Preamble To better govern the Confederacy of Independent Systems, we hereby ratify this document as the official Constitution of the Confederacy. The Hall of Senators provides a voice for the people to create a strong, centralized government necessary to manage the beings of the Confederacy. We hereby declare a Confederation.
Definitions CIS: Confederacy of Independent Systems
Resolution I. The Senate
The Senate shall comprise of the leader and second in command for each faction who has agreed to sign on in a full alliance with the Confederacy of Independent Systems (furthermore to be known as the CIS), each member of the senate will have an equal vote with the ranks of Basileus and Regent not having a voting share unless there is a tie to be broken. The Basileus and Regent may put forward proposals and/or give advice on any discussions that occur within the senate as a whole. The senate is to appoint a member of its ranks to the level of Speaker of the Senate.
The Speaker of the Senate will have the authority to facilitate and/or guide the discussions within the senate in order to conclude any debate that is currently being undertaken. Once debate/discussion on resolution(s) has been concluded, the Speaker will then instruct the senate member who originated the resolution to move the resolution to the voting chamber for final approval, if applicable.
A Senator may carry out other duties at the same time as being a Senator, and may lead a Ministry or department as part of those duties.
If an organization leaves the CIS then the Senators and any positions or benefits that those senators are entitled to will automatically be removed from all members within that organization.
Resolution II. Basileus
The Basileus shall be appointed by the Senate unanimously, without a unanimous approval the incumbent Basileus will continue to lead; members of the Senate will be eligible to be appointed as Basileus. Such a position entitles the appointed senate member to represent the CIS to any foreign entity, be it Faction, Non-Faction Group or Government and must uphold the values of the CIS at all times, working towards the betterment of the Confederacy. The rank of Basileus within the CIS Senate does not automatically entitle the reigning Basileus to receive ownership of the faction itself, or any of its assets.
Section II. The Basileus will be granted the authority to appoint from the senate one member to become his or her Regent.
Resolution III. Regent
The Regent is the second in command of the CIS. Such a position entitles the appointed senate member to represent the CIS to any foreign entity, be it Faction, Non-Faction Group or Government and must uphold the values of the CIS at all times, working towards the betterment of the Confederacy.
Section II. The Regent, in times of need, is expected to take over for the Speaker of the Senate if the Speaker for reason cannot continue during their term. The Regent will hold this spot until a new Speaker is chosen.
Resolution IV. Justice System
If any person breaks a law of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, they may be detained and tried under Confederacy law. All trials are open to the public, except in cases where CIS secrets or proprietary technology are part of the scenario. This is to be decided by the Minister of Justice. Any person charged with offences relating to work at the Senate level will be tried by the Senate directly, in which case at least 75% of the senate must agree in order for a verdict to be decided upon.
The Minister of Justice has the authority to appoint judges to serve at trials, this authority may be delegated to a lower level member of the Ministry of Justice at the discretion of the Minister themselves. All appointed Judges must be confirmed to be a fit and proper person for the role of Judge by the Senate. For the trial they are serving, the Judges should have little or no previous involvement or relationship with the defendant. Members of the Senate, the Basileus and the Regent may not serve as trial Judges, except in cases where laws are broken at the senate level. All defendants are entitled to counsel to represent them. This can be any person in the Galaxy, excluding members of enemy foreign entities, members of the Senate, and the Basileus or Regent. If the person does not find their own defense counsel, they will be appointed one by the Minister of Justice or their delegate. Should the defendant wish to represent themselves, they may do so at their own discretion.
Trial prosecutors will be assigned by the Minister of Justice or their delegate as trials are required. A trial judge may veto a named prosecutor or named defense council representative if they can provide just cause to the Minister of Justice as to why said representative would not be able to fulfill their respective duties or if there is a sufficient conflict of interest. Both the prosecution and the defense shall receive all of the relevant evidence with respect to the trial. If this does not happen, the evidence will then be stricken from the case at hand and could not be used against the defendant during the trial.
Upon a not guilty verdict, the defendant will be released immediately following the conclusion of the trial and will be returned to a location of their choice within the boundaries of Confederacy space.
If the defendant is found guilty, the Judge will render a sentence at their own discretion and within the limit of the law itself.
Sub-Section I. A defendant who has been found guilty may appeal their sentence to the Senate directly. The Senate will appoint one member to review the trial and can grant a retrial if cause for one is found.
All members of the Confederacy of Independent Systems shall be subject to the Criminal Code in its entirety.
Resolution V. Amendments
Amendments to the Constitution can only be made by Resolution within the Senate, and must be debated/discussed and voted upon and approved by majority approval before said amendment is to take effect. The Constitution itself will be updated to reflect all amendments as they arise. Amendments must not contradict already approved and voted Resolutions.
Resolution VI. Special Powers
Anything not expressly prohibited by the Constitution is thus not governed under its laws and may be governed by order of the Senate.
All powers not delegated by the Constitution, and that which is necessary to the preservation of the good order of the Confederacy, shall be delegated by the Basileus as he or she sees fit.
Resolution VII. Application for Membership
Factions and/or governments who are looking to be a part of the CIS must first obtain a sponsor from the existing Senate to champion their application to the Senate.
The applicant will need to provide a business case that will detail what they can bring to the Confederacy as well what they expect to get out of our mutual alliance. In order for an applicant to be successful, the senate must vote. Only an approval rating of 75% or more from the Senate will grant the applying faction or government membership into the CIS.
Due to the nature of this vote and its importance, the Regent and Basileus are also entitled to vote on all applications for membership. The Regent and Basileus hold veto powers and may veto the application at any time, with reason.
Resolution VIII. Rights of Confederate Citizens
The CIS shall not pass any law preventing the free exercise of a religion nor shall any law be passed that limits the freedom of speech, the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble. Section II.
The Confederacy shall not subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons or belongings. No warrants shall be issued without probable cause or reason. No person shall be tried twice for the same offense, nor shall any person be compelled to witness against themselves, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. The Confederacy will take no private property for public use without permission or fair compensation.
The Confederacy shall not impose excessive fines, nor inflict cruel and unusual punishment. The list of rights in the Constitution shall not be interpreted to deny other rights held by the people.
Basileus: Horley Cyan
Regent: Taldar Logas
Speaker of the Senate: Marcinius Turelles
Senator, Grand Admiral: Skyre Anasazi
Senator, Amitus Engineering: Kellen Deming
Senator, Kutol-Chan Industrial: Seijo Kutol
Senator, Kutol-Chan Industrial: Kran Chan
Senator, Binring Biomedical: Lucian