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  1. Vorak

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    Thats what grunts are for, there will always be someone who wants a spot on the ladder and they'll see tallying votes as a first step. (At the GC my first job was to check the last active date of forum members)
     
  2. DarkUnderlord

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    Meh it's not finished but here it all is so far:

    The Great Charter

    • Preamble

      This document, henceforth known as The Great Charter, covers information on the establishment and membership of The House of Lords and that combined with the documents entitled Appointment of Noble Rank and Honour, Missive on the Conduct of War and Elections and Other Legislative Processes forms the body of work by which The House shall be governed.

    • Establishment of The House of Lords

      Let it be known that I, Xz of Xzia; that I, Lord Vorak of Vorakia; that I, Lord DE of Svitjod; that I, Lord Telcontar of TelcontarConfederacy; that I, Grossenschwamm of Urwaldland; that I, Wobbler of Terra Ninjo; that I, Frigo of Frigoans; that I, Silvara of Ys; that I, Vyenna of Kjeldor; that I, Baldrug of Infected Faction; that I, Spuddy of Kartoffelland; that I, DarkUnderlord of Iboloral and that I, mathboy of Math Country; listed above in order of Nation birth, do hereby establish The House of Lords and verily do spam these forums with our announcements as deemed necessary, appropriate and according to our whims. Furthermore, let it be known that The House of Lords functions under such construct and rule of law as follows forthwith.

    • Flag of the House

      Let us present to the community The Official Flag of the House (shown here with additional white border for the purposes of definition).

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      The Flag of the House contains the following aspects:
      • A technicolour photograph of His Lordship The Most Honourable Jim.
      • The Pistol of Baron von Hiney, best known for putting thine caps in thou ass (or thou caps in thine ass, however that's supposed to go).
      • The Axe of Chief Wanamatatingu, whose land was purchased for beads and cupcakes so that the First Great Palace could be built upon it¹.
      • A background consisting of the colours Maroon and Black, The Official Colours of the House.
      ¹Chief Wanamatatingu later led an uprising of native people's which burnt the First Great Palace to the ground. His Axe was found embedded in the head of The Marquis De'Ville.

    • Declaration of Intents and Matters Pertaining to Haughtiness
      1. The House of Lords shall hereby be known to others as a House, "HoL", Alliance, Union, Empire, A Great Bunch of Guys Who I Really Admire and Respect or other and that such classification will be left up to the minds of those who wish to make such judgement.
      2. That anyone who seeks Membership of the House shall have such granted, provided on there being no objection from existing Members of the House.
      3. That all persons who gain Membership to The House of Lords shall be considered Members of the House.
      4. That http://houseoflords.terra-arcanum.com will be the official residence of The House of Lords with http://www.terra-arcanum.com/phpBB being our unofficial residence (and open to all those who like Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, Greyhawk: The Temple of Elemental Evil or Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines as the case may be).
      5. That all Members of the House shall indicate their alliance affiliation as "The House of Lords".
      6. That our official colours shall be Black and Maroon and that member states are encouraged, but not in any way required, to choose either of these colours.
      7. That no-one, not even the Lord President and Leader of the House, shall be above this document henceforth known as the Great Charter.
      8. That the Lord President is indeed a President and not an Emperor because otherwise that would be silly.
      9. That despite sources which would suggest otherwise, an Earl is not a Count and vice-versa because otherwise that too would be silly.
      10. That The House of Lords wishes to seek out and obtain the respect and appreciation of all other Alliances and will negotiate freely and openly with said Alliances in the event of any transgression by a Member of the House.
      11. That all Foreign Embassies constructed within the House of Lords shall be readable by all Members, regardless of rank or title, though restrictions on speaking may be applied where the case is warranted.
      12. That sub-forums are evil and serve no purpose other than to confuse and bewilder Members and that as such, should only be constructed when deemed absolutely necessary and approved by the Lord President.
      13. That all Members of the House swear to uphold the values and ideals laid out within this Great Charter and that should they personally feel the Great Charter has failed to be upheld in any particular circumstance, that they are honour bound to do their utmost to correct the matter via the process of Judicial Committee or Motion of No Confidence outlined herein.
      14. That the House intends to seek out and gain Senate positions within the Black and Maroon trading spheres by means of friendly competition with other Alliances who also have such intent and that should the House gain such position, that it will be used only in fairness and with great regard and respect to our fellow Alliances within those trading spheres.
      15. That the duty of the House is first and foremost to its Members and as such will assist them in all possible ways with advice in all matters, assistance with trade and arms during times of war.
      16. That the House shall honour such Members who prove themselves in battle, diplomacy or any other respected field with Noble Rank and Title as deemed appropriate by those existing Members of Noble Rank.
      17. That the House seeks to become a sanctioned alliance, through the combined and continued effort of its members.
      18. That the House acknowledges that some of its ideals are long-term but that it is willing to undertake such honourable process as is necessary, to ensure that they may one day be achieved.
      19. That fun and silly games shall, from time to time but more often than not, be permitted at the discretion of the Lord President.
      20. That the official Flag of the House, should it become available, shall be flown at all times by all Members of the House.
      21. That while the House does have and will use from time to time, proper ranks and titles for its Members, the constant use of such titles and associated jaunty language can get tiring and that therefore, such proper speak and usage of said titles is only required on rare occasion or for official purposes.
      22. In other words, we don't talk like ponces all the time, 'k?
      23. That we are not hardcore and are instead just a bit silly as verily, there is much fun to be had with obscenely long titles and Noble Ranks.

