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The Outline for Representative and Overseer Terms (OROT)

As already established by regional leaders and diplomats at the formation of The Confederation of The Rhine, each region is required to elect two representatives from their region into the Confederation. Each representative is expected to speak for their region's residency and leadership using the RMB, setting up a poll, and/or introducing policies in the form of legislation.

Term limits are set by a system of merit, so as to encourage activity in the Confederation. Every representative is given a beginning term of three months, where in that span they are expected to complete their duties as is appropriate to their role. There are options available if any representative wants to extend their term, which are;

- Creating and passing legislation that dictates rules inside the Confederation
- Starting/helping start a Committee
- Becoming a Committee leader
- Introducing a region to the Confederation

(Options presented above can be amended or added onto with the consensus of the Confederation)
Every available option presented above will give each representative that accomplishes at least one of them one extra week for every option accomplished. Repeating one of the options multiple times will not give multiple weeks; it's one-use only. Every representative's term is temporary, and must be so.

Once a representative's term limit has ended, a region can hold elections or simply select the next batch of representatives for the next term cycle. However, incumbent representatives can run again for office, and/or make their case for staying for another term, depending on how their region works politically. If the former representative(s) from a region are replaced, then their representative nation name and accomplishments will be recorded in the history document, HCRO.

The role of Overseer is to act as an administrator and moderator in the Confederation. This does not make the Overseer the ruler of The Confederation, since most power is given to representatives to affect the inner working of the alliance. Overseers are also not allowed to censor representatives within the Confederation, or have any significant role in policy or debate, including voting in polls. Overall, Overseers do not have the authority to interfere with proceedings inside The Confederation of The Rhine, except in cases of emergency when a region or the Confederation is under threat. The same goes for Vice-Overseers, who fill in for the Overseer in times of absence. Another exception to the rule of non-interference is an Overseer's authority to grant exceptions to protocols set by passed legislation, but only when asked by a representative in the RMB, by rule of choice.

Unlike representative terms, Overseer terms are not set by merit, meaning there is no option for an Overseer to extend his/her term. Despite that, Overseer terms themselves are twice as long as representative terms; lasting 6 months total. In that term, Overseers can elect a Vice-Overseer, who will replace the Overseer once his/her term is over.

If an Overseer is deemed 'unfit for office' under the charges of...

-Abuse of power
-Discriminating against a region, or multiple regions
-Multiple accounts of being publicly disrespectful to regional leaders and/or representatives
-Failing to uphold order and/or moderate debate within the Confederation
-Being a former representative
-Kicking out representatives before their term ends/after they are re-elected

...,then representatives can call for a vote to remove the current Overseer from office, after presenting evidence of such accusations. In order for the current Overseer, in this case, to be removed from office, at least 2/3 of all representatives have to vote in favor. Then, representatives will be tasked with going to their region's leadership, and asking who that region will nominate(If a region's leadership fails to give a nominee to their representative within a week, then their suggestion will not be counted). Once representatives get their answer, all nominees from each region will be given onto the Confederation RMB, then put into a poll where representatives will vote on who will be the replacement Overseer. Re-votes are allowed in the case of a tie. Once elected, the new Overseer will fill in for the rest of the last Overseer's term, until the Vice-Overseer becomes the new Overseer. On a final note, nominees and Vice-Overseers cannot be former representatives.

Overseers are allowed, once their term is finished, to become contenders for becoming a region's representative. If a former Overseer becomes a representative, he/she will be recognized as a "DECORATED REPRESENTATIVE" in HCIOR. Alternatively, if a former Overseer decides not to become a representative, he/she can be elected as a Vice-Overseer by the current Overseer. However, this does not apply to an Overseer who just got out of office.

All terms will legally start when this legislation comes into affect, which will be on the beginning of October 2018