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The Commonwealth Charter

on Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:53 pm
The Commonwealth Charter


The Commonwealth (TCW) is an alliance open to all nations of Orbis. It is the goal of The Commonwealth to provide for the growth and defense of its members in the name of friendship and guidance. This charter serves as the founding document of The Commonwealth. It is to be considered the foremost binding law of the alliance and, therefore, all government acts must be consistent with its content. All members of the alliance must agree to be bound by its terms.

Article I – Governance

The governing body of The Commonwealth shall be composed of a Prime Minister
and a Cabinet of their choosing. The Prime Minister is the official and sole leader of the
alliance. Their Cabinet must include a Minister of State, a Minister of Defense, a Deputy
Minister of State, and a Deputy Minister of Defense. The Cabinet may expand dependent on
the alliance’s growth and at the discretion of the Prime Minister (i.e. Minister of Education,
Minister of Treasury, etc).

Part I – Nominations, elections, appointments, and term limits

Each member of The Commonwealth is eligible to run for the office of Prime
Minister every four (4) months. The membership will be given two (2) days to nominate a
candidate. Following the nomination period, three (3) days will be allowed for each nominee
to secure three motions of support (“seconds”) in order to formally declare their candidacy,
publish a platform, answer questions from the membership, and campaign for office. This
will be followed by a two (2) day voting period in which the candidate with the most votes
wins the position.

Upon taking office, the elected Prime Minister will appoint the Ministers of State and
Defense of their choosing. Ministers are to nominate choices for deputy, which will be
confirmed by the Prime Minister. All Cabinet members serve the Prime Minister’s four (4)
month term that they’ll serve under. The Prime Minister retains the right to dismiss Cabinet
members if said member fails to meet the expectations of their role.
Every elected Prime Minister and member of their Cabinet must be in good standing
with the alliance, they must be Discord active, and have the time and energy to carry out the
duties of their position.

Part II – Execution of Powers
The Cabinet serves as the administrators of The Commonwealth. Their duties are to
propose policies for the Prime Minister to consider, execute approved policies, and to fulfill
duties set forth by the Prime Minister. All Ministers (including those whose positions have
not come to pass at this time) are expected to show superior knowledge and expertise within
their departments.

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister is the alliance’s commander-in-chief. They are responsible for the
alliance’s foreign affairs and serves as The Commonwealth’s head diplomat. The Prime
Minister is responsible for drafting alliance treaties, issuing alliance mandates, removing
members, placing embargoes, etc. They also oversee the alliance’s day-to-day affairs with
assistance from the Minister of State. They have the power to approve and reject
applications. The Prime Minister must appoint members of Cabinet to serve as advisors and
run different aspects of the alliance. The Prime Minister is the moderator of any and all
government meetings that are called to order. The successes and failures of The
Commonwealth rests on their shoulders. The position of Prime Minister requires strong
experience in foreign, internal, and military affairs.

Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff in simple terms is the Prime Minister's assistant. They serve as the Prime Minister’s
closest advisor and works within The Commonwealth to resolve
membership concerns. They may chair the Cabinet in the short-term
absence of the Prime Minister. The Chief of Staff may also act as a buffer
between the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. They also work behind the scenes to
resolve inter-alliance issues and disputes before they are brought to the Prime Minister.

Minister of State

The Minister of State, with oversight by the Prime Minister, runs the alliance’s internal
affairs. They are responsible for recruiting measures, screening applicants, recommending
removal of members, and executing alliance-wide policy. This position is in charge of the alliance’s economic audits.
This role requires strong knowledge of TCW internal affairs, policies, and finance.

Minister of Defense

The Minister of Defense is the primary military policy advisor to the Prime Minister. The
Minister of Defense exercises authority, direction, and control of The Commonwealth
military with oversight by the Prime Minister. It is their responsibility to inform the Prime
Minister when the alliance should declare war. The MoD acts as head of The
Commonwealth Military Forces and is also responsible for ensuring the security of the
alliance. They are responsible for coordinating war efforts, educating alliance members on
the practices of war, and managing military audits. This position requires expertise of current
war mechanics and stockpile management.

