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Year 8, Day 12; Ratified on Year 8, Day 98

From this day forward we declare the founding of a New Republic and the return of democracy as the leading governmental system in the Galaxy. The New Republic is committed to:

  • Serving the people of the Galaxy on both member and non-member planets;
  • Equality among all people regardless of race, sex, or social background;
  • Freedom of speech;
  • Establishing and maintaining democracy in its Government; and
  • Providing protection for those unable to defend themselves.


We reject the personal accumulation of power, and believe that power should be used only in the service of others. This belief will be reflected and enforced by our actions.

SECTION ONE: GOVERNMENT

Article One: Powers

1.1.1. Powers shall be delegated by the people to an elected Senate in the following areas:
1.1.2. Economic development policy;
1.1.3. Military policy and the declaration and cessation of war;
1.1.4. Diplomatic policy;
1.1.5. Legislation;
1.1.6. Justice and punishments policy; and
1.1.7. Trade and commercial policy.

1.2. The Advisory Council exists with members equally split between military and civil leaders, and a total of no more than ten members. This council will supply the Senate and Chief of State with economic development, military, trade and commercial, legal, diplomatic, and intelligence advice. The council members will be responsible for decision-making within their respective departments, but the council itself is not a decision-making body.

1.3. A Chief of State shall be elected to chair the Advisory Council.

Article Two: The Senate

2.1.1. The Senate shall comprise seven members, each equal to the others in status and responsibility, although the Senate may elect a Speaker for administrative purposes.
2.1.2. The Senate may function with less than seven members when a Senator vacates a seat during a session, as stated in Article 2.8.

2.2. The Senate shall be elected by the New Republic Citizens in two elections per year; eligible voters are citizens of the New Republic as defined in Section Five. Campaigning for the two separate Senate elections each year will begin on Days 78 and 260.

2.3.1. Any citizen of the New Republic may be elected to a position on the Senate, except for those detailed in the remainder of 2.3. A citizen is as defined in Section Five.
2.3.2. Those who do not fulfil the conditions in Section Five;
2.3.3. Citizens with restricted citizenship;
2.3.4. Members of the Advisory Council;
2.3.5. The Chief of State;
2.3.6. Registered Judges of the Judiciary;
2.3.7. Citizens with a criminal record as detailed in Section Five;
2.3.8. Former Senators may not be elected to the Senate in the by-election to fill the seat he or she resigned from; and
2.3.9. Current Senators whose seats are not up for election in that particular election.

2.4. Campaigning will be held for ten days at the New Republic Communication Centre and may only be done in the designated campaign area(s). Each candidate will have two threads. The first thread is for the candidate to put forth their views, background and any other information the candidate feels is relevant. The second thread is to be used for voters to ask questions of the candidate and for the candidate to reply with answers. Spamming of campaign messages on the New Republic Communication Centre or on official New Republic communication channels is not allowed.

2.5. The votes for the election for the Senate shall be open for seven days and shall be entirely anonymous. The election can be extended for seven extra days at the Chief of State's request or more than fifty New Republic citizens' signatures in the Referendum Area. Each eligible voter will have as many votes as there are seats to fill, regardless of the number of candidates. Only one vote may be cast per candidate. Voters may change their votes as long as voting remains open. The Chief of State shall be responsible for ensuring that the elections are clear and conspicuous. Candidates may continue to campaign during the voting period.

2.6.1. At least four seats of the Senate will be contested at each day 78 election and at least three seats will be contested each day 260 election. The four candidates receiving the most votes during the day 78 election and the three candidates receiving the most votes during the day 260 election will be elected for a period of one year. In the event of a greater number of Senate seats needing to be elected, extra candidates will be installed as Senators. Any remaining open seat(s) will be taken up by the candidate(s) with the next highest amount of votes until all seats are filled.
2.6.2. In the case of a tie, a run-off election is to be held immediately between all tied candidates and will run for seven days. All eligible voters are entitled to vote in a run-off election and have one vote for each seat still being contested. In the case of a tie during a run-off election that continues to leave Senate seat(s) still in contention, the Senators for the new session will vote to decide who gets the seat, with the Chief of State breaking any ties that occur during this vote. Candidates may continue to campaign during this run-off voting period.
2.6.3. To be eligible for election to a Senate seat, a candidate must receive at least 25% of the votes of the candidate with the most votes in the same election. This also applies in run-off elections, and the figure for a run-off election is taken from the previous regular election. In the case of a by-election, this figure is taken from the candidate with the most votes from the previous Senate election.
2.6.4. In the event that a Senate seat(s) remains unfilled due to not having a candidate(s) reach the required number of votes, a run-off election will be called between all unsuccessful candidates to decide who gets the seat(s). Candidates may continue to campaign during this voting period.

