Since I've been Vice Delegate, I've found that the VD check is really inefficient. The VD is expected to perform the security check within three days of the application being made, despite other parties having a much greater amount of time. The Speaker's check essentially entails ensuring that the oath was taken correctly. They have 14 days to perform this check, and if it fails, the application is dead. The Administration check ensures that the applicant doesn't have multiple accounts and isn't posting from a mobile, corporate, university, or otherwise shared IP. They have 14 days to perform this check, and if it fails, the application is dead. The Vice Delegate's check, though, is really just a check of whether we really want a particular applicant to be a citizen, citing security concerns if one fails. It doesn't change the overall 14-day limit. What it does do is put the Vice Delegate in a position where the "Do we want this person to be a citizen" check is in front of the Speaker "oath check" and the Administration "Proxying/Multiing check". A failure here doesn't kill the application; it goes to the RA for confirmation. The Speaker and Admin checks can be repeated until the applicant passes, but the VD check is one where if there's a legitimate concern, the applicant will never pass. To me, it makes sense to make this the final check, rather than requiring the VD to repeat the check whenever an application is resubmitted after the speaker and/or administration deny it for some fault in the application. Therefore, I propose the following bill to effectively make the VD check the final check in the sequence, done within three days of the other two checks being done, while also retaining the 14-day overall limit for an application to be processed. Edit: As per the discussion below, it seems simpler to just extend the VD's time limit to perform the check. New Draft posted. Spoiler: Markup Spoiler: Draft 1 Spoiler: Markup (Draft 1) Section 6.1: Citizenship Applications 2. Any resident may apply for citizenship using their regional forum account, by providing the name of their nation in The North Pacific, and swearing an oath as follows: I pledge loyalty to The North Pacific, obedience to her laws, and responsible action as a member of her society. I pledge to only register one nation to vote in The North Pacific. I pledge that no nation under my control will wage war against the North Pacific. I understand that if I break this oath I may permanently lose my voting privileges. In this manner, I petition the Speaker for citizenship in The North Pacific. 3. A copy of the laws applicants are pledging to obey must be available to them at all times. 4. An application for citizenship ceases to be valid if at any time the applicant's declared nation in The North Pacific is not located in The North Pacific. 5. Forum administration will have 14 days to evaluate the citizenship applicant and verify that they are not using a proxy or evading a judicially-imposed penalty. 6. The Speaker will have 14 days to evaluate whether the citizenship applicant has sworn the citizenship oath properly. 7. The Vice Delegate will have 3 days to must perform a security evaluation and pass or fail the applicant. within three days of both Forum Administration approving the applicant's application and the Speaker acknowledging that the applicant has sworn the citizenship oath properly, or within 14 days of the application being posted, whichever comes first. The Vice Delegate must consult the Security Council if there is a reasonable concern as to whether an applicant should be admitted. 68. The Speaker will reject applicants who fail an evaluation by either forum administration or the Vice Delegate. 79. If an applicant is rejected for failing an evaluation by the Vice Delegate, the Regional Assembly shall immediately debate the rejection and will hold a majority vote on whether to uphold it. The vote must begin two days after the rejection occurs. 810. The Regional Assembly may overturn a previous decision to uphold the rejection of an applicant by majority vote. 911. The Speaker will accept all other applicants with valid applications. 1012. The Speaker will process applications within 14 days. If an applicant has not been approved or rejected within that time, they will be automatically granted citizenship.