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GALACTIC SENATE PROPOSAL and CHARTER REQUIREMENTS

 

PREAMBLE

 

WE THE SENTIENT RACES OF THE UNIVERSE COMMIT

*to resolve territorial disputes among member empires

*to abide by the Galactic Bylaws

*to maintaining open communication to all sentient empires through public broadcast

*to pass bylaws designed to promote peaceful exploration and prosperity among member empires

 

AND FOR THESE ENDS

 

*to unite our leadership to maintain intergalactic peace and security through the Bylaws

*to enforce the bylaws ratified by the Galactic Senate

*to recognize the sovereignty of all member and non-affiliated empires with the exclusion of their obligations to the Galactic Senate

 

CHARTER REQUIREMENTS

 

Membership requirements:

 

1) Must be an active, sentient ruler over an empire

2) Abide by the Galactic Senate Bylaws and Charter Requirements

3) Participate in Bylaw Procedure (See Removal below)

 

Functions:

1) Resolve territorial disputes between member empires

2) Pass laws designed to maintain peace and order between member empires

3) Communicate openly with all empires through public channels (ie RTG boards)

4) Establish efficient commerce between member empires

 

Sovereignty:

1) Each member of the Galactic Senate remains sovereign: subject only to the Bylaws and Charter Requirements

2) An empire may leave the Galactic Senate at any time

3) War between Galactic Senate Members does not immediately disqualify participating empires from membership although they might be subject to bylaws passed by the Senate in response to such hostilities

4) Formal alliances may join the Galactic Senate and vote as a unit (see Voting Rights below)

5) There are no officer positions or heads of authority in the Galactic Senate.

 

Membership Process:

1) Repeat the following declaration to join the Galactic Senate to qualify as an active member:

 

“I hereby wish to enjoy the protections and benefits of the Galactic Senate and promise to honor the Bylaws ratified by the Galactic Senate. I remain a sovereign empire, but will honor any duties imposed upon me by the Senate for as long as I choose to remain a member. I also promise to inspire non-members to the high ideals for which the Galactic Senate stands.”

 

This must be signed with your leader name, empire name and empire number.

 

2) There is no formal process to prevent an empire willing to follow the Bylaws and Charter Requirement, from joining the Galactic Senate.

 

3) Membership commences immediately upon proper publication to an active Galactic Senate thread.

 

Voting Rights:

1) Each active member empire is entitled to one vote on every Galactic Senate proposal

2) Proxy voting through alliance is allowed – however – only votes of active member empires within the alliance will count and each is subject to the voting publication requirement as though they were voting separately.

 

Voting Publication Requirement:

1) Each vote must either be a “yes”,”no” or “abstain.” The default vote for a member empire is “abstain.”

2) Each vote must be accompanied by the full name of the empire, the empire number and ‘signed’ by the leader of the voting member empire.

3) Proxy empires must publicly state and sign the following to allow an alliance leader to vote for them:

 

“I am the leader of the [Empire Name] [Empire Number] and hereby allow [Proxy Empire] to vote for me in all Bylaws"

This declaration must be made in an active Galactic Senate thread and is effective immediately upon proper publication.

 

Bylaw Process:

1) Any active member empire may propose a bylaw

2) Bylaw Proposal should adhere to the Guidelines of Bylaw Proposal but MUST be: a) signed by your leader B) include your empire name and 3) include your empire number.

3) A bylaw is only subject to vote once a separate active member empire seconds the bylaw (this second must come from a separate PLAYER – a player running multiple positions may not second its own vote)

4) The deadline to second all proposed bylaws for vote is at 11:59 pm MST on the Monday of the week turns are due: all revisions and discussions over the proposed Bylaws must be finalized before this deadline.

5) All votes are due by 11:59 pm MST the Thursday that turns are due.

6) A minimum of five votes (excluding abstain votes) is necessary to create a Bylaw

7) A Bylaw is created if the ‘yes’ votes outnumber the ‘no’ votes (provided the minimum voting requirement is met)

8) New Bylaws are set into law at 12:01am on the Friday that turns are due (which will usually coincide with the same day that turns are received)

 

Removal:

1) An empire may voluntarily leave the Galactic Senate at any time

2) An empire will be subject to removal from the Galactic Senate if they fail to cast any vote (yes, no or abstain) within a three turn cycle period (six weeks) Once eligible for removal, a Bylaw must be proposed, seconded and voted upon like any other Bylaw. This is the only involuntary removal process from the Galactic Senate at this time.

