The Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc

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The Constitution of the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc
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Original title The Constitution of The Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc
Commissioned by Interim Governance Committee
Author(s) Originally: Interim Governance Committee (excludes amendments)
Subject The basic law of the government.

The Constitution of the People's Republic of The Communist Bloc​

  • Note: The Constitution is not the current constitution. This is the current constitution.

Preamble​

Conscious of its responsibility towards furthering the leftist cause both on and off NationStates and driven by the will to further democracy, equality, and freedom for all, the nations of The Communist Bloc have given themselves this constitution. This document shall serve as the basis of all our acts in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future, and therefore, by the power of the people’s will, be it enacted that:


Article I: Regional Identity

(0) Outlines the ‘regional identity’ of The Communist Bloc. This principally includes the formal name of the region and the flag. In addition, it allows the legislature to make laws to outline other types of regional symbolism (such as an anthem and a motto). Finally, it formally declares the region to be anti-fascist in our most basic of laws.

(1) The region shall be known formally and in full as the Revolutionary Republic of The Communist Bloc. In legislation, it may be referred to as ‘the region’, “The Communist Bloc” or “TCB”.

(2) The region shall have a flag as outlined in legislation, or as determined by the executive in the absence of legislation.

(3) The region may have a motto, anthem, and other identifying symbols as determined in legislation.

(4) The region shall be emphatically anti-fascist, and opposed to all forms of that ideology.

Article II: Basic Rights

(0) Outlines the basic rights afforded to all citizens of the region, in addition to who is a citizen - somebody who has been given citizenship by the government and who maintains a nation in the game-side region. Most importantly, a fair trial and the right to partake in a democratic system of government are enshrined.

(1) Citizens will be defined as those who have a nation within The Communist Bloc, have a world assembly nation (not necessarily in the region), have a forum account which has been accepted for citizenship on the current forum, and respect and uphold the rights of their fellow citizens transcribed or not transcribed herein. Citizens may retain their citizenship for up to fourteen days after departing the region or ceasing to exist.

  • (a) Residents shall be defined as those who have a nation within The Communist Bloc.
  • (b) The Legislative Committee may pass acts granting exceptions to citizenship requirements.

(2) All citizens and residents are entitled to the freedom of speech, expression, the press, belief, dissent, thought, conscience, opinion, information, assembly, association, safety and security, religion, freedom from cruel/degrading punishment, from arbitrary detention/exile, and freedom to leave and return, unless such freedoms mentioned above intend to defame, discriminate, spread far-right, fascist, and other bigoted and reactionary views, or subvert the rights of any individual(s) within The Communist Bloc. All citizens shall have the inviolable right to privacy without a legal warrant issued with probable cause from the judiciary.

(3) Citizens shall have the right to vote and run in elections for public offices, and shall not be disenfranchised unless the judiciary rules as such. The judiciary may only disenfranchise citizens if they have been found seriously violating regional law or violating the rights of another citizen transcribed and not transcribed herein.

(4) All citizens and residents have the right to equal protection of the law without prejudice or discrimination; in particular, no law or citizen may discriminate against another citizen on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical ability, mental ability, medical condition, genetic information, family care status, legal status, marital status, or domestic partner status. No citizen may harass another on any basis.

(5) Citizens and Residents of the region shall have the right to appeal to the judiciary sentences given to them for breach of the law, including bans and/or ejections within a fourteen day period following their sentencing by the judiciary or ban and/or ejection by regional staff. Citizens have the right to a speedy, fair, and impartial trial within full view of the public no more than seven days after their arrest. No citizen shall have to be tried on the basis of the same allegation more than once except in the case of a mistrial or the presentation of new evidence. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

(6) Citizens shall have the right to petition the government for a redress of listed grievances. The responsibility of addressing petitions falls upon the executive government.

(7) All legal rights and responsibilities of citizens draw legal legitimacy from a written and signed civil oath with The Communist Bloc, willingly agreed to upon application for citizenship. All citizens have the inalienable right to terminate the civil oath at any time for any reason should they wish - doing so will result in the immediate termination of citizenship.

(8) Citizens have the right to challenge any legislative act or any attempted government actions that may contradict the rights established by this constitution, the Supreme Law of the region.

