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Charter & Constitution of the Coalition of Sovereign Nations as Amended by the ‘Constitutional Reform Act 2010’


BE IT ENACTED in the name of the Founder's most Honourable Titles, by in this present Cabinet assembled as follows:

'We, the present nations of the Coalition of Sovereign Nations, reaffirming our commitment to the values of strength, unity, sovereignty, and freedom, standing together in opposition to the forces of fascism, tyranny, oppression and the likes, do hereby establish and adopt this Charter to promote the values stated above'.


Preamble

Drawing inspiration from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of the Grand Hardenburgan Federation, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law,

Convinced that, while remaining proud of their own national identities and history, the peoples of the Coalition of Sovereign Nations are determined to transcend their former divisions and, united ever more closely, to forge a common destiny

Convinced that, thus ‘United in diversity’, Coalition of Sovereign Nations offers them the best chance of pursuing, with due regard for the rights of each individual and in awareness of their responsibilities towards future generations and the Earth, the great venture which makes of it a special area of human hope,

Determined to continue the work accomplished within the framework of Both regions.

Article I - The Union

Section I - Establishment of the Union

Clause I. Reflecting the will of the citizens and States of the Coalition of Sovereign Nations to build a common future, this Constitution establishes the Coalition, on which the Member States confer competences to attain objectives they have in common. The Coalition shall coordinate the policies by which the Member States aim to achieve these objectives, and shall exercise on a Community basis the competences they confer on it.

Clause II. The Coalition shall be open to all States, which respect its values and are committed to promoting them together.


Article II - Values

Section I - The Coalition's values

The Coalition is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights for those who abide by the laws preset by member states, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.


Article III - General Objectives

Section I - The Coalition's objectives

Clause I. The Coalition's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples.

Clause II. The Coalition shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice without internal frontiers, and an internal market where competition is free and undistorted.

Clause III. The Coalition shall work for the sustainable development of Coalition of Sovereign Nations based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment. It shall promote scientific and technological advance.
It shall combat social exclusion and discrimination, and shall promote social justice and protection, equality between women and men, solidarity between generations and protection of the rights of the child.
It shall promote economic, social and territorial cohesion, and solidarity among Member States.
It shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that the Coalition of Sovereign Nations cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced.

Clause IV. In its relations with the wider world, the Coalition shall uphold and promote its values and interests. It shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade and eradication of poverty

Clause V. The Coalition shall pursue its objectives by appropriate means commensurate with the competences which are conferred upon it in the Constitution.


Article IV - Relations with Members

Section 1 - Relations between the Coalition and the Member States

Clause I. The Coalition shall respect the equality of Member States before the constitution as well as their national identities, inherent in their fundamental structures, political and constitutional, inclusive of regional and local self-government. it shall respect their essential State functions, including ensuring the territorial integrity of the State, maintaining law and order and safeguarding national security.

Clause II. Pursuant to the principle of sincere cooperation, the Coalition and the Member States shall, in full mutual respect, assist each other in carrying out tasks which flow from the Constitution.
The Member States shall take any appropriate measure, general or particular, to ensure fulfilment of the obligations arising out of the Constitution or resulting from the acts of the institutions of the Coalition.
The Member States shall facilitate the achievement of the Coalition's tasks and refrain from any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the Coalition's objectives.
Further , any member who stands in disregard to the Coalitions founding ideals will face ejection from the unions.


Article V - Rights

Section I - Fundamental rights

Clause I. The Coalition shall recognize the rights and freedoms of its people .

Clause II. The Fundamental rights of this Coalition’s people shall be recognized and defended at all costs by this Coalition

Clause III. A charter for Human rights will be drawn up and put into law

Clause IV. The Charter for Human rights will be applied to the function of Nations as and when appropriate in individual states


Article VI - Citizenship

Section I - Citizenship of the Coalition

Clause I. Every national of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Coalition. Citizenship of the Coalition shall be additional to national citizenship and shall not replace it.

Clause II. Citizens of the Coalition shall enjoy the rights and be subject to the duties provided for in the Constitution. They shall have:

Clause II.I The right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States;

Clause II.II The right to vote and to stand as candidates in elections for Cabinet and in municipal elections in their Member State of residence, under the same conditions as nationals of that State;

Clause II.III The right to enjoy, in the territory of a third country in which the Member State of which they are nationals is not represented, the protection of the diplomatic and consular authorities of any Member State on the same conditions as the nationals of that State.