2.7. A Senator may carry out other duties at the same time as being a Senator, and may stand for election as a Senator whilst holding a leadership office within the New Republic. Article 2.3 applies to determine any positions a Senator may not hold whilst in office.

2.8.1. If a Senator is unable or unwilling to complete his/her term, their seat will remain vacant until the next general election or by-election, whichever comes first.
2.8.2. By-elections will be called on day 175 and day 345 if there is at least one (1) vacant seat in the Senate. However, should the number of vacant seats reach three (3) at any given time, then emergency by-elections will be called immediately. There will be no emergency by-elections within 30 days of the start of a Senate general election campaign.
2.8.3. During by-elections, standard election procedures are followed. The candidate with the highest amount of votes at the end of the by-election will be installed to the open Senate seat with the highest remaining term. In the event of a greater number of Senate seats needing to be elected in a by-election, extra candidates will be installed as Senators. Any remaining open seat(s) will be taken up by the candidate(s) with the next highest amount of votes until all seats are filled.
2.8.4. If more than one Senator leaves the Senate at the same time or any other Senator is unable to complete his or her term during a by-election, all open seats at the time voting starts will be included in the by-election and the number of votes each voter can cast will be equal to the number of open seats.
2.8.5. Once the regular Senate seats for election have been confirmed, the candidate with the next highest amount of votes will be elected to the longest term available from the remaining seats up for election. If more than one of these extra seats are up for election, the process is repeated until all seats are filled. In the case of a tie, Article 2.6.2 applies.

2.9. If a Senator loses their citizenship during their term in office, they will be removed as a Senator with immediate effect. This includes Senators who take up restricted citizenship during their term in office. In the case of events outside a citizen's control which cause their Senate seat to be lost in this manner, the individual can appeal to the Senate as outlined in Section Five.

2.10.1. If a Senator is a member of a Private Sector Affiliate that loses its Private Sector Agreement, said Senator has seven days to return to the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or a private sector affiliate. If they do not, they will lose their citizenship under Section Five of the New Republic Constitution and be removed as a Senator. In the case of events outside a citizen's control which cause their Senate seat to be lost in this manner, the individual can appeal to the Senate as outlined in Section Five.
2.10.2. If a Senator leaves the New Republic to create a Private Company, said Senator will able to retain a Senate seat if a Private Sector Agreement is applied for within seven days. Said Senator will retain their Senate seat and New Republic citizenship during the approval process. If it is not accepted, said Senator must return to the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or a private sector affiliate within seven days from the declining. If they do not, they will lose their citizenship under Section Five of the New Republic Constitution and be removed as a Senator. In the case of events outside a citizen's control which cause their Senate seat to be lost in this manner, the individual can appeal to the Senate as outlined in Section Five.

Article Three: Chief of State

3.1 The Chief of State shall be elected by the New Republic Citizens in one election per year; eligible voters are citizens of the New Republic as defined in Section Five. Campaigning for the Chief of State election each year will begin on Day 351.

3.2.1. Any citizen of the New Republic may be elected as Chief of State except for those detailed in the remainder of 3.2. A citizen is as defined in Section Five.
3.2.2. Those who do not fulfil the conditions in Section Five;
3.2.3. Citizens with restricted citizenship;
3.2.4. Citizens with a criminal record as detailed in Section Five;
3.2.5. Citizens who have been elected Chief of State for the past two consecutive Chief of State terms, this does not include elected terms that are the result of an emergency election if said term is less than six months long; and
3.2.6. A former Chief of State may not be elected as Chief of State in the emergency election called as a result of his or her resignation as Chief of State.

