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United Divisions Charter

Post by KillanaKalita on Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:19 am

The Constitution of the United Divisions:

PREAMBLE
This document has been drafted intending to provide an able government for the United Divsions through war-time & peace that represents the people while holding true to the principles upon which this alliance has been founded. Under no constraints or persuasions, we as the foundation of the United Divisions herein sign ourselves to this Constitution.

STRUCTURE AND GOVERNMENT
Article One: The Assembly
The first body within the alliance shall be the Assembly, which will consist of all active alliance members who have been appointed by the head executive of the alliance. The allied members within the alliance will be responsible for the election of senators. The presentation of legislation will be vested in the Senate Leader who is appointed by the senate with a majority vote.
Article Two: The Senate
Definition
The second body within the alliance shall be the Senate, which shall be responsible for conducting legislative affairs for the alliance on the behalf of the assembly.
Selection
Initially, the alliance senate shall consist of three alliance members appointed head executive of the alliance during the formation of the United Divisions. Afterwards the alliance senate shall be chosen from the allied membership on a monthly basis by a popular election within the general assembly, under the supervision of the Ministry of Domestic Affairs. The number of senators elected each month shall be determined based upon the overall size of the alliance. For the first fifteen members of the alliance, there will be a representation of three senators. Every fifteen allied members beyond the first will increase the number of senators by three more, to a maximum of 12 senators.
Removal
If at any time the situation is needed; the removal of an alliance senator from their position is proceeded by any member of the Assembly initiating the impeachment process. First, the assemblymember must present a petition of no less than ten signatures requesting the investigation of the senator(s) in question to the Minister of Domestic Affairs, along with any relevant evidence and supporting facts. The Minister of Donestic Affairs will then conduct a thorough investigation and present their findings and all evidence to the judiciary for final review and judgment.
In the wake of an impeachment, a general election will be held to fill the vacant seat(s).
Article Three: The Ministries
Definition
The third body within the alliance shall be its ministries, each appointed domain over a certain sector of alliance business. Collectively, the ministries form the executive branch of the alliance and serve as an advisory board to both the alliance senate and alliance judiciary.
The Ministries
The Ministry of Commerce & Finance (MoCF): The Ministry of Commerce & Finance shall take responsibility for the financial development of the alliance and will oversee matters of trade, financial aid and alliance banking. During a time of war, the MoCF will coordinate with the Ministry of Terrestrial Security to arrange for wartime and post-wartime reconstructive aid.
The Ministry of Domestic Affairs (MoDA): The responsibilities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are varied and nebulous. First, the MoDA will be responsible for the conduct of all elective processes within the alliance. The MoDA will also be overall responsible for maintaining and securing all forms of alliance communication. Additionally, the MoDA will conduct all punitive investigations within the alliance, presenting their findings to the alliance judiciary.
The Ministry of Global Affairs (MoGA): With the guidance of the senate, the MoGA is responsible for the development and maintenance of relations with alliances and parties external to the United Divisions. During peacetime and war, the MoGA is the median by which other alliances communicate with our own.
The Ministry of Terrestrial Security (MoTS): Overall the Ministry of Terrestrial Security is responsible for the construction, preparation and maintenance of the alliance military. The MoTS is also responsible for the nuclear armaments of the alliance.
The Ministry of Recruiting & Advertising   (MoRA): It is the duty of the Ministry of Recruiting & Advertising to both gather applicants for entry into the alliance and to screen them to ensure that only members of suitable character are taken into the alliance. The MoRA is also responsible for advertising the alliance to attract an influx amount of new nations to apply for entry. MoRA is likewise fitted with the task of maintaining a roster of active members within the alliance.
The Ministry of Staff (MoS): The duties of the MoS are to retain a fixed list of all employed staff in ministries and in other parts of government whilst also implementing appointments by the government.
The Ministry of Enlightenment (MoE): Working in tandem with the MoTS and MoRA, the Ministry of Enlightenment and its staff ensure that all members of the alliance are knowledgeable in alliance policies, game mechanics and all other information which they will need to function within the alliance.
Selection
The head executives shall be a minister for each ministry who has proven himself or herself to the alliance to be an expert within his field of service. These ministers will be chosen by the alliance Assembly as their first action after taking office and will serve until they are replaced by a later senate, resign or are removed through impeachment. Nominated ministers will take office after being approved by a simple majority vote of the incoming alliance Assembly. The ministers may maintain staffing as needed by their ministries.
Removal
The procedures for removing a minister from their position are identical to those used to remove a senator from their position. Following the impeachment, the senate will select a new candidate for the position, who must then be approved by a simple majority of the senate. In the event that agreement on a replacement minister cannot be reached within 72 hours, the alliance judiciary will appoint a temporary minister to hold office until the next general election.
Article Four: The Judiciary
