i]If you have any technical issues or trouble voting, please contact [b][nation=noflag]Renegalle[/nation][/b] either [url=/page=compose_telegram?tgto=Renegalle][b]by telegram[/b][/url] or on Discord.[/i]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME VOTING PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to vote.

I hope to see you at the polls!

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Elections / Elections FAQ
« on: March 13, 2021, 03:27:17 am »
Federal Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 3 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Debate: 3 days
The debate is a period where all candidates are given questions to respond to related to the office they are running for. In some cases, these questions will be specifically designed for a particular candidate.

For candidates, participating in the debates is mandatory. If you fail to respond to debate questions asked to you by either the Founder or the Speaker of the House, you will automatically be disqualified. Providing a response which does not address the question asked is considered 'failing to respond', as is providing one word or incomplete answers.

3. Voting: 4 days
All voting must take place within this window. All voting is anonymous and held using a special program. You will be given a ballot number after voting which will let you change your ballot later in the voting period if you choose to and confirm that your ballot was counted when the official results are released.

There shall be a maximum of 12 hours between election stages. Stages may be shortened by up to 1 day if circumstances require it, but this shall be announced before the stage begins.

Dates:
1st of March, July, and November: Prime Minister, region-specific House of Representatives seats, and all Justices of the High Court.
1st of January, May, and September: Union-wide House of Representatives seats and all Justices of the High Court.




RGBN Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 2 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Voting: 3 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Dates:
3rd Monday of February, May, August, and November: Speaker of the Assembly
3rd Monday of March, June, September, and December: President




Heart Elections




Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 3 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Voting: 4 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Dates:
1st of February, May, August, and November: First Minister and all seats in the House of Legislators




Canterbury Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 2 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Voting: 4 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Dates:
1st of January, March, May, July, September, and November: All seats in the Femoral Council




Citizens Alliance of Democracy Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 3 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Debate: 3 days
The debate is a period where all candidates may be asked questions by citizens. They are not required to respond to these questions, but they are meant to give citizens an idea of what a particular candidate stands for.

3. Voting: 3 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Stages may be shortened by up to 1 day if circumstances require it, but this shall be announced before the stage begins.

Dates:
The last week of November, March, and July: Archon

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Past Elections / Voting Results: General Elections, March 2021
« on: March 13, 2021, 01:37:23 am »
Voting Results: General Elections, March 2021




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


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Courtroom / Request for Review: Election Laws
« on: March 11, 2021, 02:35:38 am »
Honorable Justices of the High Court:

Having read our current election laws and finding them to be filled with numerous inconsistencies, loopholes, and a general lack of clarity, I would like to ask the Court for its interpretation of the law.

For my three separate queries, I direct the Court's attention to §H.2.2.1 of the Constitution.

1. In §H.2.2.1.4, it says, "This process [determining the winner of a seat based off ranked choice voting] shall be repeated with the capital and each state or territory until the total number of seats allocated are filled. If the allocated seats cannot be filled, they shall be considered absent as indicated in §G."

If you read the section before this, it makes sense and there is no issue allocating the first seat, since the process is clearly laid out. After that though, it's not so clear. For instance, the law does not say that someone who has already won a seat is not considered when you repeat this allocation process. Therefore, it is plausible that the person with the most votes would just keep winning seats (until they gained as many seats as were allocated to their region). I do not think that this was the intention of the law when it was written and would like to ask the Court whether or not someone who had already won a seat would be considered when tallying up votes for other seats.

2. In §H.2.2.1.1, it says, "Should no candidate achieve a simple majority, the candidate with the least votes shall be eliminated and their second choice votes shall be divvied up among the remaining candidates. Should there be a tie for last place in first choice votes, whoever has the least second choice votes shall be eliminated, and so forth until a candidate is eliminated."

Again, this works fine the first time you go through the process, since you narrow down the number of options, thereby forcing someone to achieve a majority. My question is, do people who have been eliminated when determining the first seat remain eliminated when determining other seats? There is no indication whatsoever in the law as to whether or not this is the case, so my interpretation was that since the law did not say otherwise, people eliminated when determining the winner of the first seat would remain eliminated when determining the second one and so on. Again, I do not think this was the intention of the law when it was written, but its lack of clarification seems to make this the case.

3. Finally, I have a question about ties. If two candidates (for the House) are tied in the first round, and their second choice votes are also tied, who wins? For electing the Prime Minister, in §H.2.1.2.4 it says, "If for any reason, this process of elimination does not result in a candidate holding a majority of the vote, another vote, following the same procedures and lasting only one day, shall be held," but there is no such clause for House elections. Does no one win (for that specific region)?

