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The Constitution of The Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc


The Constitution of
The Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc


PREAMBLE

Conscious of its responsibility towards furthering the leftist cause both on and off NationStates and driven by the will to further democracy, equality, and freedom for all, the nations of The Communist Bloc have given themselves this constitution. This document shall serve as the basis of all our acts in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future, and therefore, by the power of the people’s will, be it enacted that:


ARTICLE I REGIONAL IDENTITY

(0) Outlines the ‘regional identity’ of The Communist Bloc. This principally includes the formal name of the region and the flag. In addition, it allows the legislature to make laws to outline other types of regional symbolism (such as an anthem and a motto). Finally, it formally declares the region to be anti-fascist in our most basic of laws.

(1) The region shall be known formally and in full as the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc. In legislation, it may be referred to as ‘the region’, “The Communist Bloc” or “TCB”.

(2) The region shall have a flag as outlined in legislation, or as determined by the executive in the absence of legislation.

(3) The region may have a motto, anthem, and other identifying symbols as determined in legislation.

(4) The region shall be emphatically anti-fascist, and opposed to all forms of that ideology.


ARTICLE II BASIC RIGHTS

(0) Outlines the basic rights afforded to all citizens of the region, in addition to who is a citizen - somebody who has been given citizenship by the government and who maintains a nation in the game-side region. Most importantly, a fair trial and the right to partake in a democratic system of government are enshrined.

(1) Citizens will be defined as those who have a nation within The Communist Bloc, have a world assembly nation (not necessarily in the region), have a forum account which has been accepted for citizenship on the current forum, and respect and uphold the rights of their fellow citizens transcribed or not transcribed herein. Citizens may retain their citizenship for up to fourteen days after departing the region or ceasing to exist

  1. Residents shall be defined as those who have a nation within The Communist Bloc.

  2. The Legislative Committee may pass acts granting exceptions to citizenship requirements.

(2) All citizens and residents are entitled to the freedom of speech, expression, the press, belief, dissent, thought, conscience, opinion, information, assembly, association, safety and security, religion, freedom from cruel/degrading punishment, from arbitrary detention/exile, and freedom to leave and return, unless such freedoms mentioned above intend to defame, discriminate, spread far-right, fascist, and other bigoted and reactionary views, or subvert the rights of any individual(s) within The Communist Bloc. All citizens shall have the inviolable right to privacy without a legal warrant issued with probable cause from the judiciary.

(3) Citizens shall have the right to vote and run in elections for public offices, and shall not be disenfranchised unless the judiciary rules as such. The judiciary may only disenfranchise citizens if they have been found seriously violating regional law or violating the rights of another citizen transcribed and not transcribed herein.

(4) All citizens and residents have the right to equal protection of the law without prejudice or discrimination; in particular, no law or citizen may discriminate against another citizen on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical ability, mental ability, medical condition, genetic information, family care status, legal status, marital status, or domestic partner status. No citizen may harass another on any basis.

(5) Citizens and Residents of the region shall have the right to appeal to the judiciary sentences given to them for breach of the law, including bans and/or ejections within a fourteen day period following their sentencing by the judiciary or ban and/or ejection by regional staff. Citizens have the right to a speedy, fair, and impartial trial within full view of the public no more than seven days after their arrest. No citizen shall have to be tried on the basis of the same allegation more than once except in the case of a mistrial or the presentation of new evidence. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

(6) Citizens shall have the right to petition the government for a redress of listed grievances. The responsibility of addressing petitions falls upon the executive government.

(7) All legal rights and responsibilities of citizens draw legal legitimacy from a written and signed civil oath with The Communist Bloc, willingly agreed to upon application for citizenship. All citizens have the inalienable right to terminate the civil oath at any time for any reason should they wish - doing so will result in the immediate termination of citizenship.

(8) Citizens have the right to challenge any legislative act or any attempted government actions that may contradict the rights established by this constitution, the Supreme Law of the region.

(9) Citizens shall have a right to access and talk freely upon, within the defined limits of the law, any channel of The Communist Bloc including but not limited to;

  1. Regional Message Board

  2. Discord

  3. The Communist Bloc’s Forum

(10) The list of rights above do not prohibit any other rights a citizen has that is not transcribed herein, and which may be defined in other legislation.


ARTICLE III THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

(0) The Executive branch is one of the powers in a state. In the region, the Executive branch consists of the First Minister, the Council of Ministers and the World Assembly Delegate who together form the cabinet. In TCB, the First Minister serves as the coordinator of the executive, overseeing the Ministers and representing The Communist Bloc in official matters. The Ministers each run their respective Ministry, such as the Minister of Culture holding events or similar activities. The Ministers also serve as a controlling instance for the First Minister, who needs their approval for most of their actions. The World Assembly Delegate has no direct role in government and only represents the region in the World Assembly by voting on resolutions.

(1) The First Minister serves as the head of state of the region with a term of 3 calendar months.

  1. If the First Minister is incapable of holding office or resigns, they are succeeded by a Minister chosen by the other Ministers via a simple majority.

  2. The First Minister shall be considered a Minister for Legislative, Judicial and Constitutional purposes.

  3. The First Minister serves as the official representative of The Communist Bloc within NationStates.
    The First Minister may, with the majority consent of the Council of Ministers, issue Executive Orders which are considered equal to laws crafted by the Legislative Committee but are considered below these in case of doubt.

    1. Executive Orders may be repealed with a simple majority within the Legislative Committee.

    2. No Executive Order may amend the constitution.

    3. No Executive Order may extend the First Minister's powers beyond those defined in legislation or this document.

    4. Executive Orders may be repealed or amended by the Executive or Legislative Committee, requiring their normal legal procedures for amending laws.

    5. No Executive Order may make provisions to restrict amendment or repeal of any Executive Orders from either the Legislative Committee or the First Minister themselves.

    6. After an Executive Order by the First Minister has been repealed through a process other than that established in other Executive Orders, no following Executive Order within the First Minister’s term may have the same or similar goals and motives.

  4. The First Minister may veto any action by any Minister if there is a plausible danger for the region, they believe the action contradicts this document or other laws of the regions (and they petition the judiciary to the same effect), or they believe the Legislative Committee should consider the action (who may nullify the action by a simple majority).

  5. The First Minister may, with the approval of at least 2/3rds of the Council of Ministers, declare a state of emergency

    1. The state of emergency must be extended at least every 1 calendar month by the Legislative Committee (or it shall be automatically terminated and may not be further declared for an additional 1 calendar month). It may additionally be terminated at any point by the First Minister, or by the Legislative Committee by a simple majority.

  6. The First Minister may add, remove or reform Ministries with a simple majority in the Council of Ministers. Certain Ministries may not have their areas of responsibility abolished without the positive consent of at least 60% of the Legislative Committee, though they may be merged with one another. These are:

    1. Defence,

    2. Foreign Affairs,

    3. Domestic Affairs,

    4. Culture,

    5. Information.

    6. World Assembly Delegate, whose position may never be abolished.

  7. The minimum areas of responsibility of the Ministries are the following:

    1. Defense: Provide security to The Communist Bloc, perform operations in compliance with regional law and treaties, and serve as a liaison to military organizations allied with the Communist Bloc.

    2. Foreign Affairs: Manage and establish diplomatic relations with other regions and entities.

    3. Domestic Affairs: Recruit nations to The Communist Bloc, process citizenship Applications, and provide assistance to citizens and residents.

    4. Culture: Organize events, promote culture, and oversee role-playing.

    5. Information: Send Regional Mass Telegrams for Elections, People’s Assembly votes, and other important votes; report news timely to the Citizens and residents; and share the appropriate information to allied regions and entities.

    6. World Assembly Delegate: Keep their nation existing in The Communist Bloc as a World Assembly Member, maintain their nation’s status as the World Assembly Delegate, and update the status of the First Minister and all other Members of the Council Ministers as Regional Officers.

      1. Ministries may be assigned additional roles by the First Minister.

  8. The First Minister may not hold any ministerial or legislative positions during their term.

(2) The Council of Ministers will be the primary forum for executive discussion and planning, composed of all Ministers and the World Assembly Delegate. It shall also serve as the chief advisory body of the First Minister.

  1. The Council of Ministers may be empowered to vote on executive matters outside its constitutional purview through informal assent by the First Minister, or through Executive Order.

(3) The Ministers are to be elected in regularly scheduled elections, serving a period of 3 months.

  1. Incumbent Ministers shall serve until the election results are called

    1. Except where the government has been dissolved or an Order of Recall has been issued.

  2. Each Ministry may be run with multiple Ministers, but a person may serve as full Minister in one Ministry only

    1. Should multiple people hold a ministry, they shall be entitled to only one vote between them on the Council of Ministers, and must reach a consensus

  3. Each Ministry may have an unlimited number of members below Minister rank.

  4. The Ministers each serve as the head of their corresponding Ministry and have full responsibility for and authority over their actions, as long as that authority is not limited by any other legislation.

(4) The World Assembly Delegate may be appointed, confirmed, replaced or dismissed by the First Minister following discussion and majority assent of the Council of Ministers, which is followed by a 60% majority vote within the Legislative Committee. Should the World Assembly Delegate offer their unqualified resignation, only the assent of the Council of Ministers shall be required to confirm a replacement.

  1. The World Assembly Delegate may, in times of crisis or should they believe the First Minister’s actions to be invalid, call a vote of the People’s Assembly on their position. If the vote ends with the majority of voting citizens supporting the incumbent World Assembly Delegate, the First Minister shall be dismissed. Otherwise, the decision of the First Minister shall stand.

  2. The First Minister may never appoint themselves to the position. Should they do so, and the above processes be approved, they shall automatically vacate their position as First Minister. Similarly, except where the Legislative Committee votes to allow it with a 60% majority, the incumbent World Assembly Delegate may not become First Minister.


ARTICLE IV THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

(0) The Legislative Committee is one of the pillars of governance in The Communist Bloc. The Legislative Committee is made up of representatives elected by the citizens of the region with the post of drafting, repealing, amending, and the editing of regional laws. All bills passed by the Committee will be put to a referendum before either ascending into TCB law or being rejected by the citizenry.

(1) The Legislative Committee of The Communist Bloc shall serve as the primary legislative body of the region. The Legislative Committee shall have primary discretion in the creation, amending, repealing, and editing of all legislation passed by The Communist Bloc.

  1. The Legislative Committee may repeal Executive Orders issued by the First Minister with a simple majority.

  2. The Legislative Committee may amend this constitution with a ⅔ majority and the approval of the People’s Assembly.

  3. All bills must be in compliance with this constitution, and all other laws, unless they change parts thereof.

(2) The Legislative Committee shall be composed of 5 members.

(3) A Speaker shall serve as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, whose role shall be to table votes and present passed legislation to the People's Assembly. The Speaker shall also be charged with any record-keeping regarding the Legislative Committee.

  1. An outgoing Speaker must pass all related records to an incoming speaker.

  2. The Speaker shall be nominated and elected within the Legislative Committee.

  3. The Speaker cannot be a sitting member of The Executive Council, The Judiciary, or the Admin Council.

    1. Except where no sitting member is eligible to stand.

(4) The Legislative Committee is to be elected to a term of 3 calendar months.

  1. In order to gain a seat on the council, candidates must achieve at least 10% of the vote or a minimum of 5 votes, whichever is lower.

  2. Candidates cannot have sat on the previous 3 consecutive Legislative Committees.

  3. Citizens may not hold more than one seat at a time on the Legislative Committee

(5) Should a member of the Legislative Committee resign or be removed from office due to recall or inactivity during their term, a by-election shall be called immediately in accordance with this document and existing legislative statutes.

(6) The Legislative Committee cannot pass a law or bill which breaches the existing laws of the region.

(7) The Legislative Committee shall only debate five pieces of legislation at one time

  1. This number shall include up to three pieces of legislation the Committee are instructed to debate by the People's Assembly

    1. If no pieces of Legislation are being debated from the People's Assembly, only four pieces of Legislation may be debated, with one extra space kept open for legislation that may come from the People's Assembly.


ARTICLE V THE PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY

(0) All citizens are encouraged to be a part of The Communist Bloc's legislative process. This Article establishes The People's Assembly, to allow for this. It is composed of all citizens who wish to do so and serves as the other part of the legislature next to the Legislative Committee.

(1) All Citizens shall be considered members of the People’s Assembly whilst voting or petitioning as the People’s Assembly.

(2) The People’s Assembly has the right to have a confirmatory vote upon any law passed in The Communist Bloc. Laws shall not be considered passed until they have passed a vote in the People’s Assembly, with a simple majority of Yes votes.

(3) The People’s Assembly has the right to put forward bills for The Legislative Committee to review.

  1. The Legislative Committee is not mandated to pass these Bills after review.

  2. Only three Bills may be debated at a time directly from the People's Assembly.

      These three bills will be included in the five maximum of the Legislative Committee.

(4) The People’s Assembly has the inalienable right to initiate a vote to repeal or remove any legislation passed by the Legislative Committee and to petition the Admin Council for changes to be made.

(5) The People’s Assembly has the power to recall any member of the Legislative Committee or the Council of Ministers by signing an Order of Recall.

  1. Orders of Recall must be signed by at least 50% of a Committee Member’s total votes in the last election they were voted in upon. A period of 5 days must then be waited on for discussion and to allow the Member(s) a chance to defend themselves.

  2. A vote will then be opened up by the Speaker reading "Should [Committee Member] be recalled from [Relevant Committee] with the answers Yes and No

    1. Should the Committee Member receive a simple majority of Yes votes, that committee member will be recalled and barred from standing for a period of two terms. A by-election shall be called.

    2. Should the Committee Member receive a simple majority of No votes, that committee member shall remain on the appropriate Committee, and may not receive further calls for recall for the remainder of the term, unless the Judiciary rule that there is adequate change in reason to do so.

  3. The People's Assembly cannot initiate an Order of Recall within ten days of a relevant election in which the Minister or Committee Member would face said relevant election.

    1. The Speaker is not obligated to post a vote when a relevant election will occur within ten days.

  4. Orders of Recall may target the entire Executive and/or the entire Legislative Committee. If they do so, then the number of votes received by the member who received the most votes subject to recall shall be used for the purposes of (a).


Article VI THE PEOPLE'S TRIBUNAL

(0) Laws can sometimes be difficult to understand and citizens may sometimes break them. The People's Tribunal serves the Bloc in offering practical advice and legal decisions in matters of law, in addition to hearing criminal cases (where required). The People’s Tribunal also holds the other branches to account, which gives them extra powers to ensure that the government follows the law and is acting in the interests of the people

(1) The People’s Tribunal shall have jurisdiction over all criminal and civil matters, as well as appeals.

(2) The People's Tribunal shall offer advice as and when needed by anybody operating within their jurisdiction.

(3) The People’s Tribunal may be allocated additional jurisdiction as per executive order, or legislation passed by the legislature.

(4) The People’s Tribunal may rule on the legality of executive orders, legislation, and amendments in accordance with the constitution or other existing law.

  1. The Tribunal shall have the ability to put Legislation and Executive Orders passed by the Legislative Committee or Executive Council on hold for a maximum period of three days if they believe it may be in contradiction of another pre-existing law.

  2. During this period, the Tribunal shall consider a ruling. If the ruling finds the law to be in breach of another law, it cannot proceed to the next step and must return for debate, with the decision and an explanation for the ruling. The law or order cannot proceed under the format rejected by the Tribunal.

  3. If the period passes without a decision, the First Minister or Speaker may move to continue with that piece of legislation/order.

    1. The Speaker can only move forward Legislation and Constitutional Amendments

    2. The First Minister can only move forward Executive Orders.

(5) The People’s Tribunal shall rule on the impeachment of an individual official and a 2/3 majority shall be required of the Quorum for conviction.

(6) The People’s Tribunal may define their own procedure. All records of trial must be made available to the public.

(7) The Tribunal will be led by an internally selected Chief Justice, who will oversee the Tribunal and may assign cases to a Justice who will act as the lead member of a trial and moderate proceedings.

  1. The Chief Justice may not hold any ministerial or legislative positions during their term.

(8) The People's Tribunal shall consist of five members, who will be elected by the people every six months. Should a Tribunal member act in a manner unbecoming of their position or cease activity for a period of over two weeks the citizens may hold a referendum to recall that member.

(9) All Justices on the Tribunal shall be required to resign any party memberships and positions and identify as independent for the duration of their term, including legislature members who concurrently hold membership on the Tribunal.

(10) Should a Justice be elected as or become First Minister or the First Minister to the position of Justice, they must relinquish one of the two positions. They may choose which to relinquish.

(11) Any Justice who concurrently holds a ministerial position will be prohibited from ruling or offering their opinion in any cases pertaining to the executive branch of government and its actions.

(12) All Tribunal sessions require a quorum of three Tribunal members in order to try a case.

(13) Sitting members of a trial must not be directly involved in the charges either as the offender, victim, directly called witness, defense counsel, or accessory to the offense.

(14) It is the responsibility of the Justice assigned to lead the trial to form the required Quorum.

