There have been quite a few discussions on deputies and how to fit vacancies. This thread will serve as the official discussion on those topics. Here is the starting point example from the general discussion thread. Code: Article G. All elected positions shall have a fixed term. The runner up in each election (if one exists) shall be the deputy for that position. Any office which is left vacant at the end of an election due to no candidates accepting a nomination or due to all candidates withdrawing shall be filled by appointment by the highest ranking leader of a citizen to fill the position. Any elected position which becomes permanently vacant, such that the official will not return, shall be filled first by the deputy for that position, or by appointment of a citizen to fulfill the remainder of the term. Vacant deputy positions shall be filled by appointment by the leader of a citizen to fill the deputy position. From Epimethius, this article touches on some of the points Code: Article H. No person shall hold multiple positions of leadership in the same branch of givernment simultaneously. No person may be a leader of one office and deputy of a different office in the same branch simultaneously. The President, Vice President and Chief Justice may not hold any other elected office or deputy position. From Ravensfire, all the concepts plus a little more, in several Articles Code: Article D. Terms and Appointments All elected positions have a fixed term of one month, beginning on the first day of the month (GMT), and must be filled by a citizen of Fanatica. All elected officials, except the Judiciary, shall appoint as deputy a citizen. All elected positions that become vacant must be filled by appointing the deputy to that office, or should no deputy exist for that position, any citizen, by the President to fulfill the remainder of the term. Vacancies in the Judiciary will be filled by the President and the remaining members of the Judiciary acting in concert to appoint citizens to the Judiciary. Article E. Elections Elections for all Executive Branch, Judicial Branch and Provincial Governorships shall be held monthly. Elections shall be conducted by the Election Office and supervised by the Judiciary. Nominations and debates will open 7 days before the new term. Election polls being posted 4 days before the new term and will remain open for 3 days. Citizens will be allowed to run for more than two offices in any given term. There will be one poll for each office. The Judiciary election will be a single poll for all choices, configured as a multiple choice poll, with the candidate receiving the most votes becoming the Chief Justice. All ties are to be handled by run-off elections initiated immediately following the close of the initial polls and will last for two days. This process may be repeated as needed. Article F. Multiple Offices No citizen shall hold multiple positions of leadership (President, Minister, Justice, Provincial Governor, or deputy for those positions) simultaneously, whether elected or appointed to the position. Points for discussion: Should we have runners-up as deputies, appointed deputies, or no deputies? Should we let people hold more than one office, in particular leader in one branch and deputy in another? How should vacancies be handled? Can we please define exactly when a vacancy occurs so we don't have a repeat of the DG4T1 judicial elections? Any thing else?