3.3. Campaigning will be held for ten days at the New Republic Communication Centre and may only be done in the designated campaign area(s). Each candidate will have two threads. The first thread is for the candidate to put forth their views, background and any other information the candidate feels is relevant. The second thread is to be used for voters to ask questions of the candidate and for the candidate to reply with answers. Spamming of campaign messages on the New Republic Communication Centre or on New Republic communication channels is not allowed.

3.4. The votes for the election for the Chief of State shall be open for seven days and shall be entirely anonymous. The election can be extended for seven extra days with a majority vote of the Senate or more than fifty New Republic citizens' signatures in the Referendum Area. Each eligible voter will have one vote. Only one vote may be cast per candidate. Voters are able to change their votes throughout the voting period. The Senate will be responsible for ensuring the election is clear and conspicuous or the Advisory Council in the case of the Senate being unable. Candidates may continue to campaign during the voting period.

3.5. In the event no single candidate receives more than 50% of the votes, the two candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will immediately face each other in a run-off election, open for seven extra days. The two candidates may continue to campaign.

3.6. The Chief of State may not hold any other position during his/her time in office.

3.7. The Chief of State is the democratically elected leader of the New Republic Government and chairs the Advisory Council. The Chief of State leads the New Republic in name and action and must uphold the values of the Republic at all times, working towards the betterment of the New Republic.

3.8.1 The Chief of State is not a part of the Senate and cannot vote on any matters brought forward in the Senate Chambers under regular circumstances. The Chief of State may put forward proposals to, and give advice to the Senate when needed.
3.8.2 The Chief of State is responsible for breaking tied votes in the Senate. This is only to come into effect once all Senators have either voted or all remaining votes have been accepted as abstentions. The Chief of State does not have to break the tie one way or the other and may abstain from voting. If this happens, the proposed legislation is to go back to the Senate and the vote is discarded.
3.8.3 The Chief of State is to ensure fair and conspicuous Senate elections.

3.9. Upon election, a Chief of State appoints one of the Advisory Council members as the Deputy Chief of State. The Deputy Chief of State must meet the conditions outlined in 3.2. The Deputy will take on the duties of Chief of State if the Chief of State is unable to do so, and will oversee immediate Chief of State elections should the Chief of State be removed from office or resign. Should the appointed Council member become unavailable, a new Deputy will be appointed. The Chief of State may replace the Deputy with another Advisory Council member as Deputy Chief of State at any time.

Article Four: Advisory Council

4.1. The Advisory Council is appointed on merit by the Chief of State. The executive officer or the deputy of the department concerned should be the first candidate considered for the Advisory Council position.

4.2. The Advisory Council consists of at least five members: Chief of Military Operations, Minister of State, Minister of Trade and Industry, High Ambassador, and Director of New Republic Intelligence. The Chief of State may also select, on a permanent or temporary basis, up to five additional advisors.

4.3.1. The Advisory Council is responsible for:
4.3.2. Developing policy to bring before the Senate;
4.3.3. Operational (day-to-day and strategic) running of civil and military departments;
4.3.4. Providing expertise and advice to the Senate and Chief of State, including the preparation of special reports and presentations;
4.3.5. Taking operational decisions on what to do with the assigned budgets;
4.3.6. Strategic planning for the Republic;
4.3.7. All internal structure below the Advisory Council level; and
4.3.8. Helping the Chief of State ensure that elections are fair.

4.4. The Chief of Naval Command, the Chief of Starfighter Command and the Chief of Army Command will report directly to the Chief of Military Operations. The Minister of Trade and Industry, the Minister of Civil Engineering, and the Minister of Natural Resources will report directly to the Minister of State.

4.5. The Director of the New Republic Intelligence Service and the High Ambassador will report directly to the Chief of State.

Article Five: Votes of No Confidence


5.1. Any Senator or Advisory Council member may call for a vote of no-confidence in the Chief of State. If this happens then both the Advisory Council and the Senate vote separately. If at least 66% of either body votes in favor of the no-confidence vote then a populace-wide vote is held. If a majority of the voting populace is in favor of the no-confidence vote, the Chief of State is required to resign, relinquish control of the New Republic to his or her Deputy and an emergency election is called (see Article Six).