Article VII: Establishment of Founder Powers

Section I – Governmental Involvement.

Clause I. In light of the ‘No Government Involvement Law’ passed by the Cabinet, both Founders may not be involved with Regional Government.

Clause II. The Founder’s will act as ‘figureheads’ to the rest of the World on behalf of the Region.

Clause III. In accordance with Art.5.Cl1. the Founders have no power in the Regional Government. However the ‘No Government Involvement Law’ also states about Veto Powers shall be awarded to the Founders. This Charter hereby establishes in accordance with the ‘Veto Powers of Founders’. If the Founder’s approve of a Legislation for the Region then they will have no input apart from publicy agreeing with the legislation. However if the Founder’s do not agree with the Legislation the Founder’s must agree upon using a Veto within one (1) day of the end of voting for the legislation. The Founder’s are then to be constitutionally required to state their objections to the legislation in writing to the Cabinet.

Clause IV. Also in accordance with the ‘No Government Involvement Law’ the second Founder is to hold the position of WA Delegate. Should the second Founder, for any reason become unable to fulfil this position, the First Founder must then with the agreement of the second Founder appoint a new WA Delegate until such a time that the second Founder is able to re-assume his position.

Clause V. The Founder’s do not have right to; Vote on Legislation, Implement Legislation, Dissolve Legislation, or Run for Office.

Clause VI. The title and style of the Founders. The Founder’s are to be given the official title of The Right Honourable *Nation name*, Founder. For Example; The Right Honourable Penguin, Founder.


Article VIII: Establishment of The Cabinet

Section I - The Cabinet

Clause I. The Cabinet shall carry out the administrative & legislative functions of CoSN and draft and vote on Bills, Acts or Amendments.

Clause II. The Cabinet shall consist of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, the Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary, Home Secretary, Finance Minister (Treasurer), Intelligence Secretary, Chief of Staff, Trade and Commerce Secretary.

Clause III. The Chairman shall be elected by a majority vote from among region members in good standing. The Chairman along with Cabinet shall serve a 42-day term. Nominations for Secretaries shall be open to all regional members in good standing. The Chairman is charged with appointing such lesser officials (e.g. Research Coordinator for Intel.) on the advice and consent of The Cabinet, on the appointment of such lesser officials that may be needed to carry out the functions of the CoSN.

Clause IV. The Cabinet shall establish embassies in foreign regions and accept foreign embassies and ambassadors from among those regions desiring diplomatic relations with the CoSN.

Clause V. The Foreign Ministry shall coordinate the CoSN's diplomatic activities before the WA and represent the CoSN in other regions.

Clause VI.[i/] The WA Delegate shall put forth to The Cabinet his or her recommendation as to whether specific resolutions before the WA should be adopted. The Cabinet shall determine whether to accept, reject, or modify the delegate's recommendation by a majority of regional members voting. Voting shall be limited to regional members having membership in the WA. The WA Delegate shall faithfully execute the wishes of the regions members.

[i]Clause VII.
Secretaries and The Chairman that draft legislation is to be Private Messaged to the Vice-Chairman, where the VC will review it and act as an Advisory board (recommendations to improve it further). The VC will then place it into one category of the 5 or 6 categories for regional legislation and place it in the the Debates & Voting section outlining the requirements for that piece of legislation. (Each requirement for legislation changes in different categorises.) Legislation is to voted debated and voted upon for two (2) days.

Section III - The Chairman

Clause I. The Chairman be the Head of the Region. The Chairman shall carry out the day-to-day administrative functions of CoSN.

Clause II. The Chairman shall maintain a roster of member nations with posts in the government and of foreign ambassadors or embassies accorded diplomatic recognition within CoSN. The Chairman will set out the goals and policies of the Government.

Clause III. The Chairman shall be elected by a majority vote of the member nations.

Section IV – The Vice-Chairman

Clause I. The Vice-Chairman shall act as Head of Government. This position is below the Head of the Region.

