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The Ascenthion Amendment

The Ascenthion Amendment
    Full Title - On the Structure of The Ascenthion

    Proposed on - 13/06/2020

    Author(s) - Xadrya

      Sponsor(s) - Ar

Preface
  1. Acknowledging the integral role played by political parties in the current set up

  2. Noting the creation of a hostile environment due to party competition, leading to a toxic political environment which would lead to undesirable outcomes for the region as a whole

  3. Considering the stability individual-focused politics brings to the region, which would help the community to develop a more positive and constructive culture.

  4. Emphasizing the need for a system wherein the elected officials are more meritocratic and directly elected by the citizenry, in order to encourage a more accountable, and transparent, administration, rather than one that merely reflects the will of the parties.

  5. Hereby instates [sections of the bill that will pass into law], with the full powers vested in the Senate, into law.

Section I: Founder
  1. Amends Article II, Section I, Subsection II, clause 1, subclause a ("Any pardon may be contested by a motion of the Senate, which may be initiated by any Senator. If the motion achieves a two-thirds majority, the pardon shall be struck null.") to state:

      "Any pardon may be contested by a motion of the Ascenthion, which may be initiated by any Citizen. If the motion achieves a two-thirds majority, among those present and voting, the pardon shall be struck null."

  2. Amends Article II, Section I, Subsection II, clause 2, subclause a ("Any exemption may be contested by a motion of Senate, which may be initiated by any Senator. If the motion achieves a one-half majority, the exemption shall be struck null.") to state:

      "Any exemption may be contested by a motion of the Ascenthion, which may be initiated by any Citizen. If the motion achieves a two-third majority, among those present and voting, the pardon shall be struck null."

Section II: The Doge

  1. Amends Article II Section III Subsection II Clause 3 ("The Doge shall be responsible for the appointment of the Head Inquisitor with the consent of the Senate and the populous.") to state:

      "The Doge shall be responsible for the appointment of the Head Inquisitor with the consent of The Collegio and the populous."

  2. Amends Article II Section III Subsection II Clause 4 ("The Doge shall be responsible for appointing a Consul in the absence of a majority coalition or political party.") to state:

      "The Doge shall be responsible for appointing an interim Consul in the absence of one."

  3. Amends Article II Section III Subsection III Clause 1 ("The Doge shall have the power to veto any legislation passed by the Senate.") to state:

      "The Doge shall have the power to veto any bills within forty-eight hours of passage."

  4. Removes Article II Section III Subsection III Clause 1 Subclause a ("Legislation may only be vetoed before it takes effect.").

  5. Amends Article II Section III Subsection III Clause 1 Subcaluse b ("Any veto may be contested by a motion of the Senate, which may be initiated by any Senator. If the motion achieves a two-thirds majority, the veto shall be struck null.") to state:

      "Any veto may be contested by a motion of the Ascenthion, which may be initiated by any Citizen. If the motion achieves a two-thirds majority, among those present and voting, the veto shall be struck null."

  6. Removes Article II Subsection III Subsection III Clause 3 ("The Doge shall have the power to propose a declaration of war to the Senate.") and Subclause a ("A proposal for declaration of war shall require a two-thirds majority to pass into effect.").

  7. Amends Article II Subsection IV Clause 1 ("For any person to assume, hold, or run for the office of Doge, they must be a citizen of Ascenthia.") to state:

      "For any person to assume, hold, or run for the office of Doge, they must have been a citizen for a period of three consecutive months and a Senator for at least one."

  8. Removes Article II Subsection IV Clause 4 ("An incumbent Doge may not serve as a Senator or Inquisitor.").

Section III: The Consul

  1. Amends Article II Section IV Subsection I Clause 1 ("The Consul shall be the Head of Government of Ascenthia.") to state:

      "The Consul shall be the Head of the Collegio and functional public representative of the Ascenthion."

  2. Removes Article II Section IV Subsection I Clause 2 ("The primary role of the Consul shall be as head of the Cabinet.").

  3. Amends Article II Section IV Subsection II Clause 1 ("The Consul shall be responsible for the management of the executive branch in conjunction with any of their appointed Cabinet members.") to state:

      "The Consul shall be responsible for the coordination of the Collegio and the resolution of all disputes between ministers."

  4. Adds Article II Section IV Subsection II Clause 2:

      The Consul shall be responsible for ensuring that all ministers are carrying out their duties effectively and taking necessary action if that fails to be the case.

