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Imperial Senate Act


IMPERIAL SENATE OF THE CONFEDERATION OF CORRUPT DICTATORS



The Imperial Senate of the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators is an assembly that has the ability to affect the region's social climate, legislature, and legal codex. It was conceptualized as early as 2017 in the form of the now-defunct Civil Congress, which was brought into effect on 1st February 2019, under the Civil Congress Act 2019.

In February 2020, following the collapse of the Confederation's government, and its subsequent reorganization and reformation, the Imperial Senate came into being to replace the Congress. The Imperial Senate has seen its powers, compared to its predecessor, expanded, now being able to affect various aspects of Confederation life as opposed to simply being able to affect the social climate.



SENATE DOCUMENTS


IMPERIAL SENATE ACT 2020
IMPLEMENTED 8TH FEBRUARY 2020


I. PREAMBLE

Imperial Law, the now-defunct legislative document of the Confederation outlined a "social assembly", a body whose title implies some level of regional interaction, but made no provision for what this actually is. The Supreme Council proceeded to unveil a new initiative: a voting body that had the ability to define the Confederation's social scene without interfering politically, known as the Civil Congress.

This organization lasted until February 2020; following the collapse and subsequent reformation of the Confederation's government, as well as the replacement of Imperial Law with the new Imperial Constitution, the Imperial Senate, the recognized successor to the Congress, is now an influential organization with new powers over the Confederation's political and legislative establishment.


II. OPERATIONS OF THE IMPERIAL SENATE

  1. The Imperial Senate votes categorically on Motions. A Motion requires an absolute majority (i.e. more than 50%) to pass. A Motion that achieves an equal number of votes is considered defeated.

  2. A Motion (save a Motion to: Elect President) runs for three days.

    1. When in times of crisis and emergency, motions (save a Motion to Elect President) may run for two days, with permission from the Lord Overseer.

  3. A Motion can be put to the Imperial Senate at any time by any Representative to the Imperial Senate (see IV.ii), including the President. All Motions must be approved by the President before they can be put to vote (exception: see II.ix).

  4. The Imperial Senate may only conduct one Motion at once.

  5. The Imperial Senate requires no justification for the Motions it conducts.

  6. A Motion does not automatically but may incur consequent action. For example, the Mouth and Will of the Emperor may call upon the outcomes of Motions as evidence during Inquisitional Hearings.

  7. The Imperial Senate may put forward a Motion to repeal a previously-passed Motion. This repeal requires an absolute majority to pass.

  8. A passed Motion, similarly, may be overturned by the Emperor, without explanation.

  9. A letter signed by 51% of the Imperial Senate may initiate voting on a motion without approval of the President.


III. MOTIONS OF THE IMPERIAL SENATE

  1. The Imperial Senate may move the following:

    1. Express Censure against the Nation <Subject Nation>

      This Motion formally blacklists the target nation by the Imperial Senate.

    2. Recommend the Honourable Nation <Subject Nation>

      This Motion formally praises the target nation by the Imperial Senate.

    3. Expel the Nation <Subject Nation> from the Imperial Senate

      This Motion formally discounts the future votes of the target nation in the Imperial Senate. This motion requires a 2/3 majority in order to pass.

    4. Sanction Endorsement of the Nation <Subject Nation>

      This Motion formally places an endorsement embargo on the target nation. This Motion can only be held against World Assembly nations within the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators.

    5. Elect President

      This Motion formally moves to elect a new President.

    6. Impeach President

      This Motion formally attempts to depose the President of the Imperial Senate. This Motion can only be triggered after a letter of demands signed by 51% of the Imperial Senate has been issued to the Lord Overseer.

    7. Amend the Imperial Constitution

      This Motion amends the Imperial Constitution. This Motion may only pass with the permission of the Imperial Council. This Motion may in no way interfere with the authority of the Imperial Council.

    8. Amend the Code of Law

      This Motion amends the Code of Law of the Confederation. This Motion may only pass with the permission of the Imperial Council.

    9. <Supplementary Motions>

      This Motion is unique from the aforementioned, and is determined by the prerogative of the President and any Representative to the Imperial Senate.

    10. Repeal Previous Motion

      This Motion formally overturns passed Motions.

  2. All Motions shall be titled accordingly: "Motion to [Motion]".

  3. All Motions will follow a consecutive dating system: "IS#1, IS#2, etc."

  4. All Motions must be formatted with the official template.


IV. ELIGIBILITY
  1. World Assembly nations of the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators are eligible to partake in the Imperial Senate.

    1. All World Assembly nations must register their senator with HMS NHS to be included in any Imperial Senate operations.

  2. All nations of the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators can be targeted as subject nations of Motions (subject to the outlined exceptions; see III.i.c-d).

  3. Similarly, all nations outside the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators can be targeted as subject nations of Motions (subject to the outlined exceptions; see III.i.c-d).


V. PARTIES
  1. Senate member nations may form and join political parties, which must be registered with the Lord Overseer to be officially recognised.