(15) The Legislative Committee may motion for the impeachment of a Tribunal member due to misconduct or inactivity which must pass with 2/3 in favor.

  1. The impeached member may not be reappointed for at least one month.

(16) The Tribunal, at the direction of the Head Administrator, may call for the impeachment of one of its own and an internal majority vote must pass to take effect.


ARTICLE VII THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL

(0) The Administrative Council, or Admin Council, has many key roles in The Communist Bloc, mostly doing unseen work in keeping the various websites and channels of communication open. This Article outlines their roles.

(1) “The Administrative Council” is composed of a minimum of three and a maximum of five members

  1. The Administrative Council shall be composed of all Administrators appointed by the Head Administrator.

  2. The Administrative Council shall be tasked with overseeing the operation of the forums, ensuring that content and behavior complies with Scaleway's Terms and Rules and Namecheap's Terms of Service. The Council shall be the administrative branch of the Government of the Revolutionary Republic.​

(2) The Chair and leading figure of the Administrative Council shall be the “Head Administrator”

  1. The Head Administrator at the commencement of this Constitution shall be the holder of that office at commencement.

  2. The Head Administrator shall be the ultimate authority in appointing and dismissing Administrators and Moderators, excluding during Votes of Contempt against them.

    1. The First Minister shall ex-officio hold global moderation status, including the ability to edit the forum banner (should the technical ability exist to do so). These powers may be removed by either the Head Administrator or Council if misused.​

  3. The Head Administrator may resign at any time, and put forward a replacement candidate to the Administrative Council, to be approved by majority vote.​

(3) The Administrative Council shall have the power to issue Administrative Orders, which may:

  1. Modify the rules for the Regional Discord.

  2. Delay elections by up to 7 days, if said election cause clashes with other (legal) mechanism, election or event.

  3. Perform any other applicable, reasonable Administrative action.

  4. To issue an order, a council member should propose a draft, and an Order shall only be passed if a majority of members and the Head Administrator assent to the Order.

(4) Members of the Administration Council shall have the power to ban or arrest a person should they believe that their actions violate the terms of service, or breach the legal code of the Republic. They may also arrest per the direction of the relevant minister or First Minister unless they believe such a direction to be illegal - if they refuse such a direction, it must be forwarded to the People’s Tribunal. The arresting official, or the official who directs the arrest, shall report the crime and submit supporting evidence to the People's Tribunal who will rule to uphold, amend, or extend the punishment by the Administration Council.

  1. Minor offences (channel mutes and warnings) and punishments issued to non-citizens and foreign persons related exclusively to the regional Discord server shall be exempt from this section. Additionally, through a unanimous internal vote of the Administrative Council, any citizen may be banned for any length of time should they be considered fascist, or should they have committed acts which lead to the direct endangerment of members of the community. Such an action must be duly reported to the People’s Tribunal who may, except in cases where the offender has breached the Discord Community Guidelines, overturn the action.

  2. An arrested person shall have restrictions applied to their account, including but not limited to post limitations, personal message limitations, and viewing rights.​

  3. The Administrative Council shall hold ultimate authority in regards to ensuring the community remains safe from both exploitation and real-life offences, and from having its hosting removed due to violations of any relevant Terms of Services.

(5) Members of the Administration Council shall have the power to appoint section moderators who will have limited moderation powers over certain aspects of the forums. A section moderator shall not be considered a member of the Administration Council, nor shall Discord Moderators.

(6) The People's Tribunal shall have the authority to order a temporary suspension of administrative privilege in the instance that an administrator is accused of a crime, including the misuse of their powers, until a time when the court reaches a verdict.

(7) The Legislative Committee shall have the authority to, by 2/3 majority vote, remove an administrator or global moderator. This includes the Head Administrator, however, a mediation period of a week must be in effect before such a vote can go ahead.

  1. The Head Administrator cannot overturn a legislative decision regarding administrator appointments, however, they may re-appoint administrators after a minimum of 2 months.​

(8) The Administrative Council may vote to remove the Head Administrator by unanimous internal vote, excepting the vote of the Head Administrator, to be referred to as a “Vote of Contempt”.

(9) During a State of Emergency declared by the legislature, the following powers shall be held by the Administrative Council for the duration of the State of Emergency:

  1. Plenary Judicial Powers

  2. Legislative Powers, through Administrative Orders

  3. Supreme Executive Powers​

(10) During times of crisis, the Administrative Council may, in the absence of legislative and executive action, take emergency actions to preserve the integrity of the region, subject to legal review after the fact.

  1. Assuming the judiciary upholds the actions after the fact, such actions may violate parts of this document - if those actions are not upheld, then the actions shall be rendered null and void.


ARTICLE VIII ELECTIONS AND THE OVERSEERS

(0) Elections are both the privilege and duty of all Citizens of The Communist Bloc. This section shall outline the rules of elections, and when elections for the Legislative Committee, 1st Round of The Executive (First Minister, Culture, Information & Foreign Affairs) and the 2nd Round of the Executive (Defense & Domestic Affairs).

(1) All citizens, unless barred by this Constitution or a legally recognized punishment, shall have the right to stand in any elections.

(2) The election timetable shall be as follows, except as extended or delayed by the Administrative Council:

  • Jan 15th - Executive

  • Feb 15th - Judiciary

  • March 15th - Legislative

  • April 15th - Executive

  • May 15th -

  • June 15th - Legislative

  • July 15th - Executive

  • August 15th - Judiciary

  • September 15th - Legislative

  • October 15th - Executive

  • November 15th -

  • December 15th - Legislative

    1. Each election shall have a standing period of 7 days, where candidates may stand, and campaign for votes.

    2. Each election shall have a 48 hour voting period.

(3) Citizens may only stand for one seat per election, except if the election includes the ability to join a different Council, whereby they may sign up for those seats also.

  1. Citizens may hold a seat in as many Councils as they can be elected to, excluding where they hold office in a council which bars them from doing so.

  2. The incumbent Minister of Information, if holding multiple ministerial positions, may serve as both positions until the following election.

(4) Snap elections may be called off timetable as and when necessary, however, they shall be considered by-elections and successful candidates will only stand for the remainder of that term.

  1. A single-use Administrative Order, Executive Order or piece of Legislation must be issued to that effect.

    1. This document must include a schedule for the election.

    2. The Administrative Council can accelerate any schedule if they decide unanimously that not doing so presents a risk to the region.

  2. Snap elections do not have to follow the schedule outlined in 2a and 2b

    1. A minimum of 24 hours is required for voting and a minimum of 48 hours for standing to allow for members in different time zones to campaign and vote.

    2. Snap elections are encouraged to use the normal standing periods and voting times

  3. By-elections due to the creation of an office, resignation of an officeholder, recall of an officeholder, or mandatory resignation of an officeholder as proscribed in this document and existing legislative statues shall be exempted from the process described in sub-clause (a).

    1. By-elections conducted in accordance with Article VIII, clause (3) of this document shall have a 4-day standing period and a 2-day voting period. Should a by-election be scheduled at the same time as a regular scheduled election outlined in Article VIII, clause (2) of the Constitution, then the by-election shall be conducted at the same time as said scheduled election and shall follow the same schedule as said scheduled election.

    2. By-elections described in Article VIII, clause (3) of this document may not be held if a scheduled election of the relevant position is in 10 days.

(5) The Judiciary shall, where possible, act as Independent Overseers of Elections (IOE), overseeing any and all administrative tasks involving elections.

  1. Where a member of the Judiciary is standing in an election, that member shall be excused from this task.

  2. If all members of the Judiciary are standing, it shall fall to the Legislative Committees Speaker to act as IOE.

    1. If the election is for the Legislative Committee or Speaker role, the First Minister shall act as the IOE.

(6) There can not be multiple elections taking place at the same time.

  1. Scheduled elections will always take priority, and must be completed before any other election can take place.


ARTICLE IX AMENDMENTS


(0) This article of the basic law outlines the basis upon which it can be changed.

(1) This document may be amended through a vote of the Legislative Committee which must attain a ⅔ majority followed by majority assent from the People's Assembly.

  1. No Executive Order may amend this Constitution.

(2) Excepting Articles II and IX, parts of this document may be suspended by a State of Emergency.

(3) Those sections which are numbered 0, or whose primary purpose is the explanation of the article in which it resides, shall not be considered legally operable and may be amended by the Administrative Council through order or by the Legislative Committee by a simple majority.

(4) Any amendments to this Constitution must contain, in full, the previous un-amended sections relevant to the amendment separately to the amended section.


ARTICLE X CONVENTION PROCEDURES


(0) The People of The Communist Bloc may wish to start again one day in the future. The below article outlines the procedure to do so.

(1) The People’s Assembly may, upon a 75% approving vote, call for deletion of the Constitution and as many laws as it wishes, and form an Interim Governance Committee.

  1. The discussion period for this must last no less than one calendar month.

  2. The vote can last no less than seven days.

  3. The poll for this vote, should the technical ability exist, must allow for voters to change their mind.

  4. The poll shall be a secret ballot.

  5. The Administrative Council may motion to accelerate the process.

    1. 3 votes must take place: one in the Executive Council, one in the Legislative Committee and one in the People’s Assembly.

    2. All three votes must have at least a 60% approval rating

    3. The accelerated process may not last less than seven days, with a three day voting period.

  6. Article II cannot be deleted under any circumstances, and must be carried over to the next Basic Law(s).

  7. Article X shall remain in force.

  8. The motion for the Convention proceedings may name an uncapped number of passed legislation to remain in force.

    1. The motion must specify which legislation remains in force during the convention and which legislation remains once it is concluded.

  9. The Administrative Council may not be abolished, though their roles may be changed by the Interim Governance Committee.

    1. The Administrative Council, during the convention shall remain bound by whichever laws previously governed them.

(2) The Interim Governance Committee's duty shall be to, within one calendar month, present a Basic Law to the public for approval, which must outline the executive branch, the judicial branch, citizens' rights (which must be include those in force under Article II of the Constitution), and the legislative branch. Alternatively, the Interim Governance Committee may present individual acts to outline the aforementioned branches.

  1. The Act(s) presented by the Interim Governance Committee shall not extend its own term or powers in contradiction to this Act.

  2. The Act(s) presented must receive the consent of at least a 60% majority of citizens who vote in secret polling which must remain open for at least 48 hours. If a legislative branch act is passed before others, then further acts shall be subject to the conditions outlined therein.

(3) All other legislative instruments passed by the Interim Governance Committee must be assented to by the citizens of the Communist Bloc, as outlined in Section 2(b). In addition, the Interim Governance Committee shall only act with the consent of the majority of its members, excepting moderation affairs, which shall be continued per previous procedure.

(4) Should the Interim Governance Committee fail to perform its duties as outlined in Section 2, then all members shall be deprived of their seats. Upon the new Committee taking their seats, they shall have another calendar month, or shall similarly be dissolved. Upon each new Committee, a new Chief Executive and Chair shall be elected by the Committee.

  1. The method of election shall be through a standing period of 5 days, with a voting period of 48 hours. Ballots will be secret, and in order of number of votes members will be elected to each seat. Should the last seat have a tie, then a run-off will be held with a 48 voting period and a secret ballot.

  2. The Chief Executive shall be elected by the new Interim Governance Committee. The Chair shall be elected by a majority vote of the Committee. They shall be charged with overseeing the internal discussions and voting of the Committee.

  3. The number of seats elected shall be a minimum of eight. Should the number of members be even, then the Chair of the Committee shall not vote except to break a tie. Should the number of members be odd, then the Chair of the Committee shall vote as a normal member, and shall cast an additional vote in the case of a tie.

  4. The Administrative Council shall have a right to a seat on the council.

    1. Individual members may choose not to take one at the beginning of a session.

    2. Should a member of the Administrative Council choose to not take a seat, they may not take one for the rest of the Interim Governance Committees term. They may take a seat during the next term, should they wish to do so.

(5) The citizens of the Communist Bloc may, by petition signed by 5 not sitting on the Committee, call for the dissolution of the Committee. A simple majority vote, with secret voting and a 48 hour voting period, shall be required to force an election.

  1. Individual members may be recalled by the same method, if named specifically in the petition. The same petition may include any number of Committee members, and each Committee member subject to recall must have an individual poll.

(6) The Administrative Council, under a unanimous public vote and with the approval of a simple majority of citizens may at any time cancel the convention, if they believe it poses an unnecessary risk to the Bloc. This power may only be used temporarily.

  1. The Administrative Council must, for a period of no more than one calendar month, set a time limit for how long the Bloc reverts back to the standing laws.

    1. The Administrative Council may extend this weekly, requiring no further vote. This time period will be in addition to the maximum of one calendar month.

    2. The citizenry may, with a 60% majority, veto the Administrative Councils extension.

(7) Citizens may move to cancel the convention

  1. In order to do so, a motion must be put forward by the citizenry, which has at least 75% approval after a vote.

    1. This motion must be debated for at least a week.

    2. The vote must last a minimum of three days.

    3. The incumbent Interim Governance Committee may not vote on the cancellation.

  2. Should this happen, all laws which were deleted by the original motion shall revert back to legally binding.

    1. Elections will immediately take place. The Administrative Council will decide the schedule.

    2. These elections may take a maximum of 45 days to complete.

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100 - Administrative


101 - Offenses in Office Act 2019:

Offenses in Office Act 2019

An act to make it a criminal offence to violate the statutory requirements of office, or the violation of civil law in relation to the exercise of the powers of an official office, and for connected purposes, including a mandatory oath of office for all principal offices.

Now, therefore, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the glorious Constitution of this People's Republic, by and with the advice and consent of the Citizens of The Communist Bloc, in this present Central Committee assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows-

ARTICLE I - Category

(1) This act shall be considered an ADMINISTRATIVE law.

ARTICLE II - Definitions

(2) “Principal Act” shall refer to the current bill here presented.

(3) "Criminal Code" shall refer to the Criminal Law Act 2016.

(4) "Core State Officers" shall refer to the following offices:

  1. The First Minister

  2. Ministers,

  3. The Speaker,

  4. All Legislative Committee Members,

  5. The Chief Justice & all other members of the judiciary,

  6. All officers in the People's Revolutionary Armed Forces.

  7. The World Assembly Delegate and Vice World Assembly Delegates

(5) "Administrators" shall refer to those currently defined as such in the Administrative Affairs Act 2017, and "Head Administrator" shall refer to the office established in the same act.

ARTICLE III - Oaths of Office

(6) The oath of office for all Core State Officers shall read as follows. Failure to take this oath before exercising the powers of an office shall be considered a criminal offence, as a Violation of Statutory Law.

  • I, [full name], do hereby swear and affirm that I will uphold the laws of the region, including the Constitution, that I will defend the rights of all citizens in my decision making, and that I will not bring my office into disrepute by conduct which is in violation of the criminal or civil law of the region. I further affirm that I will follow the instructions of my superiors, unless those orders contradict the criminal or civil law of the region, or violate the rights of citizens. I understand that violation of this oath may result in my criminal conviction.

(7) Administrators shall be required to take the following oath, in addition to any other oaths they otherwise take. Failure to take this oath before exercising the powers of the office shall be considered a criminal offence, as a Violation of Statutory Law.

  • I, [full name], do hereby swear and affirm that I will abide by the relevant legislation in the exercise of my powers. I recognise the ultimate and vital duty that I hold to defend the region against all threats, foreign and domestic. I swear that I will not exercise my powers in contravention of applicable laws, nor shall I exercise my powers in contravention of orders given to me by the Head Administrator, or the Council as a whole. I swear that, during a state of emergency, I shall act to ensure that the region is returned to a normal state of affairs as soon as possible. I swear that, pursuant to relevant legislation, I will act to defend the region by whatever means necessary in the absence of executive action.

(8) For the purposes of ensuring that all those officers required to take an oath are duly informed of that requirement, for all core state officers it will be beholden on the Administrators to remind those taking such offices upon election or appointment. Additionally, the Head Administrator shall inform new Administrators of their oath requirement.

ARTICLE IV- Schedule

(9) The Principle Act shall come into force immediately upon passage of the Central Committee with the signature of the General Secretary.

(10) Upon the coming into force of the Principal Act, all current office holders affected by Article IV will have 14 days to take the relevant Oath of Office, after which the criminal aspect of failing to do so shall come into effect.

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102 - Regional Message Board Regulation Act 2020:

Regional Message Board Regulation Act 2020

An act to reform RMB regulation.

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) "Principal Act" shall refer to the current bill here presented.

(2) “Regional Officer” shall refer to citizens who are Regional Officers on NationStates side of The Communist Bloc.

(3) “RMB” shall refer to the Regional Message Board on NationStates side of The Communist Bloc.

(4) “RMB posts” shall refer to posts on the RMB of The Communist Bloc.

(5) “Regional Communications Officer” or "RCO" shall refer to Regional Officers with the ability to suppress RMB posts.

(6) “NationStates Moderators” shall refer to moderators of NationStates, who are not Regional Officers.

(7) “Embassy Regions” shall refer to all regions that have embassies with TCB.

(8) "RP" shall refer to Roleplay on the Regional Message Board for the purposes of this act.

