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The Constitution

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Democracy Game II' started by DaveShack, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. DaveShack

    DaveShack Inventor Retired Moderator

    Feb 2, 2003
    Arizona, USA (it's a dry heat)

    We, the sovereign citizens of Yasutan, united by a common interest in our Civilization, guided by our desire for equality and justice, strengthened by our mutual respect, and reminded of our universal rights and responsibilities, do establish and promulgate this Constitution for our beloved nation.

    Article A - Forms of Law
    1. Governing rules shall consist of this Constitution, such amendments that shall follow and lower forms of law that may be implemented.
    2. No rule, law or standard shall be valid that contradicts the Constitution or the rules and regulations of the Civfanatics Forums. Moderators may veto any such rules.
    Article B - Citizens
    1. A citizen is any member of the CivFanatics forums that participates in the Democracy Game in any way. Citizens are encouraged, but not required, to post in the Citizen Registry. Membership in the user group specific to this democracy game is required in order for a citizen to vote.
    2. All citizens share the same fundamental rights, including but not limited to:
      • The Right to Assemble
      • The Right to Vote
      • The Right to be Eligible to hold Public Office
      • The Right to Free Speech
      • The Right to Free Movement
      • The Right to a Fair and Speedy Trial
      • The Right to Presumption of Innocence unless proven guilty
      • The Right of Representation
    3. These rights may be limited by CivFanatics Center Forum Rules, which take precedence at all times.
    Article C - Decision Making
    1. All decision making power within the Democracy Game is derived from the collective rights of all the citizens.
    2. The Power of the People can be delegated to officials of the game in one or more of the following ways, or in other ways which may subsequently be discovered.
      • By Initiative in the form of a completed forum poll initiated by any citizen.
      • By Mandate in the form of game play instructions posted in the forum by a duly elected official with legal authority in the area covered by said instructions.
      • By Constituency in the form of citizen comments in favor of a decision, in a forum discussion.
      • By Designated Player Action in the form of actions made (and logged) during game play.
    3. In the event that two or more such delegations of the Power of the People are in conflict, the following hierarchy shall determine which decision has precedence.
      • An initiative has force of law and supercedes any other decision type, including an earlier initiative on the same subject.
      • Mandate supercedes any other decision type (including an earlier mandate on the same subject) except an initiative or another later initiative.
      • Constituency supercedes only designated player actions.
      • Designated Player Action does not supercede any other type of decision.
    4. A lower form of law may specify procedures and restrictions on implementing decision types, except
      • Initiative must always be allowed
      • No decision shall require more support than an amendment to the Constitution.
    Article D - Elections
    1. Terms of service of all elected and appointed offices shall be determined in advance of the beginning of such term, as further defined by law.
    2. All Election and other polls in which specific individuals are chosen by name shall be private polls, and not public polls.
    3. The candidate with the highest vote total is the winner of an election poll, regardless of whether such vote total is a majority of votes cast or not.
      1. Should two or more candidates tie for the most votes, as many runoff elections shall be held as needed to resolve the election, as further defined by law.
    Article E - Playing the Save
    1. No person may play the save other than a Designated Player specifically tasked to do so, or an official who is required to attempt certain actions to get information about what is possible in the game.
      • If any action must be performed outside a scheduled play session, to obtain information about possible options, the game must then be immediately closed without saving, and without performing further actions.
    2. Obtaining information which would not be visible to someone playing the game, at the current point in time reflected by the current saved game or a previous saved game, by any mechanism, is prohibited. As noted in Section 1.a of this Article, actions performed by an official, where performing the action is the only way to determine options, are permitted as long as the game is immediately closed following such investigation.
    3. Inadvertent discovery of information shall not result in any penalty, provided no attempt is made to further disseminate the information or use it to advantage within the game.
    4. Use of any exploits is prohibited. No person may manipulate the game in any way other than by normal play mechanisms, unless expressly permitted by law.
    5. Lower forms of law are free to (and expected to) further define what actions are allowed and disallowed by this rule.
    Article F - Judiciary
    1. The Judicial Branch will consist of the Chief Justice, Public Defender, and Judge Advocate.
    2. These three justices are tasked with upholding, clarifying and reviewing all changes to the Constitution and its supporting laws through Judicial Reviews, and upholding the rights of all citizens through Investigations.
    3. The Judiciary will carry out all its tasks in a fair and timely manner.
    4. Any poll by the judiciary for which the primary subject is an individual or impacts upon an individual must be private.
    5. A lower form of law may specify judicial procedures and standards for the conduct of Judicial Reviews and Citizen Complaints. If the law does not define such procedures, then the responsibility for setting procedures is granted to the Judiciary.
    Article G - Ratification and Amendments
    1. The Constitution shall be initially ratified by a two-thirds majority of votes cast in a poll which shall be open for no fewer than 4 days. A two-thirds majority is one where at least twice as many votes are cast for ratification as are cast against it.
    2. The Constitution may be amended by a three-fifths majority of votes cast in a poll which shall be open for no fewer than 4 days. A three-fifths majority is one where at least one and a half as many votes are cast for an amendment as are cast against it.

    Ratified via this poll.

    Change Log
    • Updated nation name

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