    • Construct of The House of Lords

      The House of Lords shall be held in a building (Web-site) deemed fit and proper by the residing Lord President. Such building shall always be accessible from http://houseoflords.terra-arcanum.com and shall contain such rooms and halls as outlined below:
      • House of the Lord President (Category): The residing Lord President shall choose the name of the House in which the House of Lords resides. Typically, though it is not restricted, this shall be named after the Capital City of the Lord President's Nation in the manor of "[Capital City] [Palace | Manor | Estate]" or other such name and title as the Lord President decides. Within this House, rooms shall be available as follows:
        • The Great Hall (Forum): The Great Hall shall be open to all members of the public, visitors and honoured guests. It is where Heads of State of Foreign Nations may request Membership of the House or, should they represent another Alliance, make request for an Embassy to be constructed. A full and complete copy of this Great Charter shall be pinned upon the wall and as such, shall always be available here.
        • Member's Lounge (Forum): The Member's Lounge shall be where all Members may conduct conversation according to their whims. Much spam and merriment shall be present but mostly spam.
        • The Drawing Room (Forum): In recognition of the duties required of those Members who attain the rank of Marquis or greater, such Honoured Members are granted access to this priviledged room where private discussion amongst them and plots for world domination may take place.
        • Department of War (Forum): The Department of War is where all military business takes place. Members who have had their Nation's attacked or transgressed shall be able to request the aid of the House. The Field Marshall shall have Moderator status over this Department.
        • Legislative Assembly (Forum): The Legislative Assembly is where all Motions are put. If a Judicial Committee or Hearing is established, such action will take place within the Assembly. The Lord Chancellor shall have Moderator status within the Assembly.
        • Hall of Records (Forum): The Hall of Records shall contain information on the growth of one's Nation, the History of the House or other records as deemed appropriate by the Governing Body. The Master of the Household shall have Moderator status within the Hall of Records.
        • Sovereignty House (Forum / Category): Sovereignty House shall contain Rooms of State (Sub-Forums / Forums) for each Member. Such Rooms may be used for announcements and Nation records according to the whims of each Member. Moderator status shall be granted to Members of the House over their own Room in Sovereignty House.
        • Embassy Park (Forum / Category): Embassy Park shall contain within it Foreign Embassies (Sub-Forums / Forums) for Alliances, Unions and such Allegiances as wish to establish good relations with the House of Lords. The High Commissioner shall have Moderator status over all Embassies and may appoint other Diplomats and Ambassadors to have similar power as is deemed necessary.
      Should other rooms ever be required, they must be approved by the Lord President and this document altered to include their name and purpose. Let it however be noted that such rooms should not be created lightly. It is in the best interests of the House to ensure that the House itself is kept in such a way as to remain non-confusing and easily accessible to all Members and where appropriate, Foreign Dignitaries, Honoured Guests and Visitors.

      Administrator rights shall be granted to all Members of the House who hold the Rank of Marquis and above, the Lord President, the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor and to the Master of the Household. No other member shall hold these rights.


      Membership of the House of Lords

      All whom seek Membership of The House of Lords may apply by making a request in The Great Hall. Such request must include a link to their Nation. If desired, they may also include a brief explanation as to the reasons for their request.

      Membership is open to all men, women and other, including eunuchs who shall be highly prized for their lack of testes and girly-man singing voices.

      Upon such time as a request has been made, The Lord Chancellor shall move a Motion of Acceptance in the Legislative Assembly. Such Motion must then gain the support of 20 points in order to be accepted. Members may make statements of support or statements against such a motion. Such motion will stand for 2 days and once it has gained 20 points in support, the Member shall be accepted into the House. If, after 2 days, the motion fails to obtain the necessary support, the person shall be refused.

      The Lord President may accept any person as a Member of the House without a vote.

      Barring such incidents or lack of honour which may otherwise cause concern, shall be granted Membership of the House.

      All such members shall be granted acceptance from their peers and have the full and complete rights of a Member of the House.

      Once appointed, a Member shall have a State Room constructed in Sovereignty House for the purpose of keeping such records as they deem fit.

      Obligations upon Members

      Once accepted into the House, Members are required to:
      • Uphold the values, ideals and rule of law outlined within this Great Charter.
      • Follow the direction of the Governing Body or, if they have issue or dispute with those directions, to "put up" by calling for a Ruling, Judicial Committee or Motion of No Confidence or to "shutup".
      • That Members insert the words "The House of Lords" within their alliance affiliation.
      • That any Member who fails to do any of the above shall under-go a Motion of No Confidence brought upon them by The Lord Chancellor.

      The Sovereign Rights of Our Member States
      • Member states may aid and seek the aid of those whom they so desire or otherwise deem fit and that while it is encouraged that aid slots are left open in times of need for other Members of the House, that if they choose not to do so, then that's their problem.
      • That Members are allowed to trade as they deem fit.
      • That Members are allowed to defend themselves and fight in declared and approved conflict on behalf of the House as they deem fit. Such rights held by the Member include the time they wish to attack, the number of attacks they choose to make and the weapons they feel are fit and proper to use, including Nuclear Weapons.
      • The right to spam the forums of The House of Lords with whatever language they so choose to use and to act like silly jackrabbits as such, from time to time, is warranted within said forums.
      • That only a Member of the Governing Body has the right to speak publicly on behalf of the House and that any other speech shall be deemed to be only that of the individual Member.
      • That Members may make any speech or communications with any other persons as they deem necessary or appropriate, provided they make it clear that it is their own opinion and not that of the House.
      • That should a Member speak publicly and make such statements that are interpreted to be of the House, that said Member will be put before a Motion of No Confidence.


      Authority Explicitly Held by the Governing Body

      The Governing Body shall hold:
      • The right to approve war.
      • The right to order a cease-fire.
      • The right to accept peace.

    • Appointment of The First Governing Body and Assumption of Noble Rank

      From henceforth and until such time as their resignation or other change of status, the founding Members of the House assume the following position, rank and title:
      • TO BE ADVISED
     
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    Appointment of Noble Rank and Honour

    • Preamble

      This document, henceforth known as the Appointment of Noble Rank and Honour, covers information on how The House of Lords appoints and honours its Members with Noble Rank, Honours and other such Titles and that combined with the documents entitled The Great Charter, Missive on the Conduct of War and Elections and Other Legislative Processes forms the body of work by which The House shall be governed.