Thank you for your time and I would like to ask that you let me know of your judgement as soon as you reasonably can, since this is vital to determining the outcome of the ongoing election.

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Candidacy Announcements: General Elections, March 2021

Candidacy Announcements close on March 4th at 11:50 PM EST.



Up for Election: The office of Prime Minister, 3 or 5 Court Justices (dependent on how many candidates run), and seats in the House of Representatives. There are 7 seats up for election representing Force, 5 representing RGBN, 2 representing Heart, and up to 1 from each territory.

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

Justices

Responsibilities and Privileges: The Court Justices shall be responsible for overseeing and ensuring the speedy delivery of justice in trials, delivering verdicts on court cases, and judging the legality of passed House Bills. There are three justices on the Court.

Term Length: 2 months

Official Candidacy Form

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

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

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Announcements & News / 4th Annual Force Day
« on: January 31, 2021, 12:26:33 am »
Address: 4th Annual Force Day

My fellow citizens,

Today marks four years since I founded Force. Much has changed in this time and there is a great deal to be proud of. For most of our early history, Force's population remained under 100. Today it is over 140 and if you consider the Union as a whole, we have nearly 400 (392) nations. Speaking of the Union, we can all be proud that for the first time, our territories are showing signs of maturity. RGBN, a territory we took on when it was down to only 9 nations, now boasts 160, more than Force itself. It has a flourishing RP on its Regional Messaging Board, which regularly sees 300+ messages a day. Even Force, which has had its fair share of population dips and jumps, is now consistently active.
Our system of government has always been in constant evolution. Our work towards achieving a more perfect union will continue forever, since perfection itself can never be reached, but our government is certainly much more efficient than it was at the start, where I used to have to do every Minister's job for them. There is still work to be done to assist our territories with developing their own reliably active governments and functioning political systems, but progress has been made on that front too - more territories have local leadership now than at any other point in our history.
Each ministry has made significant progress in these past four years. Internal Affairs went from a ministry which did practically nothing to one which regularly does manual recruitment, has dedicated people to welcome newcomers into the region, helps keep discussion going on the RMB by running polls and daily questions, and in recent days, through its WA program, has more than doubled total endorsements across the Union. Foreign Affairs used to be a ministry I practically ran on my own, but is now one which functions well on its own. We have good relations or even alliances with some of the most respected regions in the game and as a result, have gained access to valuable intelligence, participation alongside these regions in various NS events (eg. N-Day), and help and support in times of need (a stamp infusion when we experienced a major population decline a year ago and help recovering CAD when its regional founder was deleted for reasons outside our control). Media and Culture consists of what were two separate ministries which had always been notoriously difficult to run. Even so, it has done well recently, despite the many difficulties it still faces. Just last month, it held Winterfest, a special festival for all citizens. While the event did not go as smoothly as it might have under ideal circumstances (the minister who came up with it in the first place had to resign for personal reasons just a week before it was held), it still turned out to be a lot of fun and plenty of citizens participated, with some incredibly lively discussions taking place around the events. The media aspect of the ministry has also had success. Originally, the Ministry of Communications barely even produced The Force Flyer itself. I would end up writing most or all of the articles and then publishing them, with little to no input from the ministry. Nowadays, on its 51st issue, The Force Flyer is published on a monthly basis - always with multiple writers and now with many new sections, such as op-eds, which did not exist in its early days. Finally, there's the RP Ministry. A ministry which once couldn't even run an RP, now has its own series of specialized maps (for borders, resources, water availability and more) and events, helping to drive activity, as well as its own statistics program, helping to prevent many of the issues other RPs face, such as godmodding.
The most important aspect of Force has always been its community, and that remains as true now as ever. Even when we're in the middle of a population decline, the Discord always seems to be active. If people aren't in a VC watching someone play a game, listening to music, or reading the Unabomber Manifesto (yes, that did happen), they're probably in the midst of a heated debate about RL politics, obsessing over pictures of my dog, or playing trivia with the bot. Force has a community like no other - one which is active, friendly, and accepting, but also lighthearted and fun. As the first chapter of our history comes to a close, I look forward to everything the Union still has ahead of it.

Happy Force Day!
Renegalle


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Amendment 31: High Commission and Union Reform Act

Author: Renegalle

Purpose: To improve the existing system of territorial oversight and support, to improve the government’s ability to act on a federal scale, to create a formal procedure for admission of States into the Union, to better define the Court’s power over the territories and territorial law, and to redefine classifications of law.

Existing Clause: Title
The Constitution of the Union of Force and its Territories

New Clause: Title
Constitution of the Union of Force

Existing Clause: Preamble
We the nations of Force and its Territories, come together to form a union in which all are equal, where liberty and democracy prevail, where freedom is not only protected, but embraced, and in which unity is held sacrosanct.

