Kydheril Accord

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After the Treaty of Kyuusei ended the Shyedarian Revolution and initiated cooperating between the Shyedarian Empire and the former Rebellion systems, an agreement was drafted at Kydheril Station to create a permanent organization to manage this new alliance. This agreement is known as the Kydheril Accord, and it lays the legal framework for the Commonwealth of Independent Systems.

The following is the text of the Kydheril Accord:

Contents

PREAMBLE

We, the independent political systems of the Zulu Sector, represented here at Kydheril Station by our respective delegates,

Recognizing the damage and devastation that interstellar warfare causes and the benefits that a true and lasting peace amongst ourselves and our neighbours would bring,

And desiring to establish a permanent military, political and economic union amongst ourselves to bring about that peace and those benefits,

Do hereby enter into this agreement, to be called the Kydheril Accord,

And thereby establish the Commonwealth of Independent Systems.

PART ONE: GENERAL

  1. There is hereby established a permanent union of independent political systems called the Commonwealth of Independent Systems.
  2. Each member system is equal in worth and dignity and will be treated with respect by all other member systems.
  3. All member systems will respect the independence, territorial integrity and right to peaceful existence of all other member systems and will not invade, conquer, wage war against, annex or otherwise interfere with the independence or internal affairs of any other member system.
  4. If any member system is attacked by an enemy from outside its territory that attack will be considered an attack on all the member systems.
  5. The Seat of the Government of the CIS will be Kydheril Station.
  6. The official language of the CIS will be Unilang.
  7. All member systems will, without any reservation, allow the armed forces of the CIS freedom of movement across any and all parts of their territory.

PART TWO: JURISDICTION

  1. (1) The CIS will have jurisdiction over all of the following matters:
    1. the defence and security of the CIS, including
      1. intersystem armed conflict,
      2. the armed forces of the CIS,
      3. making war and peace, and
      4. intersystem security intelligence;
    2. intersystem commerce;
    3. intersystem communication;
    4. intersystem travel and transportation, except permanent immigration;
    5. intersystem justice, including
      1. legal disputes between member systems and the citizens of differing systems,
      2. crimes committed against the laws of member systems by persons outside their territory, and
      3. intersystem fugitives from justice;
    6. the finances of the CIS, including
      1. taxation and other methods of raising revenue for the purposes of the CIS,
      2. the public debt of the CIS;
    7. all Branches, Departments, Agencies, Officers and Employees of the CIS Government, including their composition, management and procedures; and
    8. all official flags, banners, seals, symbols, mottos, anthems or other official representations of identity of the CIS.
    (2) Anything that is not placed under the jurisdiction of the CIS by the Accord will remain under the exclusive jurisdiction of the respective member systems.

PART THREE: SUPREMACY OF LAWS

  1. The Accord is the supreme law of the CIS and any other law, whether it is a law of the CIS or of a member system, that is inconsistent with the Accord is, to the extent of the inconsistency, of no force or effect.
  2. The Accord may only be repealed or amended by the Assembly and only with the support of at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly.
  3. A law of the CIS will be given supremacy over the law of a member system and any law of a member system that is inconsistent with a law of the CIS will, to the extent of the inconsistency be of no force or effect.

PART FOUR: MEMBERSHIP

    The CIS will consist of the several political systems, called member systems, listed in Schedule A.
  1. (1) A member system may only be expelled from the CIS upon a resolution to that effect supported by at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly. (2) Where a political system is expelled from the CIS under subsection (1) the political system will be removed from Schedule A.
  2. (1) A political system may only be admitted as a member system upon a resolution to that effect supported by at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly. (2) Where a political system is admitted as a member system under subsection (1) the political system will be added to Schedule A.
  3. (1) A member system may only withdraw from the CIS upon providing 6 months advance notice to the Assembly of the withdrawal. (2) Where a political system withdraws as a member system under subsection (1) the political system will be removed from Schedule A.

PART FIVE: THE ASSEMBLY

    There will be a body called the CIS Assembly.
  1. (1) The Assembly will make, amend and repeal laws respecting matters under the jurisdiction of the CIS. (2) Only a Delegation of the Assembly may propose a new law, or the amendment or repeal of a law to the Assembly.
  2. For greater certainty, the Assembly may make, amend and repeal rules respecting itself, including its procedures.
  3. The Assembly will consist of one Delegation per member system.
  4. Each member system's Delegation will be entitled to one vote in proceedings of the CIS Assembly.
  5. (1) Subject to subsection (2), decisions of the Assembly will be made by majority vote of the Delegations present and voting. (2) Subsection (1) doesn't apply where a provision of the Accord expressly provides that an act may only be done by a resolution supported by at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly. (3) If the Assembly is divided equally on a vote the Speaker will cast the deciding vote.
  6. Each member system's Delegation will consist of one or more persons, to be called Delegates, appointed by the Head of State of the member system in question to hold office during the pleasure of the Head of State of the member system.
  7. The manner in which a member system's Delegation will vote or participate, or abstain from voting or participating, in any proceeding of the Assembly will be subject to the laws and practices of the member system.
  8. A quorum of the Assembly will consist of a majority of its Delegations.
  9. There will be a Speaker of the Assembly.
  10. The Speaker will
    1. have control and management of the proceedings of the Assembly, and
    2. make rules respecting the functioning of the Assembly, including rules of procedure.
  11. The Assembly will elect a Delegate to hold the office of Speaker for a term of 3 years.
  12. The Speaker may only be removed from office before the expiry of his or her term by a resolution to that effect supported by at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly.
  13. The Speaker may resign from office by providing his or her written resignation to the Assembly.
  14. (1) If the Speaker dies, is incapacitated, resigns or is removed before the expiry of his or her term the Assembly will elect another person to act as Speaker until the expiry of the term. (2) Until a replacement Speaker is elected under subsection (1) the Chief Executive Officer may appoint a Delegate to serve as Acting Speaker.