3) Proxy empires are not subject to these Removal requirements unless it is discovered by clear and convincing evidence that they are no longer an active member – in which they are immediately disqualified from Galactic Senate Membership. A separate Bylaw is required to find that the evidence is Clear and Convincing – however, no alliance affiliates to the proxy vote in question may vote upon this unique matter.

 

Amendment

1) These Charter Requirements may be amended through Bylaw, with approval of two thirds of the entire Galactic Senate

 

Guidelines of Bylaw Submission (not mandatory):

1) State the general purpose of the Bylaw and how it will promote the peace and prosperity among member nations

2) Name the Bylaw Using a portion of your Empire Name in the title

3) Publish the Bylaw as a Proposal in a new thread with the precursor: “BYLAW PROPOSAL”

4) Include the deadline for proposal (the Monday turns are due)

5) Signing by leader name, empire name and empire identification number IS mandatory (See Bylaw Process)

 

Examples of Bylaws:

 

BYLAW PROPOSAL: Mandatory System Beacon Placement

 

General Purpose: To promote the establishment of clear boundaries among member empires thereby avoiding possible ensuing hostilities and misunderstanding. A system without a beacon is not considered ‘controlled’ without a system beacon in place. All systems that have system beacons within ten turns of the Bylaw, if ratified, will be recognized as controlled by the empire who placed the system beacon.

 

Deadline for Proposal: June 14, 2004

 

Signed: Admiral Helianthos Eternus IV of the Everlasting Spawn, 1728

 

[This is an example only]

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“I hereby wish to enjoy the protections and benefits of the Galactic Senate and promise to honor the Bylaws ratified by the Galactic Senate. I remain a sovereign empire, but will honor any duties imposed upon me by the Senate for as long as I choose to remain a member. I also promise to inspire non-members to the high ideals for which the Galactic Senate stands.”

 

Admiral Helianthos Eternus IV

 

The Everlasting Spawn, 1728

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ETERNUS:

Old woman!

DENNIS:

Man!

ETERNUS:

Man. Sorry. What Emperor lives in that starbase over there?

DENNIS:

I'm thirty-seven.

ETERNUS:

I-- what?

DENNIS:

I'm thirty-seven. I'm not old.

ETERNUS:

Well, I can't just call you 'Man'.

DENNIS:

Well, you could say 'Dennis'.

ETERNUS:

Well, I didn't know you were called 'Dennis'.

DENNIS:

Well, you didn't bother to find out, did you?

ETERNUS:

I did say 'sorry' about the 'old woman', but from the behind you looked--

DENNIS:

What I object to is that you automatically treat me like an inferior!

ETERNUS:

Well, I am Senator!

DENNIS:

Oh, Senstor, eh, very nice. And how d'you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers! By 'anging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society. If there's ever going to be any progress with the--

WOMAN:

Dennis, there's some lovely filth down here. Oh! How d'you do?

ETERNUS:

How do you do, good lady? I am Eternus, Senator of the Galaxy. Who's starbase is that?

WOMAN:

Senator of the who?

ETERNUS:

The Galaxy.

WOMAN:

Who is in the Galaxy?

ETERNUS:

Well, we all are. We are all in the Galaxy, and I am your Senator.

WOMAN:

I didn't know we had a Senator. I thought we were an autonomous collective.

DENNIS:

You're fooling yourself. We're living in a dictatorship: a self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--

WOMAN:

Oh, there you go bringing class into it again.

DENNIS:

That's what it's all about. If only people would hear of--

ETERNUS:

Please! Please, good people. I am in haste. Who lives in that starbase?

WOMAN:

No one lives there.

ETERNUS:

Then who is your lord?

WOMAN:

We don't have a lord.

ETERNUS:

What?

DENNIS:

I told you. We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week,...

ETERNUS:

Yes.

DENNIS:

...but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting...

ETERNUS:

Yes, I see.

DENNIS:

...by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs,...

ETERNUS:

Be quiet!

DENNIS:

...but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more major--

ETERNUS:

Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!

WOMAN:

Order, eh? Who does he think he is? Heh.

ETERNUS:

I am your Senator!

