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Constitution of the Silver Commonwealth, a.k.a. The ''Silver Constitution'' (IC)

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Constitution of the Silver Commonwealth, a.k.a. ''The Silver Constitution''

(While it is called as constitution, it is more similar to Code of Conduct, than a Constitution)

Preamble

We, the Government, and Protectors of our land, in Order to raise a populace, which would be proud of our creation, to ensure, that Commonwealth's future is secured, insure world peace, provide jobs for every man, promote the collectivist system, ensure, that values of the Second Founding Fathers are put in place, and secure the Blessings of God to ourselves and our Dignity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Syndicalist Republics of Silver Commonwealth.

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Section 1 Each Commonwealth State has an obligation to prevent revolts in it, help out other Commonwealth states, if they can't deal with their revolts, and stabilize Commonwealth as a whole. Commonwealth States also can't declare military operations on their own - they must be approved by UCN council first. If a Commonwealth State breaks the Constitution in one way or another - declaring wars on its own, failing to prevent political opponents from taking over, being disloyal to the Commonwealth as a whole, etc, can, and will result in embargo of the said Commonwealth State, or even worse - kicking out of the Commonwealth. Such a state would be vulnerable to invasions, as each of the Commonwealth states could invade it at any time.
Section 2 Commonwealth States can't secede from the Commonwealth, unless Party's members decide to dissolve Commonwealth as a whole in vote between Party's members, or situation becomes so chaotic, that Commonwealth collapses, and Constitution can't be enforced anymore. Although state can be kicked out from Commonwealth in a Party's member vote, Commonwealth will aim to eventually retake it back at one point, or at least cripple it, and its economy. Same applies for some of the larger administrative regions within Commonwealth - Commonwealth States can vote to kick out some of their Autonomies out, and embargo them, if local governors break the rules in some way.
Section 3 New Members can join Commonwealth in two ways - either by conquest, where Commonwealth conquers other country, and forcibly integrates it within itself, and other, more diplomatic approach. In order to join the Commonwealth diplomatically, other country's government has to show a diplomatic interest in it. Then, Party's members must accept the request at first in a vote in parliament. After that, Commonwealth, and other country will enter an alliance, as a transition period to integration. During it, previous government of the applicant nation must be changed, if it is different from SC's government - if it is relatively similar, then integration process simply continues. When integration would be complete, other country would receive full membership of the Commonwealth, and would be annexed in it. Process can be stopped, if government gets voted out, or overthrown, but then Commonwealth will most likely declare war to take the country with force.
Section 4 Each Commonwealth State has 100 seats in the UCN HQ in New York (Except for Antarctica, which hasn't been fully integrated yet), and it has politician representatives from many of the ethnic groups within Commonwealth states, who ensure, that some of the other regions get represented in the larger council as well, not only local ones. All Commonwealth States have an equal amount of representation in the UCN council, and one vote for person. Each decision must be approved by at least 51% of members voting in favor. Each Commonwealth State also has rights to bear an army, in order to protect itself from internal threats, but at war time, they must be integrated into the Commonwealth's Army. Rights also include some individual laws.
Section 5
If compared to Commonwealth states, Regional Autonomies, and Administrative Regions have lesser rights. Some of them function as some kinds of reservations, which have a small seat at the regional council at best. However, some of them have a big authority within the Commonwealth state, or perhaps have even earned the right to host Commonwealth State's capital. While they also govern independently, their ideas usually have less weight than the leading member of Commonwealth State, and their troops are usually treated with suspicion, as the Autonomies are well known potential hotbeds of revolution.


