Constitution of The North Pacific In order to guide The North Pacific in its practice of democratic governance we, the nations of The North Pacific, establish this constitution. Article 1. Bill of Rights 1. All nations are guaranteed the rights defined by the Bill of Rights. Article 2. The Regional Assembly 1. Resident means any person with a nation in the region of The North Pacific. 2. The Regional Assembly will consist of all citizens. 3. Requirements for citizenship will be determined by law. 4. The Regional Assembly may enact, amend or repeal laws by a majority vote. 5. The Regional Assembly may remove a government official from office by a two-thirds majority vote. 6. The number of votes required to achieve quorum for any vote of the Regional Assembly except elections will be determined by law. 7. The Regional Assembly will elect a Speaker every four months by a majority vote. 8. The Speaker will administer the rules of the Regional Assembly. Where no rules exist, the Speaker may use their discretion. 9. Abstentions cast in the Regional Assembly will not be used to determine the result of any vote, but may be used for quorum and all other purposes. 10. The Speaker may appoint deputies to assist them in the execution of any of their powers and duties. Appointment of deputies may be regulated by law and the rules of the Regional Assembly. Article 3. The Delegate and Vice Delegate 1. The Delegate will be the head of state and government of The North Pacific and hold the in-game position of delegate. 2. The Delegate may eject and ban nations from the region as permitted by law, and will eject or ban nations from the region when required by law. 3. The Delegate may negotiate treaties with foreign powers. No treaty will come into effect unless approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the Regional Assembly. 4. When a proposal of the Regional Assembly to enact, amend or repeal a law is passed, the Speaker shall promptly present it to the Delegate, and it shall take effect immediately upon their signature. 5. The Delegate may veto a proposal of the Regional Assembly to enact, amend or repeal a law within one week of its passage. 6. The Regional Assembly may override such a veto by a two-thirds majority vote, which shall cause a proposal to take immediate effect. 7. If a proposal of the Regional Assembly to enact, amend or repeal a law has not been signed or vetoed by the Delegate, it shall take effect seven days after being passed. 8. The Delegate may appoint executive officers to assist them and may dismiss these officers freely. Executive officers may be regulated by law. 9. The Vice Delegate will chair the Security Council and enforce the continued eligibility of its members as determined by law. 10.. The Vice Delegate will hold the second most endorsements in the region. The Delegate may eject or ban any nation which exceeds any legally mandated endorsement limit. 11. In the case of a vacancy or absence in the office of Delegate or Vice Delegate, the first available person in the line of succession will assume the duties of the vacated position. If a member of the line of succession assumes the duties of either position while serving in, or having assumed the duties of, any other constitutionally-mandated elected office, they will be considered absent from that office. 12. The Delegate and Vice Delegate will be elected by the Regional Assembly by a majority vote every four months. No person shall be elected Delegate to a full or partial term in three consecutive election cycles. Article 4. Attorney General 1. The Regional Assembly will elect an Attorney General by majority vote every four months. 2. The Attorney General will have discretion to manage the prosecution of all criminal cases brought before the Court, save those outlined below, and will also act as a legal advisor to the Delegate, and the Executive, of The North Pacific upon request. 3. The Attorney General shall not be involved in the prosecution of any criminal case in which they are a defendant, a defense attorney, or a witness. 4. The Attorney General may appoint deputies to assist them in the execution of any of their powers and duties. Appointment of deputies may be regulated by law. Article 5. The Court 1. The Court will try all criminal cases, resolve conflicts or ambiguities in the law, and review the constitutionality of laws or legality of government policies by request of an affected party. 2. The Court will consist of at least three Justices, who will select a Chief Justice among themselves. 3. The Chief Justice will administer the rules of the Court. Where no rules exist, the Chief Justice may use their discretion. 4. The official opinion of the Court in any trial or review will be binding on all Government bodies and officials. 5. Justices will be elected by the Regional Assembly by a plurality vote every four months. Article 6. The Security Council 1. Any person who meets any endorsement and influence requirements determined by law may apply to become a member of the Security Council. 2. Once an application has been submitted, the Security Council may nominate that applicant by a majority vote. The Regional Assembly may confirm a nominated applicant by a majority vote. If the Security Council does not nominate an applicant or does not act on them within thirty days, the Regional Assembly may appoint the applicant by a two-thirds majority vote. 3. Nominations remain in effect until revoked by majority vote of the Security Council. 4. The Security Council will monitor the region’s security and report on it to the public, and enforce decisions of the Regional Assembly to remove the Delegate. 5. The Regional Assembly may establish a line of succession by a majority vote. The line of succession must always include the Vice Delegate and all current Security Council members, and must always place the Vice Delegate first. If a new member is admitted to the Security Council, they will be automatically added at the end of the current line of succession. If a member is removed from the Security Council, they will be automatically removed from the line of succession. Article 7. General Provisions 1. Constitutionally-mandated elected officials are the Delegate, Vice Delegate, Speaker, Justices, and Attorney General. 2. Government officials are the constitutionally-mandated elected officials, any officials appointed by them as permitted by law, and members of the Security Council. 3. The executive category consists of the Delegate, Vice Delegate, Attorney General, and government officials appointed by government officials in the executive category. 4. The legislative category consists of the Speaker, and government officials appointed by government officials in the legislative category. 5. The judicial category consists of the Justices, and government officials appointed by government officials in the judicial category . 6. Any temporary replacement for a government official in the case of an absence or vacancy will be considered a government official in the branch of the official being replaced, regardless of the method of their selection. 7. All government officials, with the exception of members of the Security Council, must maintain citizenship while in office. 8. All government officials will swear an oath of office. The content of these oaths will be determined by law and be legally binding. 9. No person may simultaneously serve in more than one constitutionally-mandated elected official positions. 10. No person may simultaneously serve in government official positions in more than one of the executive, legislative, or judicial categories. Exceptions to this provision may be established by law. 11. Candidates in any election must maintain citizenship for the fifteen days before the opening of candidacy declarations and throughout the election. 12. Government bodies may create rules for their own governance subordinate to this constitution and the laws. 13. Procedures to fill vacancies and absences in constitutionally-mandated elected offices may be established by law. 14. No law or government policy may contradict this constitution. Article 8. The Regional Forum 1. The Regional Forum will be the XenForo forum located at forum.thenorthpacific.org, formerly http://s13.zetaboards.com/TNP/ . 2. Enforcement of forum Terms Of Service and moderation policies will be the responsibility of forum administration. Article 9. Amendments 1. The Regional Assembly may amend this Constitution by a two-thirds majority vote. 2. The Regional Assembly may amend the Bill of Rights by a three-quarters majority vote.