Non-Elected Heads of States Act
|Long title||Non Elected Heads of State Act of 1886|
|Enacted By||31st Congress of South Hills|
|Effective||31st of July, 1886 - 129 years ago|
The Non Elected Heads of State Act of 1886 is a primary piece of foreign relations legislation in South Hills's history. Established in a time of anti-imperialism, the act widely curtails the President of South Hills' and South Hills Department of State's activity when interacting with 'non-elected', i.e, hereditary monarchs, dictators, or etcetera who serve as the unelected head of state of a nation on Mundus.
The act specifically mentions the following:
- South Hills shall send no diplomatic visitors to or involve itself with events that purely serve the ruling individual/family, i.e, Royal Coronations, birthdays, events, etc. The event must serve some diplomatic purpose for the South Hills' executive government to pursue any attendance.
- Where one is available, a elected head of government (i.e, prime minister) shall be pursued first for all official reasons. Any Monarch or unelected ruler with government-given foreign power shall be seen in the capacity of their role.
- While respecting the sovereignty of all nations, South Hills' official policy shall be democracy and republicanism first over hereditary, fascist, or communist governments.
- South Hills is barred from entering into any military agreements with nations primarily ruled by a non-elected monarch or leader.
South Hills has sent no diplomatic party to any coronation of a monarch since 1869.
In modern termology, the effects of the act are rather limited due to the rise of constitutional monarchs. However, South Hills is still prohibited by its own law from attending any events purely to serve the ruling family/individual of a nation.
The law did not directly define what constitutes a 'non-elected leader', nor how much power a non-elected leader must have in order to be constituted as the 'primary ruler.' The Supreme Court interpreted this in 1952 as any ruler who A) is not elected either directly or indirectly by the nations population and B) is not duly restricted by the nations governing document.