So a foreword:
There were two goals here.
The first one was to bring laws about the Executive Government together into one, but also make them shorter and simplify them. In making them shorter, the second goal will elaborate more. On simplifying them, it was trying to make the wording more readable for those, who are not English native speakers or who just joined the Magisterium (it was simple: “Would I understand this word/wording before I joined Magisterium?”).
Previous laws: 8486 characters
Proposed law: 4419 characters (48% less)
For goal number two.
I’d say “The real merit of a TEP law is in the flexibility to adjust to better and worse times, but also in the simplicity to make it understandable, less conflicting with other laws, and easier to amend, replace or repeal”.
As such, general changes were made:
- Clauses repeating all over both laws several times (up to about 5 times) were merged into Section II and Section III.
- Delegate duties and rights were established in two clauses, so they don’t need to be repeated all over the Act.
- EPSA was far more simplified. Mainly with the statement, that: “In cases undefined by this section, Section III shall apply to the EPSA”. Core goals and setups remained. However many “dead” or “unnecessary” clauses, that didn’t change much/nothing were removed or are a part of Section II/Section III.
- The Executive needs flexibility and the ability to regulate itself on its own to adjust to current times. Telling the Delegate what offices are needed isn’t the way to go - instead, this act takes a new approach, it tells the Delegate what are their exact “core” tasks. It gets rid of “dead” offices, such as generally speaking Minister of Regional Affairs was for most of those over 3 years. Additionally, we’ve seen shifts in the Government - depending on Delegate goals (outlined in elections), and current times (manpower, NS activity, negative/positive events for the game) Delegates would change what Ministries are there and what “extra” duties the Government is doing, sometimes times didn’t permit it to go for more than core goals, outlined in this act.
Other than goals, there were some “patches”:
- EPSA is now permitted to grief OOC problematic regions;
- Outdated clauses (such as referring to the old citizenship system) were removed;
- EPSA is permitted to use iterations of its emblem (which is a popular thing to do in R/D) or doesn’t use its emblem at all if it’s a joint military operation (as there is usually a neutral or joint flag);
- Removed clause permitting EPSA to grief a region, that’s being raided (the old clause, or its wording, pretty much permitted f.e. ejecting natives during the raid);
- Training operations were added to what EPSA can do;
- Clause permitting Deputy Provost to represent Delegate legally when Delegate is AFK was removed (simply - nonsensical clause, that could cause more damage, than good);
- Clauses permitting Magisterium to remove OO or Ministers were removed (simply - Magisterium could remove them, but there were no consequences, meaning the Delegate could just hire them back; additionally cases such as crimes or treason are, per our laws, dealt with by Conclave, not the Magisterium; lastly Magisterium may not be aware of circumstances - such as Minister taking LoA or alerting the Delegate of hard life situation for the next few days etc);
If you have any questions or suggestions, shoot!
- Clause 2.1. changed from “Head of the Executive Government” to “Head of Government” per Shadow’s suggestion
The Executive Government Act
BE IT ENACTED by the Magisterium of The East Pacific:
SECTION I: CITATION
1.1. This law may be cited as the Executive Government Act.
SECTION II: THE EXECUTIVE
2.1. This act, in compliance with The Concordat of The East Pacific, recognizes the Delegate of The East Pacific as Head of State, Head of Government, and representative of The East Pacific to the World Assembly and to the interregional stage.
2.2. The Delegate is granted full executive authority, limited only by laws of The East Pacific. As such, the Delegate is granted liberty to lead the Executive Government; establish, name, and define offices; appoint Citizens to serve in said offices; organize departments; prohibit chosen Citizens from joiningthe Executive Government.
2.3. Upon enactment of this act, the Cabinet is established. The Cabinet consists of the Delegate and offices designated by the Delegate, alongside any other position designed as a Cabinet position in relevant legislation. The Cabinet shall lead the efforts of the Executive.
SECTION III: DUTIES AND MINISTRIES
3.1. The Delegate shall establish appropriate Ministries and appoint Citizens to serve as Ministers to coordinate the efforts of the Executive Government. The Delegate shall, but is not limited to:
— A. Represent regional interests in the World Assembly;
— B. Represent regional interests on the interregional stage;
— C. Maintain diplomatic relations;
— D. Run cultural efforts;
— E. Run educational efforts and administering Bachtendekuppen Memorial Library;
— F. Runmilitary efforts;
— G. Increase engagement in regional matters;
— H. Lead efforts of the Executive Government;
— I. Protect free speech in news, culture, and education.
3.3. The Delegate shall publish a publicly available list of Ministries and Ministers during their Administration.
SECTION IV: EASTERN PACIFIC SOVEREIGN ARMY
4.1. This Act established Eastern Pacific Sovereign Army (“EPSA”) as the sole legitimate military of The East Pacific, which shall execute defensive, offensive, and training operations. In cases undefined by this section, Section III shall apply to the EPSA.
4.2. The EPSA is forbidden from griefing operations, defined as intentional acts to destroy a region and/or its community by irreversible or hardly reversible actions, such as, but not limited to: massive ejections of native nations, passwording a region, or refounding a region.
4.3. The EPSA is granted an exemption to clause 4.3. in cases where a region:
— A. Displays ideologies of hate, such as nazism or fascism;
— B. Has a history of grieving other regions;
— C. Is at war with The East Pacific or its allies;
— D. Attempted to overthrow the Government or damage the community of The East Pacific or its allies;
— E. Is a Warzone without diplomatic relations with The East Pacific.
— F. Has shown signs of hating people, based on characteristics they cannot or shall not be expected to change, such as: racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism.
4.4. The highest rank in the EPSA shall be reserved for the Delegate, who will choose their own title.
4.5. The Delegate shall appoint a Citizen as the Overseeing Officer (“OO”) of the EPSA, who will run military efforts on the Delegate’s behalf and per the Delegate’s outline.
4.6. The Overseeing Officer shall establish the official emblem of the EPSA. Either the official emblem or versions based on it shall be used during military operations on WFE of occupied and/or raided regions. Shall an operation be a joint interregional operation, the EPSA shall use any flag the OO sees fit.
4.7. To hold a rank in the EPSA, one must be a Citizen of The East Pacific and must pledge to uphold the traditions and honor of The East Pacific. The Delegate and/or the OO shall outline details of joining the EPSA for soldiers of foreign militaries.
4.8. Upon permission from the Delegate and/or the OO, soldier of the EPSA may participate on the opposing side of a military operation. However, under no circumstances is the EPSA soldier permitted to share any information gained through the EPSA.
4.9. The EPSA soldiers are granted waiver and shall not lose their Voter Registration, if their Citizenship nation leaves The East Pacific or their WA Nation changes on the orders of EPSA. Citizens shall not loose their citizenship if they leave the region for the same reason.
SECTION V: ENACTMENT
5.1. Upon enactment of this Act via due process of law, the Executive Act and the Eastern Pacific Sovereign Army Act shall be repealed.