WOMAN:

Well, I didn't vote for you.

ETERNUS:

You don't vote for Senators.

WOMAN:

Well, how did you become Senator, then?

ETERNUS:

The Kudzu of the Lake,...

[angels sing]

...its fronds clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft an Urchin from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Eternus, was to carry the Urchin.

[singing stops]

That is why I am your Senator!

DENNIS:

Listen. Strange plants lying in ponds distributing urchins is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

ETERNUS:

Be quiet!

DENNIS:

Well, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery weed threw a crustacean at you!

ETERNUS:

Shut up!

DENNIS:

I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a crab at me, they'd put me away!

ETERNUS:

Shut up, will you? Shut up!

DENNIS:

Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

ETERNUS:

Shut up!

DENNIS:

Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed!

ETERNUS:

Bloody peasant!

DENNIS:

Oh, what a give-away. Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about. Did you see him repressing me? You saw it, didn't you?

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;) (Thanks Norm for mocking me through one of my favorite scenes of all time :D)

 

Where's the roleplayin spirit?

 

Just trying to have some fun. :lol:

 

Figured it would be a fun platform to do a little roleplaying. No kings or chancellors. One empire- one vote....not "my" alliance or anything. The senate could be as open ended as the game. Get HBOB to cater...maybe give the PA something to rally against, join (or usurp) B)

 

Ah well, I thought it could be fun. Give us something else to do....especially new empires that have a long stretch of empire building ahead of them.

 

The Admiral patiently awaits those who share a vision of galactic order through equal representation: it seems that much of the unvierse still has designs to the contrary :alien:

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Sha'thar hmmms. A pride of prides? Why not, as long as she retains the right to govern her empire and can leave the Senate at any time...

 

The translator struggles with the gutteral grunts and growls and teeth clicks which comprise the language of the Gosht Kohr.

 

“I hereby wish to enjoy the protections and benefits of the Galactic Senate and promise to honor the Bylaws ratified by the Galactic Senate. I remain a sovereign empire, but will honor any duties imposed upon me by the Senate for as long as I choose to remain a member. I also promise to inspire non-members to the high ideals for which the Galactic Senate stands.”

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:ph34r: Although your words sound good, the T'Aleen Empire has heard these same words spoken before and sadly must decline your offer. We have encountered multiple neighbor empires and will decide to work with the local empires to us in such matters of state.

 

I wish you luck though :D

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The Galactic Senate welcomes the Pride of Sha'thar of the Gosht Kohr!

 

We need five members to activate.

 

Perhaps the Senate is too early in the proposal. No bother! The need for a 'pride of prides' may soon become a viable option for those who seek to participate in a bigger picture.

 

An open-ended, public democracy has the potential of eliminating many of the more nefarious elements created by inherent trust issues. Also - a galactic 'court' of sorts to allow potential members to resolve their disputes in a more civilized manner.

 

Most of all - it might be fun! :ph34r:

 

(Proposals to ban nuclear weapons, recommend Mk II Fusion Engines/NTWDs to facilitate faster trade routes...the possibilities are limitless :D)

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“I hereby wish to enjoy the protections and benefits of the Galactic Senate and promise to honor the Bylaws ratified by the Galactic Senate. I remain a sovereign empire, but will honor any duties imposed upon me by the Senate for as long as I choose to remain a member. I also promise to inspire non-members to the high ideals for which the Galactic Senate stands.”

 

 

Honored One Daz

Zendo Mar Hierarchy

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“We hereby wish to enjoy the protections and benefits of the Galactic Senate and promise to honor the Bylaws ratified by the Galactic Senate. We remain a sovereign empire, but will honor any duties imposed upon us by the Senate for as long as we choose to remain a member. We also promise to inspire non-members to the high ideals for which the Galactic Senate stands.”

 

Honored One Krelnett of Kraan

Zraaknod Brotherhood

Empire #2084

 

We apologize, but our language has no first-person pronouns (and boy, wasn't that a bitch when designing translation software...)

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“I hereby wish to enjoy the protections and benefits of the Galactic Senate and promise to honor the Bylaws ratified by the Galactic Senate. I remain a sovereign empire, but will honor any duties imposed upon me by the Senate for as long as I choose to remain a member." :jawdrop:

 

Lostworlds

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Witch King Star Seeker

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