New Clause: Preamble
We come together to form a union in which all are equal, where liberty and democracy prevail, where freedom is not only protected, but embraced, and in which unity is held sacrosanct.

Existing Clause: §A.5
5. Citizens who voted in the last election for House of Representatives in the territory which a Representative represents and who currently reside in that territory shall hold the sole power to remove a Representative from office. They shall do so by holding a democratic vote in which a simple majority of votes in favor of their removal, within 3 days, is required to remove them.

New Clause: §A.5
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.

Existing Clause: §C.2.2
2.2. A minister shall be responsible for overseeing capital domestic matters, including Union recruitment, ensuring new members of the Union understand how the government works and know about all the opportunities available to them, and producing any other official publications and documents.

New Clause: §C.2.2
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.

Existing Section: Article D: Types of Law
1. Laws shall exist in a hierarchical manner, so that some are more important than others.
2. The Constitution
2.1. This Constitution shall function as the highest level of law.
3. House Law
3.1. The laws passed by the House of Representatives shall function as the second highest level of law and can do anything that does not contradict, amend (except by legal means), or suspend the Constitution.
4. Executive Law
4.1. Executive Orders may be issued by the Founder or Prime Minister which shall have the power to do anything except contradict, amend, or suspend the Constitution or House Law. In addition, they may not amend or suspend territorial law, but may contradict it as necessary in accordance with the powers given to them in this Constitution.
5. Treaty Law
5.1. This constitutes all official treaties between the Union and other sovereign governments and ordinances passed through the framework of these treaties. These may not contradict, amend, or suspend the Constitution, House Law, or Executive Law.
6. Territorial Law
6.1. The laws passed by each respective territory shall have the power to do anything within that territory which does not contradict, amend, or suspend the Constitution, House Law, Executive Law, or Treaties.

New Section: Article D: Types of Law
1. Laws shall exist in a hierarchical manner, such that some are more important than others.
2. Federal Law
2.1. The Constitution of the Union of Force shall function as the highest level of law throughout the Union.
2.2. The laws passed by the House of Representatives shall function as the second highest level of law and can do anything that does not contradict, amend (except by legal means), or suspend the Constitution.
2.3. Executive Orders may be issued by the Founder or Prime Minister which shall have the power to do anything except contradict, amend, or suspend the Constitution or House Law. They may not amend or suspend state or territorial law. They may contradict state and territorial laws, in accordance with the powers given by this Constitution, but may not contradict state constitutions (or the equivalent).
2.4. All official treaties between the Union and other sovereign governments and ordinances passed through the framework of these treaties. These may not contradict, amend, or suspend the Constitution, House Law, or Executive Law.
3. State and Territorial Law
3.1. The laws passed by each respective state or territory shall have the power to do anything within that state or territory which does not contradict, amend, or suspend federal law.

Existing Clauses: §E.3, §E.5.1.2, and §E.6-§E.6.2
3. The House shall hold the power to pass and repeal laws.
5.1.2. All other government officials, besides those excluded from impeachment in §E.6, shall require a simple majority vote to be impeached.
6. Any member of the House may propose an amendment to this Constitution. Once every member of the House has had the chance to review the Amendment, the Amendment may be seconded and subsequently, sent to vote. If the House votes in favor of it, with a simple majority, it will then be sent to the citizens, within one week, for a vote lasting 4 days. This vote shall be administered by the Speaker of the House, their Deputy, or a citizen to whom the responsibility is delegated if neither of the aforementioned are able to. If the citizens approve of the amendment with a 2/3 majority, the amendment will be sent to the Founder for approval.
6.1. If the Founder signs the amendment, the Constitution shall be amended and the amendment shall become law. In signing it, the Founder may fix any spelling, grammar, and formatting errors in the passed amendment and that fixed version shall become law.
6.2. If the Founder vetoes it, providing reasoning for their veto, it shall not become law, with no option to override the veto.

