Government:Concordat

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Preamble

We, the assembled nations of the East Pacific, desiring a more prosperous and perfect region, do hereby gather to establish this Concordat of the East Pacific.

Article A: Executive

Section 1

This Concordat does hereby invest executive authority in a Delegate of the East Pacific and does appoint the Delegate the executor of this Concordat and any subsequent laws passed by the Magisterium.

Section 2

The Delegate of the East Pacific shall be a Citizen elected for a term of four months by a vote of the Citizens of the East Pacific. [2013 Am 4]

Section 3

The Delegate shall eject and/or banish nations from the region members who have committed a summary offense or have been convicted of an indictable offense by the Conclave, for a prescribed period of time. [2014 Am 2, §1]

Section 4

The Delegate shall represent The East Pacific to other regions and organizations as Head of State, for such things as the construction of embassies, and the negotiation of treaties. [2014 Am 2, §1]

Section 5

The Delegate shall nominate citizens to serve as Viziers, and Arbiters. [2014 Am 2, §1]

Section 6

The Delegate may appoint Ministers to perform any of the duties of the Delegate or to advise the Delegate

Section 7

The Delegate of the East Pacific shall not serve concurrently as a Magister, Arbiter, or Vizier.

Section 8

The Delegate of the East Pacific may order a Vizier to assume the Delegacy temporarily in order to provide for the security of the region. The Delegate may retake the Delegacy at any time after that point.

Section 9

An individual that has assumed the Delegacy through a means other than that provided for by this Concordat shall not be recognized by the government as Delegate.

Article B: Legislative

Section 1

This Concordat does hereby invest legislative authority in a Magisterium, which shall be the sole legislature in the region.

Section 2

Citizens wishing to become Magisters must follow the method prescribed in the standing orders of the Magisterium. [2013 Am 2]

Section 3

Magisters will elect among themselves a Provost every three months, outlined in the Standing Orders. This process is to be orchestrated by the previous provost or a representative thereof. The provost shall preside over the Magisterium's meetings, represent it to the Executive and Judiciary, and keep a record of the laws of the East Pacific. [2013 Am 1, §2]

Section 4

A Magister may be removed by the Magisterium by any method outlined in the Standing Orders of the Magisterium. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 5

The Magisterium shall pass laws by majority vote. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 6

The Delegate shall have the power to veto any law passed by the Magisterium. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 7

The Magisterium shall have the power to override a veto by a 3/4 vote. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 8

If the Delegate does not veto a law passed by the Magisterium within ten days, it shall be enacted. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 9

The Magisterium may ratify by majority vote a declaration of war or treaty submitted by the Delegate. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 10

The Magisterium may appoint Arbiters nominated by the Delegate by majority vote. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 11

The Magisterium may appoint for a life term Viziers nominated by the Delegate by a 2/3 vote. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 12

The Magisterium may remove an Arbiter by a 3/4 vote, or the Delegate or a Magister by a 2/3 vote for absence or high crimes. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 13

If the Delegate is removed, resigns, or leaves office by other means, the Magisterium shall then select a Vizier as Acting Delegate until a new election for Delegate has been held. [2013 Am 1, §3] and [2016 Am 1]

Section 14

A Magister may not serve concurrently as Delegate or Arbiter. [2013 Am 1, §3]

Section 15

The Magisterium shall meet in open session except when it is agreed by majority vote that a closed session is necessary. [2013 Am 5]

Section 16

Each time a Magister votes, they must also explicitly supply their WA nation in the same post. [2013 Am 1, §6]

Article C: Judicial

Section 1

This Concordat does hereby invest judicial power in the Conclave, which shall be the sole interpreter of this Concordat and the judge and jury of indicted citizens. [2014 Am 2, §2]

Section 2

The Conclave shall be composed of four Arbiters. [2014 Am 1]

Section 3

An Arbiter shall not serve concurrently as a Magister or the Delegate.

Section 4

The Arbiters shall elect from amongst themselves for a term of six months a Viceroy, who shall oversee the proceedings of the Conclave and administrate all elections in the East Pacific and represent the Conclave to the Magisterium and the Delegate.

Section 5

The Conclave may rule on the actions of the Delegate or laws passed by the Magisterium and nullify and prohibit any which are contrary to this Concordat.

Section 6

The Conclave may judge the actions of any nation in the East Pacific for violation of this Concordat and indictable offenses according to the laws of the East Pacific and sentence those found guilty. [2014 Am 2, §2]

Section 7

Trials in the Conclave shall be in open session.

