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The Charter of The United Federation of Planets

A Regional Game Play Document

Context
    Ours is a space faring Region and our Charter reflects this designation; therefore,
    Wherever “galaxy”, “planet” or a similar term is invoked, clarity is provided immediately in parentheses
    A “session period” is an annual quarter.
    Martial references concern Game Play


Preamble

    We, the intelligent lifeforms of The United Federation of Planets, determined
    to save succeeding generations from the scourge of intergalactic(interRegional) war which has brought untold horror and suffering to our planetary social systems(Nations), and
    to reaffirm faith in the fundamental intelligent life form(Nation) rights, in the dignity and worth of the intelligent lifeform person(Nation), to the equal rights of all genders and of planetary social systems(Nations) large and small; and
    to establish conditions under which justice and mutual respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of interplanetary(inter-National) law can be maintained; and
    to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom;
    And to these ends
    to practice benevolent tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours; and
    to unite our strength to maintain intergalactic(Regional) peace and security; and
    to ensure by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods that armed force shall not be used except in the common defence; and
    to employ intergalactic(Regional) machinery for the promotion of the social advancement of all intelligent lifeforms;
    Have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.
    Accordingly, the respective social systems(Nations), through representatives assembled on the planet Babel, who have exhibited their full powers to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter, and do hereby establish an interplanetary Region to be known as the United Federation of Planets.



Index of Contents
    Chapter I: Purposes and Principles
    Chapter II: Membership
    Chapter III: Agencies
    Chapter IV: The Supreme Assembly
    Chapter V: The Federation Council
    Chapter VI: Pacific Settlement of Disputes
    Chapter VII: Action with Respect to Threats of the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression
    Chapter VIII: Starfleet
    Chapter IX: Interplanetary Entertainment and Social Cooperation
    Chapter X: The Entertainment and Social Council
    Chapter XI: Declaration Regarding Non-Self-Governing Regions
    Chapter XII: Interplanetary Embassy System
    Chapter XIII: The Embassy Council
    Chapter XIV: The Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice
    Chapter XV: The President
    Chapter XVI: Miscellaneous Provisions
    Chapter XVII: Transitory Security Arrangements
    Chapter XVIII: Amendments
    Chapter XIX: Ratification and Signature

Chapter I: Purposes and Principles

Article 1
    The purposes of The United Federation of Planets are:
    • To maintain interplanetary peace and security within its acknowledged and accepted borders, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention of threats to the peace, the suppression of acts of aggression, and to bring about by peaceful means, and employing the principles of justice and intergalactic(Regional) law, adjustment or settlement of disputes which might lead to a breach of the peace;

    • To develop friendly relations among planets(Nations) based on respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination of intelligent lifeforms, and to other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;

    • To achieve cooperation in solving interplanetary(inter-National) problems of social, cultural, or humanitarian character; in promoting and encouraging respect for intelligent life form(Nation) rights; and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to culture, sex, lifeform, or religious belief; and

    • To be a centre for consilience of the actions of all social systems in the attainment of these common ends.



Article 2
    The Federation and its members, in pursuit of the purposes stated, shall act in accordance with the following principles:
    • The Federation is based on the sovereign equality of all its Members;

    • In order to ensure to all of them equal rights and benefits resulting from Membership, all Members shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter;

    • All Members shall settle their disputes by peaceful means in such manner that intergalactic(Regional) peace, security, and justice, are not endangered;

    • In all interplanetary(National/Regional) relations, all Members shall refrain from the threat, or use, of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any planetary social system(Nation/Region), or means in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of The United Federation of Planets;

    • All Members shall give The United Federation of Planets every assistance in any action taken in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from assisting any planetary social system(Nation/Region) against which the Federation is taking preventive or enforcement action;

    • The United Federation of Planets shall ensure that planetary social systems(Nations) within its territory which are not Members of the Federation act in accordance with these principles as necessary for the maintenance of intergalactic(Regional) peace and security;

    • Nothing within the present Charter shall authorise the Federation to intervene in matters which are essentially the domestic jurisdiction of any planetary social system(Nation), or shall require the members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter VII.

Chapter II: Membership

Article 3
    The original Members of The United Federation of Planets shall be those planetary social systems which, having participated in the second interplanetary conference on interplanetary Federation at Babel, sign the present Charter and ratify them in accordance with Article 110.



Article 4
    Membership in The United Federation of Planets is open to any other peaceful planetary social systems(Nations) which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgment of The United Federation of Planets, are capable and willing to carry out these obligations;
    The admission of any such peaceful planetary social systems(Nation) to Membership in The United Federation of Planets is accepted unless an objection is brought forth by a Member at which point it is contingent upon the decision of the Supreme Assembly upon recommendation of the Federation Council.



Article 5
    The Supreme Assembly may suspend the rights and privileges of Membership of any Member of The United Federation of Planets against which the Federation Council has taken preventive or enforcement action. The Federation Council may restore these rights and privileges of Membership at its discretion.



