The residents of the Alliance of Dictators, having witnessed the history of the region and its problems as well as its triumphs, and thus having adequate knowledge and experience to identify what needs to be done to improve the region, have for the first time run free and fair elections to elect a legitimate World Assembly Delegate, to take into their own hands their own fate as a community.
In order to establish a better roleplaying region and to facilitate the necessary services required in such a region, vesting their trust in their elected World Assembly Delegate, whom they consider to be the sole legitimate executor of the regionís collective will, the rightful citizens of the Alliance of Dictators hereby promulgate this Basic Law through the Government which is a representation of their collective will.
SECTION I - BASIC LAW
ARTICLE 1 - The Basic Law is above all other legislation. No law may contradict the provisions set forth in the Basic Law, and shall be considered null and void.
SECTION II - GOVERNMENT
ARTICLE 2 - The Alliance of Dictators, referred to as "the Region" hereinafter, shall have a regional Government, referred to as "the Cabinet" hereinafter, headed by the region's elected World Assembly Delegate.
ARTICLE 3 - The Founder of the Region shall be responsible solely for ensuring the transfer of power following elections, and for the protection of the Region from outside invasions, referred to as "raids".
SECTION III - WORLD ASSEMBLY DELEGATE
ARTICLE 4 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) The World Assembly Delegate, referred to as "the Delegate" hereinafter, shall be elected by the open votes of citizens of the Region who hold World Assembly membership status throughout the election process, and have been registered to vote at least 5 weeks prior to the announcement of an election.
ARTICLE 5 - The Delegate shall be responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Cabinet without interruptions, and to appoint and dismiss Cabinet members, referred to as "Ministers" hereinafter, and to oversee the Region in a way that provides for regional harmony and understanding. He shall define the endorsement cap for the non-Delegate nations.
SECTION IV - THE CABINET
ARTICLE 6 - The Cabinet shall be comprised of Ministers and a single Vice Delegate who shall be appointed by the Delegate of the Region.
ARTICLE 7 - The Vice Delegate shall carry out the duties and hold the responsibilities and privileges of the Delegate during the Delegate's absence. If the Delegate is present, the Vice Delegate's duties, responsibilities, and privileges will be defined by the Delegate within the boundaries of the Basic Law.
ARTICLE 8 - The Vice Delegate shall not dismiss members of the Cabinet, and shall only appoint new members of Cabinet with a simple majority vote with the Cabinet.
ARTICLE 9 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) The Delegate shall define the endorsement cap on the Vice Delegate. In the event of the Delegate ceasing to exist for longer than seven days, Article 7 shall be suspended until the return of the Delegate, and the Vice Delegate shall take upon himself the duties, responsibilities, and privileges of the Delegate.
ARTICLE 10 - The Ministers shall be the Vice Delegate, the Foreign Minister, the Cartographer, the Community Minister, and two Roleplay Moderators.
ARTICLE 11 - The Delegate shall not take upon himself any Ministry except the Cartographer position.
ARTICLE 12 - The Delegate may be removed from office through a vote of no confidence. A vote of confidence must be given by both the Cabinet and the residents of the region eligible to vote for Delegate at the time of the vote being called in order for the Delegate to remain in office. Votes of confidence may not be called within the 14 days prior to and after an election. Members of the Cabinet may not be dismissed by the Delegate, or ejected from the Region during a vote of confidence.
ARTICLE 13 - The Foreign Minister shall be responsible for representing the Region in the NationStates world to the best of his abilities, to recruit for the Region, and to show the Region in the best possible light to NationStates in general; and use the powers granted to him in order to further these aims. The Foreign Minister shall be granted the authority of Embassies and Communications.
ARTICLE 14 - The Cartographer shall be responsible for maintaining the regional map in a transparent manner that allows for changes to be seen by the Region's community. He shall take the necessary steps to inform the Region's residents of changes to the map. The Cartographer shall be granted the authority of Appearance.
ARTICLE 15 - The Community Minister shall be responsible for hearing the complaints of the Region's residents and to provide a channel for feedback to the Cabinet, to oversee the region's official Discord channel, to create polls as he deems necessary, and to ensure that out-of-character behaviour on the Region's message board is mild and proper. The Community Minister shall be granted the authority of Communications and Polls.
ARTICLE 16 - The Roleplay Moderators shall be responsible for settling disputes and arbitrating disagreements between players in the context of roleplaying. The Roleplay Moderators shall take their decisions based on consensus, and may not issue individual rulings.
ARTICLE 17 - An elected Delegate shall serve for a period of 12 months.
ARTICLE 18 - If, by the circumstances defined in Article 9, the Vice Delegate assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Delegate, he shall serve out the remainder of the original 12-month term and no longer, but he may run for election.