New Clauses: §E.3, §E.5.1.2, and §E.6-§E.7.2
3. The House shall hold the power to pass and repeal laws and may create laws defining its own positions and procedures, within the constraints of this Constitution. The House shall at minimum have a Speaker to lead it in holding votes and overseeing debates.
5.1.2. All other government officials, besides those excluded from impeachment in §E.5, shall require a simple majority vote to be impeached.
6. The House may grant or revoke statehood by means of a special session and vote.
6.1. For both special sessions, a majority of capital representatives in favor as well as a majority of each state’s representatives in favor shall constitute an actual majority. The votes of territorial representatives shall not be considered in either special session. The votes of representatives from a state whose status is being revoked shall not be considered in a revocation session.
6.2. A territory may petition the House of Representatives for statehood.
6.2.1. A territorial leader, seeking statehood, must submit a completed constitution (or equivalent document), reviewed by the High Court for legality, to the House of Representatives.
6.2.2. The Speaker of the House shall read, in its entirety, the constitution to the assembled representatives. Representatives may suggest changes, which shall be taken note of. Once this reading is done, the Speaker shall read the constitution once more, during which time representatives may suggest additional changes.
6.2.3. Following this, two votes shall be held, on whether to admit the territory as a state and on whether to accept the completed constitution.
6.2.3.1. If an actual majority votes in favor of both measures, the territory shall become a state and the submitted constitution (or equivalent) shall become the new state’s highest law after federal law and replace the applicant’s existing constitution (or equivalent thereof).
6.2.3.2. If an actual majority votes in favor of the territory becoming a state, but not in favor of the constitution, the constitution, with the submitted suggestions for changes, shall be sent back to the territory’s leader. The session shall end and the territory’s status shall remain the same.
6.3. The House of Representatives, by means of a special session and vote, may revert a state to territorial status.
6.3.1. Both the state and those in favor of reverting its status shall have the opportunity to make their case.
6.3.2. Following this, the House of Representatives shall hold a vote on whether to revert the state to territorial status. If an actual majority votes in favor, the state shall revert to territorial status and its existing constitution (or equivalent) shall be annulled.
7. Any member of the House may propose an amendment to this Constitution. Once every member of the House has had the chance to review the Amendment, the Amendment may be seconded and subsequently, sent to vote. If the House votes in favor of it, with a simple majority, it will then be sent to the citizens, within one week, for a vote lasting 4 days. This vote shall be administered by the Speaker of the House, their Deputy, or a citizen to whom the responsibility is delegated if neither of the aforementioned are able to. If the citizens approve of the amendment with a 2/3 majority, the amendment will be sent to the Founder for approval.
7.1. If the Founder signs the amendment, the Constitution shall be amended and the amendment shall become law. In signing it, the Founder may fix any spelling, grammar, and formatting errors in the passed amendment and that fixed version shall become law.
7.2. If the Founder vetoes it, providing reasoning for their veto, it shall not become law, with no option to override the veto.

Existing Clause: §F.11
11. The Justices shall hold the sole authority to judge the legality of all House Laws (excluding Constitutional amendments) and Territorial Laws. They shall provide a public statement on the legality of each of these laws within a week of their passage. They shall also hold the authority to judge the legality of executive and treaty law, though they are not required to provide statements on their legality.

New Clause: §F.11
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:

Existing Clause: §G.1.2.1
1.2.1. If a government official anticipates an absence this long, in order to keep their position, prior to the absence they must provide reasonable cause for it and designate another official in their area of government to take on their responsibilities. This shall not apply to the Court, who are subject to §G.4, regardless of the circumstances.

New Clause: §G.1.2.1
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.

Existing Clauses: §H.2.2 and §H.3.2
2.2. In elections for House Representatives, ballots shall allow residents of each territory to vote for or against each candidate running for that territory's seat(s). They may vote, at maximum, for as many candidates as there are available seats, as indicated by §E.2. The candidates with more votes for than against them shall be elected.
3.2. The Speaker shall be responsible for sending a telegram to all citizens of the Union's capital region and is urged to send one to each of its states, notifying them of the start of each election stage. They shall do the same on the Force Discord Server.

New Clauses: §H.2.2 and §H.3.2
2.2. In elections for House Representatives, ballots shall allow residents of each region to vote for or against each candidate running for that region’s seat(s). They may vote, at maximum, for as many candidates as there are available seats, as indicated by §E.2. The candidates with more votes for than against them shall be elected.
3.2. The Speaker shall be responsible for sending a telegram to all citizens of the Union's capital region and to each of its states, notifying them of the start of each election stage. They shall do the same on the Force Discord Server.

Existing Clause: §I.1.3
1.3. Attempting to or successfully raiding or illegally occupying a territory of the Union of Force or its allies.

New Clause: §I.1.3
1.3. Attempting to or successfully raiding or illegally occupying a region of the Union of Force or its allies.