Section 1 Constitution places religion (especially Christianity) as one of the highest values of the Commonwealth, including patriotism, selflessness, and physical strength. Religion should play a large role in government, with clergymen from various religions in the Party, cooperating. Moralist education should be placed as one of the priorities in school, along with ideological indoctrination, which should ensure, that our children will grow into great citizens of our proud Commonwealth. Each religion, and its branch (Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, etc) should have a central priest, which could unite various groups all across the Commonwealth.
Section 2 However, religious freedom itself isn't a right, that Commonwealth grants - religion churches, which members aren't present in the government, or are not trusted by the government, will be taxed like normal institutions, heavily suppressed, or even made illegal - after all, faith is State's matter as well. Citizens should also abide by the local religion, but converting is illegal. Although atheism is not illegal, it should be discouraged in schools, in favor of populace with morals, and with prayer in schools.
Section 3 At the same time, religious leaders and churches should be held accountable to the Party just like everyone else, and not be able to escape from SC's army judge harsh judgement. Churches should remain non-profit organizations, and use their money only for charity - most of the other things are decided by government's bureaucrats themselves.
Section 4 Ideological, and religious warfare should also play a big role in army, and each unit should have a priest, and an army commissar, which could lead them in ideological, and religious crusade against capitalism, anarchism, atheism, communism, and other evils. Each governor should be religious, or at least pay lip service to whoever is the dominant religious group in their territory.
Section 5
However, everything has limits as well - although constitution might be generous in favor of religious leaders, and SC sometimes is considered as a theocracy, they never should have complete control, because there are some places, where it creates obstacles, particularly in science, and vaccines. Despite the attempts of creating the ''religious science'', which could focus on both spiritual, and technical advancement, there still should be an eye kept on those, who seek to slow down scientific advancement either intentionally, or unintentionally.


Section 1 In Commonwealth, freedom of speech is not a right, and someone must earn it through work, and contribution to the society. Besides that, criticizing government, both in internet, or privacy, is never a clever idea, and things like burning the flag, spreading forbidden literature, joining underground movements, taking part in protests, etc, will surely land the unfortunate soul in an underground dungeon at the least. In other words, it is not protected by the Constitution, and government has full rights to intervene.
Section 2 Privacy also is not protected by the constitution - it is legal for government (and SCPS) to use phone tapes, or any other evidence, that could help them. Privacy is not a value in SC's society as well - each building is supposed to have at least three cameras. Also, no question is too intimate, or delicate for SC's survey teams - it can ask any questions what it wants, and will demand answers. There should be only as much privacy, as government, and SCPS allows.
Section 3 One of the obligations of citizens is to be loyal and faithful to the Commonwealth at all times, and report all of those, who might be potential traitors of the Commonwealth. No matter the political views, everyone must side with the Commonwealth during times of war, or large internal crisis, and people, who are using it as a fog for activities, which harm the state, will be punished severely.
Section 4 Creation of new political parties is prohibited, unless their creation is approved by the Party, and they serve as governors of a region. Politics are the monopoly of Party members, and those, who manage to get to higher ranks, and parties aren't supposed to be voted for in the first place. Any political action not sanctioned by state, or the Party is also illegal, and certain ideological groups still aren't welcome in the government.
Section 5
Situation is similar with press as well - in fact, independent news magazines aren't even really allowed to operate, as SNN now is the only news website in SC, along with its regional branches. SNN has been granted absolute rights to monopoly of the information, that citizens can receive, and SNN exists in internet as well, so it has control over media there as well. Other sites can share SNN's content with permission.


Section 1 As Antarctica is a part of the Commonwealth, there is no law, that prevents SC's companies from digging resources from it. Of course, terrain, and environment is harsh, but Antarctica still provides opportunities for untapped resources, and there is no treaty, which could block Overseer of Antarctica, or SC from mining the resources. Of course, there have been concerns about environmental impact, so licences to mining should be given carefully.
Section 2 Outer Space's resources belong to the Commonwealth as well, so it is legal for state, or its companies to perform mining operations on asteroids, or other space objects. However, resources must be given straight to the Commonwealth's Main Bank in America, and no Commonwealth State can claim all resources for itself - they must be split. Besides that, sometimes costs outweigh the benefits.
Section 3 No Commonwealth State, or an administrative region can claim parts of the Moon, Mars, or other space object on its own - it must be approved by the rest of Commonwealth States first in UCN HQ. Besides that, General Secretary Tom intends Space colonization to be a ''pan-humanity project, where all states would participate in'', so SC's space colonies should be governed by central government's officials at first, before a stable colony is set up, so regional administration could take place later on. If SC would take control of multiple planets, question about regional administration would become very important.
Section 4 If any aliens are met, then SC should react neutrally at first, in order to find out, how advanced the alien civilization is - relations with other countries should be started cautiously. Depending on the results, SC might develop a trade alliance, military pact, neutrality, or just straightly annex the civilization. Of course, if only lifeforms, that space groups meet on a planet are non-sentient, colonization should be started as soon as possible.
Section 5 Outer Space's resources belong to the Commonwealth as well, so it is legal for state, or its companies to perform mining operations on asteroids, or other space objects. However, resources must be given straight to the Commonwealth's Main Bank in America, and no Commonwealth State can claim all resources for itself - they must be split. Besides that, sometimes costs outweigh the benefits.