5.2. Any Senator may call a vote of no confidence in any other Senator at any time. If this happens, then the entire Senate will vote. If at least 66% of the Senate vote for the no confidence motion, then the Senator must resign (see Article 2.8.1).

5.3. Any Senator or Advisory Council member may call for a vote of no-confidence in an Advisory Council member. If this happens then both the Advisory Council and the Senate vote separately. If at least 66% of either body votes in favor of no-confidence vote, then the council member will step down. The Chief of State may express no confidence in any Advisory Council member at any time, the member will then step down (see Article Six).

5.4. Any member of the New Republic in good standing and having been a member for at least 90 days, may call a vote of no-confidence in their division commanding officer. If that vote is supported by at least 10% of the members of that command with a minimum of two members, satisfying the same conditions, a vote will be held among all New Republic members. If at least 66% vote for the no-confidence motion, then the subject in question must step down.

5.5. Any citizen of the New Republic in good standing and having been a citizen with the right to vote as defined in 10.2.2, may call a vote of no-confidence in a Senator at any time, at which point a referendum will be called. Each citizen may call a vote of no-confidence once per Senator, per session. All regular referendum conditions must be met to start a poll as stated in Article 8.2.1. If the vote goes to referendum, it will pass if it meets the conditions in Article 8.2.5. If the referendum passes, the Senator must resign.

5.6. Any citizen of the New Republic in good standing and having been a citizen with the right to vote as defined in 10.2.2, may call a vote of no-confidence in the Chief of State at any time, at which point a referendum will be called. Each citizen may call a vote of no-confidence once every six months. All regular referendum conditions must be met to start a poll as stated in Article 8.2.1. If the vote goes to referendum, it will pass if it meets the conditions in Article 8.2.5 at which point the Advisory Council and the Senate will both vote separately. If at least 66% of either body votes in favour of the no-confidence vote then the Chief of State is required to resign, relinquish control of the New Republic to his or her Deputy and an emergency election is called (see Article Six).

Article Six: Emergency Elections and Measures


6.1. In the event of a Chief of State resigning, dying in office or being voted out of office through a no confidence vote, the appointed member of the Advisory Council will assume temporary leadership of the Republic (assuming he or she meets the requirements in 3.2) on behalf of the Senate and Advisory Council. A full election will immediately be set up, in which the acting leader may participate and stand in just as any other eligible citizen may.

6.2. In the event of an Advisory Council member resigning, dying in office or being removed under 5.3, a replacement will be immediately sought in accordance with 4.1.

SECTION TWO: JUSTICE AND PUNISHMENT

Article Seven: Legal Process

7.1.1. If any person breaks a law of the New Republic, they may be detained and tried under Republic law. All trials are open to the public, except in cases where Republic secrets are at stake. This is to be decided by the Director of the New Republic Intelligence Service.
7.1.2. Any person charged with offences relating to work at the Advisory Council level will be tried by the Senate, in which case at least 67% of the vote votes is required for a guilty verdict.

7.2. The Associate Minister of Justice has the authority to appoint judges to serve at trials. All appointed Judges must be confirmed to be a fit and proper person for the role of Judge by the Senate. For the trial they are serving, the Judges should have little or no previous involvement or relationship with the defendant. Members of the Senate, the Advisory Council, and the Chief of State may not serve as trial Judges, except in cases per Article 7.1.2.

7.3. All defendants are entitled to defence counsel. This can be any person in the Galaxy, excluding members of enemy factions, members of the Senate, members of the Advisory Council, and the Chief of State. If the person does not find their own defence counsel, they will be appointed one by the Associate Minister of Justice. Should the defendant wish to represent themselves, they may do.

7.4.1. Any citizen of the Republic may serve as a defence counselor or trial prosecutor except members of the Senate, the Advisory Council and the Chief of State. The counsel for the prosecution will be appointed by the Associate Minister of Justice. The Judges may veto a prosecutor or defence counsel if they feel there is a conflict of interest.
7.4.2. Both the prosecution and the defence shall receive all of the relevant evidence to the trial. If both do not receive an item of evidence, that evidence is null.