    • The Attainment of House Rank
      • The House of Lords rewards its Members for their service to the House with such rank and respect as they so deserve. All who join the House are initially appointed with the rank of Lord or Lady and shall advance in rank as per the procedures ordained within this document. The ranks of the House of Lords are as follows:
        • Grand Duke / Grand Duchess: These are the most respected Members of the House who through service have been deemed worthy of the greatest title the House may bestow upon them. Grand Dukes are the only rank to be officially numbered whereby each person who attains such rank receives the rank of "(Order) Grand Duke of the House". For example, the first Member appointed to such rank would be "1st Grand Duke of the House", the second Member would be "2nd Grand Duke of the House" and so on.
        • Duke / Duchess
        • Grand Marquis / Grand Marquise
        • Marquis / Marquise: Those who attain the rank of Marquis have shown themselves to be of the highest calibre and worthy of such honour and respect that only from amongst their ranks or above may a Lord President be chosen. Such Honoured Members shall also be granted Administrative rights over the House.
        • Lord Count / Lord Countess
        • Count / Countess
        • Earl / Lady Earl
        • Viscount / Viscountess
        • Baron / Baroness
        • Lord / Lady: All individuals whom join The House of Lords are granted the House Rank of Lord or Lady in recognition of their status as ruler of their own independent State.
      • The Lord President may nominate any Member of the House for any House Rank and put such nomination before the House. Should 75% or more of all votes received be in favour of the Member attaining such title, it shall be granted.
      • Any Member of the House may nominate a Member with lower rank to advance to the next rank. By way of example, a Baron may nominate a Lord for advancement to the rank of Baron or a Count may nominate anyone of a lower rank to advancement of the next rank, up to and including Count. At such time a nomination is put to the House and is voted upon by all Members. Should 75% or more of all votes be in favour of such nomination, then said rank shall be bestowed upon such Member.
      • A Member may only be nominated for advancement of rank when they have performed such service to the House as is deserving of such recognition. The reason for the nomination must be clearly stated in the Member's nomination thread. Failing any mention of why such Member is deserving, The Lord Chancellor must rule the nomination to be disallowed.
    • Diplomatic Honours
      • Diplomatic Honours are bestowed upon Members, who through their service to the House have shown themselves to be worthy of such regard.
        • Eminence: This is a special honour, reserved solely for the serving Lord President.
        • Excellency: This is a special honour, reserved solely for the serving Prime Minister.
        • Illustriousness
        • Magnificence
        • Exaltedness
        • Grace
        • Magnanimous
        • Benevolence
        • Virtuousness
        • Generousness
        • Worthiness
        • Stateliness
        • Sovereignty
      • Diplomatic Honours are always preceded with "His" or "Her", depending on the Member's gender.
      • Upon being granted Membership to the House, all Members are granted the Diplomatic Honour of "Sovereignty" as recognition of their service to their own people.
      • Only The High Commissioner, Prime Minister or Lord President may nominate a Member for advancement in Diplomatic Honour. At such time as a Member has been deemed worthy, a nomination is put forward in the Legislative Assembly. All Members of the House are then allowed to vote in favour of or against such proposal and, if of the votes cast, 75% or more are in favour of the proposal, the Member shall be granted such Honour as they have been nominated for.
      • Honours need not be appointed in order as, from time to time, a Member may perform a deed so worthy that they should be honoured more highly and as such, may skip one or several Honours in order.
      • As a guide, appropriate reasons for nominating Members may include but are not limited to: recognition of prior service to another Alliance of which the House has such agreement; successfully negotiating the payment of reparations; providing helpful or useful assistance and advice to fellow Members; establishing good relations with another Alliance or maintaining good relations with the community at large.
    • Military Honours
      • From time to time, the House may be involved in conflict. It is at, though not limited to, this time that Members may, through their military service, be granted such honour as is worthy of their deeds. The available Military Honours are listed as follows, in order from the highest honour to the lowest:
        • Most Admired
        • Most Esteemed
        • Most Revered
        • Revered
        • Most Venerable
        • Right Venerable
        • Venerable
        • Most Noble
        • Right Noble
        • Noble
        • Most Respected
        • Respected
        • Most Honourable
        • Right Honourable
        • Honourable
      • Military Honours are always preceded with "The".
      • Upon being granted Membership to the House, all Members are granted the Military Honour of "The Honourable" as recognition of their duty as primary defender of their own people.
      • Only the Field Marshal, Prime Minister or Lord President may nominate a Member for advancement in Military Honour. At such time as a Member has been deemed worthy, a nomination is put forward in the Legislative Assembly. All Members of the House are then allowed to vote in favour of or against such proposal and, if of the votes cast, 75% or more are in favour of the proposal, the Member shall be granted such Honour as they have been nominated for.
      • Honours need not be appointed in order as, from time to time, a Member may perform a deed so worthy that they should be honoured more highly and as such, may skip one or several Honours in order.
      • As a guide, appropriate reasons for nominating Members may include but are not limited to: recognition of prior service to another Alliance of which the House has such agreement; the attainment of a certain Nation Strength; attainment of Nuclear Capability; the purchase of a certain level of aircraft; vigourous defence of the House; standing firm in the face of adversity or coming to the defence of a fellow Member.
    • Self-Appointed Titles

      It is the duty of each Member of the House to determine how they should be addressed when it comes to their position as the ruler of their own State. Whether such title is President, King or other is left up to the Member. Should any Member not declare such title, they will be refered to where necessary as "Ruler" in the form "Ruler of [Nation]".

    • Usage of Titles

      Members may be officially addressed using their full title in the style of His or Her [Diplomatic Honour] The [Military Honour] [Name], [Official Position (if such is held)] of the House of Lords, [Rank] of the House, [Self-Appointed Title] of [Nation].

      Informally, any Member of the House may be addressed as His or Her Lordship, regardless of such Member's true House Rank.
     
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    Missive on the Conduct of War

    • Preamble

      This document, henceforth known as a Missive on the Conduct of War, covers information on how The House of Lords authorises and conducts all military matters and that combined with the documents entitled The Great Charter, Appointment of Noble Rank and Honour and Elections and Other Legislative Processes forms the body of work by which The House shall be governed.

      Fill up war slots. Negotiate. Fail. ZI.
     
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    Elections and Other Legislative Processes

    • Preamble

      This document, henceforth known as Elections and Other Legislative Processes, covers information on how The House of Lords appoints Members to Office and handles various other legislative processes and that combined with the documents entitled The Great Charter, Missive on the Conduct of War and Appointment of Noble Rank and Honour forms the body of work by which The House shall be governed.