(9) Citizens shall have a right to access and talk freely upon, within the defined limits of the law, any channel of The Communist Bloc including but not limited to;

  • (a) Regional Message Board
  • (b) Discord
  • (c) The Communist Bloc’s Forum

(10) The list of rights above do not prohibit any other rights a citizen has that is not transcribed herein, and which may be defined in other legislation.

Article III: The Executive Branch

(0) The Executive branch is one of the powers in a state. In the region, the Executive branch consists of the First Minister, the Council of Ministers and the World Assembly Delegate who together form the cabinet. In TCB, the First Minister serves as the coordinator of the executive, overseeing the Ministers and representing The Communist Bloc in official matters. The Ministers each run their respective Ministry, such as the Minister of Culture holding events or similar activities. The Ministers also serve as a controlling instance for the First Minister, who needs their approval for most of their actions. The World Assembly Delegate has no direct role in government and only represents the region in the World Assembly by voting on resolutions.

(1) The First Minister serves as the head of state of the region with a term of 3 calendar months.

  • (a) If the First Minister is incapable of holding office or resigns, they are succeeded by a Minister chosen by the other Ministers via a simple majority.
  • (b) The First Minister serves as the official representative of The Communist Bloc within NationStates.
  • (c) The First Minister may, with the majority consent of the Council of Ministers, issue Executive Orders which are considered equal to laws crafted by the Legislative Committee but are considered below these in case of doubt. Executive Orders may be repealed with a simple majority in Legislative Committee. No Executive Order may amend the constitution. No Executive Order may make provisions to restrict amendment or repeal of any Executive Orders from either the Legislative Committee or the First Minister themselves. After an Executive Order by the First Minister has been repealed through a process other than that established in other Executive Orders, no following Executive Order within the First Minister’s term may have the same or similar goals and motives.
  • (d) The First Minister may veto any action by any Minister if there is a plausible danger for the region, they believe the action contradicts this document or other laws of the regions (and they petition the judiciary to the same effect), or they believe the Legislative Committee should consider the action (who may nullify the action by a simple majority).
  • (e) The First Minister may, with the approval of at least 2/3rds of the Council of Ministers, declare a state of emergency
  • - (i) The state of emergency must be extended at least every 1 calendar month by the Legislative Committee (or it shall be automatically terminated and may not be further declared for an additional 1 calendar month). It may additionally be terminated at any point by the First Minister, or by the Legislative Committee by a simple majority.
  • (f) The First Minister may add, remove or reform Ministries with a simple majority in the Council of Ministers. Certain Ministries may not have their areas of responsibility abolished without the positive consent of at least 60% of the Legislative Committee, though they may be merged with one another. These are:
  • - (i) Defence,
  • - (ii) Foreign Affairs,
  • - (iii) Immigration,
  • - (iv) Culture,
  • - (v) Information.
  • - (vi) World Assembly Delegate, whose position may never be abolished.
  • (g) The First Minister may not hold any ministerial or legislative positions during their term.

(2) The Council of Ministers will be the primary forum for executive discussion and planning, composed of all Ministers and the World Assembly Delegate. It shall also serve as the chief advisory body of the First Minister.

  • (a) The Council of Ministers may be empowered to vote on executive matters outside its constitutional purview through informal assent by the First Minister, or through Executive Order.

(3) The Ministers are to be elected in two separate elections. The first round shall elect the Minister of Culture, Information, Foreign Affairs, and the First Minister. The second shall elect the Minister of Defence, Immigration and Domestic Affairs.

  • (a) There must always be at least three Ministers, except where the government has been dissolved or an Order of Recall has been issued.
  • (b) Each Ministry may be run with multiple Ministers, but a person may serve as full Minister in one Ministry only, with the exception of the Information Ministry which may be held in conjunction with any other Ministry.
  • (c) Each Ministry may have an unlimited number of members below Minister rank.
  • (d) The Ministers each serve as the head of their corresponding Ministry and have full responsibility for and authority over their actions, as long as that authority is not limited by any other legislation.

(4) The World Assembly Delegate may be appointed, confirmed, replaced or dismissed by the First Minister following discussion and majority assent of the Council of Ministers, which is followed by a 60% majority vote within the Legislative Committee. Should the World Assembly Delegate offer their unqualified resignation, only the assent of the Council of Ministers shall be required to confirm a replacement.