Section 1 Judiciary system belongs to the state - State has rights to appoint both judges, and lawyers. It can also easily deny any appeals from criminals, or not even grant a right to appeal, even on death row. State's courts also must show, that even being in a high ranked position doesn't let you get away from your sins. State's judgement should be efficient, merciless, cold.
Section 2 Before trial, everyone must surrender their weapons (except for guards), and any possible things, that can be used as weapons. All of court sessions are closed sessions, and every session must have at least 3 judges. Bribing the judges is strictly forbidden, and can even result in death, if done repeatedly. Sometimes, trials happen in war courts, to ensure integrity.
Section 3 Most of the matters are judged by regional Commonwealth Government, or autonomy courts, and it is their obligation to solve the issue, as central government ''sees no reason to bicker over petty regional issues''. Exceptions are things, which affect Commonwealth as a whole, and are serious threats to it, like terrorist attacks - then such things are taken to UCN international court, which is located in New York as well.
Section 4 Sometimes, regional governors can back out from judgement as well, and let the local communities to enforce the law, and judge the criminals, if incident is local, and small. One of the examples is Xeer in Somalia, and Cowboy courts in the Lone Star. However, not even those systems can fully guarantee justice, so both regional governors, and SCPS agents should be ready to intervene, and take situation in their hands, if it goes out of regional institution hands.
Section 5 State has the monopoly on justice, as only neutral, state appointed judges can judge the situation objectively, not one of the sides involved in the conflict, which have been personally affected by the misdeed. That also means, that revenge killings aren't allowed either, as only state, and local courts can sentence people to death row. Mob lynching isn't allowed either, as they are not a professional police force. (Perhaps with exceptions on political dissent).


Section 1 The President-Governor is the governor of a region, usually either a Commonwealth State, or a governor of a larger administrative region inside the Commonwealth state, like US megastates. President-Governor is elected by Party's members, usually for a lifetime service. Although for most of the time President-Governor stays in their office until they die from natural causes, illnesses, or some accident, they can resign from their office as well, or get kicked out by the Party, if they are doing their job poorly, or have committed a crime. In all three cases, Party elects a new President-Governor - citizens have little say in it. Governors can have alternate titles as well - for an example "Dictator", or "Caudillo".
Section 2 Tom is the General Secretary, and Eternal President of Silver Commonwealth. He is a supercomputer, so theoretically he could rule for thousands of years, but he, just like every other computer, needs upgrades - both in OS, and construction. So, while the systems are updating, Tom shuts off. Until updates are completed, country is temporarily led by Main Secretary, which is kind of an equivalent of Prime Minister. Main Secretary is elected by the Party, just like the President-Governors.
Section 3 Commonwealth's government is an oligarchy, as power rests in the hands of Party's members - Clergymen, militarists, some CEOs, scientists, farmers, and other people from ministries. While General Secretary has a large power as well, it is effectively limited by Party's oligarchy - mostly in order to avoid opposing groups from taking over, if too much power would lie in one's person's hands. Party usually decides things with secret ballot, although results can later be used by SCPS. This makes SC effectively a republic without a democracy.
Section 4 Commonwealth's government is a totalitarian state, and shall remain so, despite the large decentralization model. It shall follow a mix of left economics, and social conservatism, while enforcing an extreme cult of both leader, and state. While Regional-Governor political ideas might differ, they are supposed to cooperate with each other, and can rule pretty freely in their own personal republics. Regional-Governors shall be held accountable to General Secretary, and he can fire them as well. However, such a decision still would need an approval from the party, except in extreme cases, when General Secretary can get ''emergency powers''.
Section 5
Silver Commonwealth is a collection of authoritarian republics, which embody the spirit of both French Revolutionaries, and national syndicalists, and are staunchly against monarchy - no one can be a monarchist, and member of the Party at the same time. If a person happens to have monarchist sympathies, then they are almost always kicked out. One of our goals is to destroy any remnants of royalty left.


