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by The Uniocratic Covenant of Jar Wattinree. . 428 reads.

Articles of Government


    We, the nations of the Pacific, in order to promote peace, strength, and prosperity, form this New Pacific Order. So that the sovereignty of our region will be forever resilient, we commit ourselves to these articles of governance.

    Article I - Structure

    1. The Emperor and Regent

    The Emperor is the sovereign of the New Pacific Order and leads the affairs of the Pacific and its government. Barring exceptional circumstances, the Emperor will also serve as the World Assembly Delegate. As the final and absolute authority within the Pacific, the Emperor maintains veto privileges for any and all legal, operational and functional actions. The Emperor will retain the office for life or until resignation, upon which they will name their successor.

    The Regent is named by the Emperor and will ascend to the throne should the Emperor cease to exist without naming a successor. Should the Regent also fall inactive at this time, a majority vote by the Senate will decide the Emperor's successor. In the event the Emperor disappears in an unexplained absence, the Regent will temporarily execute the administrative duties of the office of the Emperor in their stead.

    2. Government

    The Emperor can create, alter, or abolish any office; appoint or dismiss any member of the Order to any office; and delegate power to any office to the extent that he or she deems appropriate. Such offices may, at the Emperor's discretion, create subordinate positions, delegate power to said positions, and appoint members of the Order to them.

    3. Citizens and The Body Republic

    Any nation residing in the Pacific may apply for citizenship in the New Pacific Order, which will be granted at the discretion of the Government. Unless an exception is granted by the Government, citizens will be required to maintain membership in the World Assembly and endorse the World Assembly Delegate. In rare circumstances, such as a transition between Emperors, citizens will also be expected to endorse the Delegate-Select. All citizens in good standing will hold a seat in the Body Republic and may contribute their input to the governance of the New Pacific Order. Members of the Body Republic will have the chance to discuss and comment on all applications for citizenship.

    4. Residents

    Residents are non-citizen nations in the Pacific and subject to the laws of the New Pacific Order.

    Article II - Laws

    The Government will maintain a public record of all laws for the Body Republic and Residents of the Pacific.

    Members of the Body Republic may bring legislative proposals before the Body Republic for discussion. The Government will make every reasonable effort to solicit feedback from the Body Republic before enacting new laws, amending existing laws, or nullifying existing laws.

    Article III - Justice

    1. Enforcement of Laws

    Any citizen punished by the Government under the laws of the Order may submit an appeal to the Government.

    When the Government identifies nefarious actors, it will notify the Body Republic and government officials of affected regions.

    2. Expulsion

    Any member of the Body Republic can submit a motion to expel a fellow member for just reason to the Body Republic. For the motion to carry, a supermajority (75% + 1) of the voting members must vote in favor of the expulsion. Expulsion votes will last for 3 days (72 hours). A motion for expulsion requires at least 10% +1 of the Body Republic to vote to carry. Before any voting begins, there will be a discussion period of 3 days (72 hours), during which time the Body Republic will discuss the merits of the motion and the member may have the opportunity to defend him or herself.

    The Emperor and Regent cannot be expelled from the Order by Body Republic vote. The Emperor can pardon any member that is expelled via this process. The Emperor can expel any member without a vote.

    Article IV - Amendments

    Any member of the Body Republic can submit a motion to amend the Charter to the Body Republic. Discussion will take place for a period of 5 days (120 hours). For an amendment to be ratified, a supermajority (75% + 1) of the voting members must vote in support of it. Amendment votes will last for 3 days (72 hours). A motion to amend the Charter requires at least 10% +1 of the Body Republic to vote on it to be ratified. Each proposed change to the Charter in an Article IV amendment motion requires a separate vote within the Article IV amendment thread to be ratified.

    The Emperor must consent to all amendments to the Charter. If the Emperor vetoes an amendment, he or she must publicly explain the reasons for the veto to the Body Republic.

    Article V - Vox Populi - Senator of the People

    The Emperor has designated that the Body Republic shall elect a speaker, entitled Vox Populi, to serve in intervals of six months.

    I. Duties of the Vox Populi

    1. To maintain a roster of member nations of the Body Republic.

    2. To maintain the internal debate and voting rules of the Body Republic.

    3. To schedule votes within the Body Republic and inform the region of the results of said votes.

    4. To act as liaison between the Body Republic and the Senate of the Pacific, acting as a member of the latter.

    II. Qualifications for the position of Vox Populi

    1. To have maintained citizenship in the New Pacific Order for a minimum of one year immediately prior to the vote.

    2. To have actively participated in one or more official departments for a minimum of one year immediately prior to the vote.

    3. To have served as an officer, deputy, or head of an official department for a minimum of six months immediately prior to the vote.

    III. Election of the Vox Populi

    1. The Emperor, Consul, or incumbent Vox Populi will open nominations for the position on the 1st day of the third and ninth months.

    2. Nominations will remain open for 72 hours, self-nominations are allowed. Only those that meet the requirements in Article II will be designated as candidates.

    3. Candidates are expected to publish campaign platforms for their term as Vox Populi as new threads within the Body Republic following the conclusion of the nomination period.

    4. Member nations of the Body Republic can question candidates in their respective platform threads until the 10th day of the third and ninth months.

    5. The Emperor, Consul, or incumbent Vox Populi will open a voting thread on the 11th day of the third and ninth months. Nations wishing to vote are required to post their individual vote publicly within the voting thread. Each nation may only vote for one candidate. A plurality system will be used and the winner is the nation with the most votes. Elections will remain open for 72 hours.

    6. There are no term limits for the Vox Populi but the holder will have to stand for re-election at every cycle.

    IV. Membership in the Pacific Senate

    1. The Vox Populi will be designated Senator of the People within the Pacific Senate and have all rights and privileges associated with this office.

    2. The Senator of the People will have the same default access as all other members of the Senate.

    3. The Senator of the People will be granted Regional Officer status in the Pacific with access to Appearance, Communications, Embassies, and Polls. If the nation has served in the leadership of the Praetorian Guard it will also be given Border Control.

    V. Imperial Oversight

    1. The Emperor, or in their absence, the Consul, has the right to veto the vote of the Body Republic if information becomes available implicating one or more of the candidates as a threat to the Pacific. Details of this evidence will be provided to the Body Republic within 72 hours of the veto.

    2. If the Vox Populi goes inactive or otherwise has to resign during the course of their six month term, the Emperor or Consul will hold a special election in order to elect a new Vox Populi to serve out the initial term. In the instance of a special election, the replacement Vox Populi will not be granted Senator status for the shortened in-office period, but will still be eligible to stand in future standard elections and gain that status if victorious.