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by The Benevolent Matriarch of Imkiville. . 831 reads.

Announcement from the Delegate

Greetings Lazarus and interested parties, just your friendly delegate Imki here with a little update for you:
As you are likely already aware, over the last few months a constitutional convention has been held to try and help our region recover from it's ongoing troubles, to be hosted by a council of trusted ex-delegates and participated in by loyal and enthusiastic members of the region.
Optimistically it was hoped this process would take no longer than a month and everyone would cooperate for the betterment of Lazarus. Unfortunately this has not been the case and whilst some delays and heated discussions are to be expected with such an epic undertaking it has become clear that there are far more flaws with this ideal than first anticipated and the Concon has descended into nothing more than a circus.
It is with a heavy heart I have decided to call an end to the Concon, disband the Council of Natives and Peacekeepers and thank everyone for all the time and effort but I believe this has gone on long enough now.
Instead I am implementing a new constitution that I believe will provide a strong and stable base for a long term governance of Lazarus based on my observations of the community’s needs.
It has always been my sincere hope throughout everything these last three months that a strong, independent region would be the end product and I continue to hope that, regardless of past differences or problems, we can all come together to build a healthier community for Lazarus with this new constitution as the foundation.
Without further adieu I present you with the new constitution of Lazarus, Mandate 12:

Twelfth Mandate of Lazarus (Mandate 12)

Preamble

In order to ensure a government that is stable, meritocratic, and fosters an active community, this Mandate has been established as the fundamental law by which Lazarus will be governed. This Mandate is the supreme law of Lazarus and, together with constitutional law, takes precedence over any other law or policy.

I. Assembly of Lazarus

Composition of the Assembly

(1) The Assembly will be comprised of all citizens of Lazarus.

Powers of the Assembly

(2) The Assembly may establish and revise its own procedural rules by 50%+1 vote.

(3) The Assembly may enact, amend, or repeal general laws and resolutions by 50%+1 vote.

(4) The Assembly may enact, amend, or repeal treaties, at the request of the Delegate, by 50%+1 vote.

(5) The Assembly may declare war against another region or organization, and repeal a declaration of war, at the request of the Delegate, by two-thirds vote.

(6) The Assembly may remove the Assembly Speaker, a Cabinet Minister, a Court Justice, a Councillor of Lazarene Security, or any other government official established by law or policy from office, by two-thirds vote.

(7) The Assembly may remove the Delegate or Vice Delegate from office by three-quarters vote.

(8) The Assembly may declare a state of emergency, end a state of emergency declared by the Council on Lazarene Security, or extend a state of emergency ended by the Council, by three-quarters vote.

(9) The Assembly may amend this Mandate by three-quarters vote.

(10) The Assembly may enact constitutional laws and resolutions, bearing the same legal weight as this Mandate, and may amend or repeal such constitutional laws and resolutions, by three-quarters vote. Constitutional laws and resolutions must be explicitly designated as such within the text of each constitutional law or resolution, and may not either explicitly or implicitly amend or repeal this Mandate or other constitutional laws or resolutions.

Speaker of the Assembly

(11) The Delegate will appoint an Assembly Speaker to preside over the Assembly according to its procedural rules. Appointment of the Assembly Speaker will be subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly.

(12) In the absence of procedural rules to settle a procedural matter in the Assembly, the Assembly Speaker may establish such rules. Procedural rules established by the Assembly Speaker will always be subordinate to the laws of Lazarus and procedural rules established by the Assembly.

(13) The Assembly Speaker will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly or the Delegate, or automatic removal from office.

(14) The Assembly may provide for the appointment and removal of deputies to the Assembly Speaker by law or through its procedural rules.

II. Delegate of Lazarus

Establishment of the office of Delegate

(1) The Delegate will serve as head of state, head of government, lawful WA Delegate, and the chief governing authority of Lazarus.

(2) The Delegate may not serve in any other office while serving as Delegate, except that the Delegate will be suspended from the Council of Lazarene Security if they are already a Councillor, but will automatically resume membership on the Council after their term as Delegate.