Existing Section: Article K: Territories
1. The Union shall consist of territories, all (except military occupations) subject to the Constitution, House Law, Executive Law (where applicable), and Treaty Law.
1.1. All territories may by law establish courts.
1.1.1. These courts may only try crimes which are illegal in that territory, but not on a federal level. Only the Union High Court may try federal crimes.
1.1.2. Punishments for these crimes must be in line with the Union Constitution and may only remove privileges which exist within that territory and not on a federal level.
2. The Founder may create, remove, annex, combine, or disassociate any territories from the Union, except for the capital territory and states, at their discretion.
3. Territorial classifications (except those defined herein), with differing levels of sovereignty, may be created, modified, or removed at the discretion of the Founder or High Commissioner.
3.1. All territories, except the capital territory and states, may have their classifications modified at the discretion of the Founder. The capital territory and states may only have their classifications modified by an amendment to this Constitution.
4. The Founder may appoint and dismiss, at their discretion, a High Commissioner, who shall be charged with overseeing the affairs of the Union's territories. This shall include coordinating inter-union functions, tending to any issues that the territories may encounter, and ensuring that the law is upheld within them.
4.1. Each State and any other territories where it is deemed necessary shall have a viceroy, nominated by the High Commissioner and approved by the Founder.
4.2. Each Viceroy shall act as the official Union Representative to that territory, tasked with routinely reporting to the High Commissioner on that territory's activity, progress, and issues. They shall additionally be responsible for communicating to that territory important messages from the federal government, including the start of different stages in federal elections, voting on amendments, the release of The Force Flyer, and inter-union events.
4.3. Each Viceroy shall be the head of that territory's military and intelligence forces (if they exist), unless otherwise tasked by order of the Founder or High Commissioner, and must be given access to that territory's governmental meeting place(s).
5. The Capital Territory shall be the seat of the Federal Government and be administered solely by it.
5.1. Force is the only capital territory.
6. States shall exist as semi-sovereign entities. Each of them may form their own governments with power over all matters, except those concerning foreign relations and defense. The Founder or High Commissioner may grant these restricted powers to a State Government at their discretion.
6.1. RGBN and Heart are the only states.
7. Provinces shall exist as semi-sovereign entities. They may be led by a Governor, appointed by the Founder, put under direct Federal Government control at the order of the same, or have their own governments with power over all matters, except those concerning foreign relations and defense.
8. Military occupations shall be a special classification of territory where residents shall not hold Union citizenship and where usual laws shall not apply. They shall be subject solely to the orders of the Founder or a Military Governor appointed by the Founder to oversee them.

New Section, Article K: The Union
1. The Union shall consist of the capital, states, and territories (the Union of Force), all (except occupations) subject to the Constitution, House Law, Executive Law (where applicable), and Treaty Law.
2. The Founder may appoint and dismiss, at their discretion, a High Commissioner, who shall act as an intermediary between the federal, state, and territorial governments. Their powers and responsibilities shall include:
2.1. Holding meetings with state and territorial leaders, at least once a month, to discuss their status, any issues they are encountering, progress they have made on tackling existing issues, and future plans. They may also hold meetings at any time to discuss emergency issues and may compel state and territorial leaders (or their designated representatives) to attend, provided they give at least 24 hours’ notice and these individuals are able to attend.
2.2. Issuing notifications to the federal government for the resolution of any problem states or territories may be facing. Should the federal government fail to attempt to resolve any issue within 1 month of the relevant notification being made, the Prime Minister shall be guilty of nonfeasance.
2.3. Ensuring that the law is upheld within all states and territories. This shall include making sure that state and territorial elections are held on time, that their laws are fully observed, and that federal law and changes to it are implemented there and made known to all.
2.4. Coordinating, in conjunction with the Founder, the annexation, combination, and disassociation of territories.
3. The Capital shall be the seat of the Federal Government and be administered solely by it.
3.1. Force is the capital.
4. States shall exist as semi-sovereign entities. Each of them may form their own governments with power over all matters, except those concerning foreign relations and defense. The Founder or Prime Minister may grant these restricted powers to a State Government at their discretion.
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.
4.2. RGBN and Heart are the states.
4.2.1. Clause 4.2 shall be updated, without an amendment, should the House of Representatives make a territory a state, in line with §E.6.2.3.1 or revert a state to territorial status, in line with §E.6.3.2.
5. Territories (other than occupations) shall exist as semi-sovereign entities. They may be led by a Governor, appointed by the Founder, put under direct Federal Government control at the order of the same, or have their own governments with power over all matters, except those concerning foreign relations and defense.
5.1. Occupations shall be a special classification of territory where residents shall not hold Union citizenship and where usual laws shall not apply. They shall be subject solely to the orders of the Founder or a Governor appointed by the Founder to oversee them.
5.2. The Founder may create, remove, annex, combine, or disassociate any territories from the Union at their discretion.
5.3. Territorial classifications (except those defined herein), with differing levels of sovereignty, may be created, modified, or removed at the discretion of the Founder or High Commissioner.
5.4. All territories may have their classifications modified at the discretion of the Founder and High Commissioner. However, the Founder may overrule the High Commissioner.