Clause II. Legislation drafted by Secretaries and The Chairman, will be Private Messaged to the Vice-Chairman, the VC will review it and act as an Advisory board, and give recommendations to improve it further. The VC will then place it into one category of the 5 or 6 categories for regional legislation and place it in the the Debates & Voting section outlining the requirements for that piece of legislation. (Each requirement for legislation changes in different categorises.) If the Vice-Chairman feels that the Legislation presented could harm the sovereignty or will do little good to or in the region he may Veto it with the advice of the Chairman and two other Cabinet members.
Clause III. In the event the Chairman is unable to fulfil his roles, the Vice-Chairman will assume the Chairmanship as Acting Chairman until such a time occurs when the Chairman can re-assume office.

Section V – Duties, Roles & Titles

Clause I. The Secretaries roles, duties and rights are not the same of the Chairman or Vice-Chairman. Secretaries of Region may review, draft and re-organize their department. More details descriptions of their roles will be available upon request whilst they are in office.
Clause II. Each member of the Cabinet shall be titled ‘The Honourable’. (For Example; When signing letters etc they shall be signed like this; The Honourable Sanctus Angelus, Chairman)


Article IX: Special Regulations

Section I - Voting, office holding, and roster of Member nations

Clause I. All nations are to be bound by the terms of this Charter and shall have the right to vote for the Chairman, provided that the nation is in compliance with Art3.Cl4. The Cabinet shall have a one-cast/one-vote for the voting on Legislation.

Clause II. Any member nation bound by the terms of this Charter shall have the right to hold office, provided that the nation is in compliance with Art3.Cl4. The Founder’s may not hold office.

Clause III. The Chairman shall maintain a roster of those nations in the Cabinet & Region. The Chairman shall also maintain a roster of nations having membership in the WA.

Clause IV. All nations should be sovereign. They should not fall under the categories of being; fascist, tyranny, oppression and the likes.

Section II - Honours

Clause I. Any nation or region regardless of membership or affiliation may be honoured by the Founders, The Chairman or Vice-Chairman, on advice of The Cabinet for special acts in defence, friendship or benefit of CoSN or that otherwise further the principles of the CoSN.

Clause II. A nation may display recognition of such honour in the form of a medal or otherwise, however such display is not mandatory.

Clause III. A list of honours will be published and a honours listed generated and kept. This will be the responsibility of the Chairman.

Section III - Expulsion

Clause I. The Cabinet shall place member nations on probation if found to be out of compliance with Art3.Cl4. The member nation shall have five days in which to bring its actions into conformity. If after five days it has failed to do so it shall be expelled The Cabinet & Founders (Should this ever occur) are not exempt from this.

Clause II. Expulsion may be overturned and the member being reinstated by a majority vote of The Cabinet. The member nation shall have the right to petition to The Cabinet for reinstatement and explain the reasons why the expulsion was unjustified or how it has brought its actions into conformity. Written notice shall be provided to all member nations prior to the vote to reinstate the expelled member.

Clause III. The Cabinet, in their discretion as Regional Government, may immediately expel member nations engaging in disruptive behaviour as evidenced by spamming, grieving, posting of obscene content, libel, or defamation of character. It is the collective sentiment of the CoSN that immediate expulsion should be reserved for egregious instances of disruptive behaviour and that nations should ordinarily receive warnings and an opportunity to conform their conduct for breaches of forum decorum.

Clause IV. Expelled nations shall no longer have rights as a member of the CoSN. In addition, the CoSN forum shall not be open to expelled members.

Section IV – Declaration of War & Declaration of State of Emergency.

Clause I. A regional declaration of either war or of a state of emergency is only vested in the Cabinet. The Cabinet most vote on a Declaration of War or Emergency or it to be Just.

Clause II. Any declarations made by nation or Member of the Cabinet or Founder on behalf of the Cabinet or Region are unjust are will be condemned.

Section IV - Ratification, amendments, and new members

Clause I. In the event of ratification, member nations having registered a 'no' vote in regard to the Charter shall be considered as non-Charter members, but may subsequently agree to be bound by the charter by registering their assent with the Chairman afterwards.

Clause II. Amendments to this Charter may be proposed by any member of The Cabinet. Amendments shall be submitted to the rest of The Cabinet for its consideration. Amendments shall be approved by a majority of Charter members voting. This Charter may only be amended five times. After each amendment another proposal will have to be at least 3 months after the last amendment.

Clause III. After the adoption of this Charter, any nation that is in or joins the CoSN may voluntarily agree to be bound by this Charter's terms.


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