Article 6
    Any Member of The United Federation of Planets which has persistently violated the purposes contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Federation by the Supreme Assembly upon the recommendation of the Federation Council.

Chapter III: Agencies

Article 7
    There are established as the principle agencies of The United Federation of Planets: a Supreme Assembly, a Federation Council, an Entertainment and Social Council, an Interplanetary Council, an Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice, a Starfleet combined peacekeeping force, and an Executive;
    Such subsidiary agencies as may be deemed necessary from time to time may be established in accordance with the present Charter.



Article 8
    The United Federation of Planets shall place no restriction on the eligibility of any gender oriented lifeforms(Nations) or any Member planetary social system(Nation classification) to participate in any capacity under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary agencies.

Chapter IV: The Supreme Assembly

Composition
Article 9
    The Supreme Assembly shall consist of all the Members of The United Federation of Planets. Each Member shall be entitled to act as their social system(Nation) representative in this body;


Functions and Powers
Article 10

    The Supreme Assembly may discuss any questions on any matters within the scope of the present Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any agencies provided for in the present Charter and, except as provided in Article 12, may make recommendations to the Members and the Federation Council on any such questions or matters;



Article 11
    The Supreme Assembly may consider the general principles of cooperation in maintaining interplanetary(Regional) peace and security and may make recommendations with regard to such principles to the Members or the Federation Council or to both;
    The Supreme Assembly may discuss any questions relative to the maintenance of intergalactic(Regional) peace and security put to it by any Member or the Federation Council, or a nonmember planetary social system(Nation) in accordance with Article 25 Paragraph 2 and, except as provided in Article 12, may make recommendations with regard to any such questions to the Members, the Federation Council, or the pleading planetary social system(Nation), or to all of them. Any such question on which action is necessary shall be referred to the Federation Council by the Supreme Assembly either before or after discussion;
    The Supreme Assembly may call situations which are likely to endanger the intergalactic(Regional) peace and security to the attention of the Federation Council;
    The powers of the Supreme Assembly as set forth in this Article shall not limit the scope of Article 10;



Article 12
    Where the Federation Council is executing the functions assigned to it under the present Charter with respect to any dispute or situation, the Supreme Assembly shall make no recommendation with regard to that dispute or situation unless so requested by the Federation Council;
    The President, with the consent of the Federation Council, shall notify the Supreme Assembly at each session of any matters relating to the maintenance of interplanetary(Regional) peace and security which are under discussion in the Federation Council, and shall notify the Supreme Assembly immediately when the Federation Council completes its deliberations on any such matters;



Article 13
    The Supreme Assembly should initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of:
    • Promoting interplanetary(National) cooperation in political fields and encouraging the progressive development of interplanetary(Regional) law and its codification;

    • Promoting interplanetary(Regional) cooperation in the entertainment, social, cultural, educational, and health fields, and assisting in the realisation of intelligent life form(Nation) rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to culture, sex, language, or religion;

    The further responsibilities, functions, and powers of the Supreme Assembly with respect to matters mentioned in Paragraph 1(b) above are set forth in Chapters IX and X;



Article 14
    Subject to the provisions of Article 12, the Supreme Assembly may recommend measures for the peaceful adjustment of any situation, regardless of origin, which it deems likely to impair the general welfare or friendly relations among the planets(Nations), including situations resulting from violations of the provisions of the present Charter setting forth the purposes and principles of The United Federation of Planets;



Article 15
    The Supreme Assembly shall receive and consider regular and special reports from the Federation Council; which reports shall include an account of the measures that the Federation Council has decided upon or taken to maintain interplanetary(Regional) peace and security;
    The Supreme Assembly shall receive and consider reports from the other agencies of The United Federation of Planets on agreed upon regular periods or reporting;



Article 16
    The Supreme Assembly shall perform such functions of intergalactic(inter-Regional) ambassadorship as are assigned to it under Chapters XII and XIII;



Article 17
    The Supreme Assembly shall not be concerned with matters of budget or finance since none are relevant in this context, but may consider entering into an agreement with Specialists referred to in Article 57 if mutually beneficial.


Voting
Article 18

    Each member of the Supreme Assembly shall have one (1) vote;
    Decisions of the Supreme Assembly on important decisions shall be made on a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Members present and voting. These questions shall include: recommendations with respect to the maintenance of interplanetary(Regional) peace and security; the election of non-permanent Members to the Federation Council; the suspension of the rights and privileges of Membership; the expulsion of Members; and questions relating to the operation of the Interplanetary Embassy System;
    Decisions on other questions, including the determination of additional categories of questions to be decided by a two-thirds (2/3) majority, shall be made by a majority vote of the Members present and voting;



Article 19
    A Member of The United Federation of Planets which has no physical presence in the the Federation(Region) shall have no vote in the Supreme Assembly.


Procedure
Article 20

    The Supreme Assembly shall meet in regular periodic sessions and in such special sessions as occasion may require. Special sessions shall be convoked by the President at the request of the Federation Council or of a majority of the Members of The United Federation of Planets.



Article 21
    The Supreme Assembly shall adopt its own rules of procedure. It shall elect its chair for each session.