  • (a) The World Assembly Delegate may, in times of crisis or should they believe the First Minister’s actions to be invalid, call a vote of the People’s Assembly on their position. If the vote ends with the majority of voting citizens supporting the incumbent World Assembly Delegate, the First Minister shall be dismissed. Otherwise, the decision of the First Minister shall stand.
  • (b) The First Minister may never appoint themselves to the position. Should they do so, and the above processes be approved, they shall automatically vacate their position as First Minister. Similarly, except where the Legislative Committee votes to allow it with a 60% majority, the incumbent World Assembly Delegate may not become First Minister.

Article IV: The Legislative Committee

(0) The Legislative Committee is one of the pillars of governance in The Communist Bloc. The Legislative Committee is made up of representatives elected by the citizens of the region with the post of drafting, repealing, amending, and the editing of regional laws. All bills passed by the Committee will be put to a referendum before either ascending into TCB law or being rejected by the citizenry.

(1) The Legislative Committee of The Communist Bloc shall serve as the primary legislative body of the region. The Legislative Committee shall have primary discretion in the creation, amending, repealing, and editing of all legislation passed by The Communist Bloc.

  • (a) The Legislative Committee may repeal Executive Orders issued by the First Minister with a simple majority.
  • (b) The Legislative Committee may amend this constitution with a ⅔ majority and the approval of the People’s Assembly.
  • (c) All bills must be in compliance with this constitution, and all other laws, unless they change parts thereof.

(2) The Legislative Committee shall be composed of an odd number of members, to be determined by the population of the region before the dissolution of the previous term of the Legislative Committee. The number of seats will be one per 125 nations in the region, rounded down if the resulting number is even.

(3) A Speaker shall serve as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee, whose role shall be to table votes and present passed legislation to the People's Assembly. The Speaker shall also be charged with any record-keeping regarding the Legislative Committee.

  • (a) An outgoing Speaker must pass all related records to an incoming speaker.
  • (b) The Speaker shall be nominated and elected within the Legislative Committee.
  • (c) The Speaker cannot be a sitting member of The Executive Council, The Judiciary, or the Admin Council.

(4) The Legislative Committee is to be elected to a term of 3 calendar months.

  • (a) In order to gain a seat on the council, candidates must achieve at least 10% of the vote or a minimum of 5 votes, whichever is lower.
  • (b) Candidates cannot have sat on the previous 3 consecutive Legislative Committees.

(5) Should the Legislative Committee fail to fill all its seats:

  • (a) Each bill that goes to vote within the Committee shall have Citizens appointed to debate and vote upon that bill as any normal member.
  • (b) For each seat not filled at the previous election, the Speaker will select one citizen. Citizens who ran for the Legislative Committee during the last election shall be chosen first. If no candidates remain, volunteers may be called for. Members otherwise barred by (4b) may volunteer.
  • (c) Citizens may only be called once per term.
  • (d) After 30 days of the term, a by-election will be called to attempt to fill the vacant seats.
  • - (i) The by-election date cannot clash with any other elections, and must take place after any scheduled elections.

(6) The Legislative Committee cannot pass a law or bill which breaches the existing laws of the region.

(7) The Legislative Committee shall only debate five pieces of legislation at one time

  • (a) This number shall include up to three pieces of legislation the Committee are instructed to debate by the People's Assembly
  • - (i) If no pieces of Legislation are being debated from the People's Assembly, only four pieces of Legislation may be debated, with one extra space kept open for legislation that may come from the People's Assembly.


Article V: People's Assembly

(0) All citizens are encouraged to be a part of The Communist Bloc's legislative process. This Article establishes The People's Assembly, to allow for this. It is composed of all citizens who wish to do so and serves as the other part of the legislature next to the Legislative Committee.

(1) All Citizens shall be considered members of the People’s Assembly whilst voting or petitioning as the People’s Assembly.

(2) The People’s Assembly has the right to have a confirmatory vote upon any law passed in The Communist Bloc. Laws shall not be considered passed until they have passed a vote in the People’s Assembly, with a simple majority of Yes votes.

(3) The People’s Assembly has the right to put forward bills for The Legislative Committee to review.

  • (a) The Legislative Committee is not mandated to pass these Bills after review.
  • (b) Only three Bills may be debated at a time directly from the People's Assembly.
  • - (i) These three bills will be included in the five maximum of the Legislative Committee.