    • The Governing Body

      The House of Lords shall be governed in all matters, excluding those otherwise outlined here-in, by its Governing Body which is established and operates as follows:
      • Lord President and Leader of the House.
        • Power and Authority of The Lord President
          • Let it be known that a position with the Official Title of Lord President and Leader of the House shall be established.
          • That such position bears all the powers of the Governing Body of those below it, as outlined in this Great Charter and that in the event of conflict between an order given by that of a lower position and an order given by The Lord President, that The Lord President's order shall be upheld and all other conflicting orders disregarded (Veto Power).
          • That The Lord President, President, Pres, Leader, Dude or other such title as one may choose to address The Lord President, shall hold supreme authority over all Members of the House with regard to matters pertaining to the House. The President's word is final and no correspondence shall be entered into though bribes may be accepted.
          • That such position shall be responsible for the choosing of the Name of the House in which the House resides (Forum Category).
          • That such position comes with it the Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Eminence, a title justly reserved solely for the individual who holds this position.
          • That on appointment, The Lord President immediately raises to the House Rank of Marquis or in the event that they are already of that rank or higher, shall move up one rank. In the event that they are of the highest rank, they will be unable to move up any more.
          • That for every continuous 90 day period of office The Lord President serves, such individual moves up one House Rank, until they have obtained the highest House Rank and can move up no further. It is the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor to keep record of the period served and make announcement in the Legislative Chamber, bestowing upon The Lord President the new rank, when such event occurs.
          • In the absence or otherwise unavailability of The Lord President, The Prime Minister shall assume such responsibility temporarily until either The Lord President has returned or a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against the absent Lord President.
          Appointment of The Lord President
          • Nomination Period. When a vacancy in this position becomes available, all Members of the House who hold the rank of Marquis or greater and who would seek such position, must declare publicly in the Legislative Assembly their intent to seek said position within 7 days of the vacancy occuring.
          • Question Period. During the Nomination Period, any Member of the House may question the candidates and the candidates must answer to the best of their ability or offer such bribes as deemed necessary.
          • Voting Period. At the end of the Nomination Period, a vote shall be opened and shall last for 2 days whereby all Members of the House may vote for their candidate of choice.
          • Assumption of Position.
            • At the end of the Voting Period, voting is closed and the candidate with the most votes assumes the position of Lord President.
            • In the event that such vote is a tie, then of the tied candidates, the one who nominated first shall be appointed as The Lord President.
            • In the event that at the end of the Nomination Period, only one nomination is put forward, that person shall immediately assume the role of Lord President.
            • In the event that no nomination is put forward or that no person of appropriate rank is available, the highest ranking Member of the House may assume the position. Should they refuse, the role is offered to the next highest ranking Member of the House and so on until a Member is found who will accept the position.
            • In the event of multiple members holding the same rank and those of that rank being offered the position, the person who has held their rank for the longest period of time shall be offered first and should they refuse, the next member of that rank who has held that rank for the second longest period of time and so on. In the event of two members having the same rank and having been appointed on the same calendar day according to the Records of the House, alphabetical order is followed starting at A and continuing through to Z. As no two members can have the same name, this should be sufficient to find a successor.
          Duration of Service
          • Once appointed, a Lord President serves until such time as they choose to retire, are forced to resign or a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against them and they have been removed from office.
      • Prime Minister.
        • Power and Authority of The Prime Minister
          • Let it be known that a position with the Official Title of Prime Minister shall be established and that such position serves directly under The Lord President.
          • That such position bears all the powers of the Governing Body of those below it, as outlined in this Great Charter and that in the event of conflict between an order given by that of a lower position and an order given by The Prime Minister, that The Prime Minister's order shall be upheld and all other conflicting orders disregarded (Veto Power).
          • That Prime Mnister, PM or other such title as one may choose to address The Prime Minister, shall hold authority over all Members of the House with regard to matters pertaining to the House. The Prime Minister's word, failing an over-ruling decision by The Lord President, is final and in such case, shall be regarded as having been a decision made by The Lord President themselves.
          • That such position comes with it the Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Excellency, a title justly reserved solely for the individual who holds this position.
          • That on appointment, The Prime Minister advances immediately to the next available House Rank, if such rank is available.
          • That for every continuous 90 day period of office The Prime Minister serves, such individual moves up one House Rank, until they have obtained the highest House Rank and can move up no further. It is the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor to keep record of the period served and make announcement in the Legislative Chamber, bestowing upon The Prime Minister the new rank, when such event occurs.
          • In the absence or otherwise unavailability of The Prime Minister, The High Commissioner shall assume such responsibility temporarily until either The Prime Minister has returned, a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against the absent Prime Minister or an election has been called.
          • In the absence of The Prime Minister, The High Commissioner and any other member of the Governing Body, The Lord President may exercise Emergency Powers and appoint such person as he deems worthy to the Office of Prime Minister. Such appointment shall stand for a maximum of 30 days at the end of which or if called sooner, an election will be held.
          Calling of an Election
          • If the Prime Minister has been in office for 60 days or more and it has been 60 days or more since an election was last called, any Member of the House may move a Motion to Call an Election in the Legislative Assembly. The Prime Minister at such time may elect to retire from office on the successful appointment of a new Prime Minister, in which case the motion shall pass automatically and an election will be held.
          • If the Prime Minister chooses not to retire, the call for election is debated for 5 days after which debate ends and a period of voting is held for 3 days. If, at the end of the voting period, 75% or more of all Members who voted have vote in favour of an election, the motion is passed and an election shall be held. If the Prime Minister had decided to stay before, he may at this time choose to retire from office once a new candidate has been appointed and if so, be granted such title and Honour as is granted to a retired Prime Minister. Should the Prime Minister choose to stay or otherwise fail to make clear his intention, he will automatically be nominated by the Lord Chancellor for re-election.
          • If the Motion to Call for Election fails to achieve 75% support, the motion is deemed to have failed and the current Prime Minister shall continue to serve until such time as either another Election is called or such member chooses to retire, is forced to resign or leaves office by way of Motion of No Confidence.
          Election of The Prime Minister
          • Nomination Period. When a vacancy in this position becomes available or an election has been called, all Members of the House who would seek such position, excepting the serving Lord President (unless they first retire, resign or otherwise leave office), must declare publicly in the Legislative Assembly their intent to seek said position within 7 days of the vacancy occuring. This period shall be known as the Nomination Period. During this period any Member of the House may question the Nominees about their intentions as Prime Minister and the Nominees must answer each question to the best of their ability or offer bribes as necessary.
          • In the event that The Lord President's office is or becomes vacant at the same time as the Prime Minister's office, The Lord President's office shall be dealt with first and a successor found before the appointment of the Prime Minister can continue.
          • Support of Nomination. During the Nomination Period, such nomination must gain at least 20 points from Declarations of Support or it shall be deemed to have failed. Each Member of the House may declare their support for any one nomination, with such support adding points to the tally according to that Member's House Rank as outlined below.
            • Lord President: 20 points (NOTE: House Rank of The Lord President is disregarded in this instance).
            • Grand Duke: 10 points.
            • Duke: 9 points.
            • Grand Marquis: 8 points.
            • Marquis: 7 points.
            • Lord Count: 6 points.
            • Count: 5 points.
            • Earl: 4 points.
            • Viscount: 3 points.
            • Baron: 2 points.
            • Lord: 1 points.
            The Nominee's own points according to their House Rank shall also be included in this tally. By way of example, a Lord may nominate and The Lord President may declare their support for that Nominee. As The Lord President's support holds a full 20 points and the Nominee's own rank of Lord grants them 1 point, such nomination shall be deemed to have been successful with a tally of 21, 1 point greater than the 20 required. Alternatively, a Lord may nominate and gain the support of nineteen other Lords and, having each the value of 1 point and therefore a total of 20 points, shall have such Nomination deemed successful. Any combination of support may also be acquired, such as a Marquis nominating and having the support of one Count and two Earls.
          • It is the duty of the Lord Chancellor to tally the points for each nomination at the end of the Nomination Period and if a value of 20 has been reached after all votes for and against have been counted, declare the nomination successful. Should any Member have declared support for two or more candidates, their support shall be deemed invalid and shall be declared as such by the Lord Chancellor and their vote removed from all tallies accordingly.
          • Should the serving Prime Minister choose to nominate, such nomination shall be immediately accepted regardless of the tally and no Statements Againt or in Support need be counted for such person.
          • Statement Against Nomination. Any Member of the House may choose to make a statement against a Nominee. Such statement will carry with it a subtraction of that Members vote value. As example, should a Count make a Statement Against, their vote value of 5 is subtracted from that Nominee's tally, meaning that such Nominee must now obtain more Statements of Support in order to counter said subtraction. A Member may only choose to either Support or make a Statement Against any one nominee. They may not do both. By way of example, any Member may choose to support a Nomination, in which event they are unable to make a Statement Against, or in Support of, any other Nomination.
          • As exception to the above rule, The Lord President may, in the interests of fair and open elections, support the nomination of several candidates if they should so choose. Nominees are encouraged to bribe the Lord President with such offers of Foreign Aid as may be accepted. Note that The Lord President is the only such Member who may support more than one candidate. Should The Lord President support any candidate, they may not make Statements Against any nomination. As such The Lord President is limited to either supporting one or more candidates or alternatively, choosing instead to make a Statement Against one candidate's nomination.
          • Appointment of the Prime Minister.
            • If at the end of the Nomiation Period, multiple nominations have successfully obtained the required 20 points, the candidates names shall be listed in a poll by the Lord Chancellor and for a Voting Period of 2 days, all Members of the House may vote for their preferred candidate of choice. During this period, candidates are encouraged to make such statements and bribes as necessary, including the offering of Cabinet positions, in order to encourage Members to vote for them and not any other candidate. At the end of the voting period, the candidate with the most votes shall assume the Office of Prime Minister and all the powers, authority and title granted to such Office.
            • If at the end of the Voting Period there is a tie between two or more of the leading candidates, The Lord President shall pick one of the tied candidates as he deems worthy and at that time, such candidate shall assume the Office of Prime Minister and all the power and authority there-of.
            • If at the end of the Nomination Period, only one nomination has obtained the required 20 points, then the successful Nominee shall be granted the Office of Prime Minister and have such power and authority bestowed upon them as is granted such position.
            • Should none of the Nominees gain the required 20 points before the Nomination Period ends, the Nominee with the most points in support shall be declared successful and shall immediately assume the Office of Prime Minister and all the priviledges there-of.
            • In the event of two or more candidates having less than the required support and there being a tied tally, with no candidate with a greater tally, all such tied nominations shall be declared as successful nominations, in which case there will a Voting Period as outlined above.
            • In the event that at the close of the Nomination Period no candidate has nominated, it is the duty of The Lord President to offer to a Member of the House that he deems worthy, the Office of Prime Minister. Should such Member accept, they will immediately assume the Office of Prime Minister. Should such person decline, The Lord President must make the offer to another Member of the House that they deem fit and proper, until such time as a Member is found who will accept the position.
          Formation of Cabinet
          • Once a Prime Minister has been appointed to Office, they must formally propose a Cabinet to the Legislative Assembly. A Cabinet is whereby the Prime Minister nominates Members of the House to serve in the postions of Field Marshal, High Commissioner and Exchequer as necessary. Candidates may have outlined their Cabinet intentions previously during the Nomination Period, however they are not required to uphold any promises made during that period, with this being politics and all. Members of the House will of course take this into consideration during their vote on such a Cabinet.
          • It is the duty of the Lord Chancellor to ensure that each Member nominated for a position in Cabinet meets the requirements of that position and if so, declares such nomination acceptable or unacceptable as the case may be. If a proposed Cabinet is declared unacceptable, the Prime Minister must propose another Cabinet with corrections as necesssary until such time as a Cabinet is declared acceptable.
          • If a proposed Cabinet has been declared by the Lord Chancellor to meet the necessary requirements, such Cabinet will be put to a vote of the Legislative Assembly. The vote will last for 3 days from the date of the Lord Chancellor's declaration.
          • If, at the end of the Voting Period, the proposed Cabinet has received a majority of support from all votes cast, the Cabinet will be accepted and the nominated individuals shall assume the positions of Office for which they have been nominated.
