In the interest of establishing a secure, democratic and free region; of ensuring future growth and cooperation; and because Aclion really had nothing better to do on a Sunday evening; We, the assembled representatives of the nations of Oatland, with the blessing of the Imperial house, do hereby declare and adopt this Constitution; to serve as a binding document for the establishment of joint civil and Imperial governance.
Article 2. Rights of Member Nations
1. All nations have the right to:
Autonomy, including jurisdiction over their own territories and choice in their own local governmental, ideological and economic systems
Individual or collective defense against armed attack
Freely enter into treaties with other nations, excluding those that abridge the rights of other member nations or which seek to subvert the regional government
Freely vote in nonbinding regional polls
2. Independent nations have the additional right to:
Seek membership into the senate
Call for vote of no-confidence against any Imperial magistrate
3. Members of the World Assembly have the additional right to:
Seek endorsements from other nations
Endorse the nations of their choice
Vote freely on all world assembly proposals
Participate in the drafting of new world assembly proposals
Full Exercise of all other rights as member nations
Article 3. The Senate
Membership into the senate shall be granted to all nations, upon application and review, provided they are;
Natives of the region; defined as nations which hold more influence in this region then in any other.
independent; defined as a nation which is not subject to the government of any other member of the senate.
2. Senatorial Legislation
Any senator may bring a Legislative proposal before the senate by posting the full text of the proposal and informing the censor, who shall arrange a vote.
Upon submission a proposal shall be subject to a seven-day ballot. Each senator shall have one vote, either pro, contra, or abstineo. A proposal shall become law only if it receives more pro votes then contra.
Legislation is limited to aspects of the regional governance and may not contradict the constitution.
In the event that a vote should fall during a regional holiday or an election the vote shall be delayed until afterward.
Article 4. Elections
Elections shall follow the following format; Prior to the electoral period a three-day native poll shall be held in which senators will have the opportunity to announce their candidacy for the position in question. At the conclusion of the poll a seven-day native poll shall be held describing the office and listing each candidate as an option. In the event that no candidate wins a 50% majority a second poll shall be held between the top two candidates. The candidate that wins a 50% majority shall be considered the elect and presented to the Emperor for induction into Office.
1. General Elections
General Elections for the positions of Caesar, Magister Literarum, and Censor shall be held consecutively starting on the Friday following November 17th
2. Recalls and Special Elections
By petition of 12% of the Senate any elected officer may be subject to a recall election. An officer is successfully recalled if more than 50% of voting senators vote in favor of the recall.
In the event of a successful recall vote the officer shall resign, or be removed from office. Recalled officers may not hold official positions within the government until the next general election. Following a recall election a special election shall be held to replace the recalled officer.
In the event of an unsuccessful recall vote the officer subject to the recall may not be subject to another recall for the remainder of their term except by consent of the Augustus.
In the event that a recall election or the following special election should fall on a regional holiday the recall election shall be postponed until the holiday is concluded.
Article 5. Structure of Government
The Augustus, or Emperor, is the founder of the region and shall have access to all the regional controls. As head of imperial government it is the Emperor's duty to induct regional officers, ensure continuity of government as well as ensure the region's absolute security from invasion.
2. Magister Equitum:
The Magister Equitum shall be responsible for monitoring military affairs and maintaining the regional military. Additionally the Magister Equitum shall work jointly with the Augustus, Caesar, and Magister Literarum to direct the regions foreign policy, especially as it relates to regional security. The Magister Equitum shall be appointed directly by the Augustus rather then being elected by the senate.
The Caesar shall act as the head of civil government and be responsible for administering the government, having the authority to act as any Magisterate in the event they are unable to perform their duties.
4. Magister Literarum:
The Magister Literarum shall act as the regions primary communication officer, maintaining diplomatic ties with embassies, managing regional recruitment and greeting new arrivals.
The Censor shall be responsible for administering regional polls and elections as well as keeping official roll of membership of the senate.
Aediles may be appointed by Officials to assist in the performance of their duties.
Article 6. Embassies
Embassy requests shall be sent and accepted only by agreement of the majority of officers with embassy authority.
Officers shall consider requests from regions which;
are a positive influence in the world
have ten or more nations
an active government
an active RMB
Regions which do not meet all these criteria will not necessarily be excluded, but each will be a factor in the final decision.
Article 7. Regional Symbols
1. The Flag
The Flag of Oatland shall be a vertical tricolor, symbolizing liberty. Its two verdant green columns representing the earth and vitality, its white pale representing peace and honor, and it's crest of golden oat symbolizing growth and property.
2. The Bull
The Bull shall be the animal symbol of the region; representing simple agrarian life as well as strength, energy, confidence and vigor.
Article 8. Procedures for amendment
These articles may amended as necessary following the public posting of the full text of the amended document, followed by a seven-day ballot. Amendments shall require a 2/3 majority of voting nations in order to pass.