Jun 26, 2007

First Draft of the Constitution, part 14

Chapter VII The Provinces

Article 40 Population of the Provinces

(1) The population of the Kingdom shall be divided into seven Provinces

(2) The Provinces shall be named by Provincial referenda after the election of Provincial Governors. The Sovereign must approve all such Provincial names. Until such time, they shall be called by their ordinal numbers; First Province, Second Province, etc.

(4) Upon becoming a citizen of the Kingdom a person shall be assigned to a particular province by the Seneschal. The assignment of citizens shall be;

(a) Persons residing in Asia shall be assigned to the First Province.

(b) Persons residing in Europe shall be assigned to the Second Province.

(c) Persons residing in Africa shall be assigned to the Third Province.

(d) Persons residing in South America shall be assigned to the Fourth Province.

(e) Persons residing in North America shall be assigned to the Fifth Province.

(f) Persons residing in Australia shall be assigned to the Sixth Province.

(g) Persons residing elsewhere shall be assigned to the Seventh Province.

(5) In exception to the above, spouses shall be assigned to the same province, as shall minor children. On their sixteenth birthday minor children are assigned to a Province of residence at the discretion of the Seneschal.

(6) The Royal Family shall be part of no Province and shall not participate in voting for the Council. This shall neither limit the status of their citizenship in the Kingdom nor their ability to vote in elections for the Senate.

Article 41 Provincial Governors

(1) Until such time as the population of a Province is at or above 25 citizens for a period of six months that Province shall be administered by a Provincial Governor appointed directly by the Sovereign.

(2) The Sovereign nominates a Provincial Governor to the First Senator. All such nominees are confirmed unless a two-thirds majority of each of the separate houses of the Assembly votes to reject them. The same person may only be nominated twice in a row. If a nominee is rejected twice in a row, they cannot be nominated again until 3 other persons have also been rejected for the position or until another person has fulfilled the duties of the nominated position for a period of not less than six months.

(3) Approval or rejection must be made by the Senate within one week of the Sovereign's nomination if the nomination is made during a Conclave. If made during a period of recess or during a Null Conclave, the nomination must be voted upon during the first week of the next Conclave. Failure to do so shall constitute acceptance by default. If this occurs or if the nomination is approved the nomination is forwarded to the Council by the Sovereign.

(4) Nominations presented to the Council must be accepted or rejected within one week of the nomination if the nomination is made during a Conclave. If made during a period of recess or during a Null Conclave, the nomination must be voted upon during the first week of the next Conclave. Failure to do so shall constitute acceptance by default. If this occurs or the nomination is approved the nominee shall assume the duties of the nominated position.

(5) As agents of the Sovereign, Governors have many responsibilities, including, but not limited to;

(a) The protection of the rights of the citizens of the Province.

(b) The defense of the Province from enemies of the Sovereign.

(c) The enforcement of the Laws of the Kingdom and this Constitution.

(d) Ensuring that Provincial elections of Councilors are fair, equal, and honest.

(e) Ensuring that the Sovereign is aware of the concerns, problems, and thoughts of the citizens of the Province.

(f) Advising the Province's Council member in matters pertaining to the Province.

(6) Citizens of a Province may petition their Governor concerning their particular concerns. The Governor must respond within one month unless the petition asks for an investigation into the commission of a crime or the denial of a citizen's rights; in those cases the Governor or his designated officer(s) must begin an investigation within one week.

(7) Citizens can likewise petition the Sovereign concerning their Governor. The Sovereign must respond within one month unless the petition asks for an investigation into the commission of a crime or the denial of a citizen's rights by the Governor; in those cases the Sovereign and the Minister of State or the Sovereign's officer(s) must begin an investigation within one week.

(8) The Sovereign may remove a Governor at will. If a majority of the citizens of the Province request an explanation for the removal, the Sovereign may provide one in writing. The Sovereign is obliged to do so.

(9) Any Governor found guilty of Treason, Bribery, non-involuntary Murder, or the denial of a citizen's rights must be removed by the Sovereign.

Article 42 Provincial Elections

(1) At such time as the population of a Province is at or above 25 citizens for a period of six months the Seneschal shall schedule general elections for that Province.

(2) During these general elections the citizens shall vote for a new Provincial Governor. The candidate that receives the greatest number of votes shall be nominated to the Sovereign. The nominee for Provincial Governor must be a citizen of the Province and must hold no other position within the government or the judiciary.

(3) The Sovereign may then either forward the nomination to the First Senator as in Article 41 item 2 or reject the nomination. The Sovereign's rejection must be made within 1 month of the Provincial Conclave's nomination or the nomination will be forwarded to the First Senator by default.

(4) If the nominee is rejected by the Sovereign or by the Assembly the Sovereign may appoint a Provincial Governor at will.

(5) As long as the population of the Province remains at or above 25 persons the Seneschal shall schedule general elections for that Province every four years.

Article 43 Migration

(1) After being a citizen of a Province for one year a citizen may request migration to another Province. Such request must be delivered to the Councilor(s) of their present Province in writing. The Councilor(s) must respond within one month.

(2) If the Councilor(s) agree, the request shall be transmitted to the Councilor(s) of the Province the citizen wishes to migrate to. If the Councilor(s) of the Province of Residence decline, the citizen may wait one month and re-submit the same request. If it is declined again, the citizen may direct the request to the Councilor(s) of the desired Province of migration. When presented with such a request, the Councilor(s) of the desired Province of migration must respond within one month.

(3) If the Councilor(s) of the desired Province of migration agree to the request, the citizen shall be migrated to that Province. If they refuse, the citizen may immediately appeal the decision to the Sovereign. The Sovereign must respond to this request within one month. If the Sovereign grants the request the citizen shall be migrated to the desired Province of migration. If the Sovereign refuses the citizen must wait six months from the date of refusal to begin the process of migration again.

(4) The migration of citizens shall occur on the day after the end of the next general election of the Senate and/or Council and shall be performed by the Minister of State.

(5) No citizen may successfully migrate more than once in any three year period.

(6) No citizen may migrate more than eight times in his or her lifetime.

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