          • If, at the end of the Voting Period, a proposed Cabinet has failed to achieve the necessary majority support of all votes cast, the Prime Minister must propose a new Cabinet which, once deemed acceptable by the Lord Chancellor, shall be put to the vote again for another period of 3 days.
          • Should the Prime Minister fail three times in a row in having a proposed Cabinet accepted by the Legistalive Assembly, The Lord President shall appoint such people to Cabinet as he deems worthy and which meet the necessary requirements for the positions for which they are appointed.
          Duration of Service
          • Once appointed, the Prime Minister serves until such time as they choose to retire, are forced to resign, a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against them and they have been removed from office or an Election has been successful and another Member has been appointed to the position.
      • High Commissioner.
        • Power and Authority of the High Commissioner
          • Let it be known that a position with the Official Title of High Commissioner shall be established and that such position serves directly under The Prime Minister.
          • That such position is responsible for representing and speaking for The House of Lords abroad and particularly when The House is in discussion with other Alliances. The High Commissioner is also authorised to make such negotiations with Alliances as is necessary, according to the laws and ideals within this Great Charter or as ordered to by someone of higher authority.
          • That The High Commissioner may appoint under them such Ambassadors, Diplomats, Negotiators or similar positions as they deem is required in order to ensure good and friendly relations with other Alliances. These persons shall then have such power as is granted to them by The High Commissioner but their powers shall not exceed those of The High Commissioner. Furthermore, these persons may be dismissed at any time by The High Commissioner.
          • That on appointment, The High Commissioner has bestowed upon them the Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Benevolence or in the event that such Member already holds that or a higher Honour, advances to the next available Diplomatic Honour.
          • That for every continuous 90 day period of office The High Commissioner serves, such individual advances to the next Diplomatic Honour, until such time as they have obtained the highest non-reserved Diplomatic Honour in which case they shall advance no more.
          • In the absence or otherwise unavailability of The High Commissioner, The Prime Minister shall assume such responsibility temporarily until either The High Commissioner has returned, a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against the absent High Commissioner or an election has been called.
          Appointment of the High Commissioner
          • At such time as there is a vacancy in The High Commissioner's Office and an election has not been called, The Prime Minister shall seek out a Member of the House who holds the rank of Count or greater and who is willing to take on such position.
          • If an election has been called, the position shall be filled by method of that outlined previously in this document.
          • That once such person is found, The Prime Minister shall announce such to the Legislative Assembly, seeking the approval of all Members of the House by way of poll.
          • That such poll shall stand for 5 days, during which any Member of the House may vote "Aye" or "Nay" in support or against of the proposed nomination.
          • That, if at the end of 5 days, the poll shows 75% or greater votes in favour of the nomination, that such candidate shall be accepted and have bestowed upon them the Official Title, power and authority of The High Commissioner.
          • If, at the close of the voting period, such poll has not achieved 75% support or greater, The Prime Minister must seek out and nominate another acceptable candidate and the process shall continue until such candidate is found and is accepted by Members of the House.
          Duration of Service
          • Once appointed, The High Commissioner serves until such time as they choose to retire, resign, are forced out of Office by way of Motion of No Confidence or an election has been called and a new Member appointed in their place.
      • Field Marshal.
        • Power and Authority of the Field Marshal
          • Let it be known that a position with the Official Title of Field Marshal shall be established and that such position serves directly under The Prime Minister.
          • That such position is responsible for representing and organising The House of Lords in all military actions. The Field Marshal is authorised to make such orders or demands upon Members of the House as they deem necessary, provided such orders do not conflict with provisions made within this Great Charter.
          • That The Field Marshal may appoint under them such Generals, Colonels, Lieutenants or other similar positions as they deem is required in order to ensure the adequate defence of the House. These persons shall then have such power as is granted to them by The Field Marshal but their powers shall not exceed those of The Field Marshal. Furthermore, these persons may be dismissed at any time by The Field Marshal.
          • That on appointment, The Field Marshal has bestowed upon them the Military Honour of The Most Respected or in the event that such Member already holds that or a higher Honour, advances to the next available Military Honour.
          • That for every continuous 90 day period of office The Field Marshal serves, such individual advances to the next Military Honour, until such time as they have obtained the highest Military Honour in which case they shall advance no more.
          • In the absence or otherwise unavailability of The Field Marshal, The Prime Minister shall assume such responsibility temporarily until either The Field Marshal has returned, a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against the absent Field Marshal or an election has been called.
          Appointment of the Field Marshal
          • At such time as there is a vacancy in The Field Marshal's Office and an election has not been called, The Prime Minister shall seek out a Member of the House who holds the rank of Baron or greater and who is willing to take on such position.
          • If an election has been called, the position shall be filled by method of that outlined previously in this document.
          • That once such person is found, The Prime Minister shall announce such to the Legislative Assembly, seeking the approval of all Members of the House by way of poll.
          • That such poll shall stand for 5 days, during which any Member of the House may vote "Aye" or "Nay" in support or against of the proposed nomination.
          • That, if at the end of 5 days, the poll shows 75% or greater votes in favour of the nomination, that such candidate shall be accepted and have bestowed upon them the Official Title, power and authority of The Field Marshal.
          • If, at the close of the voting period, such poll has not achieved 75% support or greater, The Prime Minister must seek out and nominate another acceptable candidate and the process shall continue until such candidate is found and is accepted by Members of the House.
          Duration of Service
          • Once appointed, The Field Marshal serves until such time as they choose to retire, resign, are forced out of Office by way of Motion of No Confidence or an election has been called and a new Member appointed in their place.
      • Exchequer.
        • Power and Authority of the Exchequer
          • Let it be known that a position with the Official Title of Exchequer shall be established and that such position serves directly under The Prime Minister.
          • That such position is responsible for assisting Members of the House in the good running of their States by providing or organising access to such advice, information and aid as is necessary in order to ensure strong growth of The House of Lords.
          • That The Exchequer may appoint under them such persons with appropriate title as they deem is required, in order to ensure the efficient gathering or dispersion of such information and assistance. These persons shall then have such power as is granted to them by The Exchequer but their powers shall not exceed those of The Exchequer. Furthermore, these persons may be dismissed at any time by The Exchequer.
          • That on appointment, The Exchequer advances to the next available Diplomatic Honour for their service to the House.
          • That for every continuous 90 day period of office The Exchequer serves, such individual advances to the next Diplomatic Honour, until such time as they have obtained the highest non-reserved Diplomatic Honour in which case they shall advance no more.
          • In the absence or otherwise unavailability of The Exchequer, The Prime Minister shall assume such responsibility temporarily until either The Exchequer has returned, a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against the absent Exchequer or an election has been called.
          Appointment of the Exchequer
          • At such time as there is a vacancy in The Exchequer's Office and an election has not been called, The Prime Minister shall seek out any Member of the House who is willing to take on such position.
          • If an election has been called, the position shall be filled by method of that outlined previously in this document.
          • That once such person is found, The Prime Minister shall announce such to the Legislative Assembly, seeking the approval of all Members of the House by way of poll.
          • That such poll shall stand for 5 days, during which any Member of the House may vote "Aye" or "Nay" in support or against of the proposed nomination.
          • That, if at the end of 5 days, the poll shows 75% or greater votes in favour of the nomination, that such candidate shall be accepted and have bestowed upon them the Official Title, power and authority of The Exchequer.
          • If, at the close of the voting period, such poll has not achieved 75% support or greater, The Prime Minister must seek out and nominate another acceptable candidate and the process shall continue until such candidate is found and is accepted by Members of the House.
          Duration of Service
          • Once appointed, The Exchequer serves until such time as they choose to retire, resign, are forced out of Office by way of Motion of No Confidence or an election has been called and a new Member appointed in their place.
      • Lord Chancellor.
        • Power and Authority of The Lord Chancellor
          • Let it be known that a position with the Official Title of Lord Chancellor shall be established and that such position serves directly under The Lord President.
          • That such position is responsible for performing such duties as outlined in this document, known as the Great Charter, and that all Members of the House uphold the values, ideals and laws as outlined there-in.
          • That The Lord Chancellor, if requested by any Member of the House, is responsible for interpreting the Great Charter and giving such ruling as is deemed appropriate in order to uphold the values and ideals outlined here-in.
          • That on appointment, The Lord Chancellor advances immediately to the next available House Rank, if such rank is available.
          • That also on appointment, such position is granted the Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Virtuousness or in the event that such Member already holds such Honour or greater, advances to the next available Diplomatic Honour.
          • That for every continuous 90 day period of office The Lord Chancellor serves, such individual advances to the next Diplomatic Honour, until they have obtained the highest non-reserved Diplomatic Honour. When such event occurs, it is the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor to inform The Prime Minister or The Lord President, who shall then bestow upon The Lord Chancellor such Honour as they have earned by way of announcement in the Legislative Assembly.
          • That The Lord Chancellor must keep record of such time and events that result in the granting of title, rank or honour and, with the exception of matters pertaining to his own advancement, shall be responsible for declaring to the House the granting of such new honour, rank or title upon Members.
          • In the absence or otherwise unavailability of The Lord Chancellor, The Master of the Household shall assume such responsibility temporarily until either The Lord Chancellor has returned or a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against the absent Lord Chancellor.
          Appointment of the Lord Chancellor
          • At such time as there is a vacancy in The Lord Chancellor's Office, The Lord President shall seek out a Member of the House who holds the rank of Earl or greater and who is willing to take on such position.
          • That once such person is found, The Lord President shall announce such to the Legislative Assembly, seeking the approval of all Members of the House by way of poll.
          • That such poll shall stand for 5 days, during which any Member of the House may vote "Aye" or "Nay" in support or against of the proposed nomination.
          • That, if at the end of 5 days, the poll shows 75% or greater votes in favour of the nomination, that such candidate shall be accepted and have bestowed upon them the Official Title, power and authority of The Lord Chancellor.
          • If, at the close of the voting period, such poll has not achieved 75% support or greater, The Lord President must seek out and nominate another acceptable candidate and the process shall continue until such candidate is found and is accepted by Members of the House.
          Duration of Service
          • Once appointed, The Lord Chancellor serves until such time as they choose to retire, resign or are forced out of Office by way of Motion of No Confidence.
      • Master of the Household.
        • Power and Authority of The Master of the Household
          • Let it be known that a position with the Official Title of Master of the Household shall be established and that such position serves directly under The Lord Chancellor.
          • That such position is responsible for assisting The Lord Chancellor in the effective functioning and running of the House as outlined within the Great Charter. This includes, but is not limited to, the maintenance of accurate Member records, including House Rank, Official Title, Diplomatic Honour, Military Honour and other such title as necessary as well as ensuring that the function and structure of the House are adequate for Member's needs.
          • That on appointment, The Master of the Household advances to the next available Diplomatic Honour for their service to the House.
          • That for every continuous 90 day period of office The Master of the Household serves, such individual advances to the next Diplomatic Honour, until such time as they have obtained the highest non-reserved Diplomatic Honour in which case they shall advance no more.
          • In the absence or otherwise unavailability of The Master of the Household, The Lord Chancellor shall assume such responsibility temporarily until either The Master of the Household has returned or a Motion of No Confidence has been passed against the absent Master of the Household.
          Appointment of the Master of the Household
          • At such time as there is a vacancy in The Master of the Household's Office, The Lord Chancellor shall seek out any Member of the House who is willing to take on such position.
          • That once such person is found, The Lord Chancellor shall announce such to the Legislative Assembly, seeking the approval of all Members of the House by way of poll.
          • That such poll shall stand for 5 days, during which any Member of the House may vote "Aye" or "Nay" in support or against of the proposed nomination.
          • That, if at the end of 5 days, the poll shows 75% or greater votes in favour of the nomination, that such candidate shall be accepted and have bestowed upon them the Official Title, power and authority of The Master of the Household.
          • If, at the close of the voting period, such poll has not achieved 75% support or greater, The Lord Chancellor must seek out and nominate another acceptable candidate and the process shall continue until such candidate is found and is accepted by Members of the House.
          Duration of Service
          • Once appointed, The Master of the Household serves until such time as they choose to retire, resign or are forced out of Office by way of Motion of No Confidence.