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Settled Cases / Union v. Xenomenadra
« on: January 23, 2021, 01:26:43 pm »
Under §I.1.1 and §I.1.2 of the Constitution, I hereby bring forth charges against Xenomenadra of treason.

By releasing a public statement using the platform available to them via the Government of Nova Lisseum, Xenomenadra undermined the Government of the Union and its right to enforce its own legitimate laws. In addition, Xenomenadra harmed the people of the Union by having the Government of Nova Lisseum condemn the Union.

Evidence:


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Bills / House Bill 56: Comprehensive House Procedures Act
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:21:15 am »
House Bill 56: Comprehensive House Procedures Act

Purpose: To replace several older Bills with a single more comprehensive one and to update existing House Procedures to be simpler and more efficient.

Author(s): Previous versions by Azerubia, Lashnakia, Libertatis Regalis, Salibaic, Sumeka, and Renegalle.

Article 1: Basic Procedures

1. Proposed laws must be seconded by a House Representative before they can be debated.
2. A debate shall be held by the Speaker within 7 days. The Speaker may hold one debate to discuss multiple pieces of proposed legislation.

     2.1. If the Speaker does not start a debate within 7 days it shall be considered nonfeasance (except where a vote has been forced by petition).

3. After debate, a vote shall take place within 48 hours. If a vote on the proposed law has been forced by petition, the Speaker shall try to ensure a debate still takes place before the mandated vote.

     3.1. If the Speaker does not start a vote within 48 hours it shall be considered nonfeasance.

4. Votes on bills, repeals, and resolutions shall require a simple majority to pass.

     4.1. These votes shall remain open for 2 days or until they reach a majority.

5. Bills must be presented to the Prime Minister for signature, once passed. Once signed, they shall become law.

     5.1. If the Prime Minister vetoes a bill, the House, following a debate, can overturn this veto with a 2/3 majority vote.

Article 2: Speaker

1. The House shall elect a Speaker from amongst its members by a 2/3 majority vote who shall be responsible for:

     1.1. Holding and scheduling debate on proposed laws and votes thereof. They shall provide and update a publicly available schedule of the House's upcoming debates, meetings, and votes.
     1.2. Correcting formatting errors and posting proposed laws on the forums before holding a vote (if not already there). If it is unclear what any section is trying to say, the Speaker must ask for clarification from the law's author(s).
     1.3. Tabulating votes and posting these results wherever the passed law is found, or in the case of a repeal, wherever the repealed law is found. This must specify the votes of each member or if they were absent from the vote.  They must also ensure that the law is moved to the appropriate section of the forums and if it affects any other laws, those laws are to be moved as well.
     1.4. Informing citizens of the passage of legislation (or repeals) on a weekly basis. If no legislation/repeals have been passed during a particular week, they shall not be required to do this.
     1.5. Informing citizens and the House of Representatives of House debates and meetings. They must also extend an invitation to citizens, by any reasonable means, to participate. No citizen may be barred from listening in on these sessions. All House Representatives must be able to provide their opinions on the matters of discussion during these sessions.
     1.6. Supervising and holding elections, as required and laid out by the Constitution.

2. A Speaker shall be elected at the beginning of a new term after the completion of a General or Midterm Election. A new election for Speaker may be held during a term if the Speaker resigns or loses their position in the House and has no Deputy.

     2.1. These elections shall begin with candidacy announcements, followed by a debate, followed by a formal vote. Each such period shall last 2 days or in the case of voting, until every Representative has voted.
     2.2. If the House Speaker from the previous term is re-elected, they shall remain the incumbent until a new election for Speaker has been held. They shall hold the Speaker election. If they are not re-elected, the Founder shall hold the election for Speaker.

3. The Speaker may appoint another member of the House as their Deputy, who shall assume the title of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. They may remove this person as Deputy at any time and for any reason.

     3.1. The Deputy Speaker shall take on the duties of the Speaker if the Speaker is absent for any reason or has delegated those duties to them.
     3.2. The Deputy Speaker shall assume the position of Speaker if the Speaker resigns from their position or for any reason ceases to be a Representative.

Article 3: Bill Format

1. A bill shall have the following format:

House Bill [TBD]: [title of bill]
Purpose: [the purpose the bill is trying to achieve]
Author(s): [Author(s) Name]
Article [article number]: [article name]
[clause number]. [text of clause].

Article 4: Repeals

1. Any law passed by the House may be repealed, except Constitutional Amendments, unless those Amendments have not yet been voted on by the citizens.
2. Bills may include repeals in their contents.
3. Standalone repeals shall not have any format, name, or number; they shall simply be motions which are debated and voted upon.