SECTION V - ELECTIONS
ARTICLE 19 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) Elections will take place two weeks prior to the final day of the incumbent Delegate's term, and shall take place within seven days. Following the election, the outgoing Delegate shall strive to allow a smooth transition of power to the elected successor.
ARTICLE 20 - The voter registry shall be kept public and with edit history available.
ARTICLE 21 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) There shall be a Registrar office responsible for keeping the voter registry, executing elections, and tallying the results, and shall be appointed by the Delegate. The Registrar shall not be responsible to the Delegate and shall not be a part of the Cabinet, and cannot be removed from office by the Delegate, or the Vice Delegate acting under the provisions of Article 9.
ARTICLE 22 - The Registrar can only be removed by a majority vote of citizens if it has been confirmed that he has intentionally conducted a miscarriage of his duties.
SECTION VI - CITIZENSHIP
ARTICLE 23 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) Residents of the Region who have resided in the Region for 45 consecutive days or longer, as tracked by the 'Residence' tab of the World Census Report, shall be considered citizens. Citizenship will be lost upon departing the region, with the exception of departures lasting for less than a single game update.
ARTICLE 24 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) It is the duty of every citizen to abide by the Basic Law, and to interpret its provisions in good faith and to avoid utilising it to gain advantage or leverage over other citizens.
ARTICLE 25 - No citizen may be ejected or banned from the region without good cause and without a unanimous decision of the Cabinet. The Cabinet must conduct the vote regarding the ejection or banning of a citizen in public space.
ARTICLE 26 - Every citizen has the right to register to vote in elections. Citizens and former citizens of the Region have the right to appeal suppressions, ejections, and bans. It is the duty of the Delegate and the Cabinet to hear appeals and treat them seriously.
ARTICLE 27 - The right of citizens to speak their mind regarding the Government's performance and composition cannot be restricted, regional message board posts relating to such cannot be suppressed unless they are of an inflammatory nature.
SECTION VII - STATES OF EMERGENCY
ARTICLE 28 - In the event of a crisis threatening the Region, a state of emergency may be declared by a public and unanimous decision of the Cabinet. A state of emergency shall not exceed the duration of one week. Extensions shall require a vote by all eligible voters. A state of emergency may be ended early by a majority vote of the Cabinet.
ARTICLE 29 - The vote of the Cabinet to declare a state of emergency shall be done in public.
ARTICLE 30 - During a state of emergency, the provisions of the Basic Law which are stipulated in Articles 12, 19, 25, 26, and 27 shall be suspended. Scheduled elections shall be postponed until the state of emergency has passed. The Delegate shall be permitted to set a regional password, and to keep this password a secret. If set, the password shall be removed upon the cessation of the state of emergency.
ARTICLE 31 - A state of emergency cannot be declared unless at least 120 days have passed since the end of the last state of emergency.
ARTICLE 32 - The Founder, during raids, can declare a state of emergency for 24 hours. States of emergency declared by the Founder do not receive the exemptions stipulated in Article 30. A state of emergency declared by the Founder shall not restrict states of emergency declared by the Cabinet as stipulated in Article 31.
SECTION VIII - LEGISLATURE
ARTICLE 33 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) The Cabinet and the citizens of the Region function as separate legislatures.
ARTICLE 34 - Legislation shall be proposed and enacted by the Cabinet without a vote if it does not pertain to the Basic Law. Citizens of the region shall have 72 hours from the proposal of legislation to contest it and annul it with a majority vote.
ARTICLE 35 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) Citizens may propose legislation for the Cabinet to consider implementation with three citizens in favour.
SECTION IX - PUPPETS
ARTICLE 36 - Citizens are required to make knowledge about their puppets public to the Region at large.
ARTICLE 37 - Further restrictions and regulations regarding puppets shall be governed by the laws pertaining to puppets.
SECTION X - AMENDMENTS TO THE BASIC LAW
ARTICLE 38 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) Amendments to the Basic Law may be proposed by the Cabinet or by three citizens of the Region.
ARTICLE 39 - (Repealed on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6).
ARTICLE 40 - (As amended on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) An amendment to the Basic Law requires a two-thirds majority of all eligible voters to become law.
SECTION XI - PROTECTED PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 41 - Amendments pertaining to the nature of the Basic Law as defined in Article 1, and pertaining to the nature of the Regional Government as defined in Articles 2 and 3 cannot be proposed.
SECTION XII - TEMPORARY ARTICLES
TEMPORARY ARTICLE 1 - (Article added on 9th January 2021; Law No. 6) Residents of the Region at the time of adoption of Law No. 6 will not be subject to the 45-day residency requirement stipulated in Article 23 in order to become citizens, and will be considered citizens as of the adoption of Law No. 6.