        Retirement of an Office Holder
        • Announcement. Any Member of the Governing Body, if having held office for a period of 60 days or greater, no longer wishes to serve, may choose to retire from said position by way of announcement in the Legislative Assembly. Such position shall then be considered vacant from the time of announcement and a new Member appointed as per the rules governing that position.
        • Title. Upon retirement, the retiring Member loses the Official Title of their office. However, any such Member maintains any and all House Rank, Honour or other such Title as has been bestowed upon them, except in the circumstances specifically stated below:
          • Should The Lord President retire, then such Member upon retirement, loses the Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Eminence and assumes the highest non-reserved Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Illustriousness.
          • Should The Prime Minister retire, then such Member upon retirement loses the Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Excellency and assumes the second highest non-reserved Diplomatic Honour of His or Her Magnificence. However, in the event that such Member held a higher Diplomatic Honour before their appointment to the Prime Ministership, such Member re-assumes that Honour.
        • Powers. At such time as an announcement of retirement is made, such Office Holder shall be removed of all the Powers of Office.
        • Re-Appointment. Once retired, an individual who previously held a position of Office may not be offered, appointed to or stand for that position again, until at least a period of 60 days has passed from the date of said retirement or a Motion of Acceptance has been presented and passed in the Legislative Assembly. They may however, if such opportunity presents itself according to the laws of this Great Charter, seek and obtain any other role within the Governing Body without such motion during that time.

