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Proposed Amendment to Article 6 of the Forest Constitution

To discuss and respond to this amendment proposal, please use the Forest forums! https://forest.freeflarum.com/d/172-proposed-constitutional-amendment-to-article-6

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

This proposal is for an amendment to “Article 6 – Embassies” of the Forest Constitution.

I am calling for this amendment in accordance with part 8.1.ii of the Constitution, and am posting it here for discussion and feedback from all residents of Forest, because it is your government, and I want to make sure we have largescale understanding and agreement before submitting it to the Founder for approval, and then putting it to public vote. I am putting forward this amendment as promised in my campaign platform, to further streamline the embassy and ambassador process!

The functions of this amendment can be summarized as follows:

1) Majorly simplify the language, which is presently unnecessarily complicated and confusing
2) To remove the onerous and absurd burden placed upon government ministers to spend as much as a week of their own time pursuing a region that applies for an embassy but then doesn’t fulfill other requirements.
3) To allow the streamlined creation of embassies with valid “successor regions” to embassy allies that are forced to re-found or re-locate (something requested several times already!)
4) To remove the intermediary step of requiring a number of citizens to vouch for an otherwise qualified regional embassy request prior to the vote.
5) To provide greater authority to the residents, not just the elected officials, with regards to proposing opening and closing of embassies.
6) To formalize the existence of “Ambassadors” and specify the foreign minister’s authority to appoint, remove, and instruct them as necessary.
7) Standardizing procedures to remove loopholes and clutter

Proposed New Text

6.1
Regions must have at least six WA nations in residence, and must have existed for at least six months, to be eligible for an embassy with Forest.

6.2
To establish embassies with Forest, eligible prospective regions must formally request embassies in game, and also send a telegram of intent to either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper.

6.3
Once all requirements are met, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will create this poll: “Shall Forest open an embassy with [region]?” for a duration of three days, open to native residents only, with the options being “Yes” and “No,” and requiring a two-thirds majority (67%) to pass. A suitable summary of the telegram received, and the government’s interpretation of it, will be provided to all residents via regional telegram.

6.4
Should a region with which Forest has an embassy cease to operate, and a new region is created as the unified, legitimate successor, the six month age requirement will be waived. Upon either satisfactory request of the successor region, or interest from within the Forest community, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will create this poll: “Shall Forest continue embassies with [successor region], the official successor region of [former region]?” for a duration of three days, open to native residents only, with the options being “Yes” and “No,” and requiring a simple majority (50% +1) to pass. A suitable summary of the relationship history will be provided to all residents via regional telegram.

6.5
Any resident nation of Forest can call for the creation of an embassy with another region, provided it meets the requirements of Article 6.1., by posting to that effect on the RMB. If there is considerable interest from the Forest community, as determined by the regional government, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will create this poll: “Shall Forest request to open embassies with [prospective region]?” for a duration of three days, open to native residents only, with the options being “Yes” and “No,” and requiring a two-thirds majority (67%) to pass. Should it pass, the government will attempt to open an embassy with the identified region, following that region’s protocols for doing so.

6.6
Any resident nation of Forest can call for the closure of an embassy with another region, provided they post on the RMB legitimate reasons for their proposal. If there is considerable interest from the Forest community, as determined by the regional government, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will create this poll: “Shall Forest close embassies with [region]?” for a duration of three days, open to native residents only, with the options being “Yes” and “No,” and requiring a two-thirds majority (67%) to pass. Should it pass, the government will initiate closure of the embassy with the identified region.

6.7
Any given region can only be voted on for opening, continuation, and closure one time each during a given term of the Forest Keeper. An exception may be made if an extreme change of circumstances, as determined by the regional government and approved by the Founder, warrants an additional vote.

6.8
Either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper may appoint or remove Ambassadors at their discretion. Any resident nation may volunteer to be designated as the Ambassador to a region with which Forest maintains an embassy. Any Ambassador may choose to resign their position by telegramming either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper to that effect. The specific duties of ambassadors will be assigned by the designated foreign minister or Forest Keeper.

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