Article 22
    The Supreme Assembly may establish such subsidiary agencies as it deems necessary for the performance of its functions.

Chapter V: The Federation Council

Composition
Article 23
    The Federation Council shall ideally consist of seven (7) Members of The United Federation of Planets. Three (3) shall be lifetime or “permanent” Members of the Federation Council. The succession from one permanent Member to another should include at least one recommendation by the outgoing permanent Member and will be accomplished by whatever means the Federation Council deems appropriate.
    The Supreme Assembly shall elect four (4) other Members of The United Federation of Planets to be non-permanent Members of the Federation Council, due regard being especially paid, in the first instance, to the contribution of the Members to the United Federation of Planets toward the maintenance of interplanetary(Regional) peace and security and to the other purposes of The United Federation of Planets, and also to diversity;
    The non-permanent Members of the Federation Council shall be elected for a term of two (2) session(seasonal) periods. In the first election of non-permanent members, however, two (2) shall be elected for a term of one (1) session period. A retiring Member shall not be eligible for immediate reelection unless there is an insufficient number of willing Members for a full new slate of candidates.


Functions and Powers
Article 24

    In order to assure prompt and effective action by the United Federation of Planets, its Members confer on the Federation Council primary responsibility for the maintenance of interplanetary(Regional) peace and security, and agree that in carrying out its duties under this responsibility the Federation Council acts on their behalf;
    In discharging these duties the Federation Council shall act in accordance with the purposes and principles of The United Federation of Planets. The specific powers granted to the Federation Council for the discharge of these duties are laid down in Chapters VI, VII, VIII, and XII;
    The Federation Council shall submit regular and, when necessary, special reports to the Supreme Assembly for its consideration;



Article 25
    The Members of The United Federation of Planets agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Federation Council in accordance with the present Charter.



Article 26
    In order to promote the establishment and maintenance of interplanetary(Regional) peace and security with the least diversion of The United Federation of Planets’ lifeforms(Nations) and resources, the Federation Council shall be responsible for formulating, with the assistance of Starfleet Headquarters staff referred to in Article 47, plans to be submitted to the Members of The United Federation of Planets for the establishment of a system for the regulation of Starfleet Officers representing The United Federation of Planets;


Voting
Article 27

    Each member of the Federation Council shall have one (1) vote;
    Decisions of the Federation Council on procedural matters shall be made by an affirmative vote of a majority of voting Members;
    Decisions of the Federation Council on all other matters shall be made on an affirmative vote of a majority of voting Members including the concurring votes of the permanent Members, provided that, in decisions under Chapter VI, and under Paragraph 3 of Article 52, a party to the dispute shall refrain from voting.


Procedure
Article 28

    The Federation Council shall have established chat channels and sub forums referred to as “seats” where it may convene to carry out its work;
    The Federation Council shall be so organised as to be able to function continuously. Each Member of the Federation Council shall, for this purpose, be represented at all times at the seat of The United Federation of Planets;
    The Federation Council shall hold periodic meetings at which each of its Members may be represented;
    The Federation Council may hold meetings at such places other than the seat of The United Federation of Planets as in its judgment will facilitate its work.



Article 29
    The Federation Council may establish such subsidiary agencies as it deems necessary for the performance of its functions.



Article 30
    The Federation Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure, including the method of selecting its chair.



Article 31
    Any Member of The United Federation of Planets which is not a Member of the Federation Council may participate, without vote, in the discussion of any question brought before the Federation Council whenever the latter considers that the interests of the Member are specifically affected.



Article 32
    Any member of The United Federation of Planets which is not a Member of the Federation Council or any planetary social system(Nation) which is not a Member of the United Federation of Planets, if it is a party to a dispute under consideration by the Federation Council, shall be invited to participate, without vote, in the discussion relating to the dispute. The Federation Council shall lay down the conditions as it deems just for the participation of a planetary social system(Nation) which is not a Member of The United Federation of Planets.

Chapter VI: Pacific Settlement of Disputes

Article 33
    The parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of interplanetary(inter-National) peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, inquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice;
    The Federation Council shall, when it deems necessary, call upon the parties to settle their disputes by such means.



Article 34
    The Federation Council may investigate any dispute, or any situation that might lead to interplanetary(inter-National) friction or give rise to a dispute, in order to determine whether the continuance of the dispute or situation is likely to endanger the maintenance of interplanetary(inter-National) peace and security.



Article 35
    Any Member of The United Federation of Planets may bring any dispute, or any situation of the nature referred to in Article 34, to the attention of the Federation Council or the Supreme Assembly;
    A planetary social system(Nation) which is not a Member of The United Federation of Planets may bring to the attention of the Federation Council or the Supreme Assembly any dispute to which it is a party if it accepts in advance, for the purposes of disputes, the obligation of pacific settlement provided in the present Charter;
    The proceedings of the Supreme Assembly in respect to matters brought to its attention under this Article will be subject to the provisions of Articles 11 and 12.