(4) The People’s Assembly has the inalienable right to initiate a vote to repeal or remove any legislation passed by the Legislative Committee and to petition the Admin Council for changes to be made.

(5) The People’s Assembly has the power to recall any member of the Legislative Committee or the Council of Ministers by signing an Order of Recall.

  • (a) Orders of Recall must be signed by at least 50% of a Committee Member’s total votes in the last election they were voted in upon. A period of 5 days must then be waited on for discussion and to allow the Member(s) a chance to defend themselves.
  • (b) A vote will then be opened up by the Speaker reading "Should [Committee Member] be recalled from [Relevant Committee] with the answers Yes and No.
  • - (i) Should the Committee Member receive a simple majority of Yes votes, that committee member will be recalled and barred from standing for a period of two terms. A by-election shall be called.
  • - (ii) Should the Committee Member receive a simple majority of No votes, that committee member shall remain on the appropriate Committee, and may not receive further calls for recall for the remainder of the term, unless the Judiciary rule that there is adequate change in reason to do so.

Orders of Recall may target the entire Executive and/or the entire Legislative Committee. If they do so, then the number of votes received by the member who received the most votes subject to recall shall be used for the purposes of (a).


Article VI: The People’s Tribunal

(0) Laws can sometimes be difficult to understand and citizens may sometimes break them. The People's Tribunal serves the Bloc in offering practical advice and legal decisions in matters of law, in addition to hearing criminal cases (where required). The People’s Tribunal also holds the other branches to account, which gives them extra powers to ensure that the government follows the law and is acting in the interests of the people.

(1) The People’s Tribunal shall have jurisdiction over all criminal and civil matters, as well as appeals.

(2) The People's Tribunal shall offer advice as and when needed by anybody operating within their jurisdiction.

(3) The People’s Tribunal may be allocated additional jurisdiction as per executive order, or legislation passed by the legislature.

(4) The People’s Tribunal may rule on the legality of executive orders, legislation, and amendments in accordance with the constitution or other existing law.

  • (a) The Tribunal shall have the ability to put Legislation and Executive Orders passed by the Legislative Committee or Executive Council on hold for a maximum period of three days if they believe it may be in contradiction of another pre-existing law.
  • (b) During this period, the Tribunal shall consider a ruling. If the ruling finds the law to be in breach of another law, it cannot proceed to the next step and must return for debate, with the decision and an explanation for the ruling. The law or order cannot proceed under the format rejected by the Tribunal.
  • (c) If the period passes without a decision, the First Minister or Speaker may move to continue with that piece of legislation/order.
  • - (i) The Speaker can only move forward Legislation and Constitutional Amendments
  • - (ii) The First Minister can only move forward Executive Orders.

(5) The People’s Tribunal shall rule on the impeachment of an individual official and a 2/3 majority shall be required of the Quorum for conviction.

(6) The People’s Tribunal may define their own procedure. All records of trial must be made available to the public.

(7) The Tribunal will be led by an internally selected Chief Justice, who will oversee the Tribunal and may assign cases to a Justice who will act as the lead member of a trial and moderate proceedings.

(8) The People's Tribunal shall consist of five members, who will be elected by the people every six months. Should a Tribunal member act in a manner unbecoming of their position or cease activity for a period of over two weeks the citizens may hold a referendum to recall that member.

(9) All Justices on the Tribunal shall be required to resign any party memberships and positions and identify as independent for the duration of their term, including legislature members who concurrently hold membership on the Tribunal.

(10) Should a Justice be elected as or become First Minister or the First Minister to the position of Justice, they must relinquish one of the two positions. They may choose which to relinquish.

(11) Any Justice who concurrently holds a ministerial position will be prohibited from ruling or offering their opinion in any cases pertaining to the executive branch of government and its actions.

(12) All Tribunal sessions require a quorum of three Tribunal members in order to try a case.

(13) Sitting members of a trial must not be directly involved in the charges either as the offender, victim, directly called witness, defense counsel, or accessory to the offense.

(14) It is the responsibility of the Justice assigned to lead the trial to form the required Quorum.

(15) The Legislative Committee may motion for the impeachment of a Tribunal member due to misconduct or inactivity which must pass with 2/3 in favor.