Article II - Category

(9) This Act shall be classified as a Type I Administrative Law.

Article III - Provisions

(10) All previous non-legislative rules and regulations relating to RMB use are declared null and void.

(11) Any legislation which affects the RMB must be made into a dispatch, available for all NS users.

(12) Regional Communication Officers may not arbitrarily suppress RMB posts.

(13) Regional Communication Officers are obligated to report and suppress RMB posts violating NationStates Terms &
Conditions of Use, or that violate resident or citizen rights as defined by the Constitution

(14) Regional Communication Officers must suppress RMB posts that contain the following:

  1. Deliberately upsetting materials.

  2. Discriminatory or derogatory terms used outside of quotations.

  3. Link to illegal or dangerous websites or material.

  4. Graphics or links to graphics that are violent, sexual, disturbing or may not be considered as PG-13.

  5. Personal defamation, attack, or harassment.

  6. Overt or covert hateful, fascist, or alt-right symbolism, slogan, rhetoric, or statements presented outside of appropriate quotation.

  7. Any speech which may be considered Hate Speech.

  8. Denial of historical or ongoing serious crimes in the real world or serious allegations of such in unprofessional, unscholarly, chauvinistic, or inflammatory manners.

  9. Discussion of serious crimes in nonchalant, unprofessional, unscholarly, chauvinistic, or inflammatory manners; mature, respectful, scholarly, and civil discussion around serious crimes should not be suppressed.

  10. Excessive personal information.

  11. Material or information posted with the express aim of negatively affecting the mental health and wellbeing of others.

  12. Suicidal material.

    1. A mental health emergency contact dispatch will be maintained, including phone numbers to mental health helplines in as many countries as reasonably possible. Anyone posting suicidal material will be sent this dispatch through telegram.

  13. Libelous or openly illegal content.

  14. Extreme sectarianism.

  15. Discussion of military affairs, including raiding another region.

  16. Profaned language not directed to anyone.

  17. Excessive profaned language.

  18. Excessive repetitive words

  19. Quotation of a suppressible post without effective censorship.

  20. Evidently false claims.

(15) Regional Communications Officers can make a RMB post with all of the following after suppressing a RMB post.

  1. Indication of the post suppressed, such as a quotation, the link, or the post ID.

  2. A link to the Principal Act.

  3. A reason to suppress according to the principal Act.

(16) Regional Communications Officers must keep a record of all disputed suppressions on the Forum. For each disputed suppression, the Regional Communications Officer must provide the ID of the post or the link to the post, and the reason for suppression.

  1. If applicable, Regional Communications Officers can include possible violations of the Criminal Code.

  2. The Administrative Council and the People’s Tribunal shall have access to this record. The Administrative Council may overturn suppressions. They may direct Regional Communications Officers to un-suppress RMB posts.

(17) Residents of The Communist Bloc and Embassy Regions are encouraged to report RMB posts to NationStates Moderators.

(18) Residents of The Communist Bloc and Embassy Regions are allowed to appeal against specific suppressions via RMB Posts, telegrams to Members of the Administrative Council, Discord direct messages to Members of the Administrative Council, and Forum direct messages to Members of the Administrative Council.

Article IV - Roleplay

(19) Roleplaying is permitted on the RMB but must be conducted in a civil manner.

(20) Roleplay must be put in a "Spoiler" and be labeled as such.

  1. The code for RP Spoilers on the RMB is

    [spoiler=RP] text here [/spoiler]
    1. Should residents forget to spoiler RP, they may be reminded to do so via Telegram.

    2. Repeat Offenders may be asked to cease joining RP. Failure to abide by this may result in suppressions/ejection from the region.

(21) Regional Communications Officers shall oversee RP.

  1. RCOs shall review posts on a case by case basis. Should they believe that the RP has violated section (14) of this act with malicious intent, then they may suppress and/or eject and ban the offender.

  2. Spamming the RMB with RP is not permitted and may result in being asked to cease, or even ejection. Players must not make multiple posts for RP, except where a reasonable period of time has passed.

  3. If an RCO believes that a piece of RP is acting in a manner as to make the RMB unenjoyable for others, they may suppress that post.

Article V - Schedule

(22) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.

(23) A dispatch version of the Principal Act shall be created immediately after it is passed, and shall be maintained by the incumbent Minister of Information.

Written and proposed by C.A.D., improved and expanded by other Member of the Legislative Committee

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103 - Election Standards Act 2020:

Election Standards Act 2020

An act to define regional election procedures, and strengthen the powers of the Overseers.

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) "Overseer" shall refer to the Election Overseer, as defined by the Constitution.

(2) "Campaign Telegram" shall refer to any Telegram sent on behalf of a candidate for an election.

Article II - Category

(3) This Act shall be classified as a Type I ADMINISTRATIVE law.

Article III - Electoral Rules

(4) All elections must be visible to the public.

  1. This does not infringe on the internal selection procedures of Speaker and Head Judiciary.

(5) Should the technical ability exist, votes in election polls must be allowed to be withdrawn and/or changed.

  1. Should this be unable to be done, Overseers shall be in charge of withdrawing votes.

  2. The Citizen wishing to withdraw their vote must contact the Overseer and present their vote, in full via screenshot which contains who they voted for, and their Username.

    1. Should the citizens be unable to do so, they may not withdraw their votes.

    2. Overseers must present any withdrawn votes to the judiciary at the end of the election, to be examined for vote tampering.

(6) Elections will not be considered binding until an Overseer has announced the results.

  1. Overseers must announce the results within 24 hours.

    1. Failure to do so may be considered dereliction of duty.

(7) Citizenship applications will not be processed while voting for elections is taking place.

(8) Should a candidate ask for it, the Minister of Information will be responsible for sharing one campaign telegram per candidate via Telegram on the NationStates website.

  1. A disclaimer must be attached to the bottom of any Campaign Telegram which reads:
    "This telegram was sent in accordance with the Election Standards Act 2020. The Ministry of Information does not sponsor this or any other candidate. For a full list of candidates, or to sign up for this election, please visit [link to sign up for the relevant election]"

  2. Regional Telegrams must not be considered offensive and/or inflammatory, nor can they violate any of the rights outlined in the Constitution.

  3. Regional Telegrams may not be written on behalf of a candidate, except where (8) is true.

(9) Political Parties or Interest Groups may sponsor telegrams for candidates. Should this happen, a donation of Telegram Stamps equal or greater than the current number of nations within the Bloc must be made to The Communist Bloc.

  1. A message of sponsorship may also be added to the telegram, linking to the Party or Interest Groups sign up.

  2. Should a Party or Interest Group fail to sponsor a candidate, no mention of that Party or Interest Group may be made within a Regional Telegram.

    1. Except if the candidate is referring to relevant experience.

​(10) No candidate may falsely accuse any other candidate of lying, cheating, fraud or any other crime without evidence of such.

  1. If any candidate or citizen feels that another candidate has committed a crime, they must submit a legal challenge to the Judiciary or Overseers.

  2. No candidate, or supporter of a candidate, shall threaten to take forum action against another candidate without sufficient proof.

    1. Should an Overseer or member of the Judiciary consider a candidate or supporter is repeatedly abusing the right to take legal action, they may bar them from taking further legal action against a candidate until the election is over.

(11) No candidate may publicly insult other candidates or citizens for any personal reason.

(12) Candidates should not spam (defined as the excessive use of similar messages on the same or different threads) anywhere on the forum, excluding their own campaign thread, to promote their campaign.

(13) Should a position disallow certain officials, they must resign before standing for that position.

(14) Sign-ups for elections must contain the following information:

  1. Name

  2. Party or Organisation

  3. Position standing for

  4. Current positions held

(15) If following the closing of an election or by-election, the tally of votes of multiple options in an election or by-election tie for the last seat up for election, a run-off vote between the tied options will be immediately triggered.

  1. The run-off vote shall be open for 48 hours.

Article IV - Overseer Powers

(16) Overseers shall have the right to issue a cease and desist order for a period of no more than 6 hours, should they feel that campaigning is becoming toxic.

  1. This may be overturned by any citizen with the power to be Overseer

    1. Except where it is targeted at that Official, or;

    2. The election is for the office that gives them the authority to stand as Overseer.

  2. This power may be used to close the Regional Discussion channel on Discord should the behaviour continue.

  3. Overseers may recommend to Admins that repeat offenders receive longer bans.

(17) Should sufficient evidence of multiple Major Offenses or a Single Highest Offense be given in relation to a candidate, Overseers may halt an election for a period of no more than one week.

  1. The incumbent(s) for that election will retain the role.

  2. The Overseers must then present the evidence to the Judiciary immediately.

    1. Failure to do so may be considered anti-revolutionary and punishable as such.

    2. The Judiciary may, should they believe the evidence does not warrant halting the election, then move to continue the election.

    3. Overseers found abusing this power in a manner not considered Treasonous or Anti-Revolutionary may be banned from standing for office for a period of 6 months, per People’s Tribunal’s decision and with a confirmation requiring a ¾ majority in the Legislative Committee.

      1. The Overseer involved may not vote on this in either the Legislative Committee or the Judiciary.

Article - Schedule

(18) 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 Martyn Kiryu

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200 - Legislative


201 - Legislative Committee Procedures Act:


Legislative Committee Procedures Act

An act to define procedures within the Legislative Committee.

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) "LC" shall refer to the Legislative Committee.

(2) "Speaker" shall refer to the Speaker of the Legislative Committee.

(3) "LCM" shall refer to Legislative Committee Member, or Member of the Legislative Committee.

Article II - Category

(4) This Act shall be classified as a Type II LEGISLATIVE law

Article III - Legislation

(5) The Legislative Committee shall propose and/or debate any Legislation within the Communist Bloc.

  1. The focus of debates should always include legality, conflict with other laws, and constitutional compatibility.

(6) The LC must debate all legislation in a timely manner.

  1. Legislation passed from the People's Assembly must take priority, except where a piece of legislation is deemed urgent by the LC or Executive.

(7) The LC must not motion for votes during a by-election or election of the LC

(8) The LC must conduct all debates and votes publicly, except where impeachment is involved.

(9) Should any LCM fail to vote on 3 concurrent pieces of legislation AND fail to vote for a period of more than one week, a Vote of No Confidence requiring ¾ majority of the LC may take place to remove them from the Legislative Committee.

  1. Any citizen of the Bloc can motion for a Vote of No Confidence.

(10) Should an LCM require an extended period of time away, they must assign a Proxy within the LC who may vote on behalf of both LCMs.

  1. Notification of this must go to both the Speaker and the LCM who is proxying the vote.

  2. A period of time lasting no longer than 14 days must also be given.

    1. The LCM may, after 14 days further assign another Proxy.

    2. A Proxy cannot be used for more than a period of 28 days. Should further time be required, the LCM must resign. This will trigger a by-election.

  3. Proxy votes shall be labeled on any voting record as such.

(11) Legislation must be public and available to all LCMs for a minimum of 72 hours.

  1. Votes on legislation shall require a period of 48 hours or until all sitting members have voted, whichever is first.

    1. Should a piece of legislation receive a majority vote in favour, it may be passed to the People's Assembly at that time. The vote will remain open until the 48 hours is past, or all LCMs have voted.

Article IV - The Speaker

(12) The Speaker of the Legislative Committee shall take care of all the administrative needs of the LC including but not limited to;

  1. Keeping debate civil.

  2. Opening and closing votes on the Bloc forum.

  3. Handing passed Legislation to the People's Assembly for vote.

  4. Announcing Peoples Assembly votes on the NationStates RMB and Discord.

  5. Updating and maintaining the Law Archive.

  6. Updating and hosting voting records for the LC.

  7. Passing any records onto a new Speaker.

  8. Failure to do the above (A4S12a-g) may be considered as Dereliction of Duty.

(13) The Speaker shall mediate in any disputes between the LC and the Executive Branch, except where the Speaker is the focus of the dispute.

  1. Should the Speaker be the focus of the dispute, they may ask another LCM to mediate the dispute.

(14) The Speaker shall act as legal defense when necessary on behalf of the LC, and shall be held responsible for any decisions made as a whole group.

  1. Decisions made by individual LCMs shall be the responsibility of the LCM.

(15) The Speaker may not use a Proxy for a period of longer than 14 days.

Article V - Schedule

(16) 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 Martyn Kiryu

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301 - Citizenship Act 2016:

Citizenship Act 2016

An act to establish the regional citizenship & party membership procedure, its processing, and removal.​​

Now, and thereafter, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic, by and with the 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 - Short Title

​(1) This act may be cited as the “Citizenship Act of 2016”.

ARTICLE II - Category

(2) This act shall be classified as a Type III EXECUTIVE law.

ARTICLE III - Definitions

(3) “Principal Act” shall refer to the current bill here presented.

(4) "Resident" shall refer to individuals whom have a nation in The Communist Bloc but have not be approved for forum citizenship.

(5) "Citizen" shall refer to individuals whom have a nation in The Communist Bloc and have been approved for forum citizenship.

ARTICLE IV - Applications & Processing

​(6) All nations within The Communist Bloc that do not hold citizenship on the regional forum shall be considered residents, not citizens. Residents must apply and be approved for forum citizenship to obtain citizen masking.

(7) The processing of applications for citizenship and diplomatic or cultural status shall fall upon Forum Administrators, or Ministers voted in by election.

(8) Citizenship applicants must have a nation within The Communist Bloc, be checked for security purposes by forum administration and pass, and completely fill in their application to be accepted.

(9) Citizenship applicants may be rejected for forum citizenship on the following grounds:

  1. The citizenship application form is not satisfactorily and truthfully completed;

  2. The applicant does not have a nation in The Communist Bloc, or does not comply with any guidelines set out by Forum Administrators, the Legislative Committee, the First Minister, or the responsible Minister;

  3. A security reason for denial of citizenship is advised by forum administration;

  4. A regional court order is in place effecting that the applicant is not permitted to hold citizenship of The Communist Bloc;

  5. The granting of citizenship to the applicant is deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to the wellbeing of The Communist Bloc;

  6. The granting of citizenship to the applicant would be a violation of TCB Law.

(10) Any member of the Legislative Committee may propose to overturn the rejection of a citizenship application. A simple majority of the Legislative Committee must vote in favor to overturn said rejection.

(11) The First Minister may overrule any decisions taken by Ministers or other deputies on matters relating to citizenship or ambassador requests for forum access.

ARTICLE V - Losing Citizenship

(12) Any citizen who is discovered not to have a nation in The Communist Bloc shall have their citizenship removed. This does not preclude the person from re-applying for citizenship and membership at a later date.

(13) The Judiciary may remove citizenship from a person as punishment for the commission of a crime. Any person sentenced to a lifetime ban from the region shall automatically have their citizenship removed.

(14) The Judiciary may remove citizenship from a person if information otherwise asked in the citizenship application is knowingly withheld with malicious intent.

(15) Any member of the Legislative Committee may propose to remove citizenship and from a member on the grounds of making malicious attacks on the region. Such proposals must pass a 3/4 majority and be signed by the First Minister.

ARTICLE VI - Schedule

(16) The principal act shall come into force immediately upon passage of the Central Committee with the signature of the General Secretary.

Proposed and written by Zenny Ariel Winter

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302 - Personae Non-Gratea Act:

Personae Non-Gratea Act

An act to establish procedures regarding foreign nationals.​​​

Now, and thereafter, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic, by and with the 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 - Short Title​

(1) This act may be cited as the “Persona Non Grata Act 2016”.

ARTICLE II- Category

(2) This act shall be classified as a Type III EXECUTIVE law.

ARTICLE III - Definitions​

(3) “Persona Non Grata” shall be defined as a foreign person whose entering or remaining in a particular region is prohibited by that region's government.

(4) "Foreign national" shall be defined as a person who is not a citizen of the host region in which he or she is residing or temporarily sojourning.

(5) "The Communist Bloc" shall refer to the Nationstates side of the region as well as the off-site forum.

(6) “Principal Act” shall refer to the current bill here presented.

ARTICLE IV - Provisions​

(7) Any foreign national, dignitary, or ambassador may be declared persona non grata by the First Minister or the responsible minister, with a simple majority approval by the Legislative Committee.

(8) Foreign nationals, dignitaries, or ambassadors who have been declared personae non gratae shall not be permitted to reenter The Communist Bloc, and shall have their diplomatic masking revoked.

(9) Declarations of persona non grata may be reviewed or rescinded by the First Minister. The Legislative Committee may vote to issue a non-binding motion, recommending that the First Minister review or rescind a declaration of persona non grata.

(10) The Legislative Committee may overturn any rescission with a 2/3 majority.

ARTICLE V - Schedule​

(11) The principal act shall come into force immediately upon passage of the Central Committee with the signature of the General Secretary.

Originally written by Phazon Winter, amended and proposed by Gabriel Xavier

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303 - Foreign Affairs Conduct and Guidelines Act:

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Ideological Embassies

  2. General Embassies

(10) Ideological Embassies shall be established first on the order, in accordance with alphabetical order.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Any region with an Embassy caught recruiting in TCB may be subject to immediate revocation of the Embassy.