Article 36
    The Federation Council may, at any stage of a dispute of the nature referred to in Article 33 or of a situation of like nature, recommend procedures or appropriate methods of adjustment;
    The Federation Council shall take into consideration any procedures for the settlement of the dispute which have already been adopted by the parties;
    In making recommendations under the Article the Federation Council should also take into consideration that legal disputes should as a general rule be referred to the Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice in accordance with the provisions of the statute of the court.



Article 37
    Should the parties to a dispute as referred to in Article 33 fail to settle it by means indicated in that Article, they shall refer it to the Federation Council;
    If the Federation Council deems that the continuance of the dispute is in fact likely to endanger the maintenance of interplanetary peace and security, it shall decide whether to take action under Article 36 or to recommend such terms as it may consider appropriate.



Article 38
    Without prejudice to the provisions of Articles 33 to 37, the Federation Council may, if all the parties to any dispute so request, make recommendations to the parties with a view to a pacific settlement of the dispute.

Chapter VII: Action with Respect to Threats of the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression

Article 39
    The Federation Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations to maintain or restore interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security.



Article 40
    In order to prevent aggravation of the situation, the Federation Council may call upon the parties concerned to comply with such provisional measures as it deems necessary or desirable. Such provisional measures shall be without prejudice to the rights, claims, or position of the parties concerned. The Federation Council shall take into account any failure to comply with such provisional measures.

Article 41

    The Federation Council may decide what measures short of the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and may call upon the Members of The United Federation of Planets to apply such measures. These may include partial or complete interruption of entertainment and social relations, interplanetary communications and space travel, and severance of diplomatic relations.



Article 42
    Should the Federation Council consider that measures under Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by armed force as necessary to maintain or restore interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockades, and other operations by Starfleet combined peacekeeping forces.



Article 43
    Any Member of The United Federation of Planets in observance of the maintenance of interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security, may make available to Starfleet, on call of the Federation Council, armed forces, assistance and facilities necessary for the maintenance of interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security.



Article 44
    When the Federation Council has decided to use force it shall, before calling upon a Member not represented on it to provide armed forces in fulfilment of obligations assumed under Article 43, invite that Member to participate in the decision of the Federation Council relating to the employment of their contingent of the Member’s armed forces.



Article 45
    In order to enable The United Federation of Planets to take urgent military measures, all Members so capable, shall assign their armed forces to Starfleet to be employed as a single peacekeeping force of The United Federation of Planets. All contingents so assigned, and for the duration of their assignment, shall hold full faith and loyalty to The United Federation of Planets and the protection of the purposes and principles of the present Charter.



Article 46
    Plans for the application of Starfleet armed forces shall be made by the Federation Council with the assistance of the Military Staff Committee of Starfleet Headquarters.



Article 47
    There shall be established within Starfleet a Military Staff Committee to advise, and assist the Federation Council on all matters relating to The United Federation of Planets’ military requirements for maintaining interplanetary peace and security;
    The Military Staff Committee shall consist of the permanent Members of the Federation Council, or their representatives. Any Member of The United Federation of Planets may be invited to provide representation on the Military Staff Committee where its responsibilities requires the participation of that member in its work;
    The Military Staff Committee, with the authorisation of the Federation Council, shall establish a Starfleet as the armed, peacekeeping, forces of The United Federation of Planets. It shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of all facilities of Starfleet, including armed ships(military Nations), starbases(satellite Regions), and training facilities(chat channels and/or forum space);
    The Military Staff Committee shall be responsible under the Federation Council for the strategic direction of Starfleet armed forces, and the other armed forces of the members when required for the maintenance on interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security.



Article 48
    The action required to carry out decisions of the Federation Council for the maintenance of interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security shall be taken by Starfleet, using such contingents as appropriate to the specific action.



Article 49
    The Members of The United Federation of Planets may join in affording mutual assistance in carrying out the measures decided upon by the Federation Council and in assisting Starfleet in the performance of its duties and obligations.



Article 50
    If preventive or enforcement measures against any planet(Nation/Region) are taken by the Federation Council, any other planet(Nation), whether a Member of The United Federation of Planets or not, which finds itself confronted with special problems arising from the carrying out of these measures shall have the right to consult with the Federation Council with regard to the solution of its problems.



Article 51
    Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence against armed attacks occurring to Members of The United Federation of Planets, until the Federation Council has taken measures necessary to maintain interplanetary(Regional) peace and security, and Starfleet forces can be brought into action. Such actions taken by Members of The United Federation of Planets in their self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Federation Council.

Chapter VIII: Starfleet

Article 52
    There is established a Starfleet as the armed peacekeeping forces of The United Federation of Planets. It shall initially be comprised of contingents assigned to it by Members of The United Federation of Planets under Article 43 until such time as facilities, recruitment, and training obviates the necessity of drawing upon the armament of any Member, except as provided in Article 49;
    The operations and actions of Starfleet shall at all times be under the direct cognisance of the Federation Council and the Military Staff Committee which shall also prepare and approve the allowance for Star Fleet operations;
    Permission is authorised under the present Charter for the establishment of a Starfleet Headquarters. The Federation Council shall review and approve such other expansions of starbases(satellite Regions) and other facilities as shall seem appropriate from time to time in the maintenance of interplanetary peace and security;
    Initial expenditure is also granted under the present Charter for the establishment of a Starfleet Academy for the purpose of training officers and personnel for Starfleet duty. The standards for training such officers and personnel shall be determined by the Military Staff Committee and approved by the Federation Council.



