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[Outdated] Constitution of The Union of Democratic States

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Constitution of the Union of Democratic States
Drafted via convention between the 29th of June and 31st of July in the year 2017
Ratified the 14th of August in the year 2017


The nations of The Union of Democratic States, in order to withstand the many great trials that shall confront us, hereby found a republic in which all nations shall be free to express their political beliefs, establish an impartial legal system that shall treat all citizens justly and fairly, and authorize the creation of a regional militia that shall serve to safeguard our rights and freedoms, ordain and establish this Constitution of the Union of Democratic States.


Section I: The Cabinet

  1. The Cabinet shall be the principal body of the government consisting of the Founder, the World Assembly Delegate, the Speaker, the Chairperson, the Attorney General, councillors, ministers, and presided over by the Prime Minister.

  2. The Cabinet shall aid the Prime Minister in enforcing regional law and in making important regional decisions.

Section II: The Prime Minister

  1. The Prime Minister is the Head of the Executive, Chair of the Cabinet, Chief Diplomat of the Union, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The Prime Minister is elected every three months at the general election which shall end on the twentieth day of March, June, September, and December.

    1. The Prime Minister may delegate their diplomatic role to the Founder, the Secretary of State, or to the Deputy Prime Minister

    2. The Prime Minister's role as Commander in Chief may be delegated to the Founder, the Deputy Prime Minister, or to a General of the Armed Forces.

  2. The Prime Minister is empowered to appoint the following:

    1. Deputy Prime Minister: If the Prime Minister shall be absent or shall become unfit to exercise their duties, the Deputy shall assume all powers of the Office of the Prime Minister.

    2. Secretary of State: The Secretary of State shall administer the Cabinet and shall be the principal authority over the same, except the Prime Minister. They shall organise and manage government affairs, and may call and run government meetings. They may, at the discretion and request of the Founder, in lieu of the Prime Minister, be the Chief Diplomat of the Union. The Secretary of State may hold more than one position within the government.

    3. Chief of Staff: The Chief of Staff organises and manages executive affairs. The Chief of Staff shall liaise with other officials and citizens on behalf of the Prime Minister.

    4. Press Secretary: The Press Secretary is the official voice of the Prime Minister, who shall make announcements on their behalf.

  3. The Prime Minister may issue executive orders, which shall be law until the Prime Minister leaves office. The newly-elected Prime Minister may reenact executive orders from the previous prime ministerís administration.

Section III: Ministries

  1. A ministry is an executive department of government, headed by a minister, tasked with performing certain functions thereof. A ministry shall be established be an executive charter. An executive charter is an act of congress that shall determine the authority of the ministry and grant it legal powers. A ministry shall not act in a way that violates its charter.

  2. The Prime Minister shall appoint and dismiss ministers at their discretion. A newly-elected Prime Minister is not required to replace ministers upon coming into office.

  3. The minister is the primary individual responsible for the management of a ministry. The minister's principal duty is to ensure the smooth management of the ministry they oversee. The minister is empowered to do the following:

    1. The hiring of as many staff as needed to fulfill their office.

    2. The establishment of official guidelines and codes of practice for the region.

    3. The enforcement of rules.


Section I: The Council of State

  1. The Council of State shall consist of the Founder, the Prime Minister, and six councillors, with one councillor being chosen as the Speaker. Before the Speaker is selected, the Prime Minister may recommend a councillor for the Speakership, which the Council may disregard. The Founder and the Prime Minister are non voting members of the Council of State. If the author of a bill is from the General Assembly, they shall be granted temporary access to the chamber as a non voting member.

  2. Members of the General Assembly, with the equivalent of secondary citizenship or primary citizenship shall be eligible to vote in an election. 'The following government officers shall be chosen therefrom in general election: The Prime Minister, the World Assembly Delegate, the Chairperson, the Attorney General, and the six councillors for the Council of State.

  3. Councillors are elected using the single transferable vote (STV) in every general election. The primary role of the Councillors is to scrutinize and edit legislation.

  4. The Speaker shall preside over the Council of State. They shall present legislation to it, moderate debate, and call votes. All bills, to be considered by the Legislature, shall be presented to the Speaker.

    1. When the Speaker assumes office, they shall renounce all party or other political affiliations, and any other that may offend the neutrality of the Speakership, and shall state such in an oath to the Council of State.

    2. If the Speaker shall be absent or shall become unfit to exercise their office, a councillor shall be appointed Speaker Pro Tempore by the Prime Minister. They shall present motions, nor are they excluded from ordinary voting. If it shall become certain that the Speaker shall not return, the Council of State shall elect a permanent Speaker, and a by-election shall be held to fill the vacated seat.