7.5.1. Any citizen of the New Republic may serve as a Judge in the Justice Department except for those detailed in 7.5.2 and 7.5.3.
7.5.2. Any citizen with a prior conviction for a serious crime (Class I, II or III).
7.5.3. Any citizen that is not deemed fit and proper by the Senate.

7.6. If the defendant is found not guilty, they are to be released immediately following the trial, and is entitled to be returned to a location of their choice, excluding territory considered hostile by the New Republic.

7.7.1. If the defendant is found guilty, the Judges will sentence accordingly at his/her/their discretion, within the limit of the law.
7.7.2. If the defendant is found guilty and sentenced, they may appeal to the Chief of State. The Chief of State may review the trial and has the power to grant a pardon or commutation.
7.7.3. The Chief of State cannot pardon him/herself.

7.8. Any New Republic citizen shall be subject to the Criminal Code.

7.9.1. The individuals detailed in 7.9.2, 7.9.3 and 7.9.4 shall be subject to the Code of Military Justice as well as the Criminal Code.
7.9.2. Any individual serving on any New Republic Military Operation. This includes both serving military officers and civilians that may be taking part in said operation. Civilians are to be told when they are working as part of a military operation, and are thus, if they are subject to the Code of Military Justice. This is generally considered to be the case whenever a citizen is required to sign-in to military check-in threads or is taking orders from a military officer and working on the same project as other officers under their command.
7.9.3. Any individual serving in a branch of the New Republic Military.
7.9.4. Any individual serving in a New Republic Private Sector Paramilitary Group.

SECTION THREE: AMENDMENTS AND LEGISLATION

Article Eight: Creating and Amending Laws

8.1.1. There are three possible legislative powers, all of which belong to the Senate:
8.1.2. Amendments to the Constitution;
8.1.3. Acts of the Senate; and
8.1.4. Secondary Legislation.

8.2. Amendments to the Constitution can only be made by referendum among New Republic members.
8.2.1.1. Referendums may be proposed in any one of the following ways:
8.2.1.2. The Senate brings forward an amendment, which must be approved by a majority vote in the Senate before being put to referendum.
8.2.1.3. The populace gathers the number of signatures equal to or more than 18% of the votes cast in the most recent Chief of State election (rounded up to the nearest whole number) on an amendment proposed by a citizen or group of citizens to go up for referendum. The petition shall be posted in a referendum petition area as a new thread with the first post being the original part of the Constitution and the amended part below it. Those signing the petition will simply post their names once in that thread. The petition will then have 3 weeks from the first post to gather the necessary signatures, before continuing with 8.2.2. Should the number of signatures not be reached within 3 weeks time, the amendment must wait until after the following Senate election to be posted again.
8.2.2. The Minister of State will post the proposed amendment in the referendum voting area. If the Minister is unable to do so, the Chief of State or the Speaker of the Senate will post the proposed amendment.
8.2.3. There shall be one week of additional discussion between when the amendment is announced and when the vote begins. The Minister of State will start the vote in the referendum voting area. If the Minister is unable to do so, the Chief of State or the Speaker of the Senate will start the vote.
8.2.4. Polls shall be open for seven days and advertised and announced in official communication areas by the Minister of State. If the Minister is unable to do so, the Chief of State or the Speaker of the Senate, or a designee thereof will make the announcement.
8.2.5. The referendum passes if the total number of votes cast is equal to or more than 33% of the total votes in the most recent Chief of State election (rounded up to the nearest whole number) and over 66% of the votes cast are in favour of the amendment.
8.2.6. If the referendum passes, it will go into effect immediately. Once the referendum passes, if the amendment pertains to elections or referenda and voting has started on another election or referendum, it will not affect that election or referendum and will go into effect once that election or referendum is complete.

8.3. Amendments must be carried out if changes are to be made that contradict any statement made in the Constitution.

8.4. If an issue is separate to the Constitution, then an Act of the Senate can be passed. An Act can be passed by a majority vote in the Senate, and can include both policy and legal clauses.