Article 53
    Permission is granted under the present Charter for the procurement, and operation of starships(NationStates military personnel) to provide the nucleus of Starfleet’s peacekeeping armed forces. These personnel shall be capable of extended duration patrol of intergalactic(Worldwide) range;
    Authority is granted for a Member of Starfleet Headquarters to sit as Governor in The United Federation of Planets Region for the further safety and security of the Region. If the actions of the President, the Federation Council, and the Supreme Assembly fail in their duty to protect The United Federation of Planets from danger, as a last resort, the Governor may employ the Executive authority therein to uphold the articles in this Charter as directed by Article 48.



Article 54
    The training of Starfleet personnel shall include all fields of NationStates technical information as well as the military arts. It is the intent of the present Charter that Starfleet shall be used to conduct missions of exploration and investigation whenever its services are not required in the maintenance of interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security;
    Starfleet Headquarters and the Federation Council shall be at all times kept informed of the activities undertaken, or contemplated, for exploration and investigation. Any personnel so employed shall be detached from military fleet duty and reassigned as a nonmilitary unit of The United Federation of Planets.

Chapter IX: Interplanetary Role Play and Social Cooperation

Article 55
    With a view to creating entertainment and conditions of well-being which are necessary for healthy relations among planetary social systems based on respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination of all intelligent lifeforms, The United Federation of Planets shall promote:
    • Interactive presentations of standards of living, levels of employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development; and

    • Playing out and resolution of interplanetary economic, social, health, and related problems;

    • Intergalactic(inter-Regional) and interplanetary(inter-National) cultural and educational events; and

    • Universal respect for, and observance of, intelligent lifeform rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to culture, sex, language, or religion.



Article 56
    Members may take joint and separate action in cooperation with The United Federation of Planets for the achievement of the purposes and goals set forth in Article 55.



Article 57
    The various Specialists, including, but not limited to Role Play Arbiters, interRegional Events Coordinators and, where applicable, Special Envoys established by interplanetary(inter-National) agreement and having wide interplanetary(inter-National) responsibilities as defined in their basic instruments in social, cultural, educational, health, and related fields, shall be brought into relationship with The United Federation of Planets in accordance with Article 63;
    Such agencies thus brought into relationship with The United Federation of Planets are hereafter referred to as Specialists.



Article 58
    The United Federation of Planets shall make recommendations for the coordination of the policies and activities of the Specialists.



Article 59
    The United Federation of Planets shall, where appropriate, initiate negotiations among its Members concerned for the creation of any new Specialists required for the accomplishment of the purposes set forth in Article 55.



Article 60
    Responsibility for the discharge of the functions of The United Federation of Planets as set forth in this Chapter shall be vested in the Supreme Assembly and, under the authority of the Supreme Assembly, in the Entertainment and Social Council which shall have for this purpose the powers set forth in Chapter X.

Chapter X: The Entertainment and Social Council

Composition
Article 61
    The Entertainment and Social Council shall consist of three (3) Members of The United Federation of Planets as elected by the Supreme Assembly;
    Subject to the provisions of paragraph 3, each Member of the Entertainment and Social Council shall be elected each session for a term of three (3) session periods. A retiring member shall be eligible for immediate reelection;
    At the first election, three (3) members of the Entertainment and Social Council shall be chosen, the term of office of one (1) member so chosen will expire at the end of one (1) session period, and the terms of one (1) other member at the end of two (2) session periods in accordance with arrangements made by the Supreme Assembly.


Functions and Powers
Article 62

    The Entertainment and Social Council may make or initiate studies and reports with respect to interplanetary(inter-National) entertainment, social, cultural, educational, health, and related matters and may make recommendations with respect to any such matters to the Supreme Assembly, to the members of The United Federation of Planets, and to Specialists concerned;
    It may make recommendations for the purpose of promoting respect for, and observance of, intelligent lifeform(Nation) rights and fundamental freedoms for all;
    It may prepare Role Play, games, and social events proposals with the rules prescribed by The United Federation of Planets;
    It may prepare Role Play, games, and social events proposals for admission to the Supreme Assembly, with respect to matters falling within its competence;
    It may call, in accordance with the rules prescribed by The United Federation of Planets, interplanetary(inter-National) conferences on matters falling within its competence.



Article 63
    The Entertainment and Social Council may enter into agreements with any of its Specialists referred to in Article 57, defining the terms on which the Specialist concerned shall be brought into relationship with The United Federation of Planets.
    It may coordinate the activities of the Specialists through consultation with and recommendations to such Specialists and through recommendations to the Supreme Assembly and to the Citizens of The United Federation of Planets.