Section 1 SC is a world entity, and it doesn't need to follow some kinds of international laws, as SC's laws are the international laws. How to treat the prisoners of war, and citizens in occupied territories, is up to army itself, as they are not citizens of the Commonwealth, until the war ends. Also, we aren't afraid from inhumane tactics as well, and WMD research should be always authorized by the state.
Section 2 Ethics and morals shouldn't limit the military, and health scientific research, especially if ends justify the means. Religion also shouldn't be an obstacle for scientific, and medical research - if it starts to get in the way, then its influence ends there. If we have to sacrifice a few test subjects in order to get biological super soldiers, new medicine, and grinder guns, so be it.
Section 3 If a weapon is effective, then its mass production for army will be approved, no matter, how deadly, or unethical it is. However, army, SCPS, and police must ensure, that their weapons don't fall into the hands of criminals, or common citizens. Former members of army, SCPS, and police should also be monitored, in case, if they would try to do something stupid.
Section 4 Usage of orbital bombardment is justifiable, if all other methods of breaking through have failed. Usage of carpet bombing, napalm, dum-dum bullets, and flamethrowers is not banned by SC's constitution as well, and torture is considered as perfectly legal means of gathering information.
Section 5 Whatever happens behind the closed doors of research centers, or testing sites, is not journalist business, or any other commoner's business. Only scientific institutes and organizations (And State, and its organizations, of course) have access to the military experiment polygons and military research sites, and soldiers are free to shoot at any trespassers.


Section 1 Economy of the Silver Commonwealth is a Planned economy, with heavy influences from both socialism, and fascism, which blends together like a heart with two different sides beating together. Free market hardly exists, and most of the things are under state's management. Our duty is to ensure, that laissez-faire never gains high popularity again.
Section 2 While not entirely capitalistic, Commonwealth's economy isn't communism either. We don't aim for an equality at all, our goal is more prosaic - to survive, to thrive, to reach for stars. We should use each opportunity, that Lady Luck throws at us - if someone finds a valuable metal deposit either on an asteroid, or just Earth, it is not their's, but State's property, and greed shouldn't overcome the common good.
Section 3 In order to not let corporations become too influential, they are directly controlled by government, and their CEOs should almost always be members of government. A significant part of their profits should also go to the State's banks, and the wage cap for CEOs will be decided by government. However, corporate espionage is not illegal, as long as it benefits the SC.
Section 4 State's companies, and corporations have rights to almost an absolute monopoly over goods, and corporations, which are not under government's control, are going to be either broken up, or disbanded. While laws are more lax on smaller, and micro businesses, and they actually can be owned by individual persons, there is still a limit, on how large a small business can be. If business is deemed as ''too large'' by the State, it will face consequences.
Section 5 Copyright and patents still exist, but mostly all patents and copyright go to the state, as it owns most of the game companies, film studies, research centers, etc. Creators themselves will receive some pay from the government, but rights themselves are transferred to state itself, or its company. In some cases, State can decide to release a thing in public domain, or take out the patent, if it is necessary, especially for vaccines.