8.5. An Act of the Senate is required to introduce new areas of laws - including crimes and maximum punishments, and commercial/economic law.

8.6. An Act may be presented to the Senate by a Senator, the Chief of State, Minister of State or Chief of Military Operations.

8.7. If an Act is passed by the Senate, it may be vetoed within 30 days of passage by the Chief of State who can then send it back to the Senate. If the Senate passes the Act again with at least a 70% majority, the Act becomes law.

8.8. The Senate may ask for amendments to an Act before passing it, in which case it may be presented again with amendments. However, they may not attach conditions to any vote.

8.9. Secondary legislation consists of revisions and merging of existing Acts. It may not contradict anything stated in any other Act or in the Constitution, but may be added on top of or to update current laws.

8.10. Secondary legislation may be presented to the Senate by the Chief of State, Minister of State, Chief of Military Operations or a Senator.

8.11. Secondary legislation can be passed by a majority vote in the Senate.

8.12. If secondary legislation is passed by the Senate, it may be vetoed within 30 days of passage by the Chief of State who can then send it back to the Senate. If the Senate passes the legislation again with at least a 70% majority, the legislation becomes law.

8.13. If the secondary legislation becomes law, a record of the previous version of the Act must remain on record and be publicly accessible. The date the new legislation is passed must be visible on the Act.

SECTION FOUR: ADDITIONAL POWERS

Article Nine

9.1. Anything not expressly prohibited by the Constitution is thus not governed under its laws and may be governed by Acts of the Senate.

9.2. All powers not delegated by the Constitution, and that which is necessary to the preservation of the good order of the Republic, shall be delegated by the Chief of State to such as he or she sees fit.

SECTION FIVE: CITIZENSHIP AND RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL

Article Ten: Citizenship and Rights of the Individual

10.1. New Republic Citizenship is granted, after approval by the New Republic Intelligence Service, by being a member of the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate, whether a member has active duties within one of these groups or not.
10.1.1. Any citizen that receives orders to leave the New Republic to aid a member of the Galactic Alliance or allied group is still considered a citizen provided they return upon completion of said orders.
10.1.2. Any citizen that is found to be Force Sensitive and decides to leave and train with a Galactic Alliance force group is still considered a citizen.
10.1.2.1. After Knighthood or the equivalent is obtained, if the individual has not returned to the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate; then that individual is no longer considered a citizen. If the individual returns to the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate, then regular citizenship rules apply to the individual.
10.1.2.2. Any recognised member of a Galactic Alliance force-group without Government status who was previously a New Republic citizen for at least three months can apply to the New Republic for restricted citizenship. The application is reviewed by NRI and may be declined. If the force-group acquires Government status, restricted citizenship will be dropped.
10.1.3. Any citizen that leaves the New Republic, its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate for another company or group (excluding exceptions in Articles 10.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.1.3.1, 10.1.4, 10.1.4.1, 10.1.4.2, 10.1.4.3, 10.1.5 and 10.1.6) loses their citizenship.
10.1.3.1. If a citizen should leave the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate but returns in less than 7 days, their citizenship may not be lost. Those seven days will be treated as a leave of absence and New Republic Intelligence will need to review the situation to determine if the individual left for an enemy group. During this time they will have restricted citizenship. In the case of events outside a citizen's control which cause citizenship to be lost in this manner, the individual can appeal to the Senate who will decide whether the individual will lose citizenship. A simple majority is required on the vote.
10.1.4. Any citizen that leaves the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate in order to create a new company will lose their citizenship if a Private Sector Agreement is not applied for in the seven day period referenced in Article 10.1.3.1. They will retain their citizenship if they apply within the seven day period. In the case of events outside a citizen's control which cause citizenship to be lost in this manner, the individual can appeal to the Senate who will decide whether the individual will lose citizenship. A simple majority is required on the vote.
10.1.4.1. While a decision is pending on the Private Sector Agreement, a non-citizen is granted restricted citizenship under the terms of Article 10.3 until said Private Sector Agreement is granted or the individual joins the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate. In either case, the individual is given full citizenship.
10.1.4.2. If the Private Sector Agreement is unsuccessful, the New Republic citizens within the potential Private Sector Affiliate have seven days to apply to return to the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or private sector affiliate. If they do not apply to return within those seven days, they will lose their citizenship. In the case of events outside a citizen's control which cause citizenship to be lost in this manner, the individual can appeal to the Senate who will decide whether the individual will lose citizenship. A simple majority is required on the vote. Non-citizens lose their restricted citizenship immediately.
10.1.4.3. If a Private Sector Agreement is terminated by the New Republic, all New Republic citizens within that Private Company have seven days to return to the New Republic, one of its nationalised companies or a private sector affiliate. If they do not return within those seven days, they will lose their citizenship. In the case of events outside a citizen's control which cause citizenship to be lost in this manner, the individual can appeal to the Senate who will decide whether the individual will lose citizenship. A simple majority is required on the vote.
10.1.5. Any citizen that receives permission to leave under the Military Extended Leave of Absence is still considered a citizen.
10.1.6. Any citizen that joins a non-faction group that is not affiliated with a recognised enemy of the New Republic will not lose their citizenship, provided they meet all the conditions to be considered a citizen. If a citizen joins a non-faction group that is affiliated with a recognised enemy of the New Republic, their citizenship will be reviewed by NRI and said individual may be stripped of their citizenship.