Article 64
    The Entertainment and Social Council may take appropriate steps to obtain reports from the Specialists. It may make arrangements with the Members of the United Federation and with the Specialists to obtain reports on the steps taken to give effect to its own recommendations and to recommendations on matters falling within its competence by the Supreme Assembly.



Article 65
    The Entertainment and Social Council may furnish information to the Federation Council and shall assist the Federation Council upon its request.



Article 66
    The Entertainment and Social Council shall perform such functions as fall within its competence in connection with the carrying out of the recommendations of the Supreme Assembly;
    It may, with the approval of the Supreme Assembly, perform services at the request of Members of The United Federation of Planets or as may be assigned to it by the Supreme Assembly.


Voting
Article 67

    Each Member of the Entertainment and Social Council shall have one (1) vote;
    Decisions of the Entertainment and Social Council shall be made by a majority of the members present and voting.


Procedures
Article 68

    The Entertainment and Social Council shall set up commissions in entertainment and social fields and for the promotion of intelligent lifeform(Nation) enrichment, and such other forum and channel threads as may be required for the performance of its functions.



Article 69
    The Entertainment and Social Council shall invite any Member of The United Federation of Planets to participate, without vote, in its deliberations on any matter of particular concern to that member.

Article 70

    The Entertainment and Social Council may make arrangements for Specialists to participate, without vote, in its deliberations and in those forum and channel threads established by it, and for its representatives to participate in the deliberations of the Specialists.



Article 71
    The Entertainment and Social Council may make suitable arrangements for consultation with nongovernmental and interplanetary organisations(Nations) which are concerned with matters within its competence. Such arrangements may be made with planetary organisations(Nations) after consultation with Members of The United Federation of Planets concerned.



Article 72
    The Entertainment and Social Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure, including the method of selecting its director;
    The Entertainment and Social Council shall meet as required in accordance with its rules, which shall include provision for the convening of meetings on the request of a majority of its Members.

Chapter XI: Declaration Regarding Embassy Regions

Article 73
    The United Federation of Planets accepts as a sacred trust the obligation to promote to the utmost, within the system of interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security established by the present Charter, the well-being of the inhabitants of these Regions, as well as our own, and, to this end:
    • To ensure, with due respect for the cultures of the intelligent lifeforms concerned, our mutual political, social, and educational advancement;

    • To develop common ground with one another and to take due account of the social and political aspirations of the intelligent lifeforms according to the particular circumstances of each region and its intelligent lifeforms;

    • To further interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security;

    • To promote constructive interaction, to encourage cultural understanding and exchange, and to cooperate with one-another with a view to the practical achievement of the social and political purposes set forth in this Article; and

    • To transmit regularly on behalf of the President and The United Federation of Planets for information purposes, subject to such limitations as security and statutory considerations may require, statistical and other information of a technical nature relating to political, social, and educational conditions in the Federation to those regions to which Chapters XII and XIII apply.



Article 74
    Members of The United Federation of Planets also agree that their policy in respect of the Regions to which this Chapter applies must be based on the general principle of good-neighbourliness, due account being taken of the interests and well-being of the Regions themselves and The United Federation of Planets in social, political and educational matters.

Chapter XII: Interplanetary Embassy System

Article 75
    The United Federation of Planets shall establish under its authority an interplanetary(inter-Regional) embassy system for the cooperation with and observation of such Regions as may be placed thereunder by subsequent individual agreements. These Regions are hereinafter referred to as Embassy Regions.



Article 76
    The basic objectives of the Embassy System, in accordance with the purposes and principles of The United Federation of Planets as laid down in the present Charter, shall be:
    • To further interplanetary(inter-Regional) peace and security;

    • To promote the political, entertainment, social, and educational advancements of the inhabitants of the Embassy Regions and The United Federation of Planets as may be appropriate to the particular circumstances of each Region and its intelligent lifeforms(Nations) concerned, and as may be provided by the terms of the embassy agreement;

    • To encourage respect for intelligent lifeform(Nation) rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to culture, sex, language, or religion, and to encourage recognition of the interdependence of the intelligent lifeforms(Nations) of the galaxy(World); and

    • To ensure equal treatment in all matters for all Members of The United Federation of Planets and their Citizens, and also equal treatment for the latter in the administration of justice, without prejudice to the adjustment of foregoing objectives and subject to the provisions or of Article 80.



Article 77
    The Embassy System shall apply to such Regions in the following categories as may be placed thereunder by means of embassy agreements:
    • Regions with values, social systems and Regional tags in accord with those of The United Federation of Planets;

    • Regions where shared entertainment and social events are, or are likely to be, mutually beneficial;

    • Regions where political trust and mutual support and security may be established, fostered, or maintained.
      It will be a matter for subsequent agreement as to which Regions in the foregoing categories will be brought under the Embassy System and under what terms.



Article 78
    The Embassy System shall not apply to Nations which have become Members of The United Federation of Planets, relationship among which shall be based on the respect for the principle of sovereign equality.