        Resignation of an Office Holder
        • Announcement. Any Member of the Governing Body, having held office for a period of less than 60 days or having been forced by way of Motion of No Confidence, may resign from such position by way of announcement in the Legislative Assembly.
        • Title. Upon resignation, the resigning Member loses all Diplomatic Honour, House Rank and other such titles bestowed upon them during their time of service and reverts to such Honour and Rank as they held before they obtained said position. It is the duty of the Lord Chancellor to keep record of all such honour and rank in the event of this occurance.
        • Powers. At such time as an announcement is made, the resigning Member shall be removed of all the Powers of Office.
        • Re-Appointment. Once resigned, an individual who previously held a position of Office may not be offered, appointed to or stand for any Position of Office again, until at least a period of 60 days has passed from the date of said resignation or a Motion of Acceptance has been presented and passed in the Legislative Assembly. They may not, if such opportunity presents itself according to the laws of this Great Charter, seek out or obtain any role within the Governing Body until either such time or motion have passed.

        Dismissal of an Office Holder
        • Motion of No Confidence. Any Member of the House may, at any time, move a Motion of No Confidence in an Office Holder should they feel said Office Holder has failed to uphold the ideals, values and / or duties of office as outlined in this Great Charter. At such time the Office Holder shall be subject to the rules and procedures according to the section on Motions of No Confidence outlined in this document.
      The above detail is represented by the following Organisation Chart made in SmartDraw 2007 because we bought the thing so we may as bloody well use it:
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    • Request for a Ruling

      Any Member of the House who feels that a decision made by any other Member of the House contradicts the values, ideals or laws as outlined in this Great Charter, may request a ruling on that decision. Such request must be made in the Legislative Assembly, outline the reasons why the Member feels a ruling needs to be made and point out what aspects of the Great Charter such Member believes to have been violated. At such time, it is the responsibility of The Lord Chancellor to read the Great Charter and make a ruling as to whether the laws or ideals of the House have been broken. If they have, it is the duty of The Lord Chancellor to propose such solution as is necessary to ensure the Charter is upheld, at all costs.

      Should any Member then feel that the ruling made by The Lord Chancellor is incorrect, they may call for a Judicial Committee to be formed. Such request must be made in the Legislative Assembly and must have a total support of 20 points from other Members of the House, as outlined in the points system previously established under the Election of the Prime Minister or alternatively, 75% support from all Members of the House who chose to vote on the said call. If such motion receives the required support, a Judicial Committee will be formed as per the instructions outlined in the section that follows. However, should such motion fail to receive the necessary support, then The Lord Chancellor's ruling shall be upheld.