  2. All classifications of Embassy are subject to such.

  3. Exceptions may be made where treaties specify it.

(13) All Embassies, upon registration, will be subject to approval by the Foreign Minister.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:

  1. Anti-Communist

  2. Capitalist

  3. Conservative

  4. Fascist

  5. Imperialist

  6. Jump Point

  7. Mercenary

  8. Patriarchal

  9. Puppet Storage

  10. Theocratic

(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:

  1. It is necessary for special and extenuating military, strategic, pragmatic, and security circumstances.

  2. They are a treatied ally.

  3. They are allied with members of a shared interregional pact

  4. They are members of a shared interregional pact.

  5. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Except where acting in the defense of The Communist Bloc, or in defense of an allied region.

    1. 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

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304 - Stamp Act 2020:

Stamp Act 2020

An act to regulate the stamp donation process, the use of stamps, and awards related to stamps.​​​

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) "Stamps" shall refer to items purchasable with real world money on NationStates called Telegram Stamps that can be used for mass-telegrams.

(2) “Bloc Stamps” shall refer to stamps donated to the regional government of the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc and its rightful successors. Bloc stamps are possessions of the regional government of the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc.

(3) “Ministry of Domestic Affairs” shall refer to any ministry with the portfolio of domestic affairs defined by the constitution. Should there be multiple Ministries with the portfolio of domestic affairs, then the “Ministry of Domestic Affairs” shall refer to all ministries with the portfolio of recruiting nations to The Communist Bloc. “MoDA” or the “Minister of Domestic Affairs” shall be the Minister of the said Ministry.

(4) “Immigration Office” shall refer to any nation designated by the Ministry of Domestic Affairs to store the Bloc Stamps and send recruitment telegrams with Bloc Stamps.

(5) “Stamp Donations” shall refer to any irreversible, and permanent donations of stamps from one nation to another.

(6) “Stamp Drives” shall refer to any events or campaigns organized by TCB residents to TCB residents for the purpose of stimulating Donations

Article II - Category

(7) This Act shall be classified as a Type III EXECUTIVE law.

Article III - Provisions

(8) The MoDA shall have access to the Immigration Office. The Administrative Council shall have the right to access the Immigration Office and at least one member of the Administrative Council shall have access to the Immigration Office at all times.

  1. The MoDA may not arbitrarily change the password to the Immigration Office.

    1. The MoDA may be charged with “Disruptive Behavior” under Criminal Law Act 2016 if they arbitrarily changes the password to the Immigration Office but cooperates with the investigation and neutralizes most damages resulted from their action.

    2. The MoDA may be charged with “Subversion” or “Treason” under Criminal Law Act 2016 if they deliberately change the password to the Immigration Office in ways that cause damage to The Communist Bloc’s access to Bloc Stamps.

    3. The password must be changed once a MoDA steps down, or is replaced. The incoming MoDA will change the password. The Administrative Council must be informed.

(9) After a relevant election, the last MoDA must grant the newly elected MoDA access of the Immigration Office.

  1. The former MoDA must perform this action within a grace period of 72 hours starting from the electoral victory of the newly elected MoDA. If the former MoDA fails to grant the newly elected MoDA within the grace period, then the Administrative Council shall warn the former MoDA and grant the newly elected MoDA access to the Immigration Office.

  2. Should the former MoDA deliberately refuse to grant the access of Immigration Office to the newly elected MoDA, the former MoDA may be charged with “Subversion” under Criminal Law Act 2016.

(10) No government member may initiate a Stamp Drive that asks TCB residents and/or citizens to donate stamps to any nation other than the Immigration Office; no resident or citizen may initiate a Bloc Stamp Drive in the name of the government.

  1. Except where access to the Immigration Nation account is unavailable to the MoDA.

(11) All stamp drives must be compliant with the Terms & Conditions of Use of NationStates.

  1. Any promise of rewards with monetary substances or substitutes is strictly forbidden.

    1. Organizers of such activities may be charged with “Subversion” under Criminal Law Act 2016.

      1. The Administrative Council or any other Moderator may remove or suppress materials from the Regional Message Board, TCB Forum, TCB Discord Server, and all other channels of communication if found to be breaching this law

(12) All Bloc stamp drives must be done with the knowledge and permission of the MoDA.

(13) The MoDA or someone acting on their behalf may send recruitment telegrams to new and refounded nations with Bloc telegrams.

  1. The MoDA must only use the Immigration Office and Bloc Stamps for the purpose of recruitment for The Communist Bloc.

    1. Except where directed to by the Council of Ministers.

  2. The MoDA must report to the Council of Ministers of the use of Bloc stamps in a monthly report including the following:

    1. The total number of stamps initially consumed.

    2. The total number of stamps left.

    3. The number of stamps initially consumed for new nations and the number of stamps initially consumed for refounded nations.

  3. The MoDA may be charged with “Deception” under Criminal Law Act 2016 if they deliberately provided false information.

  4. The MoDA may be charged with “Subversion” or “Anti-Revolutionary Activity” under Criminal Law Act 2016” under Criminal Law Act 2016 if they deliberately use Bloc stamps for any purposes not sanctioned by the Council of Ministers depending on the severity of their offence.

Article IV - Schedule

(14) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the Peoples’ Assembly.

Written and proposed by C.A.D, edited by Martyn Kiryu.

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305 - World Assembly Affairs Act 2020:

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World Assembly Affairs Act 2020

An act to create a World Assembly Ministry and set up WA voting procedures within the Bloc​​​

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-[/center]

ARTICLE I - Definitions

(1) “WA” shall refer to the World Assembly.

(2) “Proposal” shall refer to a submission at vote in the WA.

(3) “GA” shall refer to the General Assembly, where legislative proposals in the WA are presented.

(4) “SC” shall refer to the Security Council, where proposals to recognize nations or protect regions are presented.

(5) “WAD” or “World Assembly Delegate” shall refer to TCB’s representative in the WA, defined as that officer holding the office through virtue of the legal framework established in the Constitution, or the previous holder currently outlined as the WAD on the onsite interface during a legal handover.

(6) “MoWAA” or “Ministry of World Assembly Affairs” shall refer to a ministry with the portfolio of managing TCB polls on the forums to determine how the WAD should vote on WA proposals and the presentation of an analysis

(7) “FM,” or “First Minister” shall refer to the Head of State of the region

(8) “CoM” or “Council of Ministers” shall refer to the chief advisory body of the FM that votes on executive matters

(9) “Discord” shall refer to the Discord Server of the region.

(10) “Quorate,” shall refer to that state in which a WA proposal has been submitted, but has not yet reached sufficient approvals to go to vote.

(11) “MoFA,” or “Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” shall refer to the ministry with the portfolio of managing and establishing diplomatic relations with other regions and entities

(12) “LC,” or “Legislative Committee,” shall refer to the primary legislative body of The Communist Bloc

(13) “PA,” or “People’s Assembly” shall refer to the body of all citizens that acts as the other part of Bloc Legislature

(14) “Resident” or “Resident Nation” shall refer to any nation that currently resides in The Communist Bloc region

Article II - Category

(15) This Act shall be classified as a Type III EXECUTIVE law.

Article III - Provisions

(16) When a World Assembly proposal is in queue, it is the responsibility of the Minister of World Assembly Affairs or their equivalent, or a volunteer authorized by the minister under their portfolio, to create a voting thread on the World Assembly proposal and analysis on The Communist Bloc forums in a timely fashion no later than 24 hours after the proposal has reached the queue.

  1. The post must include the proposal in full text.

  2. The analysis must include both pros and cons of the proposal at vote.

  3. The voting thread shall be open to all citizens, who will be able to vote Aye, Nay, or Abstain”

(17): Resident nations of the Communist Bloc may submit their opinions and votes on WA resolutions to the Minister of WA Affairs, via the Ministry of WA Affairs Nation, who will then post those opinions and votes in the designated resolution thread.

  1. The Minister of WA Affairs reserves the right to exclude any votes or opinions delivered in this manner exclusively for the purposes of preserving regional security.

  2. Rejected submissions may be appealed by the resident nation to the People’s Tribunal. If the Minister of WA Affairs’ rejection is deemed not to be for the purpose of preserving regional security, the rejection shall be formally retracted and the submission will be considered valid for the purpose of the Act, to the maximum extent possible.

  3. Citizen or resident nations may not submit their opinions and votes via both the forums and the Ministry nation. If two submissions are made, only the first mode of submission will be accepted for initial and subsequent submissions.

(18) On the Discord, a channel called “#world-assembly-affairs” shall be created where GA and SC proposals and current proposals at vote will be discussed.

(19) After 48 hours have passed or, at least five citizens have posted their vote in the vote thread, the WAD will vote on the proposal based on the poll results.

  1. If an option achieves a majority (50% + 1) of votes, the WAD shall vote in that manner on the proposal

  2. If no option achieves a majority of votes, the WAD shall abstain.

(20): If, over the course of the resolution being at vote, the majority option changes, the Minister of World Assembly Affairs, or a volunteer designated on their behalf, must advise the delegate to change their vote to the option with the majority of votes.

  1. This advice must be given as soon as reasonably possible.

  2. If the Resolution is scheduled to leave the floor within 12 hours, and the WAD vote does not match the majority option, the MoWAA must advise the delegate to change their vote to the majority opinion.

(21) If the Council of Ministers votes with at least 60% support to deem it diplomatically necessary for The Communist Bloc to vote on a World Assembly proposal a certain way passes, the World Assembly Delegate shall vote according to the decision of the CoM.

  1. The CoM vote can only be initiated by a formal, publicly viewable proposal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating why it is crucial for the WAD to vote that way.

  2. This may be repealed by a simple majority in the Legislative Committee, in which case the vote of the World Assembly Delegate shall be cast according to the original MoWAA poll in accordance with clause (13) of this legislation.

    1. The People’s Assembly may also have the power to motion for a repeal vote in the LC.

Article IV - Schedule

(22) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People’s Assembly.

(23) An election shall open for the MoWAA at the passage of this act contingent on the FM and CoM voting on and creating the MoWAA

  1. The election schedule will be a 4 day standing period and 2 day election period

Written and proposed by Kirk Socramander

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306 - Ministerial Responsibilities Act 2020:

Ministerial Responsibilities Act 2020

An act to codify duties of executive offices as well as procedures within the Council of Ministers.

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) "CoM" shall refer to the Council of Ministers.

Article II - Category

(2) This act shall be classified as a Category III- Executive Law

Article III - Provisions

(3) The CoM shall be responsible for deliberating and voting on all major executive decisions, as well as advising the First Minister.

  1. Any votes on executive actions that the CoM is legally required and obliged to vote on, including Executive Orders, treaties, and the establishment, removal, or merger of ministries, shall be opened and conducted by the First Minister in a publicly viewable forum.

(4) The First Minister shall be responsible for directing and coordinating executive functions, as well as managing the administrative needs of the CoM, including but not limited to:

  1. Opening and closing CoM votes in the appropriate forum or channel, and setting timetables for CoM votes.

  2. Mediating CoM discussions.

  3. Announcing all CoM votes to the public.

  4. Organizing and maintaining the CoM Agenda.

  5. Posting a publicly viewable report on executive activities every two weeks.

  6. Passing any records onto a new First Minister.

(5) The Minister of Domestic Affairs shall be responsible for functions regarding recruitment, immigration, and integration of newcomers, including but not limited to:

  1. Maintaining the official recruitment nation at all times.

  2. Encouraging the donation of telegram stamps for the purposes of recruitment at all times through stamp donations.

  3. Ensuring a constant flow of recruitment telegrams being delivered.

  4. Processing citizenship applications in a timely manner.

  5. Documenting recruitment statistics, including change in total regional population and regional World Assembly population, to present to the CoM every month.

  6. Submitting a public report proposing causes and solutions for population loss should the region’s population decrease by more than 10% in under one calendar month.

(6) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall be responsible for functions regarding diplomatic relations with other entities, including but not limited to:

  1. Establishing and managing diplomatic relations with other regions and entities.

  2. Maintaining relations with embassies and treatied allies.

  3. Appointing and managing ambassadors to embassies.

  4. Ensuring all embassies meet existing legal requirements at all times.

  5. Informing allied regions and entities of major regional developments.

  6. Informing the CoM, and if applicable the public, of major interregional developments.

  7. Opening a deliberation period of at least 48 hours within the CoM for the potential establishment or closure of embassies.

    1. Formal deliberation may be bypassed with agreement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the First Minister, or if the embassy is illegal in the case of closure.

(7) The Minister of Culture shall be responsible for functions regarding maintenance of regional community and morale, including but not limited to:

  1. Organizing regular region-wide events and games.

  2. Overseeing role-playing and related events.

  3. Coordinating cultural events and games with allies and other regions.

(8) The Minister of Information shall be responsible for functions regarding dissemination of information to the public, including but not limited to:

  1. Sending mass regional telegrams and posting an announcement on the regional discord server for all elections, standing periods, referendums, and other important votes.

    1. Except where the incumbent Minister is standing, in which case the Election Overseers shall oversee this task.

  2. Regularly reporting up-to-date news to the public.

  3. Maintaining the official information nation at all times.

  4. Updating official informational dispatches, including the regional handbook and a list of government officials, as necessary.

(9) Should any Minister fail to uphold their respective duties and responsibilities, or fail to respond for a period of more than a week without an authorised Leave of Absence, a Vote of No Confidence requiring ⅔ majority of the CoM may take place to remove them from the Council of Ministers.

  1. This shall not interfere with citizens rights to recall a Minister.

(10) Should a Minister require an extended period of time away, they must appoint a proxy to vote in Ministerial matters. This shall be considered a Leave of Absence (herein LoA).

  1. The CoM must be notified of the Minister’s absence.

    1. LoAs may only last for a period no longer than 14 days.

    2. A proxy may be appointed by the absent Minister, and reasonable efforts to keep the ministry operational must be made, using all means at that Minister’s disposal. This proxy must be a consenting elected official.

      1. Ministers cannot make multiple consecutive requests for LoAs.

      2. Should a Minister be absent for more than a week, and has not requested a LoA, the Minister must resign, and a by-election may be held.

  2. Failure to resign shall lead to an automatic Vote of No Confidence requiring a simple majority for removal from the CoM.

Article IV - Schedule

(11) 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 by Egaleca, amended for Legislation by Martyn Kiryu

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307 - Vice Delegate Act:



Vice Delegate Act

An act to establish the position of Vice Delegate and enhance regional security.

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) “Endorsement cap” shall refer to the maximum number of endorsements a nation in the Communist Bloc may accumulate.

(2) “The NationStates page” shall refer to the NationStates webpage of the Communist Bloc, located at

https://www.nationstates.net/region=the_communist_bloc.

Article II - Category

(3) This Act shall be classified as a Type III - Executive Law.

Article III - Provisions

(4) The position of Vice Delegate (VWAD) is hereby established. Vice Delegates shall be appointed by the First Minister with approval from the Council of Ministers and shall serve at the pleasure of the First Minister.

  1. The Vice-Delegate must accept and consent to their nomination before the appointment can be approved by the Council of Ministers.

  2. The Vice-Delegate must have a World Assembly nation within the Bloc in order to be eligible for appointment.

(5) The First Minister is required to appoint a minimum of two Vice Delegates at a time and up to a maximum of three.

  1. Upon the appointment of a Vice Delegate by the First Minister, a confirmation vote shall be opened via regional poll on the NationStates page. The poll shall be open only to native, World Assembly nations within the Bloc. The poll shall last for 24 hours. The First Minister is tasked with creating this confirmation vote.

(6) A Vice Delegate can only be replaced by the Council of Ministers (CoM) if they resign, their nation has ceased to exist or is no longer in the region, they have been approved to become the next World Assembly Delegate, they are prosecuted for a crime which gives the Council of Ministers a fair reason to remove them, or they have been on a Leave of Absence exceeding three months.

  1. The Judiciary may advise the CoM to revoke the position.

  2. If the VWAD is dismissed or resigns, the VWAD must resign from the World Assembly for a period of no less than 48 hours, to ensure they no longer exceed the Endorsement Cap.

(7) The Vice Delegates are permitted to exceed the endorsement cap set by the Council of Ministers. The Vice Delegates must not exceed the endorsement count of the World Assembly Delegate.

(8) All residents of the region shall be encouraged to endorse the Vice Delegates to provide a safeguard in the event that the World Assembly Delegate ceases to exist. Should the World Assembly Delegate cease to exist, the Vice Delegate with the most endorsements shall officially assume the office of Interim World Assembly Delegate until the Legislative Committee approves a new World Assembly Delegate.

Article IV - Schedule

(9) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.

Originally proposed and written by Trabardia, edited and reproposed by Kirk Socramander

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401 - Criminal Law Act 2016:

Criminal Law Act 2016

An act to establish the criminal law of TCB.​

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 - Short Title

(1) This act may be cited as the “Criminal Law Act”.

ARTICLE II - Category

(2) This act shall be considered a Type IV CRIMINAL Law

ARTICLE III - Definitions​

(3) "Offense" shall be defined as an action deemed illegal, and punishable by the People's Court.

