The Constitution of Dawnhaven

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  1. Langlley

    Langlley Mystian network Staff Manager Staff Member Administrator

    1. The constitution and all acts passed by the council is the supreme law of the republic, and all members must follow and vote according to the constitution.

    2. The constitution may only be changed by an unanimous act of the council, agreed upon by the Mayor, and the Secretary General of the United Empires.

    3. Mayor: Position that is held until death, after which a new mayor is appointed by the Secretary General of the United Empires.
      1. The mayor embodies the executive power of the Republic

      2. The legitimacy of the government derives from the authority given to the mayor by this constitution.

      3. The mayor is imbued with the following powers, which he may delegate to appointed officials:
        1. This office can veto* any legislation put forth by the council.

        2. This office has the ability to create, regulate, lease, and destroy parcels.

        3. This office can conduct diplomacy with foreign powers on behalf of the republic, granted the council approves of any proposals.

        4. This office will represent the republic’s wishes on the United Empires council.

        5. This office can grant citizenship to any individual who wishes to join, unless otherwise excluded by the council beforehand.

        6. This office can revoke the citizenship of any member, or exclude an individual from attaining citizenship in times of great necessity. This is in addition to the council’s power to revoke citizenship from an individual, or exclude an individual from joining.

        7. This office can add seats to the council at the beginning of an election.

        8. This office will organize the defence of the nation in times of need.
      4. There must be at least one appointed official with the following additional powers:
        1. This appointed official will hold the title of Justice.

        2. A Justice has the power to interpret the law, as passed by the council, in cases of dispute, and make binding judgements.

        3. Any official judgement passed by a Justice can only be overturned with an unanimous vote from the council and the mayor.

        4. A Justice is appointed for life, and can only be relieved of these aforementioned powers with an unanimous act from the council and the mayor, or by an official resignation accepted by the Mayor.

        5. Collectively, the Justices embody the judicial power of the government.
      5. The Mayor holds a single unelected seat on the council, and may cast a single vote in the legislature, which also will be the deciding vote in the case of a tie.
        1. The mayor may give a single appointed official, who is not already on the council (this is extended to alts), this seat and vote.

        2. This appointed official will hold the title of Mayor Delegate.

        3. The Mayor may relieve the Mayor Delegate of his seat and vote at any time, returning these powers to the Mayor.
      6. The appointed officials, except for the Mayor Delegate, are not restricted from becoming a council member, nor is it a requirement.

      7. The Mayor may relieve an appointed official of their powers granted to them by the Mayor’s office, except for the powers granted to a Justice relating to their powers as a Justice, at any time.

      8. The Mayor can only be relieved of these aforementioned powers by an unanimous act of council with the support of the Secretary General of the United Empires, or by an official resignation accepted by the Secretary General of the United Empires.
    4. Council: A number of positions that are held for 1 month (IRL).
      1. The council embodies the legislative power of the government.

      2. Once a month, the mayor will hold an election, among the landowners* within the republic who wish to be a council member, to replace all seats, except for the Mayor’s seat. (this vote does not need to be displayed on the forms, unless it is requested.)

      3. Each citizen will rank (or number) the available candidates. The method for determination of the council seats will be Single Transferable Vote (STV). The process works as outlined:
        1. If there is a candidate with equal to or more than 100/N + 1 % total share of the vote, where N is the total number of seats, they will be selected. Any votes tallied after the cutoff distributed. This candidate will be awarded a seat.

        2. If there are no candidates with 100/N + 1 % total share of the vote, the candidate with the least number of votes will be removed from consideration, and the votes will be distributed.

        3. The distributed votes each will be given to the remaining candidate ranked next on the vote, or be discarded if there are no remaining ranked candidates on the ballot.

        4. This process repeats until all the seats are awarded, or there are an equal number of remaining candidates as there are remaining seats. These remaining candidates will be awarded seats.
      4. A council member, other than the Mayor or Mayor Delegate, who loses their status as a landowner will have their council membership suspended until they become a landowner once more.

      5. A council member can only hold one seat on the council (this is extended to alts).

      6. The powers of the council to pass legislation are not restricted by this constitution, except for the powers imbued upon the Mayor, their appointed members, or the executive branch.

      7. Members of the council may propose acts that the council may vote upon.

      8. Votes will be conducted by the Mayor or the Mayor Delegate.
        1. Council members can chose to vote “Yea”, “Nay” or “Abstain”.

        2. All votes must pass with a majority (51% of council members).

        3. If a majority abstains, the vote will be tabled* and brought up as a vote during a later time. This time is to be chosen during first vote.

        4. If an act is tabled 3 times it will automatically fail.

        5. If a majority votes “Yea”, the act will pass and go to the mayor's office. The mayor can then choose to either pass or veto* the law. If the act is passed, it then becomes law.

        6. If a majority votes “Nay”, the act will fail.

        7. Any failed act must be revised before it can be proposed again.

        8. If a council member does not vote before the vote ends, their vote will be considered as abstain.
      9. In order to operate and conduct business outside of the forums, the council must have at least 51% of the members assembled, including the Mayor or the Mayor Delegate, to reach quorum. With quorum, any votes on proposed acts will last until the session is dismissed by the Mayor or the Mayor Delegate, or until a majority is reached. Without quorum, business may still be conducted over the forums. Votes on the forums will last no longer than 1 week, or will be concluded when a majority is reached.

      10. Specifically, the council has the power to:
        1. Remove empty seats on the council.

        2. Revoke citizenship of an individual.

        3. Exclude an individual from applying for citizenship.

        4. Enact into law treaties created by the executive branch.
      11. The council is given the following duties:
        1. Work towards maintaining and bettering the republic as a whole.

        2. Maintain peace, freedom, justice and security within the republic.

        3. Maintain a positive balance within the coffers of the republic’s cities.

        4. Ensure required equipment is available for all citizens.

    *Veto: a constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a law-making body.

    *Landowner: An individual with a current lease from a city to a plot within the republic’s lands.

    *Tabled: the act of begin consideration (or reconsideration) of a proposal, to be brought up at a different date

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