  5. Adds Article II Section IV Subsection II Clause 3:

      The Consul shall be responsible for the public representation of the Collegio and Ascenthian in all public matters.

  6. Adds Article II Section IV Subsection II Clause 4:

      The Consul shall be responsible for assisting and protecting the due integrity of the staff and the enforcement over all manner of conduct.

  7. Removes Article II Section IV Subsection III Clause 1 ("The Consul shall have the power to create, dissolve, or edit any Ministries or Departments with the assent of the Doge."), subclause a ("The Consul may freely delegate authority over anything within the realm of the executive branch to any position or body under his oversight."), and subclause b ("Any Executive Directives creating or dissolving any body under the executive branch or applying/removing power to/from any executive body may be contested by a motion of Senate, which may be initiated by any Senator. If the motion achieves a one-half majority, the Executive Directive shall be struck null.")

  8. Removes Article II Section IV Subsection III Clause 2 ("The Consul shall have the power to issue Executive Directives, also known as E.D.'s."), subclause a ("The Consul shall be required to issue Executive Directives for all executions of their power over the executive branch."), and subclause b ("The Doge may override any Executive Directive.")

  9. Removes Article II Section IV Subsection III Clause 4 ("The Consul shall have the power to propose a declaration of war to the Senate.") and Subclause a ("A proposal for declaration of war shall require a one-half majority to pass into effect.").

  10. Adds Article II Section IV Subsection III Clause 1:

      "The Consul shall have the power to initiate a public vote for the removal of a minister."

  11. Amends Article II Section IV Subsection IV Clause 1 ("For any person to assume, hold, or run for the office of Consul, they must be a citizen of Ascenthia.") to state:

      "For any person to assume, hold, or run for the office of Consul, they must have been a citizen of Ascenthia for a period of one consecutive month."

  12. Amends Article II Section IV Subsection IV Clause 2 ("The Consul shall be elected at the beginning of each Senate by the majority coalition or political party in the Senate.") to state:

      "The Consul shall be elected at the beginning of each month by the citizens at-large in a First Past The Post election."

  13. Amends Article II Section IV Subsection IV Clause 2 Subclause a ("In the case of resignation or removal, the majority coalition or political party will elect another Consul.") to state:

      "In the case of resignation or removal, the Consul shall be re-elected traditionally, serving until the conclusion of the beginning of the following month; during this period of time, an interim Consul shall serve, as appointed by the Doge.

  14. Amends Article II Section IV Subsection IV Clause 2 Subclause b ("The majority coalition or party may remove and replace the Consul at any time by majority consensus.") to state:

      The Consul may be removed by motion of the Ascenthion, which may be initiated by any Citizen. If the motion achieves a one-half majority, among those present and voting, by anonymous ballot, the Consul shall be removed from office.

  15. Removes Article II Section IV Subsection IV Clause 2 Subclause c ("In the case that the majority coalition or party cannot successfully elect a Consul, the Doge shall appoint the Consul with the consent of the Senate. If the Doge cannot find a suitable candidate for the office of Consul, s/he may call an election for the office of Consul, which shall operate by manner of First Past The Post.")

  16. Removes Article II Section IV Subsection IV Clause 3 ("An incumbent Consul may not serve as an Inquisitor.")

Section IV: The Senate

  1. Removes Article II Section V Subsection I Clause 2 Subclause a ("The Senate shall consist of at least eight Senators. The number of seats may be changed based on the population by the Commission of Ascenthian Elections, at their discretion.").

  2. Adds Article II Section V Subsection II Clause 1 Subclause a:

      "Similarly, the citizenry of Ascenthia shall possess the authority motion by the petition of five citizens to vote on any bill or amendment directly, which shall require a two-thirds majority."

  3. Removes Article II Section V Subsection II Clause 3 ("The Senate shall have the power to overturn Executive Directives establishing governmental control over a region or nation on NationStates.").

  4. Removes Article II Section V Subsection II Clause 4 ("The Senate shall have the power to overturn a veto.").

  5. Removes Article II Section V Subsection II Clause 5 ("The Senate shall have the power to overturn a pardon.").

  6. Removes Article II Section V Subsection II Clause 6 ("The Senate shall have the power to overturn a citizenship exemption.").