Deputy Minister of State

Deputy Minister of State is the chief assistant to the Minister of State. They serve as a
sounding board and advisor to the Minister of State. Deputy Minister of State is responsible
for recording government meeting minutes, recording member inactivity, and any other
duties delegated by the Minister of State. They should have strong awareness of the TCW’s
internal affairs and policies as they become Acting Minister of State should the need arise
and may be appointed to the position at the Prime Minister’s discretion.

Deputy Minister of Defense

The Deputy Minister of Defense is the chief assistant to the Minister of Defense. They serve
as a sounding board and advisor to the Minister of Defense. They are responsible for
keeping record of all alliance war (not raids) victories and defeats. They are also responsible
for reporting raids to the Minister of Defense. They should have full awareness of the
TCW’s military affairs and policies as they become Acting Minister of Defense should the
need arise and may be permanently appointed to the position at the Prime Minister’s
discretion.

Part III – Impeachment, No Confidence, and Removal from
Office


The Prime Minister has a lot of power and the Cabinet, though appointed by the
Prime Minister, must serve as a “check and balance” to the executive’s power. The Cabinet
can call for a vote of no confidence if the Prime Minister acts in a way that puts the alliance in
peril. The Cabinet must write and publish the reasons for a no confidence vote on our Discord
and forums for the membership to read. The Prime Minister has the right to defend their
actions in a response and has 48 hours to write and publish it on Discord and the forums for
the membership to read. A vote for impeachment must be held 24 hours after the Prime
Minister’s response is posted and the poll should be open for 48 hours. Every member is
allowed to vote on impeachment except the Prime Minister. If the outcome results in an
impeachment, the Prime Minister must resign immediately and the Cabinet appoints an
Acting Prime Minister to complete the term.

The Prime Minister has the right to remove any Cabinet member if it has been
established that the Cabinet member has not fulfilled the duties of their service. However,
no Cabinet member can be removed from their position if a vote of no confidence has been
called for the Prime Minister.

Article II – Membership

A. Membership to The Commonwealth is a privilege, not a right. The government retains the right to remove any member from The Commonwealth for egregious actions that work against or threaten the interests of the alliance. This includes, but is not limited to: not logging into the game for over seven days (without notification of absence), not participating in military action in defense of the alliance, or behaving in a manner that puts the alliance and its members at risk.
B. The Commonwealth retains the right to set any standards for acceptance into the alliance.
C. Members of The Commonwealth are expected to adhere and uphold the alliance’s Laws and Principles.

Article III – Foreign Relations

A. The Commonwealth retains the right to engage in foreign relations with any and all alliances.
B. The Commonwealth retains the right to establish treaties with any and all alliances of its choosing.

Article IV – War

A. The Commonwealth retains the right to engage in aggressive wars, given that it does not violate any treaties The Commonwealth has previously ratified.
B. The Commonwealth retains the right to defend any alliance, given that it does not violate any treaties the Commonwealth has previously ratified.
C. A Declaration of War (DoW) requires approval from the Triumvirate as a whole, except for in the instance where we are called upon to defend an ally, at which time The Commonwealth can issue a DoW with the approval of two Triumvirs.
D. The Commonwealth retains the right to use any and all force to defend itself and/or an ally, including the use of nuclear weapons.
E. The Commonwealth requires that all members be on standby at times of war. If a member is specifically called upon to declare war or send aid during a war, that nation is required to do so. Failure to comply shall be considered treason or desertion and is grounds to be removed and banned from The Commonwealth.

Article V – Legislation

A. Commonwealth laws shall be consistent with The Commonwealth Charter
B. Commonwealth laws and amendments require unanimous support from the Triumvirate.

Article VI – Amendments

This charter is a living document and may be amended at any time with the approval of the Triumvirate. The charter may be amended in accordance with the following requirements:

A. A proposal for a change to the charter must be placed before all members of the alliance to vote upon for no less than five (5) days. After this five (5) day period, a vote to approve or reject the amendment must be held.
B. A voting period must not last longer than 72 hours.
C. All members of the alliance, regardless of seniority, are entitled to vote.
D. The majority vote wins.


So it’s been written, shall it be done.

TO THE COMMONWEALTH!

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