The Sanjeida Treaty
A Declaration of Unity and Coöperation
Striving for a union that will bring the constituents lasting peace, prosperity, and coöperation; this charter sets out to create the framework for a community founded in the principles of freedom and mutual respect. It intends to create an alliance, a confederation of nationstates, one that cannot be broken. The alliance would strive to integrate the individual nations into each other, acting as one in a world full of turmoil and uncertainty. An alliance. The Teikei.
The Teikei intends to be a politico-economic union of sovereign states which respects the rights of the members and promotes liberty and high standards of living. Member nations would be party to treaties passed by the Teikei, and subject to the supranational organizations put in place by the treaty. The Teikei would be a forum of discussion, where nations may seek help and guidance from others and raise issues with the intent to find a solution. It would also call for the multilateral support for Teikei nations militarily, economically, politically, and socially.
In order to do so, the Teikei would comprise of five arches that would keep the Teikei balanced and sound. The five arches are branches of legislative policy, political arbitration, economic policy, judicial regulation, and military defense. Together, they implement the lessons learned from NATO, the EU, and the Eurozone crisis. From this point on, the treaty discusses the structures of the institutions of the Teikei.
I. Legislative Policy
Legislative policy would be managed in a unicameral legislature called the Teikei Diet. The Diet will manage the laws and bills pertaining to the Teikei through democratically elected representatives from each member country. It will be the core of the Teikei, and a place for each country to voice its interests and concerns.
• The Diet will convene once a week to discuss matters and pass legislation.
• The Diet will be in power until the next equinox or solstice, and at that time, a new Diet will be ushered in following elections for representatives.
• The Diet will conduct hearings and decide rulings for legal and social issues falling outside the domain of the other four branches. It may also create departments for the purpose of governing specific areas of interest.
• The Diet will provide checks and balances on the other four branches through the passing of legislation to regulate their authority.
• The Diet may amend the charter if such amendments were to be passed.
• The Diet will vote for the induction or suspension of candidate members and current members.
The Teikei Diet will be the centerpiece of the alliance.
II. Political Arbitration
Nationstates are prone to argument and political situations, so the Teikei provides a diplomatic branch for the resolution of political conflicts between parties. The chamber of arbitration will be the Curia. The Curia holds no political power, and any political influence stemming from the Curia will be investigated by the judicial and legislative branches. It will be a place of debate, and no agreements in the Curia are binding. They would merely be starts to official agreements passed by the judicial or legislative institutions of the Teikei or of the nations involved in such an agreement. There is no formal structure nor hierarchy in the Curia, and all nations are equals. The Curia is not accountable for checks and balances of other branches.
III. Economic Policy
Economic and fiscal policy of the constituent nations of the Teikei common currency zone will be monitored by the Central Bank of the Teikei. The Central Bank will be held responsible for keeping the common currency stable, and will raise issues with governments of countries whose poor economic performance may affect the currency's value. The Central Bank will also be responsible for helping the economy of the Teikei improve at a sustainable pace, and will be replaced by a new board of leaders should the current Central Bank fail at its mission.
• Nations will coöperate with the Central Bank over fiscal and economic policy. In exchange, the Central Bank will offer advice and help to nations in need.
• All nations will work towards meeting targets set forward by the Central Bank in order to organize a currency union between the members.
• This clause hereby gives the Little sealand a permanent opt-out choice allowing it to refrain from or begin using the common currency. All nations in this clause are free to renounce their opt-out choice at any time.
• The Central Bank will oversee inter-member commerce, and promote the expansion of the Teikei’s free trade zone.
• The Central Bank is subordinate to the Teikei Diet.
IV. Judicial Regulation
In order to preserve the balance of power between the five branches, the judicial branch will be responsible for being the counterweight of the Diet, the Curia, and the Teikei Armed Forces. The institution who has this power vested in it is the High Court of the Teikei. The High Court is the supreme court of the Teikei alliance; however, national supreme courts have final say in domestic legal matters in the nations unless said courts refer cases to the High Court. Member nations retain all powers not needed for the operation of the High Court, as outlined below.
• The High Court will be the main guardian of the balance of power through checks and balances.
• The High Court will accept legal matters submitted by the nations or by their supreme courts.
• The High Court has the power to indict Teikei citizens and legal entities, and demand the extradition of wanted persons needed for trial within the Teikei for cases of international nature, such as war crimes, human rights violations, and disputes between governments and/or multinational organisations.
• The High Court is responsible for indicting the military and domestic paramilitary forces inside the alliance for war crimes and atrocities.
• The Justices of the High Court are to be elected by other Justices of the High Court. Once a Justice has been elected to the High Court, they are entitled to their seat until their death, though they are allowed to step down.
V. Military Defense
The Teikei places the security and stability of its member nations above all, and therefore creates an Armed Forces for the protection of its citizens. The Teikei Armed Forces will be organised under the model of the Sealandic Armed Forces, and nations with militaries will be obligated to contribute soldiers and staff equivalent to at least 2% of their armed forces. While remaining autonomous from the rest of the Teikei institutions, the TAF can be questioned by the High Court or the Diet should concerns over the operation of the TAF arise. The Teikei Armed Forces are only granted the power to defend, not attack, and may only use force against military powers actively attacking a Teikei member. The TAF is not allowed to send peacekeepers or military advisors either, as those fall under the domain of the World Assembly.
Nations signatory to the treaty acknowledge the outline for the organization provided above, and surrender the necessary powers to those institutions when they sign and ratify the Charter of the Teikei. Nations may join and leave the Teikei as they wish. A nation may petition to become a member of the Teikei by inquiring a member nation.
The Food Loving Federation of Little Sealand
Sealandic President Baked Potato
Harikene Prime Minister Harúnjeo Katakijuken Kodei
Zogradi King Amjaad Sukatana
馬剋 〈沒備〉 鷯堡
HIM Emperor Mark II of the House Wrenburg
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