  • (a) The impeached member may not be reappointed for at least one month.

(16) The Tribunal, at the direction of the Head Administrator, may call for the impeachment of one of its own and an internal majority vote must pass to take effect.

Article VII: The Administrative Council

(0) The Administrative Council, or Admin Council, has many key roles in The Communist Bloc, mostly doing unseen work in keeping the various websites and channels of communication open. This Article outlines their roles.

(1) “The Administrative Council” is composed of a minimum of three and a maximum of five members.

  • (a) The Administrative Council shall be composed of all Administrators appointed by the Head Administrator.
  • (b) The Administrative Council shall be tasked with overseeing the operation of the forums, ensuring that content and behavior complies with Scaleway's Terms and Rules and Namecheap's Terms of Service. The Council shall be the administrative branch of the Government of the Revolutionary Republic.​

(2) The Chair and leading figure of the Administrative Council shall be the “Head Administrator”

  • (a) The Head Administrator at the commencement of this Constitution shall be the holder of that office at commencement.
  • (b) The Head Administrator shall be the ultimate authority in appointing and dismissing Administrators and Moderators, excluding during Votes of Contempt against them.
  • - (i) The First Minister shall ex-officio hold global moderation status, including the ability to edit the forum banner (should the technical ability exist to do so). These powers may be removed by either the Head Administrator or Council if misused.​
  • (c) The Head Administrator may resign at any time, and put forward a replacement candidate to the Administrative Council, to be approved by majority vote.​

(3) The Administrative Council shall have the power to issue Administrative Orders, which may:

  • (a) Modify the rules for the Regional Discord.
  • (b) Delay elections by up to 7 days, if said election cause clashes with other (legal) mechanism, election or event.
  • (c) Perform any other applicable, reasonable Administrative action.
  • (d) To issue an order, a council member should propose a draft, and an Order shall only be passed if a majority of members and the Head Administrator assent to the Order.​

(4) Members of the Administration Council shall have the power to ban or arrest a person should they believe that their actions violate the terms of service, or breach the legal code of the Republic. They may also arrest per the direction of the relevant minister or First Minister unless they believe such a direction to be illegal - if they refuse such a direction, it must be forwarded to the People’s Tribunal. The arresting official, or the official who directs the arrest, shall report the crime and submit supporting evidence to the People's Tribunal who will rule to uphold, amend, or extend the punishment by the Administration Council.

  • (a) Minor offences (channel mutes and warnings) and punishments issued to non-citizens and foreign persons related exclusively to the regional Discord server shall be exempt from this section. Additionally, through a unanimous internal vote of the Administrative Council, any citizen may be banned for any length of time should they be considered fascist, or should they have committed acts which lead to the direct endangerment of members of the community. Such an action must be duly reported to the People’s Tribunal who may, except in cases where the offender has breached the Discord Community Guidelines, overturn the action.
  • (b) An arrested person shall have restrictions applied to their account, including but not limited to post limitations, personal message limitations, and viewing rights.​
  • (c) The Administrative Council shall hold ultimate authority in regards to ensuring the community remains safe from both exploitation and real-life offences, and from having its hosting removed due to violations of any relevant Terms of Services.

(5) Members of the Administration Council shall have the power to appoint section moderators who will have limited moderation powers over certain aspects of the forums. A section moderator shall not be considered a member of the Administration Council, nor shall Discord Moderators.

(6) The People's Tribunal shall have the authority to order a temporary suspension of administrative privilege in the instance that an administrator is accused of a crime, including the misuse of their powers, until a time when the court reaches a verdict.

(7) The Legislative Committee shall have the authority to, by 2/3 majority vote, remove an administrator or global moderator. This includes the Head Administrator, however, a mediation period of a week must be in effect before such a vote can go ahead.

  • (a) The Head Administrator cannot overturn a legislative decision regarding administrator appointments, however, they may re-appoint administrators after a minimum of 2 months.​

(8) The Administrative Council may vote to remove the Head Administrator by unanimous internal vote, excepting the vote of the Head Administrator, to be referred to as a “Vote of Contempt”.