Article 79
    The terms of embassy construction for each Region to be placed under the Embassy System, including any alteration or amendment, shall be agreed upon by the Regions directly concerned and The United Federation of Planets, and shall be approved as provided for in Articles 83 and 85.



Article 80
    Except as may be agreed upon in individual embassy agreements, made under Articles 77, 79, and 81, placing each Region under the Embassy System, and until such agreements have been concluded, nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any social systems(Regions) or any intelligent lifeforms(Nations) or the terms of existing agreements to which Members of The United Federation of Planets may respectively be parties;
    Paragraph 1 of this Article shall not be interpreted as giving grounds for delay or postponement of the negotiation and conclusion of agreements for placing regions under the embassy system as provided for in Article 77.



Article 81
    The embassy agreement shall in each case include the terms under which the embassy will be administered. Each Region shall designate its authority which will be exercising the administration of the embassy. Such authority, hereinafter called the ambassador, may be one or more social systems(Nations) of The United Federation of Planets itself.



Article 82
    There may be designated, in the embassy agreement, a forum area or areas which may provide for communications about one or both signatories’ actions and activities.



Article 83
    All functions of The United Federation of Planets relating to forum areas, including the approval of the terms of the embassy agreements and of their subsequent alteration or amendment, shall be exercised by the Interplanetary Council;
    The basic principles set forth in Article 76 shall apply to the intelligent lifeforms of each forum area;
    The Federation Council shall, subject to the provisions of the embassy agreements and without prejudice to security considerations, avail itself of the assistance of the Interplanetary Council to perform those functions of The United Federation of Planets under the Embassy System relating to political, entertainment, social, and educational matters in the forum areas.



Article 84
    It shall be the duty of the ambassador to ensure that the embassy shall play its part in the maintenance of interplanetary(inter-Regional) relations. To this end the ambassador may make use of forum space, chat channels, and assistance from the embassy Region in carrying out the obligations towards the Federation Council undertaken in this regard by the ambassador the maintenance of healthy relations with the embassy Region.



Article 85
    The functions of The United Federation of Planets with regard to embassy agreements for all Regions including the approval of the terms of the embassy agreements and their alteration or amendment, shall be exercised by the the Federation Council.

Chapter XIII: The Interplanetary Council

Composition
Article 86
    The Interplanetary Council shall consist of those Members of The United Federation of Planets’ ambassadors.


Functions and Powers
Article 87

    The Supreme Assembly and, under its authority, the Interplanetary Council, in carrying out their functions, may:
    • Consider reports submitted by the ambassador;

    • Accept petitions and examine them in consultation with the ambassador;

    • Provide for periodic visits to the respective embassy Regions at times agreed upon with the ambassador; and

    • Take these and other actions in conformity with the terms of the embassy agreements.



Article 88
    The Interplanetary Council should formulate a questionnaire on the political, entertainment, social, and educational advancement of the inhabitants of each embassy region, and the ambassador for each embassy Region within the competence of the Supreme Assembly should make a periodic report to the Supreme Assembly upon the basis of such questionnaire.



Voting
Article 89
    Each member of the Interplanetary Council shall have one (1) vote;
    Decisions of the Interplanetary Council shall be made by a majority of the Members present and voting.
    Procedure



Article 90
    The Interplanetary Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure, including the method of selecting its director;
    The Interplanetary Council shall meet as required in accordance with its rules which shall include a provision for the convening of meetings on the request of a majority or its Members.



Article 91
    The Interplanetary Council shall, when appropriate, avail itself of the assistance of the Entertainment and Social Council and of the Specialists in regard to matters with which they are respectively concerned.

Chapter XIV: The Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice

Article 92
    The Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice shall be the principle judicial instrument of the United Federation of Planets. It shall function in accordance with the appended statute, which is based upon the statute of the Tribunals of Alpha III, and forms an integral part of the present Charter.



Article 93
    All members of the United Federation are ’ipso facto’ parties to the statute of the Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice;
    A social system(Nation) which is not a member of the United Federation may become a party to the statute of the Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice on conditions to be determined in each case by the Supreme Assembly upon the recommendation of the Federation Council.



Article 94
    Each Member of the United Federation undertakes to comply with the decisions of the Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice in any case to which it is a party;
    If any party in a case fails to perform the obligations incumbent upon it under a judgment rendered by the Court, the other party may have recourse to the Federation Council, which may, if it deems necessary, make recommendations or decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgment.



Article 95
    Nothing in the present Charter shall prevent Members of The United Federation of Planets from entrusting the solution of their differences to other tribunals by virtue of agreements already in existence or which may be concluded in the future.



Article 96
    The Supreme Assembly or the Federation Council may request the Interplanetary Supreme Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion on any legal question;
    Other bodies of the United Federation and the specialised agencies, which may at any time be so authorised by the Supreme Assembly, may also request advisory opinions of the Court on legal questions arising within the scope of their activities.