(4) “Principal Act” shall refer to the current bill here presented.

ARTICLE IV - Coverage​

(5) All laws contained within the Criminal Code applies to The Communist Bloc (TCB) forums, TCB Regional Message Board (RMB),all TCB Social Channels and events, and interaction between TCB members where it is determined relevant to the offense(s) in question.

ARTICLE V - Minor Offenses​

(6) Exceeding the endorsement cap: The purposeful transgression of the endorsement cap is forbidden, if the First Minister does not give their consent; failure to remedy accidental transgression of the endorsement cap within twenty-four hours of being made aware of the transgression shall make retention of any such endorsements purposeful, and thereafter punishable as a purposeful transgression.

(7) Disruptive Behavior: Recruiting, advertising or spamming without consent of the Legislative Committee.

(8) Harassment: Any action which is by design insulting, badgering, or pressuring of players in spite of petition(s) to cease and desist. Insult shall be considered purposeful if not intentional where insult as a consequence of any action is reasonably predictable.

(9) Trespassing: The act of posting in a thread or channel without authorisation and with knowledge of the lack of authorisation, especially after having been informed or requested to vacate the thread or channel in question.

(10) Trolling: Purposeful eliciting a negative emotional reaction from users, frustration of users, and/or social discord. An action may be considered Trolling where such an action is not designed to cause negative emotional reaction from users, frustration of users, and/or social discord should such consequences have been reasonably predictable.

(11) Vexatious Litigation: Abusing the judicial process through repetitive or frivolous reports/accusations.

(12) Unlawful Discrimination: Discriminating against a person on grounds of that person's race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious belief, sexuality, asexuality, gender or agender identity or expression, sex, sex characteristics or disability by not dealing with that person under the terms and conditions normally applied with other persons.

(13) Wilful Abandonment of Duty in Office: While holding an office established on a statutory basis, and failing to give notice of a Leave of Absence, failing to complete, within a reasonable time frame, the legally defined duties of the office.

(14) The maximum sentence for all minor offenses in Article 4 Sections 6 through 8 shall be no greater than 10 days banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication.

(15) The maximum sentence for all minor offenses in Article 4 Sections 9 and 13 shall be no greater than 1 month banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication.

ARTICLE VI - Major Offenses​

(16) Perjury: Knowingly, and beyond reasonable doubt, providing false testimony or falsified evidence to deceive a court of law

(17) Violation of Statutory Law: The violation of civil law which places restrictions on office holders, or requires the taking of certain actions as an office holder.

(18) Violation of the Oath of Office: The violation of the oath of office required in the Offences in Office Act 2019.

(19) Repeat Violation: Should a player be found guilty of a crime against the Public on multiple occasions, and should that player seem as though they are not learning their lesson, a user may be tried for repeatedly offending the law.

(20) Administrative Crimes: Destroying forum or any other official off-site means of communication content in a destructive way, pornspamming, and gorespamming, hacking of any accounts.

(21) Lying On A Citizenship Application: Concealing previous aliases; concealing regional affiliations; disavowing the citizenship oath; or providing misleading or deceitful information in an attempt to obtain through deceit or deliberate silence or omission an account with citizenship in The Communist Bloc.

(22) Desertment: Refusing to assist in the defense of The Communist Bloc against invasion.

(23) Impersonation: Claiming to be another player, or claiming to represent TCB and/or having official associations with TCB without this being a factual claim.

(24) Deception: Belong to a player who is currently banned in The Communist Bloc. The recommended sentence is banishment from the forum and in-game region.

(25) Doxxing: If sensitive real-life information or personal information about users is posted without their consent, and the relevant person decides to pursue charges against the offender. This offense only applies if the real-life information cannot be used to identify the users’ real-life identity, location, or likeness. Should the information posted fall into any of the aforementioned categories, the higher crime in Section 35 must be applied.

(26) Subversion: Conspiring against the interests of The Communist Bloc, such as deliberately trying to lower the endorsement count of the legal World Assembly delegate and calling for actions against officials of TCB or TCB unless otherwise prescribed by law, or assisting in and/or not reporting such subversive activities.

(27) Espionage: Gathering private and/or sensitive government information to be used or distributed against the interests of The Communist Bloc and/or without permission or leaking content from private forums or chats to third persons without the consent of the General Secretary.

(28) Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive work and social environment.

(29) The maximum sentence for all major offenses in Article 6 Sections 16 through 21 shall be no greater than 12 months banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication. In addition, upon conviction under Sections 17 or 18, the judiciary may bar the offender from holding public office for up to a period of six months.

(30) The maximum sentence for all major offenses in Article 6 Sections 22 through 28 shall be no greater than 18 months banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication, and/or removal of citizenship.

ARTICLE VII - Highest Offenses​

(31) Abusing administrative powers on any official Bloc servers to cause a denial of service or substantial loss of information.

(32) Anti-Revolutionary Activity: Intending to cause internal discord or political division for the purpose of personal gain; or sabotage of The Communist Bloc, its government, and Party; or intending to impede daily government activities and duties for the purpose of sabotage. This charge may also be used in place of charges of subversion and espionage.

(33) Treason: Giving aid to enemies of the region; participating in or inciting war against The Communist Bloc; or seizure, attempted seizure, or inciting others to seize a position unlawfully.

(34) Breaking into Administrative Account(s): Obtaining access to an Administrator account without approval from the Head Administrator, or otherwise deliberately breaking into an Administrators account.

(35) Highly Sensitive Doxxing: If sensitive real-life information or personal information about users is posted without their consent, especially any information allowing the identification of the users’ real-life identity, location, or likeness. May be applied should the affected user pursue charges, or where the affected user is forced to leave the region as a result of the information released.

(36) The minimum sentence for all highest offenses as defined in Article 7 Sections 31 through 34 is no less than 6 months banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication, and the maximum sentence for all highest offenses as defined in Article 7 Sections 31 through 34 is indefinite banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication. The mandatory sentence for an offense under Section 35 is permanent banishment from the region, and the executive government will be charged with informing the wider community of regions of the known aliases of the offender.

ARTICLE VIII - Statutes of Limitations​

(37) Should a highest offense case not be submitted to the Judiciary within 1 year of the offense allegedly occurring, the case must be dropped.

(38) Should a major offense case not be submitted to the Judiciary within 6 months of the offense allegedly occurring, the case must be dropped.

(39) Should a minor offense case not be submitted to the Judiciary within 1 month of the offense allegedly occurring, the case must be dropped.

ARTICLE IX - Schedule, Amendment, and Repeal​

(40) The principal act shall come into force immediately upon passage of the Assembly with the signature of the President.

(41) The Criminal Code may only be amended with a 2/3 majority by the Legislative Committee.

(42) The Criminal Code may not be repealed without a referendum with 2/3 majority in support.

Proposed by Piper Winter; written by Phazon, Navbot, Piper Winter, and Zenny Winter

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402 - Evidential Standards Act 2020:

500 - Treaties


501 - LCN Treaty:

The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc and The Fourth Republic of the League of Conservative Nations Agreement for Inter - Regional Security & Co-Operation

Preamble

Recognizing the need for bridging ideological differences to counter the common threats on NationStates, and declaring a common desire to uphold cooperative sovereignty and diplomacy, the People's Republic of the Communist Bloc and the Fourth Republic of the League of Conservative Nations declare the following accords.

Article I - Mutual Defense

1. In recognition of our joint goals and agendas in our opposition to our mutual enemies, we shall protect each other militarily and diplomatically in matters relating to the defeat of our mutual enemies.

2. In line with our pledge to defend our common goals, we shall not raid nor perform intelligence operations in either region, nor satellite regions.

3. During military operations of mutual importance, our regional forces shall work together to achieve our goals efficiently, and according to regional law.

Article II - Diplomatic Ties

4. Our regions have formed a strong bond of diplomatic friendship in our opposition to enemies of our states, and as such we shall send at least two high-ranking diplomats to each other for the purpose of ensuring continued dialogue.

5. The designated representatives of our regions shall meet as often as is applicable, to discuss our current mutual military and intelligence operations, and to ensure that no miscommunication occurs.

Article III - Intelligence Sharing

6. Our regions shall share operational intelligence, along with our current operations, in regions and other entities identified as mutual enemies.

7. Every two weeks, a meeting between the government heads of our regions shall occur to discuss common goals, and further cooperation.

Article IV - Agreement Framework

8. This agreement shall go into a probationary phase upon being signed by the lead representatives of each region. During this phase, the agreement should be voluntarily executed by both regions. Either region may withdraw immediately from the agreement in the time between initial signing and ratification.

9. Each region shall ratify this agreement according to the laws and customs of the region. Upon ratification by both regions, this agreement shall become legally binding upon both regions immediately.

10. This agreement may be dissolved by mutual agreement from both parties, or by unilateral withdrawal by one region. In the latter case, the agreement shall stay in place for two weeks from notification of withdrawal.

11. This agreement may be amended by mutual agreement by both parties.

Signatures:

x: Tarrin Kael, General Secretary of the PRTCB

x: Quebecshire, Chief Consul of the Republic of the LCN

x: Eminople, Prime Minister of the Republic of the LCN

30th of June, 2018

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502 - The Great Red Union Treaty:

The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc And The Great Red Union Treaty of Mutual Friendship
Preamble

In light of our regions’ shared history, the history between the members of our regions, and the need for the rebuilding of the bridges between our members, The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc and The Great Red Union declare and adhere to the following:

Article I - Definitions

(1) “TGRU” shall refer to the Great Red Union.

(2) “TCB” or “PRTCB” shall refer to The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc.

(3) “War” shall be defined as an active state of armed conflict between different regions.

(4) “Aggression” or “Hostility” shall be defined as an engagement in or the activities involved in war, including invasion, general sabotage, poaching, puppet spamming, etc.

(5) “RMB shall refer to the regional message board of a NationStates region.

Article II - Mutual Non-Aggression

(1) PRTCB and TGRU shall enter a pact of mutual non-aggression.

(2) PRTCB and TGRU shall not engage in hostilities nor declare war against each other.

Article III - Diplomatic Ties

(1) PRTCB extends its apologies to the former members of its, and wishes for friendship and goodwill.

(2) The TGRU and PRTCB shall send at least one representative to each other’s RMB to further friendship and diplomatic ties.

Article IV - Agreement Framework

(1) This agreement shall go into a probationary phase upon being signed by the lead representatives of each region. During this phase, the agreement should be voluntarily executed by both regions. Either region may withdraw immediately from the agreement in the time between initial signing and ratification.

(2) Each region shall ratify this agreement according to the laws and customs of the region. Upon ratification by both regions, this agreement shall become legally binding upon both regions immediately.

(3) This agreement may be dissolved by mutual agreement from both parties or by unilateral withdrawal by one region. In the latter case, the agreement shall stay in place for two weeks from notification of withdrawal.

(4) This agreement may be amended by mutual agreement by both parties.

Signatories:

Lil’Stapler, General Secretary of The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc

Nathaniel Penrose, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc

Achain, Founder of The Great Red Union

Lynn Avalon, Ambassador of the Great Red Union to The Communist Bloc

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503 - Europeia Treaty:

The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc And The Republic of Europeia Pact of Mutual Non-Aggression and Friendship

WHEREAS The Communist Bloc and Europeia have endeavoured to develop democratic political systems rooted in equality, liberty and justice;

WHEREAS The Communist Bloc and the Europeia wish to further build upon our shared values and to further develop our relationship;

NOW, THEREFORE, The Communist Bloc and Europeia agree to the following:

Sovereignty

(a) Each High Contracting Party shall respect the sovereignty of the other High Contracting Party over their region; they shall not intervene in any way in the internal affairs of the other High Contracting Party and shall abstain from any action likely to give rise to or assist in any agitation, propaganda, or attempted intervention aimed against any region belonging to the other High Contracting Party or which has for its purpose the change in Government of the other High Contracting Party without express permission by the other High Contracting Party.

(b) Neither High Contracting Party may cede sovereign control of their region to a third Power.

Military Undertakings

(a) Neither High Contracting Party may resort in any case either to war or to any act of aggression against the other, either alone, or in concert with one, or more than one, third Power, and both High Contracting Parties must respect the regional integrity of the other.

(b) If one of the High Contracting Parties is the target of an act of war or of aggression on the part of one, or more than one, third Power, the other High Contracting Party shall not give, either directly or indirectly, aid or assistance to the aggressor or aggressors for the duration of the present Treaty.

(c) The restrictions set out in Article 2 shall not in any way limit either High Contracting Party from committing an act of war or of aggression against a third Power.

Security Council

(a) Neither High Contracting Party may resort in any case either to write or support a Security Council Condemnation, Liberation, or repeal of a Commendation against the other High Contracting Party either alone, or in concert with one, or more than one, third Power without the express approval of the other High Contracting Party.

Diplomatic Undertakings

(a) Each High Contracting Party shall maintain off-site embassies with one another, consistent with facilities provided to other regions engaged in diplomatic relations with the hosting region.

Intelligence Undertakings

(a) Neither High Contracting Party may engage a person to act under false pretenses in the region of the other High Contracting Party.

(b) Each High Contracting Party shall provide any such information available to it to the other High Contracting Party as may be pertinent to the security and well-being of the said High Contracting Party, or otherwise upon the other High Contracting Party’s request, unless the party in possession of said information believes that providing the information might violate applicable laws, contravene terms of service, or that revealing said information would unduly compromise the High Contracting Party’s sources of information.

General Provisions

(a) This Treaty will come into force on the date of ratification by both High Contracting Parties.

(b) Both High Contracting Parties reserve the right to exit this Treaty. In the event of such, the exiting High Contracting Party must notify the other as soon as is practicable.

(c) This agreement may be amended by mutual agreement of both High Contracting Parties.

Signatories:

Lil’Stapler, General Secretary of The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc

Nathaniel Penrose, Deputy General Secretary and Minister of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc

Sopo, President of the Republic of Europeia

HEM, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Europeia

*Note, this treaty was signed in 2018 and thus the leaders listed here as signatories are not fully accurate to the current day

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504 - SLU Treaty:

The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc And The Social Liberal Union Treaty of Mutual Non-Aggression

Preamble

In light of our regions’ shared affinity for leftism, the blatant errors committed by The Communist Bloc in the past, and the need for the rebuilding of the bridges between our regions, The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc and The Social Liberal Union declare and adhere to the following:

Article I - Definitions

1. “SLU” shall refer to the Social Liberal Union.

2. “TCB” or “PRTCB” shall refer to The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc.

3. “War” shall be defined as an active state of armed conflict between different regions.

4. “Aggression” or “Hostility” shall refer to shall be defined as an engagement in or the activities involved in war, including invasion and general sabotage.

5. “Regional Discord” shall refer to the discord used as the official platform of communication for a region.

Article II - Mutual Non-Aggression

1. PRTCB and SLU shall enter a pact of mutual non-aggression.

2. PRTCB and SLU shall not engage in hostilities nor declare war against each other.

Article III - Diplomatic Ties

1. PRTCB again condemns the invasion of SLU by previous administrations, and seeks forgiveness and solidarity with SLU.

2. The SLU and PRTCB shall send at least one representative to each other’s Regional Discords to further friendship, diplomatic ties, and heal the wounds previously influenced by past administrations of PRTCB.

Article IV - Agreement Framework

1. This agreement shall go into a probationary phase upon being signed by the lead representatives of each region. During this phase, the agreement should be voluntarily executed by both regions. Either region may withdraw immediately from the agreement in the time between initial signing and ratification.

2. Each region shall ratify this agreement according to the laws and customs of the region. Upon ratification by both regions, this agreement shall become legally binding upon both regions immediately.

3. This agreement may be dissolved by mutual agreement from both parties or by unilateral withdrawal by one region. In the latter case, the agreement shall stay in place for two weeks from notification of withdrawal.

4. This agreement may be amended by mutual agreement by both parties.

Signatories

Lil’Stapler, General Secretary of The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc

Nathaniel Penrose, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Republic of The Communist Bloc

North American Republics, World Assembly Delegate of the Social Liberal Union

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*Note: This treaty was signed in 2018 and as such, the signatories were leaders then and is not accurate for current leaders.

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505 - Solidarity Pact of NSLeft:

Solidarity Pact of the NSLeft

I. Definitions

(1) "Member Region" shall refer to any region that has been admitted to the Solidarity Pact of the NSLeft.

(2) "Military" shall refer to a gameplay military organization.

(3) "NSLeft citizen" shall refer to any nation that is considered a citizen or appropriate

II. Member Regions

(1) New regions may be admitted by a majority vote of member regions.

(2) Member regions may be dismissed by a two-thirds vote of member regions.

(3) Member regions shall cast their votes in accordance with the decision-making processes selected by their regional government.

(4) The voting period will last twelve days. Member regions that do not cast a vote will be considered to have abstained.

(5) A majority of member regions must cast a vote in order for the results to be considered binding.

III. Interregional Relations and Defense

(1) All member regions shall maintain peace with one another and shall resolve conflicts with other member regions through diplomacy.

(2) Regional militaries and interregional military organizations associated with the NSLeft shall provide for the defense of member regions.

