Constitution of the Praetorian Empire
We the sovereign nations of The Praetorian Empire, in order to create an efficient and long-lasting region, establish a safe haven for all, insure regional tranquility and equality, provide for those who seek opportunity, promote nations’ involvements in the region, and secure the benefits of having a clearly-defined and written shield to protect all nations, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Region of The Praetorian Empire.
23 June 2007
Article I - Concerning Member Nations in General
1. All nations of any United Nations(UN) category from any region has the right to join the region of The Praetorian Empire. Although, every nation can lose the right to stay by a vote of the member nations, or executive decision by the consul. The process to eject a member nation from the region is contained in Article Three, Clause Two, Subclause i.
2.Every nation must create a hospitable environment for all nations by not using foul language in the message board, not making accusations or insults, and obeying the orders of the delegate or the founder of the region.
3. Upon entering the region, all UN nations must endorse the current regional UN delegate within one week of their arrival. Failure to do so will result in warning. Failure to endorse the delegate within two days of a warning will result in ejection from the region. UN member nations may have more than 2 UN endorsements as long as the UN nation has atleast 3 endorsements less than the UN Delegate. If a UN member nation has more endorsements than the UN Delegate a warning will be given stating that they need to admittedly get the other UN nations to withdraw a few of their endorsements until the UN nation has fewer endorsements than the UN Delegate. If the nation doesn't comply after 24 hours the UN nation may be banned from The Praetorian Empire after a vote from the other nations in the region.
4. The failure to comply with any of these rules will result in a caucus of the Senate, which could turn out a petition for the removal of the non-complying nation that would then proceed to be signed, or supported, by member nations, resulting in the ejection of non-complying nation.
Article II - Concerning the Position of United Nations Delegate
1. As defined by nationstates.net, the regional UN delegate is the nation in a region who has obtained the most endorsements from the other UN member nations in his region. The delegate has the ability to update the World Factbook for the region, vote for proposals in the United Nations, and possesses the power to access regional control (eject nations, etc.).
2. In accordance with Article I, Clause 3, of this constitution, every UN member nation of the region must endorse the current regional delegate within one week of entrance into the region.
3. The position of regional delegate is secured by the endorsement process, but this does not allow the delegate infinite reign. Members may bring up grievances by way of the regional message board, the regional forum, or a telegram to the founder.
The regional UN delegacy rightly belongs to the Imperial Consul, who possesses it until s/he no longer wishes to hold it. However, the Senate may bring up a vote of "No Confidence" and impose restrictions on the Consul's powers.
The Consul holds the power to appoint Cabinet members, including Minister of War, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and any other ministry the Consul wishes to create. Each of these Ministers serve at the discretion of the Consul and may be dismissed at any time.
Article III - Concerning the Imperial Senate
1. The Imperial Senate will consist of elected senators, and the Praetor. The Praetor is the Head of the Senate and is required to report honorably the Senate's decisions to the Imperial Consul, the Founder and any other body that its decisions affect.
There is a single senator for every ten (10) nations in the region; additionally, each protectorate of the Praetorian Empire may elect one senator. Senators are required to be members of the United Nations to prevent a single person from occupying more than one senate seat. No member of the Senate may occupy another officially appointed or elected position.
The position of Senator is a generally permanent position; once a senator takes office, only the Praetor can remove him from power. A senator may only be removed from office for violating any part of this Constitution, or by losing a challenge.
Any UN member belonging to The Praetorian Empire who does not approve of the way a senator is handling the duties of his office and wishes to take over the duties of that position may issue a challenge. The challenge must be posted on the regional message board, as well as in a telegram sent to the Consul and the senator being challenged. The challenger must submit a petition stating the senator to be challenged and a list of the names of at least ten UN members in the region who agree that the challenge should take place to the Consul. Upon receipt of this list, the Consul will declare the challenge valid. One week from this declaration, the Founder will hold a vote by the previously described telegram system, which will last for three days. At the end of the voting, the Founder will declare who received the most votes and instate the challenger as the new senator, in the event that the challenger received more votes than the senator. In order for a challenger to win a challenge, s/he must receive at least two-thirds of all votes cast, and at least three-fourths of the UN member nations of the region must have cast a vote.
To elect a senator, every member of the General Assembly of the Praetorian Empire may send a telegram to the Founder with a list of two (2) nominees for the position to be filled (the Nomination Telegram System). The Founder will count the number of nominations for each nation, and the nations with the highest numbers of nominations will fill the available position. All positions must fill by number of nominations in descending order beginning with the nation with the most nominations. After three (3) days of voting, the regional delegate will reveal the elected officials on the regional forum and the regional message board.
In the event that the number of nominees for the representative position is less than the number of positions available, the founder will appoint willing nations.
2. The Senate has the power to vote upon proposals including, but not limited to, amendments to the Constitution of the Region of The Praetorian Empire, ejection suggestion, and the removal from office of all position-holders.
To eject a member nation from the region, the Senate must achieve a two-thirds majority vote in favor of ejection.
To amend the Constitution of the Praetorian Empire, the proposed amendment must pass with a two-thirds majority vote by the regional Senate.
Article IV - Concerning the Position of Founder
1. As defined by nationstates.net, the founder of a region is the nation who created that region. The founder can access the “regional control” page which gives him the power to update the World Factbook Entry, password-protect the region, and eject trouble-makers.
2. As stated by Article II, Clause Three, subclause i of this constitution, it is also the duty of founder to collect votes in the event that elections for a new regional delegate are held.
Article V - Concerning Lawmaking and Upkeep of the Region of the Praetorian Empire
1. Although this Constitution sets forth ground rules upon which the future of the region shall be placed, both the General Assembly and the Senate of the Praetorian Empire may submit proposals for laws to aid in the general upkeep of the region.
2. A proposal shall be submitted to the Praetor by way of a telegram, and the Head of Senate will proceed to present the issue to the Senate and collect votes on the matter.
A two-thirds majority vote of the Senate will be required to pass any new proposal into law.
If any member of the General Assembly of the region requests that a certain law be repealed, then the Senate shall review the matter. Should a three-fourths majority of the Senate find fault in the law, then the law shall be considered null and void.
Any member of the General Assembly may also propose an amendment to the Constitution. A three-fourths approval by the Senate, plus approval of the Consul or the Founder is required to amend any article of the Constitution.
3. As previously stated in Article I, Clause Four, this Constitution shall be made law, and, therefore, binding. Any failure to comply with these laws so set forth will be subject to a review by the Consul and the Senate.
4. In accordance with the opportunity created by freedom, and the liberty created by democracy, this Constitution shall be rendered null and void if the majority of the region finds to be in need of a better governing document, binding law, or greater fairness in general.
5. If any member of the Empire is caught being treasonous in anyway, the Founder and Consul will determine the fate of the nation with or without the Senates consent. The punishment if found guilty will be banned and monitored, in order to keep the traitor away form allies, from the region.