Folks, it is time to start a discussion on the particulars of the DG5 ruleset. I would like to organize this using this thread as an anchor for the Constitution discussion, with separate threads for any issues which result in a lot of controversy. This should be a lot more streamlined than the DG4 discussion which had a separate thread for every article. Here is my proposal for a starting point. Code: We, the people of Fanatica, in order to create an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation, establish this Constitution of our beloved country. We uphold the beliefs that each citizen must have an equal voice in the government and ruling of our country, that government itself is a construct of and servant to the people, that rules, regulations, and laws should be established to facilitate the active participation of the people and to make possible the dreams and desires of the citizens. Article A. All Civfanatics Forum users who register in the Citizen Registry are citizens of our country. Citizens have the right to assemble, the right to free movement, the right to free speech, the right to a fair trial, the right to representation, the right to seek to redress grievances and the right to vote. Article B. Governing rules shall consist of these Articles of the Constitution, such amendments that shall follow and lower forms of law that may be implemented. No rule shall be valid that contradicts these Articles excepting an amendment or lower form of law specifically tasked to do so. Article C. The government will consist of the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch and Judicial Branch. Article D. The Executive branch is responsible for determining and implementing the will of the People. It is headed by thePresident who shall be the primary Designated Player. The President shall take direction from a council of leaders and from other elected and appointed officials via the turnchat instruction thread. 1. The Minister of Internal Affairs shall be responsible for all domestic and cultural initiatives, as prescribed by law. 2. The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall be responsible for matters involving treaties with foreign nations, as prescribed by law. 3. The Minister of Defense shall be responsible for all military strategy and troop activities, as prescribed by law. 4. The Minister of Trade and Technology shall be responsible for all tech acquisition and trade initiatives, as prescribed by law. 5. The Minister of Finance and Labor shall be responsible for the allocation of monies in all forms except as part of trades which fall under the authority of the Minister of Trade and Technology; and for prioritization of worker tasks and assignment of workers to tasks. Article E. The Legislative Branch will be the Congress, will consists of the entirety of the citizenry and is responsible for the drafting of new Laws. Article F. The Judicial Branch will consist of one Chief Justice and two Associate Justices. These three justices are tasked with upholding the Constitution and its supporting laws (if any) in a fair and impartial manner as prescribed by law. The Chief Justice shall have the additional responsibility to organize and conduct the affairs of the Judicial Branch. 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. 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 and Chief Justice may not hold any other elected office or deputy position. Article I. Census, and Amending the Constitution 1. The census shall be defined as the average number of votes cast, dropping fractions, in each of the contested elections in the most recent general election. 2. Ratification of Amendments to the Constitution shall require each of the following: a. A poll which is open for at least 48 hours, which states the text of the proposed new section(s), the text of the section(s) being replaced, and posing the question in the form of yes / no / abstain. b. A majority of yes votes. c. A number of yes votes greater than or equal to 2/3 the census current at the start of voting on the amendment, dropping any fraction therein. Article J. Elected officials must plan and act according to the will of the people. Article K. All irreversible game actions must progress during a public turnchat, while reversible game actions(ie build queues) that adhere to legal instruction can be prepared offline. Article L. The constitution, laws and standards of Fanatika can never be contrary to the rules and regulations of the Civfanatics forums. Moderators may veto any such constitutional amendments, laws or standards. Article M. Commission of any game action by any person other than the Designated Player while carrying out their duties that is not instantly reversible without reloading the save is strictly forbidden. 1. Exception: Determining options in the renegotiation of Peace agreements requires an action of acceptance or war to exit the bargain screen. This may be done but the game must be immediately closed without saving.