The Constitution of the Federation of Conservative Nations
Preamble: We, the member-states of the Federation of Conservative Nations, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a more perfect cooperative union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Federation of Conservative Nations.
ARTICLE I: RIGHTS OF RESIDING NATIONS
The government and senate of the Federation of Conservative Nations may not, for any reason, infringe upon these rights as long as the constitution stands. The rights are as follows:
I. All nations, as long as they reside within the Federation, have their sovereign rights guaranteed and can make their own laws within their boundaries.
II. All nations are guaranteed the right to speak out against the government on the discord, regional message board, or forum. All nations have the right to free speech on the RMB (within confines of NS rules), on the Discord; however, excessively abusive or offensive comments are not allowed and may be punished by the President or Secretary of Internal Affairs. Any objections to disciplinary action must be brought to the Judicial Branch, where it may be upheld or overturned.
III. No nation may be banned nor ejected by someone without reason stated on the RMB by said government official.
IV. After seven days of residing within the Federation's discord, any nation may apply for citizenship.
V. All nations are encouraged to be active within the Federation, and participate in regional activities.
VI. Any resident can bring an executive action before the court for a fair hearing if they define the executive action as violating the law.
VII. Any Citizen, Resident, or Government Official cannot be convicted or tried twice for the same offense.
ARTICLE II: RESPONSIBILITIES OF RESIDING NATIONS
Nations within the Federation of Conservative Nations are highly recommended to uphold these responsibilities as residents of the FCN. The responsibilities are as follows:
I. Be loyal to the Federation. Any form of treason or collaboration with foreign entities to tarnish the constitution or the government will be punished accordingly.
II. Be active within the Federation. Inactivity is highly frowned upon, and it is the responsibility of every resident to be reasonably active.
III. Be loyal to the government of the Federation. You may speak out against the government, but plotting to overthrow government officials or destroy the government is unacceptable.
ARTICLE III: THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
I. The Senate of the FCN shall consist of all World Assembly members that are citizens in the region.
II. Senators are responsible for creating the laws that govern the region, and for making amendments to the constitution when needed.
III. Senators may be removed from the senate with a 2/3 majority vote, by leaving the region for a non-region related raid or move, or by ceasing to exist. They may also be removed for withdrawing from the WA while not participating in a government-sanctioned raid or operation.
IV. Senate bills have to be seconded by another senator before they can be brought upon the voting chamber.
V. Votes must be conducted via either a Thumbs Up reaction for Aye, Thumbs Down for Nay, or Raised Hand for Present. Regular bills of any sort require 1/2+ of the vote, and amendments to this document 2/3 of the vote.
VI. Any senators that do not vote shall not count towards the voting count.
VII. All votes must be concluded within a 24 hour period if it has not failed, or passed. A bill fails once it's impossible to gain the required percentage to pass, at the time.
VIII. Any senator or non-senator can form a political party. Nations seeking to form new parties are required to gain approval from the Senate to have their party officially recognized. Parties with 8+ members will be considered as a Major party, 7 or less members will be considered as Minor. Parties with one member will be considered independent and unrecognized. The Senate must approve a new party with a 1/2+ vote and the Senate has the power to disband any political party with a 2/3 vote.
IX. All bills and amendments must be brought before the President to be approved or vetoed. Vetoes can be nullified by 2/3 of the senate.
X. Senate Speakers must be a voting member of the Senate ten (10) days before their election. Presidents do not have to be approved by the senate upon election. Both can be impeached with 2/3 of the vote. Any President-appointed officer can be impeached with 1/2+ Senate vote or removed by the President.
XI. If the court finds the Executive acted unlawfully but does not follow the order of the court, the Senate can bring an impeachment hearing and vote.
XII. With 2/3 of the vote, marshal law may be enacted upon the region, allowing for the founder to be temporary leader of the region and armed forces, and for all officers to be dismissed until marshal law ends. The senate shall not be dismissed, but no bills shall pass in times of marshal law, though the senate can come together and vote to end marshal law.
ARTICLE IV: THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
I. Our region shall function as a democracy, with World Assembly members actively debating and proposing laws that govern the region, and the people directly electing the President and Senate Speaker to represent them in the government and senate, respectively.
II-I. The President shall have the ability to appoint the Secretary of Internal Affairs, Secretary of War, and Head Diplomat. These officers will be approved by the Senate with a 1/2+ majority vote. The President shall be given the power to coordinate these officers, and dismiss them if needed. Members of the cabinet may also be removed by the Senate with a 1/2+ majority vote. The President shall be able to create polls for proposals and for the people to express their opinions on any topic. The President can also suppress rule breaking posts, and shall possess admin on the discord server of the Federation. The President is allotted 3 Executive Orders in his 3 month Presidential Term. The President's Executive Orders may be overturned by the Senate with a 2/3rds vote. The President shall have the power to pardon nations that would normally have been banned under the Communist Condemning Act, the Senate may overturn a pardon with a 1/2+ majority vote. The President shall be granted control over Appearance, Border Control, Communications, Polls, and Embassies. The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, and shall be elected directly by the people.
II-II. The Vice President shall run alongside the President, and shall not have to be approved by the senate. The Vice President shall be President of the Senate, and shall be granted control over Communications and Polls.
III. The Secretary of War shall be Commander of the Armed Forces, with his only superior being the President. The Secretary of War shall be able to declare wars with 1/2+ approval from the Senate, organize and enlist nations into the Armed Forces, lead operations, and appoint military officers at his will. He shall be appointed by the President, and shall be granted control over Appearance, Border Control, and Communications. He shall also be able to change the RAS level.