(3) The Delegate will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly, or automatic removal from office.

Powers of the Delegate

(4) The Assembly Speaker will promptly present all general and constitutional laws or resolutions, amendments to or repeals of such laws or resolutions, and amendments to this Mandate to the Delegate for approval. The Delegate may then grant or withhold approval, but only such legislation that has been approved by the Delegate will become enacted law.

(5) The Delegate may admit residents of Lazarus to citizenship, or may delegate this responsibility to the government official(s) of their choosing. Further procedure for citizenship admission, including procedure for appealing rejection of a citizenship application by the Delegate, as well as criteria for maintenance of citizenship and enforcement of such criteria, may be established by law.

(6) The Delegate may, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Council on Lazarene Security, impose revocation of citizenship, ejection and/or ban from Lazarus, or other measures to preserve the security and stability of Lazarus, for whatever duration of time is determined appropriate. The Assembly may overturn such decisions by three-quarters vote.

(7) The Delegate may, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly or 50%+1 vote of the Council on Lazarene Security, establish and revise endorsement limits for Lazarus. The Delegate may enforce such limits and will be assisted by the Vice Delegate and Council on Lazarene Security as needed. The Vice Delegate and Councillors will not be subject to such endorsement limits.

Line of succession for the office of Delegate

(8) The Vice Delegate will be first in the line of succession, followed by each Councillor in the order determined by the Delegate with confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly. The first person in the line of succession who is willing and able to serve will succeed to the office of Delegate in the event that the office of Delegate is vacant.

(9) The Delegate may appoint the Vice Delegate or a Councillor to serve as Acting Delegate in the event of the Delegate's scheduled absence. In the event of the Delegate's unscheduled absence exceeding seven days, as certified by 50%+1 vote of the Council on Lazarene Security, the first person in the line of succession who is willing and able to serve will serve as Acting Delegate until the Delegate returns.

III. Vice Delegate of Lazarus

Establishment of the office of Vice Delegate

(1) The Delegate will appoint a Vice Delegate to hold the second most endorsements in Lazarus. Appointment of the Vice Delegate will be subject to confirmation by two-thirds vote of the Assembly.

(2) The Vice Delegate will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly or the Delegate, or automatic removal from office.

Powers of the Vice Delegate

(3) The Vice Delegate will be the chairperson of the Council on Lazarene Security, presiding over the Council according to law and its procedural rules, and acting as the Council's spokesperson. If the office of Vice Delegate is vacant, the first Councillor in the line of succession who is willing and able to serve will serve as the Council's chairperson.

IV. Cabinet of Lazarus

(1) The Delegate will set the course of the Cabinet with such ministries, programs, and activities as they determine are beneficial for Lazarus.

(2) The Delegate may issue executive directives to set public policy for executive ministries, programs, and activities. Such directives will remain in effect unless rescinded by the Delegate who issued them or a subsequent Delegate. Such directives may also be amended by the Delegate who issued them or a subsequent Delegate.

(3) The Delegate may appoint Cabinet Ministers to assist with executive ministries, programs, and activities, and must fill any ministries mandated by law. Appointment of Cabinet Ministers will be subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly.

(4) Cabinet Ministers will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly or the Delegate, or automatic removal from office.

(5) The Delegate may provide for the appointment and removal of Cabinet deputies.

V. Court of Lazarus

Composition of the Court

(1) The Court will be comprised of three Justices appointed by the Delegate, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly. Requirements for the recusal of Justices and procedure for the appointment of temporary Justices may be established by law.

(2) Justices will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly, or automatic removal from office. Justices may not serve in any other office while serving as Justices.

Powers of the Court

(3) Procedure for constitutional matters brought before the Court will be defined by law.

(4) The Court has the power, upon being petitioned by a citizen, to strike down any general law, treaty, or policy. in whole or in part, and restrain any government action, by two-thirds vote, if such violates this Mandate or any constitutional law.