PART SIX: THE EXECUTIVE

  1. There will be a body called the CIS Executive.
  2. The Executive will carry out and execute the laws of the CIS.
  3. The Executive will consist of the Chief Executive Officer, the CIS Executive Council and several CIS Departments, by whatever names those Departments may be called.
  4. The Chief Executive Officer will
    1. be Head of State of the CIS,
    2. be Head of Government of the CIS and have control and management of the Executive, and
    3. be Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces of the CIS.
  5. The Chief Executive Officer will be elected by the Assembly to hold office for a term of 3 years.
  6. The Chief Executive Officer may only be removed before the expiry of his or her term by a resolution to that effect supported by at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly.
  7. The Chief Executive Officer may resign from office by providing his or her written resignation to the Assembly.
  8. (1) If the Chief Executive Officer dies, is incapacitated, resigns or is removed before the expiry of his or her term the Assembly will elect another person to act as Chief Executive Officer until the expiry of the term. (2) Until a replacement Chief Executive Officer is elected under subsection (1) the Speaker will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer.
  9. The Chief Executive Officer may create, alter, join, sever, abolish, name or rename Departments, other than Departments that are created by CIS law, including the Accord.
  10. The Executive Council will counsel the Chief Executive Officer on all matters related to the Executive.
  11. The Executive Council will consist of the Chief Executive Officer and the several other Executive Officers of the several Departments, by whatever titles those Executive Officers may be called.
  12. Decisions of the Executive Council will be made by majority vote of the members present and voting.
  13. A quorum of the Executive Council will consist of a majority of its members.
  14. The Chief Executive Officer will preside over all proceedings of the Executive Council.
  15. The Executive Council may make, amend and repeal rules to govern its procedures.
  16. The Executive Officer of a Department will, subject to the orders of the Chief Executive Officer, have the control and management the Department.
  17. Subject to sections 51 through 54, the Executive Officers of the Departments will be appointed by the Chief Executive Officer to hold office during the pleasure of the Chief Executive Officer.
  18. An Executive Officer may resign from office by providing his or her written resignation to the Chief Executive Officer.
  19. There will be a Department called the Department of Defence.
  20. The Department of Defence will have control and management of the armed forces of the CIS.
  21. (1) The Head of State of the Shyedarian Empire will nominate at least three persons to the Chief Executive officer for the position of Executive Officer for the Department of Defence. (2) The Chief Executive Officer will appoint one of the three persons nominated under subsection (1) as Executive Officer for the Department of Defence.
  22. The Executive Officer for the Department of Defence will hold office for a term of 3 years.
  23. The Executive Officer for the Department of Defence may only be removed before the expiry of his or her term by a resolution to that effect supported by at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly.
  24. (1) If the Executive Officer for the Department of Defence dies, is incapacitated, resigns or is removed before the expiry of his or term another person will be appointed in accordance with the procedure described in section 51 to serve until the expiry of the term. (2) Until a replacement Executive Officer is appointed under subsection (1) the highest ranking member of the armed forces will serve as Acting Executive Officer.

PART SEVEN: THE JUDICIARY

  1. There will be a body called the CIS Court of Justice.
  2. The Court will have jurisdiction over all cases involving
    1. violation of CIS law, including the Accord,
    2. interpretation of CIS law, including the Accord,
    3. legal disputes between citizens of different systems, and
    4. legal disputes between different systems.
  3. The Court will consist of a Trial Division and an Appeals Division.
  4. The Trial Division will consist of several Judges appointed by the Chief Executive Officer.
  5. The Appeals Division will consist of 5 Judges elected by the Assembly.
  6. Judges will hold office for a term of 5 years.
  7. The Assembly will elect one of the Judges of the Appeals Division to hold office as Chief Judge of the Court for a term of 5 years.
  8. The Chief Judge will
    1. have control and management of the Court, and
    2. make rules respecting the functioning of the Court, including rules of procedure.
  9. The Chief Judge or a Judge may resign from office by providing his or her written resignation to the Assembly.
  10. The Chief Judge or a Judge may be removed from office before the expiry of his or her term by a resolution to that effect supported by at least 2/3 of the Delegations of the Assembly.
  11. (1) If the Chief Judge or a Judge of the Appeals Division dies, is incapacitated, resigns or is removed from office before the expiry of his or her term, the Assembly will elect another person to act as Chief Judge or Judge until the expiry of the term. (2) Until a replacement Chief Judge is elected under subsection (1) the Chief Executive Officer may appoint another Judge of the Appeals Division to serve as Acting Chief Judge. (3) Until a replacement Judge of the Appeals Division is elected under subsection (1) the Chief Executive Officer may appoint a Judge of the Trial Division to serve as an Acting Judge of the Appeals Division.
  12. If a Judge of the Trial Division dies, is incapacitated, resigns or is removed from office before the expiry of his or term the Chief Executive Officer will appoint another person to act as Judge until the expiry of the term.
  13. The Trial Division will initially hear and decide all cases under the jurisdiction of the Court.
  14. The Appeals Division will hear and decide all appeals of cases under the jurisdiction of the Court.
  15. The Trial Division will hear and decide cases in panels consisting of a single Judge.
  16. The Appeals Division will hear and decide cases in panels consisting of 3 or 5 Judges.
  17. Decisions of the Court will be made by majority vote of the panel that is hearing the case in question.
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