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The referendum to adopt Sylh Alanor's amendment to the Refugia Revised Statutes has passed in a vote of 6 - 0, with 4 abstentions. It has been incorporated into law:
This document establishes this association of nations and their shared beliefs and values. We define these values as refuge and shelter to all who have need of it, environmental stewardship of our nations while working to improve global atmospheric carbon levels, as well as the fair treatment and political inclusion of all peoples. We resolve ourselves to form governments with transparency and integrity in leadership and work to leave things as better than we found them.
These Statutes form our law.
Acceptance to the Region is a right afforded to any nation willing to uphold the values named herein. Nations that oppose, disregard, or obstruct these values may be subject to ejection and transportation via variation magic to The Rejected Realms.
Member States are defined as World Assembly nations that have resided within the Region for a period not less than seven days.
A Nation will lose its status as a Member State if it elects to depart the Region, its status is self-requested to be revoked, or the nation is ejected.
Nations that lose their status may apply to obtain it through the same process again unless they are barred from the Region.
Nations may apply for Member State status in conditions where admission to the World Assembly is declined, rejected, or impossible.
Exemption nations must still have resided within the Region for a period of time not less than fourteen days and have received the unanimous approval from the Regional Council to provide the exemption.
Member States are entitled to submit any proposal, amendment, repeal, or revision to any revised statute, including this document in its entirety. Votes must be easily accessible and include the option to abstain. Only one vote is allotted to each Member State per referendum.
Proposals must be supported by at least one other Member State, which may be referred to as a "second."
Votes will last a period of seven days from the time of announcement and will be enacted or discarded upon conclusion.
Proposals which have been defeated will trigger a cooldown period on the sponsor nation from submitting a new proposal for seven days after the end of the poll defeat.
All nations within the Region have the right to solicit a ruling or official Regional position on:
Opinions regarding the legality of a proposal
Opinions regarding World Assembly affairs
Opinions regarding foreign regional actions
Opinions regarding the status of Member States
Suits regarding ejection or barring of Regional nations
The results of rulings solicited by member states will be formed by the Regional Council and delivered by a representative of the Government.
The Regional Council is defined to comprise of the following members:
The Arch-Administrator, defined as Refuge Isle, which acts as the head of state for the region. The Arch-Administrators responsibilities are defined as the appointment and dismissal of all positions that are fairly elected into office and maintaining records of significance.
The Councillor of Foreign Affairs, whose responsibilities are defined as management and maintenance of the travel portals within the region, foreign affairs and authority over embassies established to outside regions, diplomatic negotiations and foreign correspondence.
The Councillor of Culture, whose responsibilities are defined as orchestrating cultural events, inspiring activity, and developing the identity of the Regional culture.
The Operations Councillor, whose responsibilities are defined as developing and executing strategic operations to use and expand the Region’s influence, internal and external threat assessment, and maintaining the registry of Member States.
The members of the Regional Council may conduct business in the name of the Region with the titles that reflect their status and authority.
The succession of the Arch-Administrator is subject to the succession laws of Refuge Isle, and verified by the presence of an anchor stone and Administration Tower. The Arch-Administrator will call elections for the three democratic Council seats according to the following convention:
Jan 1 - 7
May 1 - 7
Sept 1 - 7
Jan 7 - 14
May 7 - 14
Sept 7 - 14
Jan 14 - 21
May 14 - 21
Sept 14 - 21
Elections will consist of a two day candidacy period, followed by a five day voting period. On the eighth day, the results of the elections will be announced and, if applicable, the next ones will begin.
Member States are prohibited from occupying the same Council seat more than two times consecutively, and more than four times in total.
In the event of unexpected absences or positions that cannot be filled, the Arch-Administrator may appoint an individual who may serve in that capacity until such time as the following election produces a regular appointment.
At any time, a Member State can charge a Regional Councillor of neglect in their duties or mismanagement of their position. Their charge will be submitted in writing to the Arch-Administrator only after a second member state has seconded the motion. This charge must contain:
A list of grievances against the accused.
Argument as to why these grievances should result in the removal of the accused prior to the next election.
If all requirements laid out in RRS 4(c), 9, 9(a), and 9(b) are met, the Arch-Administrator will call for a vote of “No Confidence” among the member states. If this vote passes by a simple majority, a new election will be called for that Council seat within the following five days. The previous seat holder can run again granted they qualify under circumstances detailed in RRS 8a.
The Region defines the goals and expectations in it Members' conduct and operations in the following ways
Reach an average environmental beauty score of 1,500 by the end of 2019, and maintained thereafter.
Reach an average eco-friendliness score of 5,000, by the end of 2019, and maintained thereafter.
The Councillor of Culture must develop a Regional Eco Report in order to support 9. a) and b) which identifies ways in which Member States of the Region may contribute towards the environmental targets established herein. Further, the Councillor of Culture must publish regular updates to the report in order to maintain its relevance and timely advice.
Without a second party to challenge the CoFA, Subadent has been appointed the Councillor or Foreign Affairs, tasked with carrying out the responsibilities of that role for the remainder of Athidill's term. It will be the first position up for the election cycle, which will begin in about a month.