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Posted 22 April 2014 - 02:12 AM

Charter of the Seven Kingdoms

 

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Introductory Clause

The following is the Charter of the Seven Kingdoms, hereafter referred to as the SK.

 

Article I: Membership

Section I: Alliance Membership


All members of the SK must apply to join the Seven Kingdoms alliance in-game. Any nation whose alliance is neither "Seven Kingdoms" nor "Seven Kingdoms Applicant" has voided their membership in the SK.




Article II: Government

Section I: Structure


The SK will be governed by a King assisted by the King's Hand and the Small Council.


Section II: King


The King is the ruler of the SK

The King has binding veto power over all treaties and Declarations of War; binding vetoes cannot be overturned.

Other restrictions and privileges of the King are spelled out in this document and the appendices. On all matters not specifically restricted or excepted, the King's decision or veto may be overridden by a 4/5 vote of the Small Council.

The King may be removed from power by a 4/5 vote of the Small Council.


Section III: King's Hand


The King's Hand is the designated successor to the King.

He assumes the throne if the King resigns or is removed by the Small Council.

The King's Hand is chosen by the five members of the Small Council. The King's Hand is selected by majority vote. The King's Hand must be a current member of the Small Council.

The King's Hand retains his title and duties on the Small Council in addition to his title as King's Hand.

The King's Hand may be removed from his position by a 4/5 vote of the other members of the Small Council.

If the King's Hand is removed from his position, he retains his position and duties on the Small Council.


Section IV: Small Council


The Small Council is a 5 member council that advises the King and runs the alliance departments. The current Council consists of 5 members. Should the Small Council be reduced to 4 members, all votes requiring a 4/5 majority will then require a 3/4 majority.

The members of the Small Council are as follows:

  • Master of Whispers: Head of Foreign Affairs
  • Grand Maester: Head of Internal Affairs
  • Lord Commander: Head of the War Department
  • Master of Coin: Economics Department
  • High Septon: Head of Public Affairs (inactive)

The members of the Small Council are nominated by the King and confirmed by the current council members. A majority vote of the Small Council is required to defeat the King's nomination.


Council members may be removed in two ways.

  • 50% of the other Small Council members and the King vote for removal.
  • The other Small Council members vote unanimously for removal

Council authorization is required to sign treaties and declare war. In these matters, a simple majority vote of the council is sufficient to defeat the proposal.

 

On all other matters not specifically excepted in this document, the vote and recommendation of the Small Council to the King is non-binding, with the exception of a properly called override vote.

For an override vote, all members of the Small Council must be present. The vote must be officially requested by one of the Small Council members, and the King must be notified beforehand that an override vote will be taking place. A 4/5 majority of the Small Council is required to override the King.

 

Any vote held by the Small Council must take place within 7 days of being called. A veto override vote must be called for within 7 days of the veto. If the required number of Small Council members are not present, do not vote, or do not reach the required majority within 7 days, the vote is void, and must be called for again to be considered.

Further details, including departmental responsibilities and organizational structure are available in Appendix 1.
 
 

Article III: Other SK Organizations

Section I: Peers of the Realm


Certain SK members, or worthy foreigners, may be designated Peers of the Realm. This is a non-governmental title, conveying social status and gratitude to long-serving and outstanding members. Further details may be found in Appendix II.


Section II: High Court


The High Court is the judicial body of the SK. Further details concerning responsibilities, limitations, selection and membership may be found in Appendix III.

 

 

Article IV: Miscellaneous
Section I: Charter


The Charter may be amended, at any time, by a unanimous vote of the King and Council combined.


Section II: Interpretation


If the meaning of any sections of this document are questioned, the Small Council and King will issue an interpretation, to be posted as an Appendix. Interpretations require a majority vote of the Small Council to become law. Normal veto procedure applies to promulgated interpretations. An override requires a unanimous vote of the Small Council.


Section III: Appendices


Appendices provide further information, explanation and interpretation of parts of this Charter. They are binding law. However appendices only require a simple majority vote of the Small Council to change, unless specifically excepted. Normal veto procedure applies to appendices. An override requires a unanimous vote of the Small Council.


Section III Symbols


All symbols of the entire SK, including but not limited to the peace-time and war-time flags, must be approved by the King. Any symbols of individual
departments may be designated by the department head without seeking further approval.


Section IV: Awards and Medals


At any point, the King or Council may choose to award medals, graphics or other designations (excluding the title of Peer of the Realm) that it deems merited. These awards may be given to any member, for any reason. Such awards follow the normal veto and override process.


Section V: Name


The alliance name, The Seven Kingdoms, may be changed with a unanimous vote of the King and Council combined, and with the approval of 3/4 of the alliance membership as a whole.


Signed September 12, 2011

 

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Amendments to the Charter of the Seven Kingdoms:

 

Amendment I

The Education Department shall be restructured and renamed the Economics Department. Departmental responsibilities as spelled out in Appendix I shall be altered accordingly.
Passed December 11, 2013
 

Amendment II
Article III: Section II of the Charter of the Seven Kingdoms is hereby repealed.
Passed December 11, 2013
 

Amendment III
The titles of Small Council officers have been renamed as follows: Lord Chancellor is now Master of Whispers, Lord High Steward is now Master of Laws, and Grand Maester is now Master of Coin. The Education Department is renamed to the Economics Department. Additionally, the position of Lord Seneschal is inactivated until such time as the King and Small Council deem it necessary.
Passed September 24, 2014

 

Amendment IV

All Small Council votes previously requiring a 4/5 majority now require a 3/4 majority. Should the Small Council be increased in size to its original 5 members, the 4/5 majority will be reinstated. Any vote held by the Small Council must take place within 7 days of being called. A veto override vote must be called for within 7 days of the veto. If the required number of Small Council members are not present, do not vote, or do not reach the required majority within 7 days, the vote is void, and must be called for again to be considered. Master of Whispers has been renamed to High Septon. Master of Laws has been renamed to Grand Maester.

Passed December 9, 2015


Edited by Brooklyn666, 12 July 2016 - 11:23 PM.
added 4th amendment, fixed formatting.

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