Article 5: Constitutional Amendments

1. An amendment shall have the following format:

Amendment [TBD]: [title of Amendment]
Purpose: [the purpose the bill is trying to achieve]
Author(s): [Author(s) Name]
[Existing Section: Name of Section] Existing Language
[New Section: Name of Section] New Language
OR
[Existing Clause(s): [Clause Number(s), including Section letter]] Existing Language
[New Clause(s): [Clause Number(s), including Section letter]] New Language

2. When an amendment is proposed, the following should be bolded:
     2.1. Any and all new material proposing to be added to the document.
3. If material is removed, it is to be striked out in the new article to indicate so.
4. After the bill has passed voting by the House, the Speaker of the House, Founder, or writer of the bill may remove these bolded and struck out characters and properly format the amendment.

Article 6: House Resolutions

1. All House resolutions shall have the following format:

House Resolution [TBD]: [title of resolution]
[Statement].

2. Usage of a resolution
     2.1. To commend an individual or branch of government
     2.2. To censure an individual or branch of government
     2.3. To introduce procedural changes that only affect the House of Representatives

Article 7: Articles of Impeachment Format

1. Articles of impeachment shall have the following format:

House Impeachment [TBD]
Official: [the official the House is trying to impeach]
Article [article number]: [article name]
[Statement].

Article 8: Numbering

1. The Speaker of the House will assign all new bills a number after they have been passed by the House and signed into law.
2. Resolutions, Articles of Impeachment, and Constitutional Amendments shall be assigned a number after being passed by the House.

Article 9: Repeals

1. House Bills 11, 28, 30, 31, 37, 43, 46, and 54 are repealed by this Bill.

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Past Elections / Voting Results: Midterm Elections, January 2021
« on: January 13, 2021, 09:02:51 pm »
Voting Results: Midterm Elections, January 2021




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


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Internal Affairs / WA Telegram
« on: January 12, 2021, 12:18:23 pm »
To be sent to
region:force,-tag:wa

Code: [Select]
[b]Great nations of Force,[/b]

In order to increase the influence of our region on the world stage and enhance its security, I would like to ask a special favor of you:

[u][i]Join the World Assembly![/i][/u]

The World Assembly has many benefits to offer you, including the ability to endorse others and gain the position of World Assembly Delegate, the ability to submit and vote on resolutions brought to the General Assembly or Security Council, and the ability to seamlessly take part in our military, should we choose to form one.

Joining is simple; just follow these steps:
[list=1][*]Ensure you have set a valid email in [url=https://www.nationstates.net/page=settings#email]settings[/url]
[*]Go to [url=https://www.nationstates.net/page=un]the World Assembly page[/url] and click on the join button
[*]Check your inbox, for whichever email you put in Step 1 and check for an email from NationStates. If it is not in your inbox, make sure to check your junk or spam mail
[*]Click on the verification link in that email and you'll be brought to a page to confirm your joining of the WA. Click on the button to join
[/list]
...and that's it! You're in. Once you've joined, make sure [b]not[/b] to join the World Assembly with another nation. It goes against game rules and [b]you will[/b] be caught.

═══════════════════════════════════

We'd also like to ask a favor of you; that you endorse our World Assembly Delegate. The current WAD is [nation]New Legland[/nation].
More endorsements give our region more power on the world stage, so we ask that you do this if you want to see that come to fruition.

Here's how to endorse them:
[list=1][*]Go to [url=/nation=New Legland#composebutton]their nation page[/url]
[*]Click [b]'Endorse New Legland'[/b]
[/list]
That's it!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this telegram and helping out our region. Your efforts will not be in vain.

Sincerely,
[nation]Renegalle[/nation]

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Internal Affairs / API Recruitment Telegram
« on: January 08, 2021, 09:36:47 pm »
Code: [Select]
[b]Dear %NATION%,[/b]

I am His Imperial Highness [b][nation=noflag]Renegalle[/nation][/b], Founder and Emperor of the most extraordinary region, [b][region=Force][/b]!

First off, I know your mailbox is overwhelmed with other nations advising you to join their regions. If you find these bothersome, just [url=https://www.nationstates.net/page=tgsettings][b]head here[/b][/url] and determine which categories you would like to block.

[u][b]Roleplay, Clubs, and Community[/b][/u]
[spoiler=[i]Our Roleplay[/i]]
The roleplay system evolved from a rag-tag group of people interacting as leaders,
to a more realistic system where a program runs stats and nations can fight for
resources and land on a complex map created over several months by the RP
Ministry.