IV. Promotion of Interregional Activity

(1) NSLeft citizens may propose and organize interregional activities, such as discussions, festivals, and roleplays, among the member regions.

(2) The Internationale shall maintain space on its forum for interregional NSLeft activities. Participants will be expected to adhere to The Internationale Code of Conduct.

(3) The Red + Black shall be the official interregional news organ of the NSLeft, to be published and shared on member regions' Regional Message Boards. Any NSLeft may submit material to be published in the Red + Black.

(4) The NSLeft Discord server shall be open to all NSLeft citizens who adhere to its Code of Conduct. The NSLeft Discord server shall use The Internationale's Discord authentication to prevent identity theft.

V. Amendments

(1) Member regions may propose amendments to this Pact.

(2) Amendments may be accepted by a two-thirds vote of member regions. A majority of member regions must cast a vote for the vote to be considered binding.

(3) The voting period will last twelve days. Member regions that do not cast a vote will be considered to have abstained.

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600 - General


601 - Medals and Decorations Act 2016:

Medals & Decorations Act 2016

An act to create awards to recognize the contributions of civilians, citizens, and military personnel to the region.

Now, and thereafter, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic, by and with the 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 - Short Title

(1) This act may be cited as the “Medals & Decorations Act 2016”.

Article II- Category

(2) This act shall be classified as a Type VI GENERAL law.

ARTICLE III - Definitions

(3) “Medal(s)” and “Decoration(s)” shall be defined as awards granted to citizens or other members of The Communist Bloc that have contributed enough in service to the region to merit being given an award for their work.

(4) “Designate” shall be defined as the individual(s) who have the authority to grant medals and decorations to citizens or other of The Communist Bloc. “designated” shall be the act of awarding by the listed designate.

(5) “Citizen” shall be defined as an individual who has attained citizenship masking or higher derivatives of such. “other members” shall be in reference to Foreign Ambassadors/Diplomats etc. who may also receive decorations from a designate.

(6) A medal or decoration categorized as “military” is defined as a medal or decoration that is granted in the course of military service to the region.

(7) A medal or decoration categorized as “civilian” is defined as a medal or decoration that is granted in the course of service otherwise to the region than that of military service.

ARTICLE IV - Provisions

(8) The following military medals and decorations and military medals awarded by all allied military organizations shall be equally recognized in The Communist Bloc:

  • Order of Glory: For participation in at least 50 overseas military operations. This award may only be designated by the Minister of Defense or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Military Service, 1st Class: For participation in at least 30 overseas military operations. This award may only be designated by the Minister of Defense or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Military Service, 2nd Class: For participation in at least 15 overseas military operations. This award may only be designated by the Minister of Defense or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Military Service, 3rd Class: For participation in one single overseas military operation. This award may only be designated by the Minister of Defense or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Valor: For the display of great courage, loyalty, and strength under difficult circumstances. This award may only be designated by the Minister of Defense or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Hero of Defense: For the undoubted defense of the region from foreign invasion or threat. This award may only be designated by the Minister of Defense or their designate on their behalf.
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(9) The following civilian or otherwise medals and decorations shall become available on the conditions and criteria listed alongside their image:

  • Hero of the Republic: To those who have shown bravery, courage or valor in service to the region. This is considered the second-highest honor one can receive.
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  • Order of the New Dawn: The third highest honor of the region. For citizens who have shown incredible loyalty, support, or friendship to the Republic and have continuously shown dedication and efficiency in their work, thereby aiding all citizens in the region.
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  • Order of the Republic: The fourth highest honor of the region. For any citizen who has worked to promote the regional ideology of equality, or has significantly aided in putting it into effect in the region.
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  • First Minister's Star: To those whom the First Minister specifically believes deserve recognition for their hard work. May only be given by the First Minister of TCB.
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  • Order of September: For a civilian or official who has significantly advanced regional culture, heritage, or pride.
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  • Order of the Red Banner: For those working in foreign affairs who have successfully aided the region in establishing strong & friendly diplomatic ties to other Leftist regions. May be given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of the Guide: For citizens who helped residents and other citizens engage with the governmental affairs of The Communist Bloc.
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  • Order of Innovation: For citizens who have created greater efficiency and aided the region by proposing new, innovative ideas for a system within the region.
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  • Order of Development: For citizens who have contributed to the development of the region in government, media, education, law, integration, the military, or recruitment.
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  • Order of Artistry: For citizens who have contributed significantly to the region by working on graphics or increased regional culture through things like art, music, poetry, writing, etc. May be given by the Minister of Culture of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Hero of Labor: For any citizen who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in progressing the region, training new members, and encouraging leadership in the region. Citizens who successfully integrate many citizens successfully into our region are also eligible. May be given by the Minister of Culture of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Cross of Education: For any citizen who has significantly advanced the regions' education through Brightbay University or otherwise in the region or abroad. May be given by the Minister of Culture of TCB, the Minister of Information, or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Freedom: For a civilian or official who has greatly improved tolerance and understanding within The Communist Bloc for all ideologies and backgrounds.
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  • Hero of Liberty: For a civilian who has distinguished themselves in regional media such as the regional newspaper, foreign updates, or private newspapers. May be given by the Minister of Information of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of the Dove: For officials working in foreign affairs who have distinguished themselves as great diplomats or greatly improved TCB's diplomatic presence. May be given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of the Committee: For those who have greatly contributed to the legislative branch of TCB, the Legislative Committee. This award may only be designated by a majority vote in the Legislative Committee.
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  • Order of Growth: To those who have distinguished service in the area of recruitment or aiding newcomers. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Loyalty: To those who have shown to be fully loyal to TCB and its core values of democracy & basic rights for all or has shown to be a great comrade in times of hardship for the region.
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  • Distinguished Service Medal: To those who have served the Republic in multiple areas and excelled when faced with difficulty.
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  • Order of Friendship: To foreign representatives, diplomats, or friends of The Communist Bloc who are honest, helpful, and loyal to The Communist Bloc. May be given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Merit: To those whose work in civilian, military, or political areas is worth recognition and praise.
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  • Order of Recruitment, 1st Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 50,000 telegram stamps to the region or has sent over 5000 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Recruitment, 2nd Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 10,000 telegram stamps to the region,or sent over 2500 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Recruitment, 3rd Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 5000 telegram stamps for the region or has sent over 1000 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • Order of Recruitment, 4th Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 1,000 telegram stamps to the region or has sent over 500 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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(10) Citizens who have shown incredible efficiency in their work, dedication and loyalty to the region, have contributed to the progress of the region, and have done excellent service to the region may be nominated to be recognized as an Honoured Comrade by the First Minister or by a motion of the Legislative Committee approved by a simple majority (50%+1) vote. Upon nomination, the nominee must be confirmed with a 2/3 majority vote to be recognized as an Honoured Comrade, the highest honor of the region.

  1. Honoured Comrades may not have their citizenship revoked for not having a nation in the region.

(11) All medals may to be given by the First Minister or by a majority vote in the Central Committee. If a stated designate is given in the specific description, all three parties may award the medal.

(12) Military Service Medals Classes 1, 2, 3, and the Order of Glory are not cumulative. When recipients are in possession of the lower medal class of the same designation, they shall replaced the medal with the higher grade, as opposed to bearing both.

ARTICLE IV - Schedule

(13) The principal act shall come into force immediately upon passage of the Assembly into law and shall not apply ex post facto.

(Created by Aleksandr Severin, Proposed and edited by Josh Conure)

Technical Note- To make the medals work on websites, "http://imgur.com/" must be put in front of all medals.
-Martyn Kiryu, May 2020

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602 - Party Procedures Act 2020:

Party Procedures Act 2020

An act to legislate how parties operate within the Bloc.

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) "Party" or "Parties" shall refer to a group of citizens or residents, operating within The Communist Bloc, who freely associate in order to pursue aligning political goals in relation to The Communist Bloc’s government, and have complied with the registration process outlined in this act.

(2) "Founding Members" shall be defined as the members who form the party.

Article II - Category

(3) This Act shall be classified as a Type VI GENERAL law.

Article III - Provisions

(4) Political Parties may operate within the Communist Bloc.

  1. Parties may define their own internal procedure, ideological standpoint, aims and goals.

  2. Parties may request a channel be created for them on the official Bloc Discord. A role will be created which will allow them the ability to communicate on that channel.

  3. Parties may request and be granted a sub-forum on the Bloc Website, should the technical ability exist.

(5) Political Parties operating within The Communist Bloc must be registered with The Minister of Information.

  1. Registration details must include a minimum of the following information

    1. Name of Organisation

    2. Official Acronym

    3. Founding members (Minimum of 2)

    4. Description of Party

    5. Party Leadership type (Democratic/Dictatorial etc.)

  2. Party Registration, and any official descriptions of a Party must accurately portray the Party. Names of Parties must not be misleading.

  3. New parties may not be founded with the name of an existing party or a former party.

    1. Except where the Party is being refounded by the Founding Members of that Party, or with express permission of them.

(6) Party membership, including in process applications for Party membership, must be disclosed in all elections.

  1. Failure to disclose Party membership will result in the citizen's candidacy being null and void.

    1. If they are subsequently elected. An immediate by-election will be triggered.

  2. If a candidate joins or attempts to join a party after their candidacy is announced, they must edit their application to reflect this.

    1. Candidates may not seek to join or leave a party while voting is in progress.

(7) Founding members of an operating Party may not sit on trials related to that Party.

  1. Except where a Party founder has been out of that party for a period of no less than 6 months.

(8) All members of a Party may be tried by the Peoples Judiciary, should the Judiciary believe there is ample reason to do so.

  1. Leaders of Parties are charged with making sure their Party abides by all laws relating to Parties, and that any breaches are reported to the Peoples Judiciary.

    1. Should the Judiciary decide that a Party has appropriately dealt with an incident, they may choose not to press charges.

(9) Parties may not clone any other Parties resources.

  1. This includes, but is not limited to Party documents, logos and branding.

    1. This is extended to Parties which have ceased to operate.

    2. The provisions of this subsection do not apply where the author(s) of the original documents, logos, and branding have given their express permission for use thereof, and are credited for it.

  2. Except to present them as evidence in legal procedures.

(10) Parties may operate outside Official Bloc communication channels.

  1. Members of The People's Judiciary, The Minister of Information, Member of the Administrative Council and/or a Citizen operating under their request may at any time request access to any and all external communications channels.

    1. Failure to do so may result in the Party being dissolved, and/or criminal charges equal to subterfuge.

    2. This access must be granted with ability to access and view all parts of the communications made.

  2. A member of the Administrative Council, or someone operating on their behalf, must always have access to Global Moderator (or any equivalent of) status in Party Communication Channels.

(11) Any Parties operating within the Bloc must make a bi-annual report within their Party Sub-Forum on the Bloc Forum.

  1. These reports must include at minimum:

    1. Membership, including members who have left and the cited reason (if available)

    2. External communication methods

    3. Leaders

    4. Any disciplinary action taken, with reasoning

    5. Any members who have donated stamps for a telegram to do with their party, including when and how many telegrams were sent.

  2. Citizens may request additional information. A Party representative must answer these within a 7 day period.

    1. Parties may refuse to answer if a reasonable reason is given, except where the Judiciary or a citizen operating on their behalf has made the request.

  3. Bi-annual reports must be submitted before the last day of the following months:

    1. April

    2. October

  4. Failure to do so will result in the Party ceasing operations.

    1. Any Bloc channels of Communications will be locked.

    2. Any roles granted to Party Members will be revoked.

    3. An order will be issued by either the Ministry of Information or Administrative Council to close any private Communication relating to the Party.

      1. The Judiciary may only issue this order should there be reasonable belief that the Party failed to submit the report for reasons which breach law.

      2. The Administrative Council Member with Administrative Powers (referenced in 11b) Communication shall take the channel down, should Party Leadership refuse to do so.

    4. Party Members may have up to a week to submit an appeal.

    5. An appeal must be accompanied by the report.

    6. An appeal must include a reason for late submission.

      1. The Ministry of Information may reject the reason, if deemed inappropriate.

    7. This procedure may only be used once per year.

      1. Except where a valid reason is presented by Leadership as to why nobody was able to submit the necessary report.

(12) Political Parties may not operate a Party Military on NationStates.

  1. Parties may mandate compulsory military service within their party.

    1. This must be within the Blocs official Military Service.

Article IV - The Pre-Revolutionary Republic Exemption

(13) Any Parties initially founded before 2020 are exempt from Section 5c.

  1. Parties seeking to refound using the names of Pre-2020 Parties may be issued a cease and desist by any officially recorded founders of that Party.

    1. Parties which are issued a cease and desist will have a period of 14 days to change its name.

Article V - Party Advertisements

(14) Parties will be eligible to advertise their Parties via any method of Regional Communication.

  1. Parties must not make multiple consecutive posts advertising their Party.

    1. Parties are encouraged to wait a reasonable length of time before re-posting in any given method of communication. Advertisements may not be done daily.

    2. Parties using the Regional Message Board (RMB) must use a Spoiler tag marked "Party Advertisement: [PARTY NAME]"

      1. The code to do that is:

        [spoiler=Party Advertisement: PARTY NAME] message here [/spoiler]

  2. Parties accused of spamming, or non compliance may have their advertisement privileges revoked by any moderators of that communication method.

    1. That Moderator must inform the Administrative Council of their decision. The Admin Council may overturn the decision, or implement a timeframe that the revocation lasts.

  3. The above does not prevent Party members discussing their Party Affairs on any official Regional Communication Method.

(15) Parties are forbidden from recruiting on other Regions RMBs, except with that Regional Governments express permission.

  1. Any advertisement allowed on another Regional Message Board must first be sent to the Foreign Affairs Minister, who may forbid the Advertisement if they feel it puts the Bloc in disrepute.

  2. Advertisements on another regions RMB must be followed by the following statement:

    1. "This message is not sponsored by The Communist Blocs Regional Government, any opinions herein may not accurately reflect the current government."

(15) Political Parties may sponsor telegrams advertisement. Should this happen, a donation of Telegram Stamps equal or greater than the current number of nations within the Bloc must be made to The Communist Bloc.

  1. This advertisement must clearly be marked as a Party Advertisement.

  2. Political Parties may not do this more than twice a year, each following their bi-annual report.

  3. The Ministry of Information will be responsible for sending this telegram to the Bloc.

    1. The Ministry of Information must add a disclaimer stating the advertisement does not reflect the Bloc governments views.

      1. Except where all of the Executive Council and Legislative Committee are Party Members.

  4. No other method of direct advertisement may be used without the receivers express permission.

Article VI - Schedule

(16) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.

(17) This act will not require retroactive actions from existing Parties, however all parties must be compliant with the act.

Written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu

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603 - Regional Message Board Representation Act 2020:

RMB Representation Act 2020

An act to give representation to the Residents of The Bloc.

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) “Principal Act” shall refer to the current bill here presented.

(2) "RMB" shall refer to the Regional Message Board of The NationStates Region of The Communist Bloc.

Article II - Category

(3) This Act shall be classified as a Type VI GENERAL law.

Article III - Provisions

(4) Residents within the Communist Bloc may elect a single member to represent them in the Executive and Legislative Committees. This role shall be called "The RMB Representative"

  1. The RMB Representative is tasked with representing the interests of all Citizens and Residents of The Communist Bloc.

  2. The RMB Representative must be a Citizen.

  3. The RMB Representative must have access to the regional Discord.

  4. The RMB Representative must have a World Assembly (WA) Nation within the Bloc.

  5. The RMB Representative may not hold another position within the Bloc.

    1. Except Moderators on the RMB.

  6. The RMB Representative is entitled to a vote within both Committees.

    1. Should this cause a tie, the RMB Representatives vote will be discounted.

(5) Elections for this member will be run via a Regional Poll, with the person receiving the majority of votes becoming the RMB Representative.

  1. The elections for the RMB Representative shall take place every 6 weeks.

  2. The candidates must announce their candidacy on the TCB Forum.

  3. An RMB Representative may not stand if they have held the title more than twice in the past 6 months.

  4. The People’s Tribunal is charged with making the poll.

  5. Only World Assembly Nations are allowed to vote.

(6) The RMB Representative may be ejected by either Committee if they act in a manner unbecoming of a Committee Member.

  1. Should the representative be ejected by both Committees, the Representative will be deposed and a new election will take place.

  2. This vote will require a 75% majority.

  3. A post must be made on the TCB Forum, outlining why the person is being removed.

    1. Upon posting, the RMB Representative will be given at least 48 hours to defend themselves.

    2. They must be private messaged instantly within NationStates, alerting them a vote has been motioned for. This message must include a link to the post.

    3. The First Minister or Speaker must open the vote.

      1. The First Minister and Speaker must also make the other aware.

    4. The RMB Representative may not vote.

Article IV - Schedule

(7) A trial period of 6 months or 4 terms (whichever is shorter) shall take place, at which point a legally binding re-vote by the Legislative Committee and the Executive Committee, excluding the RMB Representative shall take place.

  1. A simple majority in both Committees must be attained in order for this act to become permanent.

    1. Following the acts passing, the date of the first Representative elected shall be noted on the act, temporarily, until the trial period is over.

