Foreign Affairs Conduct and Guidelines Act
An act to define regional foreign affairs procedures and consolidate them into a singular place
Now, therefore, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the glorious Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic, by and with the advice and consent of the Citizens of The Communist Bloc, in this present Legislative Committee, assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows-
Article I - Definitions
(1) “War” shall be defined as an active state of conflict between different regions.
(2) “Principal Act” shall refer to the current bill here presented.
(3) "Hostility" shall be defined as an engagement in or the activities involved in war, including invasion and general sabotage.
(4) An “embassy” shall be defined as the NationStates object in which regions interact with each other through the game's mechanics that establishes some form of official diplomatic relations.
Article II - Category
(5) This Act shall be classified as a Type III (Executive) law
Article III - Foreign Policy and Conduct
(6) The Communist Bloc shall be hostile to all regions baring an imperialist, capitalist, fascist, or any other form of reactionary foreign policy. It shall be the duty of the Bloc to promote and spread leftism on NationStates and pursue a policy of interregionalism and cooperation with foreign leftist powers. Foreign policy centered around sectarianism shall be prohibited
(7) The amending, entering, and exiting of all foreign treaties must be discussed and voted upon by a 2/3rds supermajority in the Council of Ministers, followed by a majority approval vote in the People’s Assembly.
The People’s Assembly shall reserve the power to repeal treaties passed by the Council of Ministers.
(8) All decisions regarding the maintenance of treaties and alliances, including the induction of new treaty members or the removal of treaty members, daily functions and business, interregional events, and internal elections (unless otherwise specified in the treaty) shall be discussed and approved by the Council of Ministers by a majority vote, with the recommendations of the Foreign Minister taken into account.
Article IV - Embassy Standards
(9) Embassies shall be classified into two (2) classifications.
(10) Ideological Embassies shall be established first on the order, in accordance with alphabetical order.
Ideological Embassies must be of a left-wing or Communist orientation.
(11) Treaty Embassies shall be established second on the order, in accordance with alphabetical order.
Treaty Embassies must have a valid treaty, or be in a treaty organization, alongside TCB.
(12) Foreign Embassies shall, under no circumstances, be permitted to recruit members to their regions. Incidents regarding illicit recruitment or suspicion of such shall be subject to investigation by the First Minister and the Foreign Minister.
Any region with an Embassy caught recruiting in TCB may be subject to immediate revocation of the Embassy.
All classifications of Embassy are subject to such.
Exceptions may be made where treaties specify it.
(13) All Embassies, upon registration, will be subject to approval by the Foreign Minister.
The First Minister shall reserve the right to reject the Foreign Minister's decision.
(14) Any region with an Embassy with TCB, which has ties to Fascism, or any other bigoted or reactionary ideology shall be blacklisted until the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducts an investigation of the region.
If the Foreign Ministry determines that the region in question is indeed Fascist, the Foreign Affairs Minister will immediately revoke Embassy privileges of the region in question with majority approval from the Council of Ministers.
(15) Any region with established ties to Fascism, as well as those who attempted to recruit from the Bloc, shall be blacklisted.
The Council of Ministers may remove Embassies from the blacklist with sufficient reason and a 2/3rds majority.
(16) Regions must have a minimum of ten (10) nations to be considered for diplomatic relations with TCB.
(17) Regions must have active participation (minimum of a week since the last post) either onsite (on the NSForums or RMB) or on official offsite regional platforms (forums, discord server, etc.) and must not have any of the following tags:
(18) The Foreign Minister, with a 2/3rds majority approval from the Council of Ministers, may establish ties with a region containing the above tags, excluding fascism and anti-communism, if the Minister deems one or more of the following to be true:
It is necessary for special and extenuating military, strategic, pragmatic, and security circumstances.
They are a treatied ally.
They are allied with members of a shared interregional pact
They are members of a shared interregional pact.
They are a captured reactionary region or a military jump point.
Article V - War Declaration and Standards
(19) Raids, covert and clandestine operations, sabotage, and other hostilities may only be performed on an entity with whom The Communist Bloc is at war with.
The Communist Bloc and People's Revolutionary Armed Forces shall not need a declaration of war against regions that self-identify as having an explicit right-wing basis or theme. Hostilities will always be active between The Communist Bloc and all regions self-identifying as National Socialist, Fascist, or any other reactionary ideology.
(20) Only the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the approval of the Council of Ministers may submit a war declaration request to both houses of the legislature. Adequate time must be made by the Speaker of the Legislative Committee for all Legislative Committee Members and citizens to ask the Foreign Minister and First Minister questions and raise concerns before moving the request to a vote. In the absence of a Minister of Foreign Affairs, the First Minister may submit these requests to the legislature.
Except where acting in the defense of The Communist Bloc, or in defense of an allied region.
Should 20a be true, no vote is to take place until such a time as offensive actions are taken.
(21) A war declaration request must achieve a 2/3rds supermajority in the Legislative Committee, and a 2/3rds majority in the People’s Assembly in order to be approved. A public notice must be made by the Ministry of Information including the reasoning behind the request as well as the result of the vote if approved.
(22) Once approved and declared, all manners of hostility may be used upon a region that has had war declared upon it. These activities will be managed by the First Minister and Command of the People's Revolutionary Armed Forces, with intelligence reports on all necessary activity being conveyed to the Council of Ministers.
(23) At the conclusion of a war or an agreed peace, the Legislative Committee and the People’s Assembly must vote to return to peacetime and repeal the previous war declaration, achieving at least a 2/3 majority in both.
Article VI - Schedule
(24) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.
Written and proposed by Nathaniel Kuznetsov-Penrose