    • Judicial Committee

      The Judicial Committee of the House is a non-standing Committee established only at such times as a call for a Judicial Committee has succeeded. Any member with a dispute within the House may call for such Committee to be established. A Committee is then formed of three Judges. The First Judge and Chief Justice must be a member in good standing within the House and is chosen and appointed by The Lord Chancellor. The Second Judge, also appointed by the Lord Chancellor, must be an independent member who is not of the House. Only other alliances with whom the House holds good relations may be requested to provide such a Judge. The Third and final Judge shall be appointed by the member who has called for the Committee and may be anyone they deem to be fit and proper. Judges assume the special title of His or Her Honour.

      The Committee shall then sit for a period of no greater than 7 days during which arguments will be heard from all involved parties over the issue in question. At such time as 7 days has passed from the forming of the Committee or if the Committee unanimously decides earlier, hearings will be closed and a recess of 1 day will be made to allow the Committee to determine a majority (2 out of 3) ruling. Once a ruling has been determined, it will be delivered on public record by the Presiding Judge and its verdict will be final, with no appeal possible.

      It is the duty of the Judicial Committee to hear all arguments for and against the disputed decision and then make a determination based solely on the values, ideals and laws outlined within this Great Charter. Such determination can include whatever steps are necessary to ensure the Great Charter is upheld and may include over-turning decisions mae by the Governing Body if such decisions have been deemed to go against the intentions of this document.

    • Motions of No Confidence

      Any Member of the House (the mover) may move a Motion of No Confidence in any other Member of the House (the accused) if they feel that such Member has failed to uphold the integrity of the House and the values or other ideals of the Great Charter. Such a Motion once moved, must then recieve the support of 20 points from other Members of the House in order to proceed. Should the motion fail to gain the necessary support within 7 days of being called, it will be declared by The Lord Chancellor to have failed. Otherwise, should the motion succeed, The Lord Chancellor shall declare it as such and a Judicial Committee shall be formed.

      Under this circumstance, it is the role of the Judicial Committee to hear both sides of the argument and to be presented with any evidence as is necessary to ensure a fair decision can be made. It is the responsibility of The Lord Chancellor to ensure the Judges have access to such evidence. After 7 days or if the Judges should decide unanimously earlier, the Judicial Committee must decide whether the accused has broken the laws or ideals of the Great Charter and shall issue such punishment as they feel is warranted depending on the circumstances of the case. This may include but is not limited to:
      • Removing a Member from Office;
      • Demoting a Member in House Rank or Honour;
      • Banning a Member from the House;
      • Enforcing a fine or other payment on the Member which must be paid to such person as the Judicial Committee declares is appropriate;
      • In extreme circumstances, issuing a Declaration of War against a Member and ordering that such Member shall be ZI'd for their transgressions.

      If a Motion of No Confidence is called against a Member who holds Office, such Member is not permitted to retire until the Motion has been dealt with. However, during this time they may wish to resign from their Office according to the guidelines on resignation and thereby avoid any further punishment. At such time the Motion of No Confidence shall be considered closed and their office vacant.

    • Amending the Charter
      20 points support, then put to vote of all Members. 75% approval or greater, gets passed.
     
  6. DarkUnderlord

    DarkUnderlord Administrator Staff Member

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    Things to add and some general notes:
    • Possible crimes and punishments.
    • Treason - changing forum or admin password without informing Lord PRes, PM, Lord CHanc and Master of the House. Plotting against lord Pres. Declaring war on member of the House. Account is deleted (executed) and member is declared war on. Failing to have members in range, public post is made in CN forums informing community of actions and declaring "open season" on treasonous person. Manipulating via way of database a vote.
    • Quid Pro Quo is a perfectly acceptable principle. Members of the House that do for others shall expect others to do for them. Members of the House who, by their sovereign right, refuse to aid others may find that such aid is not offered to them in their time of need.

      Member may choose not to partake in defense action but other members may choose to repay that member by refusing advancement of rank and title or not aiding in his defense when he is attacked.
    • If member feels they'v given aid or defense and hasn't been recognised, can reuqest recognition in Leg Asem stating what thye've done and why they feel they deserve recognition. Can be rejected or accepted. PM or Lord Pres can at such time accept/. If they reject, matter is put to vote of the Leg Assem and if 75% accept, its passed.
    • If we're attacked, Nation's that are at least 1.5 to 2 times the aggressors strength shall respond and declare war. should the House fail to have such members in that range, a public declaration will be made in the CN forums, apealing to theassistance of the CN community in their help wih dealing with the aggressor.
    • Motion of No Confidence due to Absenteeism, has not been seen or spoken in the House for 15 days and has not given reason for absence or has given reason and Lord Pres deems such member has had plenty of time. OR Member's nation has been deleted.
    • The Roster of Nations shall be kept in the Hall of Records.
    • Member of the House - Anyone who holds Membership, regardless of rank, within the House of Lords.
    • Zero Technology by continuing to raid and declare on the individual until strength requirements no longer permit them to do so.
     
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    Spuddy New Member

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    I'd like to propose, in keeping with our grand vocabulary, that we proclaim an Act of Attainder for traitors. As per medieval English usage, this is basically a note saying that the traitor has lost all his positions and is now fair game for punishment. I just think it would sound nice if we should ever have to publish something of that sort at either HoL or CN. Briefly: the Act of Attainder makes the traitor attainted, so anything we can take from him is our legal possessions, and anything we do to him is also legal. And please don't aid or abet the traitor lest you get attainted too.

    Anyhow, I like very much! Full marks to DU for this massive undertaking and keeping the overall tone up throughout.
     
  8. Xz

    Xz Monkey Admin Staff Member

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    Dammit, I never knew it was this much work when I accepted to be nominated for Lord Chancellor. :p

    It had better get me a reward of some sort.
     
  9. DarkUnderlord

    DarkUnderlord Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, the first thing you need to do is find a Master of the Household. Then the second thing you need to do is delegate. Delegate a lot.
     
  10. Philes

    Philes Well-Known Member

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    Wow, very impressive looking, thanks for all the hard work!

    Might I suggest particulars on the process of the membership No Confidence vote? If it ever came to it and people were split, there should be definite rules and procedures to follow for a delicate matter such as this.
     
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    Uh, what you're talking about sounds like the part on Motions of No Confidence at the very end.
    Oh, and a question I've been wanting to make: Who is going to handle recruitment?
     
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    Philes Well-Known Member

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    Ah yes, thanks Silvara. I guess my mind was blanking out by the time I got to the end of the beast.
     
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    Grossenschwamm Well-Known Member

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    I've read and read and read this charter in its many forms, and I just can't find anything wrong with it.
    I mean, I'm not expecting there to be something terribly wrong, it's just I think everything was covered.
     
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