(9) During a State of Emergency declared by the legislature, the following powers shall be held by the Administrative Council for the duration of the State of Emergency:

  • (a) Plenary Judicial Powers
  • (b) Legislative Powers, through Administrative Orders
  • (c) Supreme Executive Powers​

(10) During times of crisis, the Administrative Council may, in the absence of legislative and executive action, take emergency actions to preserve the integrity of the region, subject to legal review after the fact.

  • (a) Assuming the judiciary upholds the actions after the fact, such actions may violate parts of this document - if those actions are not upheld, then the actions shall be rendered null and void.


Article VIII: Elections and the Overseers

(0) Elections are both the privilege and duty of all Citizens of The Communist Bloc. This section shall outline the rules of elections, and when elections for the Legislative Committee, 1st Round of The Executive (First Minister, Culture, Information & Foreign Affairs) and the 2nd Round of the Executive (Defense, Immigration & Domestic Affairs).

(1) All citizens, unless barred by this Constitution or a legally recognized punishment, shall have the right to stand in any elections.

(2) The election timetable shall be as follows, except as extended or delayed by the Administrative Council: Jan 15th - 1st Executive Feb 15th - 2nd Executive March 15th - Legislative Committee March 30th - Judiciary April 15th - 1st Executive May 15th - 2nd Executive June 15th - Legislative Committee July 15th - 1st Executive August 15th - 2nd Executive September 15th - Legislative Committee September 30th - Judiciary October 15th - 1st Executive November 15th - 2nd Executive December 15th - Legislative Committee

  • (a) Each election shall have a standing period of 7 days, where candidates may stand, and campaign for votes.
  • (b) Each election shall have a 48 hour voting period.

(3) Snap elections may be called off timetable as and when necessary, however, they shall be considered by-elections and successful candidates will only stand for the remainder of that term.

  • (a) A single-use Administrative Order, Executive Order or piece of Legislation must be issued to that effect.
  • - (i) This document must include a schedule for the election.
  • - (ii) The Administrative Council can accelerate any schedule if they decide unanimously that not doing so presents a risk to the region.
  • (b) Snap elections do not have to follow the schedule outlined in 2a and 2b.
  • - (i) A minimum of 24 hours is required for voting and a minimum of 48 hours for standing to allow for members in different time zones to campaign and vote.
  • - (ii) Snap elections are encouraged to use the normal standing periods and voting times.

(4) The Judiciary shall, where possible, act as Independent Overseers of Elections (IOE), overseeing any and all administrative tasks involving elections.

  • (a) Where a member of the Judiciary is standing in an election, that member shall be excused from this task.
  • (b) If all members of the Judiciary are standing, it shall fall to the Legislative Committees Speaker to act as IOE.
  • - (i) If the election is for the Legislative Committee or Speaker role, the First Minister shall act as the IOE.

(5) There can not be multiple elections taking place at the same time.

  • (a) Scheduled elections will always take priority, and must be completed before any other election can take place.


Article IX: Amendments

(0) This article of the basic law outlines the basis upon which it can be changed.

(1) This document may be amended through a vote of the Legislative Committee which must attain a ⅔ majority followed by majority assent from the People's Assembly.

  • (a) No Executive Order may amend this Constitution.

(2) Excepting Articles II and IX, parts of this document may be suspended by a State of Emergency.

(3) Those sections which are numbered 0, or whose primary purpose is the explanation of the article in which it resides, shall not be considered legally operable and may be amended by the Administrative Council through order or by the Legislative Committee by a simple majority.

(4) Any amendments to this Constitution must contain, in full, the previous un-amended sections relevant to the amendment separately to the amended section.


Article X: Convention Procedures

(0) The People of The Communist Bloc may wish to start the process of drafting a new constitution again one day in the future. The below article outlines the procedure to do so.

(1) The People’s Assembly may, upon a 75% approving vote, call for deletion of the Constitution and as many laws as it wishes, and form an Interim Governance Committee.