IV. The Secretary of Internal Affairs shall manage internal affairs of the Federation, and be able to conduct polls, manage regional activities, and manage the roleplay. He shall be able to assist the Founder in elections, and shall de facto be made head of the Election Committee. He shall be appointed by the President, and shall be granted control over Appearance, Border Control, Communications, and Polls, and shall be given admin on the discord server of the Federation.
V. The Head Diplomat shall also be our World Assembly delegate. He is tasked with representing us to other regions, being able to organize meetings and talks, express the region's will in the World Assembly, and set foreign policy not dictated by the Senate or President. He shall be appointed by the President, and shall be granted control over Appearance, Embassies, and Communications.
VI. The Senate Speaker shall be a Senator, and shall be elected directly by the people. He is an Officer tasked with serving as a connection between the people and the senate, keeping the non-senators of the Federation updated on senate bills, senate movements, and more. While being a member of the Cabinet, the Senate Speaker may not be removed by the President as it is an elected position.
VII. No officer may hold more than his officer position in the Federation, nor may he run for more than one position during an election season.
VIII. The Founder of the Region shall organize elections along with the Secretary of Internal Affairs. He shall have no powers, unless Martial Law be enacted upon the region.
IX. All officers are able to employ 'staff' in their various departments, and create non-officer roles related to that position with consent from the President. The departments include: Department of Foreign Affairs (Head Diplomat), the Department of Internal Affairs (Sec. of Internal Affairs), the Department of War (Sec of War), and the Office of the Senate (Senate Speaker).
X. The Head Journalist shall create factbooks telling the history of the FCN, current events in the FCN, and other articles relating to the FCN. He shall be appointed by the Secretary of Internal Affairs, with approval of the President, and shall be granted control over Appearance and Polls. The Head Journalist shall be a staff officer of the Department of Internal Affairs and as such shall not be subject to the Limitations Act. The Head Journalist shall be given control over The FCN Times to update the region on news, politics, and other matters of journalism. Ownership of the FCN Times ends at the end of the Head Journalist's term.
XI. In the event of a vacancy in office between elections, seats may be filled for the duration of the term in this manner: for President, by VP assumption of the presidency; for Vice President, by presidential appointment; for Senate Speaker, by Senate election; for any other Cabinet office, by presidential appointment with Senate approval.
XII. The Executive can remove citizens from the region for consistently violating the Constitution, the law, and/or posing a threat to the region. Before removal, the Executive must post the reason behind the removal in the RMB and tag the citizen being banned. The Executive must provide a 24 hour period for a challenge in court before removal.
XIII. Terms of office for President, Vice President, and Senate Speaker shall extend from the day after the quarterly election to the day after the next quarterly election. The term of office for all Executive Branch officers requiring Senate approval shall extend from their Senate confirmation to the Senate confirmation of the next term for their office.
XIV. In the case of infiltration by an enemy spy/puppet nation, the Executive can remove said spy/puppet from the region for espionage against the FCN and tag the spy/puppet being banned. After removal, the Executive must post in the RMB that said nation was an enemy spy/puppet. The Executive must bring the banning to court to officially review the banning of the spy/puppet.
ARTICLE V: INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL BRANCH
I. Up to three Justices' can be appointed by the President based on their merit and will not hold mental reservations during a sentencing,
II. Justices shall serve from their Senate approval until Senate approval of the succeeding Presidential nomination in the next term of office. There is no limit to how many terms a Justice can serve.
III. Justices nominated for office by the President must be approved by the Senate with a 1/2+ majority vote.
IV. Justices' will exercise power within the confines of the Constitution and will not seek to expand their influence beyond its limitation
V. Justices' will interpret the Common Law without having ideological or philosophical mental reservations (Judicial Activism)
VI. If Justices' are found engaging in the one of the pervious restricted behaviors, the Justice will be removed immediately from the bench with a two thirds vote of the senate.
VII. The Justices can hear a case brought by any resident, decide on the legality of executive actions and order a reversal of the executive action.
VIII. Justices' can not be voting members of the senate during a vote to remove a justice.
ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS
I. An election committee shall be created 24 hours before any vote to closely observe any regional election. The committee will made up of one appointed member from each official political party that will be able to challenge or report any suspicious or unlawful action made during elections to the founder, who will decide whether the nation in question has done any wrong, and if so their punishment.
II. Puppets may not vote in the elections, nor may nations residing in the region for less than seven days prior to the vote.
III. Races with three or more candidates are to be executed by a two-round voting system where if one candidate doesn't receive at least 50% of the vote, a second round will be needed to decide the winner between the top two candidates. The only elections that shall occur are for President and Senate Speaker.
IV. Elections shall be held between the 12th day and 17th day of the months of January, April, July, and October. The election for Senate Speaker shall be held before the election for President.
ARTICLE VII: THE REGIONAL ALERT SYSTEM
I. The Regional Alert System (RAS) shall be on display on the nation's WFE. It shall be maintained by the Secretary of War. The RAS is defined as follows:
Delta: There are no threats to the Region. Business as usual
Gamma: Possible Threat. Secretary of War contacts important allies of our threat if necessary. Business as usual
Beta: Confirmed Threat. Secretary of War can create a password. All officers are contacted. Cautionary
Alpha: Catastrophe. Password is changed. Martial Law. Public At Risk
OMEGA Destruction. Region natives are evacuated to ally region. Martial Law. Evacuation