  5. Once a bill is presented to the Council of State, the Council of State shall revise and edit it. Revisions shall not last for longer than five days, after which the bill shall be voted on. Voting shall not last longer than twenty-four hours.

    1. If approved, the bill shall move to the General Assembly.

    2. If rejected, the Council may either restart proceedings until a consensus on the bill is reached, or, at the discretion of the Speaker, the bill may be discarded.

    3. Any member of the General Assembly may call for a motion to reconsider a bill. If the motion is seconded by two other members, the Chairperson shall call a vote.

Section II: The General Assembly

  1. The General Assembly shall consist of all nations with primary and secondary citizenship.

  2. The Chairperson shall be responsible for leading the General Assembly. All legislation shall be submitted to them to be submitted to the Speaker of the Council of State.

    1. When the Chairperson assumes office, they shall renounce all party or other political affiliations, and any other that may offend the neutrality of the Chair, and must state such in an oath to the General Assembly.

  3. Once the Speaker and the Council of State have ratified a bill, it shall be given to the Chairperson for presentation to the General Assembly.

    1. The Chairperson shall allow a maximum of two days of debate over the bill. No member of the General Assembly may edit or amend any legislation.

    2. Once the debate period has ended, the bill shall go to a vote. Only primary citizens may vote on legislation. If any fraudulent votes shall have been cast, they shall be dismissed by either the Chairperson or the Founder. Vote dismissal shall be subject to approval by the Supreme Court.

Section III: Committees

  1. A committee shall consist of one member from the Council of State and two members from the General Assembly. A committee may be created by the Founder, the Prime Minister, or the direction of legislation.

    1. Committees must have a chairperson to preside over debate and record votes. When first formed, the chairperson shall be elected from the committee members.


Section I: The Supreme Court

  1. The Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority of the Union of Democratic States. It is comprised of three justices, who shall choose from amongst themselves a chief justice. Any decision of the Supreme Court is final and irreversible, except by another decision of the same.

    1. When a justice assumes office, they shall renounce all party or other political affiliations, and any other that may offend the neutrality of the court, and shall state such in an oath to the Council of State.

  2. The Attorney General shall be responsible for nominating justices to the Supreme Court, who shall be confirmed as a group by the Legislature. This motion shall not be delayed more than seven days after the inauguration of the Attorney General.

    1. If the Attorney General shall be absent or unfit to exercise their duties, a by-election shall be held to fill the vacancy.

  3. The Attorney General is responsible for deeming a case as major or minor.

    1. A minor case is a small and local matter which shall not warrant the use of the Supreme Court, unless challenged by an appeal.

    2. A major case is a potential threat to the region, or an infraction of regional law.

  4. Only one justice shall preside over an individual case, who shall determine guilt, but the three justices shall collectively provide sentencing.

  5. Justices may be dismissed in the same manner as other regional officers, by either an Impeachment or a Vote of No Confidence.

  6. The Supreme Court has the power to initiate proceedings for judicial review.


Section I: The Founder

  1. The Noble Thatcherites is the Founder of this region. No other government officer or individual may claim the responsibilities and powers entitled thereto.

  2. The Founder shall, at all times, maintain political neutrality.

  3. The Founder may veto constitutional amendments or any legislative equivalent, as determined by the Supreme Court.

  4. The Founder may declare a state of emergency for up to forty-eight hours, which may be extended to no longer than ninety-six hours pursuant to an order of the Supreme Court.

  5. The Founder may remove the Prime Minister and other government officers, and may subsequently call elections to fill those positions.

  6. The Founder may validate and dismiss official political parties.

  7. The Founder may create executive orders.

Section II: The World Assembly Delegate

  1. The Delegate shall represent the Union of Democratic States in the World Assembly.

  2. The Delegate shall vote on all World Assembly proposals in accordance with regional values.

    1. They shall consult with the Cabinet on whether to vote for or against proposals.

  3. At the discretion of the Cabinet, an endorsement limit may be placed on members of the World Assembly who reside in the region, except the Delegate and Vice Delegate.

    1. Every World Assembly member in the region is deeply encouraged, but not required, to endorse the Delegate and Vice Delegate pursuant to existing law.


Section I: Supremacy

  1. This constitution and any other constitutional law is the supreme legal authority of the Union of Democratic States.

  2. All laws in conflict herewith are null and void.

Section II: Emendation

  1. This Constitution may be amended by a three-quarters motion and approval of both the Council of State and the General Assembly, and the assent of the Founder

  2. Any act declared to be constitutional law by a two-thirds vote of both the Council of State and the General Assembly will be a constitutional law