Section 8

The Conclave may remove a Vizier by 2/3 vote for absence or high crimes or a Magister by majority vote. [2013 Am 1, §7]

Section 9

Arbiters are appointed for six month tenure. Arbiters shall then retain their seat after their term until a citizen is nominated to replace them. [2014 Am 1]

Section 10

An Arbiter may be reappointed when their term ends. There is no limit on the number of terms an Arbiter may serve. [2014 Am 1 & 2016 Am 2 §2]

Section 11

In the court proceedings of the Conclave concerning final decisions, the total number of votes cast may not exceed 3. The Standing Orders of the Conclave shall determine which of the four Arbiters shall cast these votes in any circumstance, each of whom may only cast one vote. [2014 Am 1 and 2016 Am 2 §2]

Article D: Viziers

Section 1

This Concordat does hereby invest the power of regional defense to the Viziers.

Section 2

The Viziers shall be charged with removing from power any Delegate removed by the Magisterium or any individual that has illegally seized the Delegacy.

Section 3

The Viziers may temporarily remove the Delegate if the majority of Viziers believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the Delegate has acted to destroy this Concordat. This temporary removal must be confirmed within seventy-two hours by a 2/3 vote of the Magisterium or a decision by the Conclave. If the temporary removal by the Viziers is not confirmed, the delegate must be reinstated. If the temporary removal is confirmed, the Magisterium shall determine if the removal is permanent as required by Article B, Section 12. If the Magisterium does not remove the delegate, the delegate shall be reinstated.

Section 4

Upon confirmation of a temporary removal under Article D, Section 3, the Vizier which replaces the Delegate shall become Acting Delegate for the remainder of the temporary removal, or until another Vizier is chosen as Acting Delegate by the Magsiterium.

Article E: Citizenship

Section 1

A Citizen of the East Pacific is a resident of the East Pacific that has ratified this Concordat.

Section 2

Section 1 notwithstanding, the Magisterium may by majority vote grant honorable Citizenship to any individual, and that individual shall be considered a Citizen thereafter. The Magisterium may by three-fourths majority vote revoke honorable Citizenship from a holder of honorable Citizenship. Revocation of honorable Citizenship does not infringe on the rights and abilities of the individual to acquire Citizenship under Section 1. [2015 Amendment 1]

Section 3

The Viceroy shall be charged with overseeing the naturalization process and the Viceroy shall maintain a record of all citizens.

Article F: Rights of Citizens

Section 1

Each citizen shall have the right to free speech and the government shall take no action to limit this except when a citizen is determined to be acting deliberately to cause a public nuisance by the Conclave.

Section 2

Each nation shall have the power to make such alliances as it sees fit, so long as these alliances do not act against the East Pacific, nor violate this Concordat.

Section 3

Each citizen shall have the right to a swift and impartial trial by the Conclave if action is taken against them by the regional authorities.

Section 4

No citizen shall be tried twice for the same offense.

Section 5

No citizen shall be forced to incriminate itself.

Section 6

Each citizen shall have the right to legal counsel in a trial before the Conclave.

Section 7

Each nation may enter and leave the region freely, unless that nation is convicted of a crime by the Conclave. Citizens shall upon leaving the region surrender any governmental roles outlined in this Concordat and unless granted honorable citizenship may not hold such roles until they return.

Section 8

Each citizen shall be free to serve in any office in the East Pacific but no nation shall be granted a title of nobility by the government of the East Pacific, nor will such titles granted outside the East Pacific be favored above that of Citizen of the East Pacific. [2014 Am 5]

Section 9

All rights not in this Concordat described or reserved to the government shall remain in the hands of the individual nations.

Article G: Enactment and Amendment

Section 1

This Concordat shall take effect following a simple majority ratification vote of nations of The East Pacific publicly on the offsite forums, to be overseen by the Elders.

Section 2

The East Pacific Elders shall oversee the first elections for Delegate and Magisterium following the successful completion of the ratification process. This voting shall take place publicly on the offsite forums. The Elders shall cease to function thereafter.

Section 3

The Magisterium shall have the authority to propose an amendment to this Concordat by a 2/3 vote; such an amendment must receive the support of 3/4 of those Citizens voting in a referendum administered by the Conclave.

Section 4

Any changes made to the Concordat shall result in a new citizenship topic started with the amended Concordat in it. The former citizenship thread will be linked in that first post. [2013 Am 1, §8]