  • (f) The discussion period for this must last no less than one calendar month.
  • (f) The vote can last no less than seven days.
  • (f) The poll for this vote, should the technical ability exist, must allow for voters to change their mind.
  • (f) The poll shall be a secret ballot.
  • (f) The Administrative Council may motion to accelerate the process.
  • - (f) 3 votes must take place: one in the Executive Council, one in the Legislative Committee and one in the People’s Assembly.
  • - (f) All three votes must have at least a 60% approval rating.
  • - (f) The accelerated process may not last less than seven days, with a three day voting period.
  • (f) Article II cannot be deleted under any circumstances, and must be carried over to the next Basic Law(s).
  • (f) Article X shall remain in force.
  • (f) The motion for the Convention proceedings may name an uncapped number of passed legislation to remain in force.
  • - (f) The motion must specify which legislation remains in force during the convention and which legislation remains once it is concluded.
  • - (f) The Administrative Council may not be abolished, though their roles may be changed by the Interim Governance Committee.
  • (f) The Administrative Council, during the convention shall remain bound by whichever laws previously governed them.

(2) The Interim Governance Committee's duty shall be to, within one calendar month, present a Basic Law to the public for approval, which must outline the executive branch, the judicial branch, citizens' rights (which must be include those in force under Article II of the Constitution), and the legislative branch. Alternatively, the Interim Governance Committee may present individual acts to outline the aforementioned branches.

  • (a) The Act(s) presented by the Interim Governance Committee shall not extend its own term or powers in contradiction to this Act.
  • (b) The Act(s) presented must receive the consent of at least a 60% majority of citizens who vote in secret polling which must remain open for at least 48 hours. If a legislative branch act is passed before others, then further acts shall be subject to the conditions outlined therein.

(3) All other legislative instruments passed by the Interim Governance Committee must be assented to by the citizens of the Communist Bloc, as outlined in Section 2(b). In addition, the Interim Governance Committee shall only act with the consent of the majority of its members, excepting moderation affairs, which shall be continued per previous procedure.

(4) Should the Interim Governance Committee fail to perform its duties as outlined in Section 2, then all members shall be deprived of their seats. Upon the new Committee taking their seats, they shall have another calendar month, or shall similarly be dissolved. Upon each new Committee, a new Chief Executive and Chair shall be elected by the Committee.

  • (a) The method of election shall be through a standing period of 5 days, with a voting period of 48 hours. Ballots will be secret, and in order of number of votes members will be elected to each seat. Should the last seat have a tie, then a run-off will be held with a 48 voting period and a secret ballot.
  • (b) The Chief Executive shall be elected by the new Interim Governance Committee. The Chair shall be elected by a majority vote of the Committee. They shall be charged with overseeing the internal discussions and voting of the Committee.
  • (c) The number of seats elected shall be a minimum of eight. Should the number of members be even, then the Chair of the Committee shall not vote except to break a tie. Should the number of members be odd, then the Chair of the Committee shall vote as a normal member, and shall cast an additional vote in the case of a tie.
  • (d) The Administrative Council shall have a right to a seat on the council.
  • - (i) Individual members may choose not to take one at the beginning of a session.
  • - (ii) Should a member of the Administrative Council choose to not take a seat, they may not take one for the rest of the Interim Governance Committees term. They may take a seat during the next term, should they wish to do so.

(5) The citizens of the Communist Bloc may, by petition signed by 5 not sitting on the Committee, call for the dissolution of the Committee. A simple majority vote, with secret voting and a 48 hour voting period, shall be required to force an election.

  • (a) Individual members may be recalled by the same method, if named specifically in the petition. The same petition may include any number of Committee members, and each Committee member subject to recall must have an individual poll.

(6) The Administrative Council, under a unanimous public vote and with the approval of a simple majority of citizens may at any time cancel the convention, if they believe it poses an unnecessary risk to the Bloc. This power may only be used temporarily.

  • (a) The Administrative Council must, for a period of no more than one calendar month, set a time limit for how long the Bloc reverts back to the standing laws.
  • - (i) The Administrative Council may extend this weekly, requiring no further vote. This time period will be in addition to the maximum of one calendar month.
  • - (ii) The citizenry may, with a 60% majority, veto the Administrative Councils extension.

(7) Citizens may move to cancel the convention.

  • (a) In order to do so, a motion must be put forward by the citizenry, which has at least 75% approval after a vote.
  • - (i) This motion must be debated for at least a week.
  • - (ii) The vote must last a minimum of three days.
  • - (iii) The incumbent Interim Governance Committee may not vote on the cancellation.
  • (b) Should this happen, all laws which were deleted by the original motion shall revert back to legally binding.
  • - (i) Elections will immediately take place. The Administrative Council will decide the schedule.
  • - (ii) These elections may take a maximum of 45 days to complete.


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