(5) The Court may, upon being petitioned by a citizen, reconcile contradictions within and between this Mandate and constitutional laws, as well as contradictions within and between general laws, by two-thirds vote, maintaining minimal disruption to the intended purposes of the contradictory provisions.

(6) The Court may interpret and clarify provisions of law when posed in a legal question, by two-thirds vote, as prescribed by law.

VI. Council on Lazarene Security

Composition of the Council

(1) The Delegate will appoint Councillors to the Council on Lazarene Security, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly. Councillors will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly, or automatic removal from office.

Ordinary responsibilities of the Council

(2) Councillors must maintain high endorsement WA nations in Lazarus at all times and meet any other requirements established by law.

(3) The Council will be responsible for assisting the Delegate and Vice Delegate in overseeing and protecting regional security.

(4) The Council may establish and revise its own procedural rules by 50%+1 vote. Such procedural rules will be subordinate to the laws of Lazarus.

States of emergency

(5) The Council may declare and may end a state of emergency by two-thirds vote. During a state of emergency, the Council may take all necessary measures to resolve the emergency, except that the Assembly may not be suspended, and the Council must adhere to any further regulation of states of emergency established by law.

VII. Regulation of Government Officials

Citizenship requirement for government officials

(1) The Delegate, the Vice Delegate, the Assembly Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, Court Justices, Councillors of Lazarene Security, or any other government official established by law or policy must be citizens of Lazarus.

(2) The Delegate may, at their discretion, authorize residents of Lazarus who are not citizens to participate in executive ministries, programs, and activities, but such residents may not serve as government officials, including as deputies or military personnel of officer rank.

Automatic removal of government officials

(3) The Delegate, the Vice Delegate, the Assembly Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, Court Justices, Councillors of Lazarene Security, or any other government official established by law or policy will be automatically removed from office upon loss of citizenship or their nation in Lazarus voluntarily relocating or ceasing to exist.

(4) The Delegate, the Vice Delegate, or Councillors of Lazarene Security will be automatically removed from office upon their WA nation in Lazarus resigning or being expelled from the WA.

Provisional service of certain appointed government officials

(5) Appointed government officials who are subject to confirmation by the Assembly may serve on a provisional basis unless and until their confirmations are rejected by the Assembly.

VIII. Off-site Property Administration

Composition of off-site property administration

(1) The root administrator of off-site property, which will be the same citizen for all official Lazarene off-site property, will be responsible for the appointment and removal of citizens to serve as off-site property administrators and moderators for each off-site property. Membership in off-site property administration and moderation teams will not be construed to constitute government office.

Responsibilities of off-site property administration

(2) No provision of this Mandate nor any law or policy will be construed to limit or interfere with the responsibility and authority of off-site property administration and moderation, subject to the final authority of the root administrator, to safeguard the out-of-character security or safety of the off-site property or its users.

(3) The root administrator will have final authority on off-site property permissions, and may deny or revoke permissions based on risk to the security or safety of off-site property or its users, or violation of terms of service.

IX. Constitutional Conventions

Procedure for initiating a constitutional convention

(1) The Assembly may, by three-quarters vote and with the approval of the Delegate, initiate a constitutional convention for the purpose of repealing and replacing this Mandate.

Basic procedure for a constitutional convention

(2) Following initiation of a constitutional convention, the Assembly will establish procedure for the convention by 50%+1 vote. The Assembly may amend the procedure of the convention while the convention is ongoing by 50%+1 vote. Establishment and amendment of such procedure will be subject to the approval of the Delegate.

(3) During a constitutional convention, this Mandate, the institutions and offices established by and under this Mandate, and all laws and treaties established under this Mandate, will remain in force, until a new constitution is adopted by the convention.

(4) Should the convention fail to yield a new constitution, the Assembly may, by 50%+1 vote, adjourn the convention.

Appointments and citizenship applications will be announced one week from now.
Thank you for your time and cooperation,
Imkiville.

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