  7. Removes Article II Section V Subsection II Clause 8 ("The Senate shall have the power to vote out a sitting member of the executive branch via a vote of no-confidence."), Subclause a ("A vote of no-confidence shall require a two-thirds majority of the voting Senate."), and Subclause b (A motion for a vote of no-confidence may be initiated by any Senator.").

  8. Renames Article II Section V Subsection IV to Article II Section V Subsection III.

  9. Amends Article II Section V Subsection III Clause 1 ("For any person to assume, run for, or hold office as a Senator, they must be a citizen of Ascenthia.") to state:

      "For any person to be appointed as a Senator by the Doge, they must have authored at least one bill or amendment which has passed into law; however, exemptions may be made by the Doge on a case-by-case basis."

  10. Remove Article II Section V Subsection III Clause 2 ("The Senate shall be re-elected once a month by manner of the proportional apportioning of legislative seats based on the percentage of votes a given party receives; therefore, the respective parties shall bear absolute liberty in their possession of the seat except by power of removal, in which case only the judiciary may hold such ability, and only within the bounds of the law.") and Subclause a ("Only registered parties may contest in the various elections; rules for registration exist at the discretion of the Commission for Ascenthian Elections.").

  11. Remove Article II Section V Subsection III Clause 3 ("No Senator may hold or assume office as Doge during their tenure.").

Section V: The Collegio

  1. Creates Article II Section VI, entitled "The Collegio":

      Subsection I: Role and Structure
      1. All executive authority shall be vested in the Collegio.

      2. The Collegio shall consist of the Founder, the Doge, the Consul, and all ministers.

        1. The ministers shall each head a ministry, which shall be freely established by and through the legislative authority vested in the Senate.
          , and can be proposed to the Citizenry by the Consul.

        2. The Ministers may then appoint a Deputy Minister, and other positions in the staff depending on the administrative needs of the Ministry and the region.

        3. In the temporary absence of the Minister, Deputy Minister shall be tasked with the administration of the ministry, and carrying out the relevant duties.

      Subsection II: Powers

      1. The Collegio as a collective shall be responsible for approving all bills before they go to public vote.

      2. Each minister shall have the authority to appoint staff to their ministry, or dismiss with the assent of the Consul.

      3. Each minister shall have broad authority over the happenings within their ministry within the bounds of all passed legislation.

      4. Each minister shall be expected to set the policy and goals for their ministry, and outline the method to achieve the same.

      5. Ministers must endeavour to involve as many interested citizens as possible in their ministry, and keep it open and accepting of all meritocratic citizens.

      6. Specific powers and functions of the Ministers shall be outlined by appropriate legislation proposed by the Senate.

      Subsection III: Requirements and Selection

      1. For any person to assume, hold, or run for office as a minister, they must have been a citizen for a period of three consecutive months and a member of the staff of their respective ministry for at least one.

      2. The Ministers shall be elected every three months by the manner of First Past the Post election.

      3. The Ministers may be removed by a motion initiated by any Citizen. If the motion achieves a one-half majority, among those present and voting, the concerned Minister shall be removed from office.

Section VI: Other Amendments

  1. Amends Article I Section II Clause 2 ("Any nations or regions on the NationStates site may be placed under the jurisdiction of Ascenthia by Act of Senate or Executive Directive.") to state:

      "Any nations or regions on the NationStates site may be placed under the jurisdiction of Ascenthia by Act of Senate."

  2. Removes Article I Section II Clause 2 Subclause a ("Any Executive Directive establishing control over a region or nation may be contested by a motion of Senate, which may be initiated by any Senator. If the motion achieves a two-thirds majority, the Executive Directive shall be struck null.").

  3. Amends Article I Section III Subsection I Clause 4 Subclause b ("Any execution of this power may be contested by a motion of Senate, which may be initiated by any Senator. If the motion achieves a one-half majority, the revokement shall be struck null." to state:

      "Any execution of this power may be contested by a motion, which may be initiated by any Citizen. If the motion achieves a one-half majority, among those present and voting, the revokement shall be struck null."

  4. Amends Article III Section I Subsection I Clause 3 Subclause a ("All appointments shall require two-thirds majority approval of the Senate and the majority consent of the populous to be approved.") to state:

      "All appointments shall require the majority consent of the populous to be approved."

  5. Amends all mentions of "Cabinet" in the constitution, and other legal documents, to "Collegio"


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