  2. Alternatively, Senate member nations may remain Independent, unaffiliated with any official party.

  3. A "major party" is defined as any such organisation with sufficient registered members to form a cabinet (see VI.v).

  4. A "minor party" is defined as any party with representation in the Imperial Senate but fewer members than needed to form a cabinet.

  5. Minor parties may form coalitions to form a cabinet. Major parties may not form coalitions with any other party or Independent members.

  6. The Opposition is recognised as the largest major party not currently in government.


VI. PRESIDENT
  1. The President is a member of the Imperial Senate that serves to head the Imperial Senate, calling Motions as they see fit.

  2. The President is not a member of the Imperial Council.

  3. The President is elected every three months by the Imperial Senate. The election lasts a period of five days. The President requires an absolute majority of votes to be elected on the first ballot.

    1. If no candidate has an absolute majority, the two candidates with the most votes will stand in a second run-off election that also runs for five days and requires an absolute majority.

      1. The run-off election is considered to be part of the same motion which started the initial election.

      2. In the event where there is no absolute majority in the run-off election, the legal votes for the respective candidates in the pre-runoff election will be added to the total of votes for the respective candidates in the run-off election.

    2. All presidential candidate nations must have resided in the region for a minimum of two weeks.

    3. All presidential candidate nations must have existed for a minimum of three weeks.

    4. A candidate is ineligible to run for President if:

      1. they break the RMB Act 2019 during the election, which leads to the candidate's immediate disqualification, unless the Imperial Council pardons them for the infraction,

      2. they consistently fail to use correct grammar on the Regional Message Board.

    5. Presidential candidate from a political party must be proposed by its executive leader, with the agreement from the candidate.

    6. The senator registry will not be updated a week prior to a presidential election and during any election proceedings.

    7. All presidential candidates must form and announce their planned Cabinets (as defined in VI.v) before the start of an election.

      1. To form the planned Cabinet its information, including names of the Senators and their nations, must be sent to the Lord Overseer.

      2. Changes to the planned Cabinet require express permission from the Lord Overseer.

  4. The President is not limited by a maximum number of terms and may hold his/her office for an indefinite period.

  5. The President must form a Cabinet of registered Senators from their own party, or coalition members if applicable under V.v, that occupy the following posts:

    1. Vice-President, which is responsible for directing political conversations, deescalating heated discussions between conflicting senators and providing an unbiased point of view on the happenings in the Imperial Senate;

    2. Treasurer of the Department of Finance, which shall oversee the running and optimization of the Confederation economy;

    3. Director of the Department of Arts and Communications, which shall oversee the continued production of Confederation art and foster the Confederationís unique cultural identity through education on approaches to proper professional international communication;

    4. Secretary of the Department of Defence, formerly under the Imperial Council, shall oversee military operations within the Confederation, catalogue information on nations' military assets and provide public reports on resolved and ongoing conflicts.

  6. The President may be directly impeached by the Emperor. Similarly, the President may be impeached by way of mass discontent amongst the Imperial Senate (see III.i.f). Upon impeachment, the successor's election is immediately triggered. The Vice-President acts as temporary head of the Imperial Senate until a new President is elected.

  7. Alternatively, the Emperor reserves the right to manually appoint a President without way of an election.

  8. The President is answerable to the Lord Overseer but should endeavour to conduct the affairs of the Imperial Senate otherwise independently.

  9. The President of the Imperial Senate is licensed to amend, expand and redact the Imperial Senate Act 2020, with said amendments, expansions and reductions verified by the Imperial Council.

  10. The incumbent President and their cabinet must swear the Imperial Oath within a week of taking office. Failure to do so will result in an immediate impeachment.


VII. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LORD OVERSEER CONCERNING THE IMPERIAL SENATE
  1. The Lord Overseer will keep a detailed and aesthetic record of both passed and defeated motions of the Imperial Senate.

  2. Furthermore, the Lord Overseer will keep a record of the incumbent President and his/her predecessors.

  3. In addition, the Lord Overseer will keep a record of all officially-registered political parties within the Confederation.

  4. The Lord Overseer shall also keep a record of registered senators under the Imperial Senate.

  5. The Lord Overseer will organize and advertise the regular elections of the President.

  6. The Lord Overseer holds the right to dissolve inactive parties under the following conditions:

    1. The executive leader nation has ceased to exist (CTE) and no successor has been registered within a week,

    2. The party has made no official announcements on the RMB in a period of 3 months.

  7. When in times of crisis and emergency, the Lord Overseer is granted the powers:

    1. The power to eject member nations from the Imperial Senate at will;

    2. The power to dissolve parties at will.


AUTHORITY

The following sign as to the legitimacy of this document as recognized within the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators:

SIR ALEKSANDR IVANOV HCF (Depackya)
Mouth and Will of the Emperor

on behalf of

THE SHADOW EMPEROR
IMPERIAL EMPIRE OF JOCOSPOR

and

DAME ANASTASIA CLARKE HCS (HMS NHS)
Lady Overseer of the Imperial Senate

on behalf of

IMPERIAL COUNCIL
CONFEDERATION OF CORRUPT DICTATORS


Authorised for public distribution by:
Imperial Offices, Confedereichstag II
Last amended March 10th 2021

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