Section 1 Lower classes, and civilians aren't allowed to bear weaponry, that is more than simple pistols, or knifes, or even any weapons at all. Exceptions are the demobilized veterans from militia, or army, which could possibly be recruited once again - they can bear a few rifles as well. Some of the farmers, and hunters, who regularly deal with dangerous animals, can carry a bit stronger guns as well. Only military, and other state structures should bear heavy weapons, plasma guns, or other strong stuff.
Section 2 Police should be armed with machine guns, and heavy guns as well, in order to control the crime better. They should also receive access to the newer weapons, in order to don't become technologically outdated. Of course, police also has to have non-lethal weapons at disposal as well, and try to use lethal weapons only when necessary.
Section 3 Despite the rights of Commonwealth States to bear their own army, creation of private militias is illegal, and will often result in arrest of the militia members, but creator of the militia - punished by death. Private militias are considered as dangerous by SC's government, because they could be potential hotbeds for political radicals. If any person knows something about an underground militia, they must report it to the nearest government authority - either police, army, or SCPS.
Section 4 That said, Commonwealth governments have rights to form militias from veteran soldiers, if it lacks manpower, or it doesn't need an outright army intervention. Also, some of the administrative region units rather resemble militias in some way. However, after crisis has ended, most of these militias must be disbanded, except for few cases, when they assist regional armies as a police force, border control, or something else.
Section 5 And, of course, carrying an unlicensed weapon is illegal as well, and severity of the punishment can differ, depending on weapon type, conditions, and criminal history - starting from heavy fines, to even many years in labor camp. All weapons must be registered to the government, and the seller of the gun will also be punished, if it will turn out, that they haven't asked for a licence from the buyer. Creation of underground weapon stockpiles is strictly illegal as well.


Section 1 Like with freedom of speech, a lot of civil rights are not a privilege, and not protected by Constitution, like rights to vote, freedom of thought, political affiliation, and freedom of movement. Also, for example, there is no guarantee, that state pays equal pay for equal amount of work for certain groups, or treats them equally.
Section 2 If government wants so, it has rights to displace large masses of people, if it has to build a military base, research center, or any other public utility. Displaced citizens should receive a small apartment in a blockhouse - nothing much, just enough to live. Also, SCPS has rights to break into houses at any time, if the owner is deemed as suspicious criminal, or a potential political troublemaker.
Section 3 Constitution strictly enforces regulations on drugs, and alcohol - alcohol can be sold only at special stores, and only at certain hours, and in order to brew alcohol in home, there needs to be a special licence. As for drugs, their manufacturing is strictly controlled by government, and only some of them are allowed for usage in medicine (For an example, cannabis). Smoking is restricted to certain areas as well, and if citizens can't get their life back on tracks themselves, state must do it with force.
Section 4 Due of Commonwealth's population being majorly religious, Constitution endorses only marriage between a man and woman, traditional family values, and discourages abortion, divorce, drinking, and profligacy.
Section 5 Collectivism is deemed as ''one of the cornerstones'' of the Commonwealth by constitution, so we must teach it in schools, from very early age. Any signs of individual underground groups should be taken very seriously, and people affiliated with them - punished. One man can do a lot, but not enough. But if we all work like one, then our possibilities are endless.

Pledge of Allegiance shall be:

''I, the citizen of Silver Commonwealth, pledge allegiance to my Flag, my Republic, and my God, whoever it may be. I am a proud citizen, a prouder worker, and a patriot of my homeland, whoever it may be. I am a part of the collective, and shall proudly carry my country in the future.''

Signatures

    Supercomputer Tom, The General Secretary, and Eternal President of the Silver Commonwealth
    Renier Langenhoven, President-Governor of South Africa
    Raymond Cousineau, President-Governor of Canada
    Cauă Monteiro Leal, President-Governor of South America
    Enrique Fernán, President-Governor of Central America
    Kayden Watson, President-Governor of European Federation
    Stanley Johnston, President-Governor of Australasian Confederation
    Jareer al-Guler, President-Governor of Middle East
    Daniyar Bekzhanev, President-Governor of Turkestan
    Aykhan, President-Governor of Siberia
    Onoue Misao, President-Governor of Ring of Fire
    Duan Lan, President-Governor of China
    Vinod Adwani, President-Governor of Indian Confederacy
    Quinton Mcdowell, Governor-Overseer of Antarctica
    75 other Regional Governors
    And countless Autonomy leaders

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