The roleplay has undergone many changes, but now has a larger amount
of space to accommodate new players and rules so that older nations are not
overpowered, allowing newcomers to join at any time.[/spoiler]
[spoiler=[i]Our Clubs[/i]]
When people in Force are not RPing, they are active in the numerous clubs Force
has to offer. Any citizen can create a club. Force has activity-based clubs, like the
Chess Club, where members organize chess tournaments, an Anime Club, where
members discuss and watch episodes of their favourite shows, and clubs which
discuss social issues, such as the Force Autistic Club and the Gay Agenda.[/spoiler]
[spoiler=[i]Events and Community[/i]]
We host many fun events in Force, like Among Us games, Roblox tournaments,
Krunker matches, movie-showings, and much more.

When we're not holding these events, we're often sitting in a voice-chat talking
or having a heated debate in #irl-politics. The greatest thing about Force is its
community, which is active, fun, and understanding.[/spoiler]

[u][b]The Union and its Government[/b][/u]
[spoiler=[i]The Union[/i]]
Force is the capital of the Union, a federation of regions who share a common
government and community. Each region has their own government, allowing residents
to seek leadership positions there before seeking them at a federal level.[/spoiler]
[spoiler=[i]Government[/i]]
In Force, it is easy to partake in government through the civil service, where you can
use your skills to improve the region.

Jobs are always available in our many Ministries, from Media and Culture, where you
can help write our official newspaper or plan events, to Foreign Affairs, where you can
serve as an Ambassador to one of the many regions we have relations with.

You can also run for elected office in general, midterm, and territorial elections! Anyone
can make a career here - why not you?[/spoiler]

Any more questions? [url=/page=compose_telegram?tgto=Renegalle][b]Send me a telegram[/b][/url], [url=/page=dispatch/id=1348826][b]contact one of our ministers[/b][/url], or [b]look at our Welcome Dispatch[/b]. We'll be happy to help! https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1348821

[b]So what are you waiting for? Come on in! Just click 'Move to Force' to join.[/b]

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Announcements & News / Grant of Dot Citizenship
« on: December 30, 2020, 10:37:32 pm »


Grant of Dot Citizenship



I, Renegalle, Founder of the Union of Force and its Territories, hereby bestow the highest award we have upon an incredibly dedicated individual.

Sir Azerubia/Suter joined Force just over a year ago and very quickly began moving up the ranks. Taking the position of Minister of Communications, he lead the Ministry through a difficult time and has ensured its continued success month after month. He revolutionized the design and content of The Force Flyer, adding more articles than before with far more depth than under previous Ministers and he took the time to ensure editions were released on time. He found new writers, new types of content to include, and took a great deal of the burden on himself, writing many of the articles on his own when others were unable or unwilling to help. He spent painstaking hours creating charts tracking our population and activity and as an active member of the community, had no trouble coming up with new ideas for articles. His work in the Ministry of Communications was only one aspect of what he has done for the Union.

In June, he took over as President of RGBN, choosing a very different style of governing from his predecessors. He worked very hard on increasing activity and in particular, bringing back RGBN's RMB RP which had for a time, been the hallmark of its activity. RGBN has long been a troubled region. It was initially taken as a territory by Force when its original Founder, Shenifar (now known as Orogia or Kiel for those on Discord), decided to shut down the region. As RGBN was one of our first embassies, I took notice and asked if we could do anything to help. It turned out that taking over the region was the best thing we could do. We restored the region to activity and partially brought back the RMB RP, but it was never quite the vibrant place it had once been - that is, of course, until Sir Suter took over. From under 40 nations when he took over, RGBN has grown to be the second largest region in the Union, just behind Force itself, with a population now above 120 nations. RGBN is now only about 10 nations below its historical high, which it enjoyed as a sovereign region, years ago. RGBN has a relatively active Discord and RMB, a high population, status as a state, and key voting power in elections. All of this was made possible by Sir Azerubia/Suter and it is important that he is recognized for his efforts.

Sir Azerubia/Suter is now known for his involvement in the Union's community. He is an active participant on Force's and RGBN's Discords, serves as one of our Official Moderators, is known for his participation in the RP, and joins in almost every event and discussion imaginable. He has made many people enjoy their time more here because of his kind demeanor and humor. He is a friend to me and many others and now that he has unfortunately had to resign due to the pressures of real life, I bid him farewell from government. I truly hope that when the pressures of real life loosen their hold a bit, he will be able to once again be an active and friendly member of the community.

Sir Azerubia/Suter is now entitled to move his main nation or a puppet to the territory of Dot and is entitled to all the honor and respect bestowed upon him by this award.

Again, I thank you for all you have done for the Union and know that you will excel in whatever you may undertake, both here and in real life.

Sincerely,

Renegalle

Founder/Emperor of Force



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