The purpose of this thread is simple. An explanation of our laws. We have a particularly complicated ruleset, and sometimes people don't understand, but don't want to wade through our actual laws. The Documents First off, lets begin with what makes up our laws. We use three different documents: The Constitution, the Code of Laws, and the Code of Standards. The Constitution is the framework of our game, and sets the general concepts and ideas we hold. The Code of Laws, or CoL, are the general rules. This document further defines the constitution, but may never conflict with it. The CoL defines each branch of the government. It helps the game run as efficiently and smoothly as possible. The Code of Standards, or CoS, are the mechanics of the game. It defines elections, poll procedure, investigations, and so on. No standards may conflict with laws, and no laws may conflict with articles, and no article may conflict with another article. The Branches of Government Fanatikan Government is divided up into three different branches, much like modern, real world government. They are the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The Executive Branch This branch is headed up the President. The most important duty of the President is to acutally play the game in a public turn chat according to instructions. This is the only time game movements may actually be carried out. The President's deputy is the Vice President, who takes the Presidency in the President's absence. The executive branch also consists of the Council. There are six different leaders on the council. There different departments of the council are: domestic, military, foreign affairs, science, culture, and trade. Each member of the council is responsible for voting in various council votes, setting departmental policy, and giving their office's instructions. Each of the departments duties are determined by what information appears in each advisors screen the the actual game. In addition, each department leader has a deputy, who fills in the absence of the leader. The Legislate Branch This branch is in charge of making and passing laws. It consists of two houses, the Senate and Congress. The Senate The Senate consists of Provincial Governors. Each Governor sets the build queues for his cities in the province. Also, before a constituional amendment may pass, it must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the Senate. The Congress The Congress consistes of the entirety of the citizenry of Fanatika. Everyone is a member. A vote by the citizens is needed to approve new deputies, laws, and articles. The Judical Branch The Judiciary consists of three members: The Chief Justice, Judge Advocate, and Public Defender. The Judiciairy is responsible for running fair public investigations, and revewing new standards, laws, and articles to ensure they don't conflict, and reviewing standing standards, laws, and articles to define their meaning. Official Polls and Changing Laws This last section is about polls, and changing laws. To pass a change to the Constituion, a majority of the citizens need to vote yes, along with 2/3 the senate. At the moment, it takes 21 yes or no votes in citizen polls and 6 yes votes from the senate to pass the Constitutional amendment. For changing the Code of Laws, at least 21 votes are needed total, with 2/3 of them being yes. A simple majority council vote is needed to pass a change to the Code of Standards. All polls that change articles, laws, or standards need at least 48 hours prior discussion, and judicial approval. If a new councilmember, governor, or member of the judiciary needs to be approved after presidential appointment, a council vote is needed. For deputies, 21 total votes are needed to approve the appointment by the department leader. All polls need to have the options yes/no/abstain. Phew! That's it, in a very large nutshell.