Definition
The final body within the alliance shall be the judiciary. The members of the judiciary will loyally serve the United Divisions as judges and as an advisory council with deep and clear knowledge of our Constitution and Law. With the vested responsibility of insuring that the alliance does not stray from its founding principles and the maintenance of justice and equality throughout the alliance.
Selection
The alliance judiciary shall consist of three self-appointed founders of the alliance who possess knowledge of the deep understanding and letter of the original Constitution and Law. The members of the judiciary shall retain their position until resignation.
Removal
Judiciary members are only relieved of their position through abdication. As founding  associates of the alliance who keep the soul and history of the alliance, they may not be impeached or otherwise forcefully removed from their positions. If a judiciary member resigns, a new member shall be selected by the head executive.
Article Five: The Council of Five
Definition
The Council of Five or simply the "Council" are representatives at the executive level who's powers fall in the final part of the legislative process.
Selection
The Council consists of four representatives called Councilmembers are one of the four divisions with a governing head executive known as the Council Leader. Each councilmember is elected within their own division by the allied members of the alliance including government officials and serve two month tenures, there are no term limits recognized for Councilmembers. The Council Leader is elected by all allied members regardless of division or rank and serves a four month tenure there are no term limits recognized for the Council Leader.
Removal
The removal of any official within the Council is identical to the removal of an alliance senator. In the wake of an impeachment, a general election will be held to fill the vacant seat(s).
Article Six: The Legislative Process
The following is the process by which additions and amendments may be made to the United Divisions Constitution or the United Divisions Order of Regulations. Any member of the Assembly may propose a bill to the senate using these procedures.
The first step in the legislative process is to take stock of the current situation and what proposed changes need to be made. Each bill proposed to the senate for consideration should be limited to one topic of interest within a specific section of the target document. If multiple changes need to be made within multiple sections of the target document, the proposal should be broken down into component bills to be presented to the senate. When in doubt as to whether or not a particular change will require multiple bills, a member of the judiciary should be consulted on the matter.
Once the issues have been divided appropriately, the next step is to draft up the formal bills for presentation to the senate. While formal in nature, these drafts should be written clearly and concisely to eliminate confusion concerning the changes being made. A simplistic bill that is easily understood is always preferential to a complex bill that nobody can understand.
With the bill formally drafted, the assemblymember offering the proposal may now place it on the floor of the senate for consideration. The first 48 hours that a bill spends on the senate floor will be used to allow the public to weigh in their opinions and show their support or condemnation for the bill in question. Senators are encouraged to participate in discussion during this time, but may not yet cast their vote for the bill. Once the 48 hours have expired, the senate - keeping the opinions of the public in good faith - will have a maximum of 24 hours to vote on the bill.
The acceptable votes for a bill are YEA, NAY and ABSTAIN. Votes will be tallied either at the end of the 24 hour voting period or when all senators have voted, whichever comes first. A simple percentage of a bill's approval rating is calculated using the votes for YEA and NAY, with the votes for ABSTAIN being discarded from the final calculations. In order to pass the senate floor a bill needs at least a 51% approval rating. The final results and a quote of each senator's vote will be presented to the public.
Bills which do not receive the 51% majority required to pass the senate floor will be presented back to the author for revision and resubmission at a later time. Bills which receive the 51% majority required will be signed by the senate and presented to the Council for a Final review. The members of the Council have a 24 hour period in which they may review and discuss the bill before casting their votes.
The acceptable votes for Council review of a bill are YEA and NAY. Votes will be tallied either at the end of the 24 hour voting period or when all officials of the Council have voted, whichever comes first. Should two of the four officials of the Council approve of the bill, it is then decided by the Council Leader, otherwise it is signed into law by the Council and becomes effective immediately if no other time frame is specified. In the event that a majority is not reached within the Council, the bill is presented to the author for revision and future resubmission to the senate.
Article Seven: Provisional Government
In the event that there are not enough members to support the entirety of the constitutional government, the alliance Judiciary will assume the duties and responsibilities of those offices left unfilled until enough willing and able members are mobilized  to fill out the government positions as written in the alliance constitution.
Article Eight: Severance of Powers
Proceeding those situations covered in article six, there must be a severance of powers within the alliance to maintain checks and balances. Excluding those situations in which office has been granted under article six, the following limitations apply to government positions: 
First, no member of the senate shall hold office as a minister, member of the Council or the judiciary.
Second, no alliance minister shall hold office as a senator, member of the Council or the judiciary.
Third, no member of the judiciary shall hold office as a senator, minister, or member of the Council.
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