    2. A tally of Representatives will also be kept, until the trial period is over.

  2. Should the vote be in favour, the Principal Act becomes a Type IV General Law.

    1. Should it become a Law in itself, Section 6 shall be removed, and Section 2 will be amended.

    2. This will not be counted against any Tabled Bill's.

  3. Should the re-vote be against the creation of The RMB Representative, then the Principal Act shall be deleted.

(8) This act shall enter its trial period following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.

Written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu

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700 - One Shot


701 - The Legislation Update Act 2019:

The Legislation Update Act 2019

An act to update all pre-existing pieces of legislation.

Now, and thereafter, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic, by and with the 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) "Principal Act" shall refer to the current bill here presented.

(2) "One-Shot" shall be defined as an act which deletes itself upon completion of provisions set out in Article III.

Article II - Category

(3) This law shall be considered a Type VII ONE SHOT Law.

Article III - Provisions

(4) All existing legislation shall have its preamble updated to read:
Now, and thereafter, BE IT ENACTED by the order of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic, by and with the consent of the Citizens of The Communist Bloc, in this present Legislative Committee assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows-

(5) Any mention of an amendment to the Constitution shall be deleted. This may include entire articles.

(6) Any mention of an amendment to any other law shall be deleted. This may include entire articles.

(7) All existing laws shall be granted an additional Article II - Category.

  1. Legislation shall be filed by category. The appointed category must represent what that law regards.

  2. All existing articles shall be renumbered correctly.

  3. The following Categories may be given:

    1. Administrative.

    2. Legislative

    3. Executive

    4. Criminal

    5. Treaty

    6. General

    7. One Shot

(8) The Speaker of the Legislative Committee shall be tasked with updating all laws, except Treaties, to make them compatible with the Constitution of the Communist Bloc. This includes, but is not limited to deleting clauses and acts which the Constitution oversees or contradicts, changing old terminology to its modern counterpart, adding clauses or parts to legislation, renumbering and adding Categories.

  1. The Speaker must not make any changes to any parts of legislation which are not affected by, are made redundant by, or are affecting the Constitution.

    1. If found to have done so, the Speaker may face trial for Treason.

    2. The Speaker may ask for advice from members of the Judiciary, which are to be treat as urgent questions and answers are to be given no later than 48 hours.

  2. This task must take no more than 7 days.

    1. Except where an answer to an urgent question is being waited upon, in which case the task may have up to 3 extra days.

  3. The Speaker may be called upon by the Judiciary to explain any changes made if they are deemed to have been unnecessary by the Principle Act.

  4. The Speaker may not change the constitution for the purposes of this act.

(10) The Foreign Affairs Minister shall be tasked with updating all relevant treaties to make them legally operable within the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc.

  1. The Foreign Affairs minister may find it necessary to renegotiate treaties. Where this is true, the Foreign Affairs Minister must attempt to keep the treaty as close to the original as possible.

  2. Should negotiations become impossible the Foreign Affairs Minister may choose to sever ties with the subject(s) of that treaty.

Article IV - Schedule

(11) The Principal 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 Martyn Kiryu

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702 - Embassy Standards Reform Act 2020:

Embassy Standards Reform Act 2020

An act to repeal the Embassy Standards Act and amend the Foreign Conduct Act.

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- Category

(2) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII One Shot law.

Article II - Repeal

(3) The Embassy Standards Act 2017 shall be repealed in its entirety.

Article III - Amendments

(4) Article IV S12 of the Foreign Conduct Act 2020 shall be amended to read:

(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.

  1. Any region with an Embassy caught recruiting in TCB may be subject to immediate revocation of the Embassy.

  2. All classifications of Embassy are subject to such.

  3. Exceptions may be made where treaties specify it.

(5) Article IV Section 20 shall be amended to read:

(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.

  1. Except where acting in the defense of The Communist Bloc, or in defense of an allied region.

    1. Should 20a be true, no vote is to take place until such a time as offensive actions are taken.

Article IV - Schedule

(5) 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 Martyn Kiryu

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703 - Ministerial Amendment Act 2020:

Ministerial Amendment Act 2020

An act to define the basic roles of Ministers.

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) "The Constitution" shall refer to The Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc

Article II - Category

(2) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII One-shot law.

Article III - Provisions

(3) Article III Clause (1) of The Constitution shall have a subsection added which reads:

b. The First Minister shall be considered a Minister for Legislative, Judicial and Constitutional purposes.

(4) Article III Clause (1/f/iii) of The Constitution shall be amended to read the following:

iii. Domestic Affairs,

(5) Article III Clause (1) of The Constitution shall have a subsection added to it which reads:

g. The minimum areas of responsibility of the Ministries are the following:

    1. Defense: Provide security to The Communist Bloc, perform operations in compliance with regional law and treaties, and serve as a liaison to military organizations allied with the Communist Bloc.

    2. Foreign Affairs: Manage and establish diplomatic relations with other regions and entities.

    3. Domestic Affairs: Recruit nations to The Communist Bloc, process citizenship Applications, and provide assistance to citizens and residents.

    4. Culture: Organize events, promote culture, and oversee role-playing.

    5. Information: Send Regional Mass Telegrams for Elections, People’s Assembly votes, and other important votes; report news timely to the Citizens and residents; and share the appropriate information to allied regions and entities.

    6. World Assembly Delegate: Keep their nation existing in The Communist Bloc as a World Assembly Member, maintain their nation’s status as the World Assembly Delegate, and update the status of the First Minister and all other Members of the Council Ministers as Regional Officers.

      1. Ministries may be assigned additional roles by the First Minister.

(6) Article III Clause (3) of the Constitution shall be amended to read the following:

  • 3. The Ministers are to be elected in two separate elections. The first round shall elect the Minister of Culture, the Minister of Information, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the First Minister. The second shall elect the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Domestic Affairs, and any other Ministers.

(7) Article IV Clause (3c) shall have a subsection added which reads:

  1. Except where no sitting member is eligible to stand.

(8) Article V Clause (5) shall have a subsection added which reads:

  • c. The People's Assembly cannot initiate an Order of Recall within ten days of a relevant election in which the Minister or Committee Member would face said relevant election.

    1. The Speaker is not obligated to post a vote when a relevant election will occur within ten days.

      Article IV - Schedule

      (9) Subsections must be renumbered where necessary.

      (10) Any Section (0)s must be amended as to make sense.

      (11) This amendment shall be considered legally binding following a vote of the Legislative Committee which must attain a ⅔ majority, as well as majority assent from the People’s Assembly.

      Proposed by Cadmius Antioak Disignotus, written by Martyn Kiryu

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704 - Criminal Code Amendment (Doxxing) Act 2020:

Criminal Code Amendment (Doxxing) Act 2020

An act to upgrade the crime of doxxing and create two categories of the offense, to rename the relevant offense, and to make mandatory permanent banishment from the region on conviction of major doxxing.

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) All references to amendment or insertion in this act pertain to the The Criminal Law Act 2016.

(2) “The principal act” shall refer to the act here enacted.

Article II - Category

(2) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII (One Shot) law.

Article III - Provisions

(3) Section 25 (“Personal Crimes”) shall be amended to read:

  • Personal Crimes Doxxing: If sensitive real-life information or personal information about users are is posted without their consent, and the relevant person decides to pursue charges against the offender. This offense only applies if the real-life information cannot be used to identify the users’ real-life identity, location, or likeness. Should the information posted fall into any of the aforementioned categories, the higher crime in Section 35 must be applied.

(4) Section 35 to be inserted, with all subsequent sections renumbered accordingly, and to read:

  • Highly Sensitive Doxxing: If sensitive real-life information or personal information about users is posted without their consent, especially any information allowing the identification of the users’ real-life identity, location, or likeness. May be applied should the affected user pursue charges, or where the affected user is forced to leave the region as a result of the information released.

(5) Section 35, now renumbered to Section 36, shall be amended to read:

  • The minimum sentence for all highest offenses as defined in Article 7 Sections 31 through 34 is no less than 6 months banishment from the in-game region and forum, and the maximum sentence for all highest offenses as defined in Article 6 Sections 31 through 34 is indefinite banishment from the in-game region and forum. The mandatory sentence for an offense under Section 35 is permanent banishment from the region, and the executive government will be charged with informing the wider community of regions of the known aliases of the offender.

Article IV - Schedule

(6) The principal act shall be considered legally binding following two-thirds majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as a two-thirds majority assent from the People's Assembly.

Written and proposed by Lewis Kuznetsov.

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705 - Criminal Code Amendment (Offsite Inclusion) Act 2020:

Criminal Code Amendment (Offsite Inclusion) Act 2020

An act to include and expand off-site crimes.

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII One Shot law.

Article III - Provisions

(2) The Criminal Code 2016 shall be amended:

  1. (9) Shall read:

    • Trespassing: The act of posting in a thread or channel without authorisation and with knowledge of the lack of authorisation, especially after having been informed or requested to vacate the thread or channel in question.

  2. (14) shall read:

    • (14) The maximum sentence for all minor offenses in Article 4 Sections 5 through 8 shall be no greater than 10 days banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication.

  3. (15) shall read:

    • (15) The maximum sentence for all minor offenses in Article 4 Sections 9 and 11 shall be no greater than 1 month banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication.

  4. (20) shall read

    • (20) Administrative Crimes: Destroying forum or any other official off-site means of communication content in a destructive way, pornspamming, and gorespamming, hacking of any accounts.

  5. (29) shall read:

    • (29) The maximum sentence for all major offenses in Article 6 Sections 14 through 21 shall be no greater than 12 months banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication. In addition, upon conviction under Sections 15 or 16, the judiciary may bar the offender from holding public office for up to a period of six months.

  6. (30) shall read:

    • (30) The maximum sentence for all major offenses in Article 6 Sections 22 through 28 shall be no greater than 18 months banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication, and/or removal of citizenship.

  7. (31) shall read:

    • (31) Forum Destruction: Abusing administrative powers on any official Bloc servers to cause a denial of service or substantial loss of information.

  8. (36) shall read:

    • (36) The minimum sentence for all highest offenses as defined in Article 7 Sections 31 through 34 is no less than 6 months banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication, and the maximum sentence for all highest offenses as defined in Article 6 Sections 31 through 34 is indefinite banishment from the in-game region and any official off-site means of communication. The mandatory sentence for an offense under Section 35 is permanent banishment from the region, and the executive government will be charged with informing the wider community of regions of the known aliases of the offender.

Article IV - Schedule

(3) 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 Martyn Kiryu

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706 - By-Election Amendment:

By-Election Amendment

An amendment to the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic of the Communist Bloc in order to streamline the by-election process and clarify situations of legislative vacancy.

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) "Snap election" shall refer to a non-scheduled election conducted in accordance with Article VIII, section (3) of the Constitution and existing legislative statutes..

(2) “By-election” shall refer to a snap election conducted due to a vacancy in an elected office in accordance with Article VIII, section (3) of the Constitution and existing legislative statutes.

Article II - Category

(3) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article III - Provisions

(4) Article IV Section 5 of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic of the Communist Bloc shall have the following text amended:

  • (5) Should the Legislative Committee fail to fill all its seats:

    1. Each bill that goes to vote within the Committee shall have Citizens appointed to debate and vote upon that bill as any normal member.

    2. For each seat not filled at the previous election, the Speaker will select one citizen. Citizens who ran for the Legislative Committee during the last election shall be chosen first. If no candidates remain, volunteers may be called for. Members otherwise barred by (4b) may volunteer.

    3. Citizens may only be called once per term.

    4. After 30 days of the term, a by-election will be called to attempt to fill the vacant seats.

      1. The by-election date cannot clash with any other elections, and must take place after any scheduled elections.

To read:

  • 5. Should a member of the Legislative Committee resign or be removed from office due to recall or inactivity during their term, a by-election shall be called immediately in accordance with this document and existing legislative statutes.

(5) Article VIII, clause 3 of the Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic of the Communist Bloc shall have the text amended to the following:

  • c. By-elections due to the creation of an office, resignation of an officeholder, recall of an officeholder, or mandatory resignation of an officeholder as proscribed in this document and existing legislative statues shall be exempted from the process described in sub-clause (a).

    1. By-elections conducted in accordance with Article VIII, clause (3) of this document shall have a 4-day standing period and a 2-day voting period. Should a by-election be scheduled at the same time as a regular scheduled election outlined in Article VIII, clause (2) of the Constitution, then the by-election shall be conducted at the same time as said scheduled election and shall follow the same schedule as said scheduled election.

    2. By-elections described in Article VIII, clause (3) of this document may not be held if a scheduled election of the relevant position is in 10 days.

Article IV - Schedule

(6) This amendment shall be considered legally binding following ⅔ assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People’s Assembly.

Written by Kirk Socramander and Trabardia.
Re-proposed with sections removed by Martyn Kiryu.

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707 - Election Cycle Update Act 2020:

Election Cycle Update Act 2020

An act to streamline the election schedule.

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Amend Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution, which reads;

  • (2) The election timetable shall be as follows, except as extended or delayed by the Administrative Council:

    • Jan 15th - 1st Executive

    • Feb 15th - 2nd Executive

    • March 15th - Legislative Committee

    • March 30th - Judiciary

    • April 15th - 1st Executive

    • May 15th - 2nd Executive

    • June 15th - Legislative Committee

    • July 15th - 1st Executive

    • August 15th - 2nd Executive

    • September 15th - Legislative Committee

    • September 30th - Judiciary

    • October 15th - 1st Executive

    • November 15th - 2nd Executive

    • December 15th - Legislative Committee

  1. Each election shall have a standing period of 7 days, where candidates may stand, and campaign for votes.

  2. Each election shall have a 48 hour voting period.

To;

  • (2) The election timetable shall be as follows, except as extended or delayed by the Administrative Council:

    • Jan 15th - Executive

    • Feb 15th - Judiciary

    • March 15th - Legislative

    • April 15th - Executive

    • May 15th -

    • June 15th - Legislative

    • July 15th - Executive

    • August 15th - Judiciary

    • September 15th - Legislative

    • October 15th - Executive

    • November 15th -

    • December 15th - Legislative

      1. Each election shall have a standing period of 7 days, where candidates may stand, and campaign for votes.

      2. Each election shall have a 48 hour voting period.

(3) Amend Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution, which reads;

  • (3) The Ministers are to be elected in two separate elections. The first round shall elect the Minister of Culture, Information, Foreign Affairs, and the First Minister. The second shall elect the Minister of Defence, and Minister of Domestic Affairs and any other Ministries.

    1. There must always be at least three Ministers, except where the government has been dissolved or an Order of Recall has been issued.

    2. Each Ministry may be run with multiple Ministers, but a person may serve as full Minister in one Ministry only, with the exception of the Information Ministry which may be held in conjunction with any other Ministry.

    3. Each Ministry may have an unlimited number of members below Minister rank.

    4. The Ministers each serve as the head of their corresponding Ministry and have full responsibility for and authority over their actions, as long as that authority is not limited by any other legislation.

To;

  • (3) The Ministers are to be elected in regularly scheduled elections, serving a period of 3 months.

    1. Incumbent Ministers shall serve until the election results are called.

      1. Except where the government has been dissolved or an Order of Recall has been issued.

    2. Each Ministry may be run with multiple Ministers, but a person may serve as full Minister in one Ministry only

      1. Should multiple people hold a ministry, they shall be entitled to only one vote between them on the Council of Ministers, and must reach a consensus.

    3. Each Ministry may have an unlimited number of members below Minister rank.

    4. The Ministers each serve as the head of their corresponding Ministry and have full responsibility for and authority over their actions, as long as that authority is not limited by any other legislation.

(4) Section VIII shall have the following added, with the appropriate renumbering taking place afterwards:

  • (3) Citizens may only stand for one seat per election, except if the election includes the ability to join a different Council, whereby they may sign up for those seats also.

    1. Citizens may hold a seat in as many Councils as they can be elected to, excluding where they hold office in a council which bars them from doing so.

    2. The incumbent Minister of Information, if holding multiple ministerial positions, may serve as both positions until the following election.

Article III - Schedule

(5) This act shall be considered legally binding following a two-third majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.

Written and proposed by Karl Kuznetsov von Habsburg

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708 - Constitutional Amendment- Executive Orders Power Act:

Constitutional Amendment- Executive Orders Power Act

An act to explicitly allow the Executive to repeal and amend its own Orders.

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VIII One Shot law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Article III (1d) shall be amended from:

  • The First Minister may, with the majority consent of the Council of Ministers, issue Executive Orders which are considered equal to laws crafted by the Legislative Committee but are considered below these in case of doubt. Executive Orders may be repealed with a simple majority in Legislative Committee. No Executive Order may amend the constitution. No Executive Order may make provisions to restrict amendment or repeal of any Executive Orders from either the Legislative Committee or the First Minister themselves. After an Executive Order by the First Minister has been repealed through a process other than that established in other Executive Orders, no following Executive Order within the First Minister’s term may have the same or similar goals and motives.

to read:

  • The First Minister may, with the majority consent of the Council of Ministers, issue Executive Orders which are considered equal to laws crafted by the Legislative Committee but are considered below these in case of doubt.