Chapter XV: The President

Article 97
    The Executive shall be comprised of a President and such staff as The United Federation of Planets may require including a World Assembly Delegate. The President shall be appointed by the Supreme Assembly upon the recommendation of the Federation Council, and shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of The United Federation of Planets. The World Assembly Delegate shall be appointed by the Federation Council upon the recommendation of the Supreme Assembly. Nothing within the present Charter shall exclude the President from holding office as World Assembly Delegate.



Article 98
    The President shall act in that capacity in all meetings of the Supreme Assembly, of the Federation Council, of the Entertainment and Social Council, and of the Interplanetary Council, and shall perform such other functions as are entrusted to the Executive by these bodies. The President shall make a periodic report to the Supreme Assembly on the work of the United Federation of Planets.



Article 99
    The President may bring to the attention of the Federation Council any matter which, in their opinion, may threaten the maintenance of interplanetary peace and security.



Article 100
    In the performance of their duties the President and the staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any other authority external to the United Federation of Planets. They shall refrain from any action which might reflect on their positions as interplanetary(inter-National) officials responsible only to the United Federation;
    Each Member of The United Federation of Planets undertakes to respect the exclusively interplanetary(inter-National) character of the responsibilities of the President and the staff and shall not seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.



Article 101
    The staffs shall be appointed by the President under regulations established by the Supreme Assembly;
    Appropriate staffs may be assigned to the Entertainment and Social Council, the Interplanetary Council, the Presidential Office, and, as required, to other bodies of The United Federation of Planets. These staffs shall form a part of the Executive;
    The paramount consideration in the employment of the staff and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geogalactic basis as possible.

Chapter XVI: Miscellaneous Provisions

Article 102
    Every treaty and every interplanetary(inter-National) agreement entered into by any member of The United Federation of Planets after the present Charter comes into force shall as soon as possible be registered with the President and published by him;
    No party to any such treaty or interplanetary(inter-National) agreement which has not been registered in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 1 of this article may invoke that treaty or agreement before any body of The United Federation of Planets.



Article 103
    In the event of a conflict between the obligations of the members of The United Federation of Planets under the present Charter and their obligations under any other interplanetary agreement, their obligations under the present Charter shall prevail.



Article 104
    The United Federation of Planets shall enjoy in the territory of each of its Members such legal capacity as may be necessary for the exercise of its functions and the fulfilment of its purposes.



Article 105
    The United Federation of Planets shall enjoy in the territory of each of its members such privileges and immunities as are necessary for the fulfilment of its purposes;
    Representatives of the members of The United Federation of Planets and officials of the organisation shall similarly enjoy such privileges and immunities as are necessary for the independent exercise of their functions in connection with the organisation;
    The Supreme Assembly may make recommendations with a view to determining the details of the application of Paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article or may propose conventions to the Members of The United Federation of Planets for this purpose.

Chapter XVII: Transitory Security Arrangements

Article 106
    Pending the coming into full force of such special agreements referred to in Article 43 as in the opinion of the Federation Council enable it to begin the exercise of its responsibilities under Article 42, the parties to the Declaration of the Federation shall consult with one another and the other Members of The United Federation of Planets with a view to such joint action on behalf of the organisation as may be necessary for the purpose of maintaining interplanetary(Regional) peace and security;
    Nothing in the present Charter shall invalidate or preclude action in relation to any social system(Nation) which has been an adversary of any signatory to the present Charter, taken or authorised as a result of that war by the governments having responsibility for such action.

Chapter XVIII: Amendments

Article 107
    Amendments to the present Charter shall come into force for all Members of the United Federation when they have been adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Supreme Assembly and ratified in accordance with their respective statutory processes by two-thirds (2/3) of the Members of the United Federation, including all the permanent Members of the Federation Council.



Article 108
    A general conference of the Members of The United Federation of Planets for the purpose of reviewing the present Charter may be held at a forum or channel to be fixed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members of the Supreme Assembly and by a vote of a majority of voting Members of the Federation Council. Each Member of The United Federation of Planets shall have one (1) vote in the conference;
    Any alterations of the present Charter recommended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the conference shall take effect when ratified in accordance with their respective statutory processes by two-thirds (2/3) of the Members of The United Federation of Planets including all the permanent Members of the Federation Council;
    If such conference has not been held before the tenth regular session of the Supreme Assembly following the coming into force of the present Charter, the proposal to call such a conference shall be placed on the agenda of that session of the Supreme Assembly, and the conference shall be held if so decided by a majority vote of the Members of the Supreme Assembly and by a vote of a majority of voting Members of the Federation Council.

Chapter XIX: Ratification and Signature

Article 109
    The present Charter shall be ratified by the signatory governments by a physical presence in the The United Federation of Planets Region and upon condition of maintaining a physical presence in the Region;
    The present Charter shall come into full force upon making it available to the Members as a Regional Dispatch, forum post and/or chat channel post.



Article 110
    The present Charter, of which the various language texts are equally authentic, upon the coming into full force of The United Federation of Planets, shall be maintained on an appropriate forum or channel in its archives;
    In faith whereof the representatives of the governments of The United Federation of Planets have signed the present Charter.

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