Jun 25, 2007

First Draft of the Constitution, part 4

Article 13 The Seneschal

(1) The Minister of State shall be called the Seneschal.

(2) The Seneschal is concerned with the internal affairs of the Kingdom, to include, transportation, infrastructure, social welfare, and the environment. He is the senior member of the Cabinet and head of the Ministry of State.

(3) The Seneschal shall oversee all elections as set forth in this Constitution.

(4) The Seneschal shall maintain a constant Census of citizens of the Kingdom. Every third year he shall oversee a Royal Census. Such a Royal Census shall be the best effort possible to the Kingdom to accurately count each and every citizen of the Kingdom. The Census and Royal Census shall be used to determine the size of the Senate and the Council. All Census and Royal Census information shall be freely available to the Sovereign, the courts and the Assembly.

Article 14 The Chamberlain

(1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall be called the Chamberlain.

(2) The Chamberlain is concerned with the relationship of the Kingdom of Edan with other States and organizations of States and is the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(3) The Chamberlain shall oversee the activities of all ambassadors, consuls, and diplomats. In particular, the Chamberlain will ensure that such Royal officers properly represent and advance the best interests of the Kingdom of Edan in the performance of their duties.

(4) The Chamberlain shall serve as Ambassador-at-Large for the Kingdom, representing Edan at critical negotiations, summits, and treaty signings as determined by the King.

Article 15 The Treasurer

(1) The Minister of Finance shall be called the Treasurer.

(2) The Treasurer is concerned with the economy of the Kingdom, to include banking, taxation, and the coining of money and is the head of the Ministry of Finance.

(2) The Treasurer shall oversee the Royal Treasury, the Royal Bank, and all Royal economic endeavors.

(3) At such time as the Assembly approves a budget, the Treasurer, in consultation with the Sovereign and the Seneschal, shall set the taxes for the forthcoming year. The proposed taxes shall be submitted to the Sovereign for approval no later than one month after the approval of a new budget. The Sovereign may accept, reject, or modify the proposed taxes as he sees fit, but must publicly announce the final tax schedule no later than November 15th of the current year.

(4) The Treasurer shall maintain copies of all financial records of the Kingdom. Such records shall be freely available to the Sovereign, the First Senator, and the President of the Council.

Article 16 The Archivist

(1) The Minister of Information shall be called the Archivist.

(2) The Archivist is concerned with maintaining information related to the Kingdom and its activities.

(3) The Archivist shall oversee the Royal Library, the Assembly's Library, the Royal Archives, and all Royal media, including telephone, radio, television, and internet communications.

(4) The Archivist shall maintain separate copies of the Record of Legislation provided to him by the Secretary of the Council.

Article 17 The Justiciar

(1) The Minister of Justice shall be called the Justiciar.

(2) The Justiciar is concerned with the enforcement of Law and the protection of the citizens of Edan from criminal threats and is the head of the Ministry of Justice.

(3) The Justiciar shall oversee the activities and procedures of; all law enforcement personnel, departments, and groups; all prisons, prison guards, and other corrections agencies; all Royal search, rescue, relief, and aid agencies. The Justiciar shall ensure that all Royal officers properly represent and advance the best interests of the Kingdom of Edan in the performance of their duties.

(4) The Justiciar and his official records shall be available to the High Tribunal for assistance at all times.

Article 18 The Marshall

(1) The Minister of the Armed Forces shall be called the Marshall.

(2) The Marshall is concerned with the defense of the Kingdom from outside threats and is the head of the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

(3) The Marshall shall oversee all Royal military forces; he will ensure that the members of the armed forces conduct themselves in accordance with this Constitution, the Laws of the Kingdom, and the international Laws of War.

Article 19 Royal Advisors

(1) The Sovereign may appoint as many as three Royal Advisors to the Cabinet.

(2) Royal Advisors head no Ministry and may be not be members of the Judicial branch nor the Assembly.

(3) The Sovereign may empower Royal Advisors to act as ambassadors, spokesmen, or as assistants to the various Ministers. Their prime duty, however, is to give their advice to the Sovereign.

Article 20 Other Cabinet Positions

(1)Additional Cabinet positions may be created the Sovereign. Such new positions may be disapproved by a two-thirds majority of each of the separate houses of the Assembly. Such disapproval must be made within two weeks of the Sovereign's creation of a new position if the announcement is made during a Conclave. If made during a period of recess or during a Null Conclave, the new position must be voted upon during the first week of the next Conclave. Failure to do so shall constitute acceptance by default.

(2) If new Cabinet positions will head ministries, the specific scope and duties of the new Ministerial position must be defined at the time the position is created.

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