    1. Executive Orders may be repealed with a simple majority within the Legislative Committee.

    2. No Executive Order may amend the constitution.

    3. No Executive Order may extend the First Minister's powers beyond those defined in legislation or this document.

    4. Executive Orders may be repealed or amended by the Executive or Legislative Committee, requiring their normal legal procedures for amending laws.

    5. No Executive Order may make provisions to restrict amendment or repeal of any Executive Orders from either the Legislative Committee or the First Minister themselves.

    6. After an Executive Order by the First Minister has been repealed through a process other than that established in other Executive Orders, no following Executive Order within the First Minister’s term may have the same or similar goals and motives.

Article III - Schedule

(3) This act shall be considered legally binding following ⅔ majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People’s Assembly.

Written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu

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709 - Regional Symbolism Act 2020:

Regional Symbolism Act 2020

An act to allow the Minister of Culture to run a binding regional symbolism contest

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be considered a Type VII- One Shot Law

Article II - Definitions:

(2) Regional Branding shall refer to any art or graphics officially sanctioned by The Communist Bloc to represent it.

Article III - Provisions:

(3) The Minister of Culture shall be given a period exceeding no longer than one week less than the remainder of their term as Minister of Culture to finalise any changes, if desired to the Regional Branding, including at least, but not limited to:

  1. Regional Anthem

  2. Regional Motto

  3. Regional Flag

  4. Regional Seal

(4) Any changes made to any regional branding must be confirmed by the People’s Assembly by a majority vote.

  1. The current piece of branding must be a votable option.

  2. Any changes to any regional branding must cite the author or creator of that piece of branding as the author of that branding.

  3. Votes must be open for a minimum of 48 hours, with a regional Telegram sent for each vote.

(5) The Minister of Culture shall be charged with presenting an official document outlining any changes made upon completion.

Article IV- Scheduling

(6) This Act shall be considered retroactive and will cover any changes already made by the Ministry of Culture in the last 3 months from the date it is legally binding.

(7) This act shall be considered legally binding following majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People’s Assembly.

This act was written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu

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710 - Amendment to the Medals and Decorations Act 2016:

Amendment to the Medals and Decorations Act 2016

An act to change the requirements for the award of Order of Recruitment Medals

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Provision (9), which reads (sections relevant to amendment only);

“(9) The following civilian or otherwise medals and decorations shall become available on the conditions and criteria listed alongside their image:

  • ...Hero of the Republic: To those who have shown bravery, courage or valor in any service to the region. This is considered the second-highest honor one can receive.
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  • ...Hero of Labor: For any citizen who has demonstrated their ability to lead others for the progress of the region, train them, and turn them into leaders themselves. Citizens who successfully integrate many citizens successfully into our region are also eligible. This award can be given by the Minister of Culture of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Cross of Education: For any citizen who has significantly advanced the regions' education through Brightbay University or otherwise in the region or abroad. This award can be given by the Minister of Culture of TCB, the Minister of Information, or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Order of Recruitment, 1st Class: Awarded to any citizen who has at least 50,000+ telegram stamps for the region. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Order of Recruitment, 2nd Class: Awarded to any citizen who has at least 10,000-49,999 telegram stamps for the region. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Order of Recruitment, 3rd Class: Awarded to any citizen who has at least 5000-10,000 telegram stamps for the region. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Order of Recruitment, 4th Class: Awarded to any citizen who has at least 1,000-5,000 telegram stamps for the region. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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Shall be amended to read:

“(9) The following civilian or otherwise medals and decorations shall become available on the conditions and criteria listed alongside their image:

  • ...Hero of the Republic: To those who have shown bravery, courage or valor in service to the region. This is considered the second-highest honor one can receive.
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  • ...Hero of Labor: For any citizen who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in progressing the region, training new members, and encouraging leadership in the region. Citizens who successfully integrate many citizens successfully into our region are also eligible. May be given by the Minister of Culture of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Cross of Education: For any citizen who has significantly advanced the regions' education through Brightbay University or otherwise in the region or abroad. May be given by the Minister of Culture of TCB, the Minister of Information, or their designate on their behalf.

  • ...Order of Recruitment, 1st Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 50,000 telegram stamps to the region or has sent over 5000 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Order of Recruitment, 2nd Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 10,000 telegram stamps to the region,or sent over 2500 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Order of Recruitment, 3rd Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 5000 telegram stamps for the region or has sent over 1000 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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  • ...Order of Recruitment, 4th Class: Awarded to any citizen who has donated at least 1,000 telegram stamps to the region or has sent over 500 manual recruitment telegrams. May be given by the Minister of Domestic Affairs of TCB or their designate on their behalf.
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(3) Provision 12 which reads:

  • “(12) Military Service Medals Classes 1, 2, 3, and the Order of Glory are not cumulative. When recipients are in possession of the lower medal class of the same designation, they shall replaced the medal with the higher grade, as opposed to bearing both.

Shall be amended to read:

  • “(12) Military Service Medals Classes 1, 2, 3, Orders of Recruitment Classes 1,2,3,4 and Order of Glory are not cumulative. Recipients are awarded the highest class of medal they are eligible for, which replaces any lower class medals previously awarded.”

Article III - Schedule

(4) 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 Aquila

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711 - Loophole Closure Amendment 2020:

Loophole Closure Amendment 2020

An act to prohibit the holding of multiple seats on the Legislative Committee.

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 - Category

(1) This legislation shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) The following shall be amended onto Article IV Section 4 as an additional subsection:

  • (×) Citizens may not hold more than one seat at a time on the Legislative Committee

Article III - Schedule

(3) This act shall be considered legally binding following a two-third majority assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People's Assembly.

Written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu

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712 - Legislative Seats Act 2020:

Legislative Seats Act 2020

An act to limit the amount of seats available on the Legislative Committee.

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII One Shot Law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Article IV Section (2) of the Constitution shall be amended from:

  • The Legislative Committee shall be composed of an odd number of members, to be determined by the population of the region before the dissolution of the previous term of the Legislative Committee. The number of seats will be one per 125 nations in the region, rounded down if the resulting number is even.

to:

  • The Legislative Committee shall be composed of 5 members.

Article III - Schedule

(3) Legislative Committee Members shall have the option to resign from the Legislative Committee following the passage of this act. Should no LCMs volunteer to resign, not enough LCMs resign or should too many LCMs resign, a by-election shall be triggered.

(4) 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 Martyn Kiryu

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713 - Judicial Independence Amendment:

Judicial Independence Amendment

An amendment to increase the independence of the judiciary

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Article VI Clause 7 shall have the following appended:

  1. The Chief Justice may not hold any ministerial or legislative positions during their term.

Article III - Schedule

(3) This act shall be considered legally binding following ⅔ assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People’s Assembly.

Written and proposed by Kirk Socramander

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714 - By-Election Seat Amendment:

By-Election Seat Amendment

An amendment to account for the failure of an election to fill all seats

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Article VIII Clause 4 Section (c) of the Constitution shall have the following text amended:

  • (c) By-elections due to the creation of an office, resignation of an officeholder, recall of an officeholder, or mandatory resignation of an officeholder as proscribed in this document and existing legislative statutes shall be exempted from the process described in sub-clause (a).

To read:

  • (c) By-elections due to the creation of an office, resignation of an officeholder, recall of an officeholder, failure of an election to fill all seats, or mandatory resignation of an officeholder as proscribed in this document and existing legislative statutes shall be exempted from the process described in sub-clause (a).

Article III - Schedule

(4) This act shall be considered legally binding following ⅔ assent from the Legislative Committee, as well as majority assent from the People’s Assembly.

Written and proposed by Kirk Socramander

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715 - Election Standards Act Amendment:


Election Standards Act Amendment

An amendment to account for the failure of an election to fill all seats

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(3) Article III of the Election Standards Act shall have the following section appended to it with the appropriate renumbering taking place after:

  • (14) If following the closing of an election or by-election, the tally of votes of multiple options in an election or by-election tie for the last seat up for election, a run-off vote between the tied options will be immediately triggered.

    1. The run-off vote shall be open for 48 hours.

Article III - Schedule

(4) 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 Kirk Socramander

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716 - RMB Representative Act Amendment:

RMB Representative Amendment

An act to fix the election process of the RMB Representative.

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Article III, Clause 5, section (d) shall have the following text amended:

  • (d) The Minister of Information is charged with making the poll.

To read:

  • (d) The People’s Tribunal is charged with making the poll.

Article III - Schedule

(5) 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 Kirk Socramander

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717 - Foreign Conduct Amendment 2020:

Foreign Conduct Amendment 2020

An amendment to allow the People’s Assembly to repeal treaties.

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 - Category

(2) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONE-SHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(3) Article III, Clause 7 of the Foreign Affairs Conduct and Guidelines Act shall have the following section appended:

  1. The People’s Assembly shall reserve the power to repeal treaties passed by the Council of Ministers.

Article III - Schedule

(5) 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 Kirk Socramander

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718 - World Assembly Affairs Act Amendment Act 2020:

World Assembly Affairs Act Amendment Act 2020

An act to amend the World Assembly Affairs Act to allow for a more streamlined, efficient, yet democratic process for determining the delegate’s vote.

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 - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII One-Shot Law.

Article II - Provisions

(2) Insert in Article I, Definitions, the following:

“(14) “Resident” or “Resident Nation” shall refer to any nation that currently resides in The Communist Bloc region.”

(3) Replace s (15) with the following:

“(15) When a World Assembly proposal is in queue, it is the responsibility of the Minister of World Assembly Affairs or their equivalent, or a volunteer authorized by the minister under their portfolio, to create a voting thread on the World Assembly proposal and analysis on The Communist Bloc forums in a timely fashion no later than 24 hours after the proposal has reached the queue.

  1. The post must include the proposal in full text.

  2. The analysis must include both pros and cons of the proposal at vote.

  3. The voting thread shall be open to all citizens, who will be able to vote Aye, Nay, or Abstain”

(4) Insert, after s (15), the following:

“(16): Resident nations of the Communist Bloc may submit their opinions and votes on WA resolutions to the Minister of WA Affairs, via the Ministry of WA Affairs Nation, who will then post those opinions and votes in the designated resolution thread.

  1. The Minister of WA Affairs reserves the right to exclude any votes or opinions delivered in this manner exclusively for the purposes of preserving regional security.

  2. Rejected submissions may be appealed by the resident nation to the People’s Tribunal. If the Minister of WA Affairs’ rejection is deemed not to be for the purpose of preserving regional security, the rejection shall be formally retracted and the submission will be considered valid for the purpose of the Act, to the maximum extent possible.

  3. Citizen or resident nations may not submit their opinions and votes via both the forums and the Ministry nation. If two submissions are made, only the first mode of submission will be accepted for initial and subsequent submissions.

(5) Replace s (17) with the following:

“(17) After 48 hours have passed or, at least five citizens have posted their vote in the vote thread, the WAD will vote on the proposal based on the poll results.

  1. If an option achieves a majority (50% + 1) of votes, the WAD shall vote in that manner on the proposal

  2. If no option achieves a majority of votes, the WAD shall abstain.”

(6) Insert, after s (17), the following:

“(18): If, over the course of the resolution being at vote, the majority option changes, the Minister of World Assembly Affairs, or a volunteer designated on their behalf, must advise the delegate to change their vote to the option with the majority of votes.

  1. This advice must be given as soon as reasonably possible.

  2. If the Resolution is scheduled to leave the floor within 12 hours, and the WAD vote does not match the majority option, the MoWAA must advise the delegate to change their vote to the majority opinion.”

(7) Renumber all remaining provisions after replacement and insertions accordingly.

Article III - Schedule

(8) 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 Aquila

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719 - Oaths in Office Act Amendment:



Oaths in Office Act Amendment

An amendment to make the World Assembly Delegate and the Vice World Assembly Delegates Core State Officers.

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 - Category

(2) This Act shall be classified as a Type VII ONESHOT law.

Article II - Provisions

(3) Article II, Clause 4 of the Oaths in Office Act shall have the following subsections appended:

  • g. The World Assembly Delegate and Vice World Assembly Delegates

Article IV - Schedule

(5) 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 Kirk Socramander

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Executive Orders


Executive Order 002 - Ministry Merger:

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Executive Order #002: Ministry Merger

An Executive Order to merge the responsibilities of the
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Article I - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Category E - EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Article II - Definitions

(2) “Minister of Defense & Minister of Foreign Affairs” shall be the full title of the new role created by this document. This may be referred to simply as “Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs” or “Minister of Foreign Affairs” for brevity, however.

Article III - Provisions

(3) The responsibilities of the Ministry of Defense shall be merged with the responsibilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(4) The Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs (herein may be referred to as the MoDFA) shall be responsible for appointing a Military Representative (herein may be referred to as MR), who shall be The Communist Bloc’s primary representative to and from The Red Fleet, with majority consent of the Council of Ministers.

  1. The MoDFA may, with consent from the rest of the Council of Ministers choose not to assign a Military Representative.

    1. Should no MR be appointed, the MoDFA shall be charged with all duties the MR is tasked with.

(5) Citizens who serve in The Red Fleet’s admiralty board shall be prioritized for appointment to the position of Military Representative.

(6)The Military Representative shall advise the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the subject of military affairs and relations with The Red Fleet, and shall be consulted on all Military Affairs within the Bloc.

  1. The Military Representative’s reports must be taken into account on any matters involving Military, including but not limited to Defense of the Region, Military Treaties, Foreign Hostility, and any NationStates events which may be considered as a Military Action.

  2. The Military Representative may make reports on Security Council Resolutions which affect Military Allies or associated military organizations, which shall be taken into account by the Council of Ministers when deciding on if and how to vote within the Security Council, if applicable.

    1. The Council of Ministers maintains the right to vote against the Military Representative’s advice.

(7) The Military Representative shall be overseen by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and may be removed at any time by them with the majority assent of the Council of Ministers. The Military Representative may be recalled at any time by the People’s Assembly

  1. The People's Assembly may motion for a Vote of No Confidence following 5 people, or half of the amount of votes received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the previous election (whichever number is lower), signing a motion which gives reason for the motion.

    1. A Vote of No Confidence shall be posted by the Speaker, outlining the reasons given by the motion.

    2. Should the vote pass with a simple majority in favour of ejection, the current Military Representative will be removed from post and the Minister of Foreign Affairs will be required to find a new candidate for the role. The former Military Representative will be unable to be reappointed to the position for a period lasting no less than the remainder of the current Ministerial term.

(8) The Military Representative shall present, or otherwise advise the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on, a public report on the activities of The Red Fleet and/or any other completed military or intelligence operations conducted by, or for, the Communist Bloc.

Article IV- Schedule

(9) This order shall pass with majority assent from the Council of Ministers.

Written and proposed by Egaleca.

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Executive Order 003 - Writ of By-Election September 2020:

Executive Order #003: Writ of By-Election September 2020

An Executive Order to hold a by-election to a seat on the Legislative Committee.

Article I - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Category E - EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Article II - Provisions

(2) According to the processes laid out in Article VIII, Section (4) of the Constitution, and any other relevant sections of the Constitution or relevant legislation, a by-election for one seat on the Legislative Committee shall be held immediately upon the passage of this Executive Order.

(3) Said by-election shall have a standing period of four days and a voting period of two days.

Article III - Schedule

(4) This order shall pass with majority assent from the Council of Ministers.

Written and proposed by Trabardia.

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Executive Order 004 - Council Observers:

Executive Order #004: Council Observers

An Executive Order to give Council Observer status.

Article I - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Category E - EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Article II - Provisions

(2) The Speaker of the Legislative Committee will be given access to all Council of Minister channels in order to better assist with offering Legislative options to the Council.

(3) The Chief Justice of the People's Tribunal will be given access to all Council of Minister channels in order to better assist with offering legal advice to the Council.

Article III - Schedule

(4) This order shall pass with majority assent from the Council of Ministers.

Written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu.

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Executive Order 005 - Revolutionary Endorsement Program:

Executive Order #005: Revolutionary Endorsement Program

An Executive Order to launch the Revolutionary Endorsement Program.

Article I - Category

(1) This Act shall be classified as a Category E - EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Article II - Provisions

(2) The Revolutionary Endorsement Program (herein REP) shall be launched within The Communist Bloc (herein TCB).

  1. The REP shall be a scheme in which nations are encouraged to endorse each other nationwide, in order to assist each other with gaining badges and making regional security stronger.

  2. REP shall include a code which tracks and traces nations within TCB who have below the legal maximum endorsements, and advises nations for those users to endorse and unendorse.

(3) The Minister of Domestic Affairs and the Ministry of Information shall be collectively tasked with maintaining the Program.

  1. This may include creating a rewards system for Citizens and Residents who perform exceedingly well, and frequently monitor their endorsements, endorse the most people, and/or assist nations with the program.

Article III - Schedule

(4) This order shall pass with majority assent from the Council of Ministers.

Written and proposed by Martyn Kiryu.

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