10.2. New Republic Citizens are guaranteed the following rights:
10.2.1. The right to access the New Republic Communications Systems, which includes both the New Republic Communication Centre and official communication channels.
10.2.2. The right to vote in all elections and referenda after three consecutive months of citizenship up to the relevant election.
10.2.2.1. Any citizen convicted of an offense will not be able to vote in an election during any jail sentence he or she serves.
10.2.3. The right to campaign for an elected office after 12 consecutive months of citizenship up to the relevant election.
10.2.3.1. Any citizen convicted of any Class Three offense will not be able to run for an elected office or become a Judge within the New Republic during their jail sentence and for a period of twelve months after his or her jail sentence ends.
10.2.3.2. Any citizen convicted of any Class Two offense will not be able to run for an elected office or become a Judge within the New Republic during their jail sentence and for a period of twenty-four months after his or her jail sentence ends.
10.2.3.3. Any citizen convicted of any Class One offense will not be able to run for an elected office or become a Judge within the New Republic.
10.2.3.4. If a citizen is convicted of multiple crimes of any Class, lower than Class One, all time periods are cumulative.
10.2.4. The New Republic shall not pass any law preventing the free exercise of a religion nor shall any law be passed that limits the freedom of speech, the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble.
10.2.5. The New Republic shall not subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons or belongings. No warrants shall be issued without probable cause or reason.
10.2.6. No person shall be tried twice for the same offense, nor shall any person be compelled to witness against themselves, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.
10.2.7. The New Republic will take no private property for public use without permission or fair compensation.
10.2.8. The New Republic shall not impose excessive fines, nor inflict cruel and unusual punishment.
10.2.9. The list of rights in the Constitution shall not be interpreted to deny other rights held by the people.

10.3. In certain circumstances restricted citizenship is granted. Restricted citizenship is defined as not having the right to vote or run for office. Restricted citizenship does not count towards any time requirement to vote or run for an elected office. Any time spent as a full citizen prior to becoming a restricted citizen is retained and does count towards running and voting requirements upon resumption of full citizenship. If an individual has been on 12 months or more of restricted citizenship, they must meet the requirements to vote and run for an elected office, including previous time served, and wait at least 3 months before they can vote or run for an elected office; whichever time period is longer.

SECTION SIX: New Republic Intelligence Service

Article Eleven: New Republic Intelligence Service (NRI)

11.1. The Director of NRI shall determine the availability of information regarding gathered intelligence and sources.

11.2. The CoS and the AC should be privy to all information necessary for the proper day-to-day operation of the New Republic.

11.3. The Senate should be privy to all information necessary for long-term planning and New Republic policy decisions.

11.4. The DNRI may refuse to divulge the identity of NRI agents, the status of specific NRI operations, and other similar items of information necessary for the security of the NR if it is deemed necessary.

11.5. The CoS or any AC member may call for a vote within the AC for such information to be divulged if it is deemed necessary.


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