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Constitution of the Haifo-Pallisican Imperial Trade Union

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Drafted and ratified in 37.87 PSSC, on the anniversary of the establishment of the First Republic of Passas, the Constitution of the Haifo-Pallisican Imperial Trade Union outlines the structure and function of the Bassarid government.

Chapter I: Principles of the Imperial Trade Union

The Haifo-Pallisican Imperial Trade Union, desiring to establish justice, liberty, and security, to promote the well-being of all its peoples, in the exercise of its sovereignty, proclaims its will to:

Guarantee coexistence within the Constitution and the laws, in accordance with a fair economic and social order.

Consolidate a State of Law which ensures the rule of law as the expression of the will of the Crown of Passio-Corum.

Protect all peoples in the Nation in the exercise of human rights, of their culture and traditions, languages and institutions.

Promote the progress of culture and of the economy to ensure a dignified quality of life for all.

Therefore, the Council of Courts of the Haifo-Pallisican Imperial Trade Union ratifies the following CONSTITUTION

Article 1

1. The Haifo-Pallisican Imperial Trade Union, further called the Imperial Trade Union, or the Bassarids, is a trade federation which exists between the Major and Minor Domains, and Dependencies that constitute the broad regions known as Associate Domains. The Associate Domains are:

  1. Corumia
  2. Euranidom
  3. Keltiania
  4. Haifa-Bassaridia

2. Any regions of Bassaridia not listed above shall be regarded as possessions of the Crown of Passio-Corum, or of the New Zimian War League.

3. Any regions of Bassaridia not listed above, and not regarded as possessions of the Crown of Passio-Corum or of the New Zimian War League, shall be regarded as part of the Bassarid Periphery, which shall be presided over by the Permanent Delegation to the Bassarid Periphery.

Article 2

1.The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Haifo-Pallisican Nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Bassarids; it recognizes and guarantees the right to justice for the nationalities and regions of which it is composed and the solidarity among them all.

Article 3

1.The official languages of the Imperial Trade Union are Bassarid English and Pallisical.

2. Bassarid English is the common language of the state, and its use is compulsory in the army, in the navy and in all state and public institutions. The use of local (regional) languages and dialects in state and public institutions are determined by the volition of Associate and Member Domains.

Article 4

1.The primary and predominant Faiths in the Imperial Trade Union include the Pallisican Religion, and Bassaridianism.

2.The Imperial Royal who occupies the Crown of Passio-Corum cannot profess any Faith other than those mentioned in above article.

3.The Imperial Royal, as examples of the Most Prominent Faiths, is the Supreme Defender and Guardian of the dogmas of the predominant Faiths and is the Keeper of the purity of those Faiths.

4.The Imperial Trade Union recognizes the right of its Associate Domains to promote a state religion within their own borders, so long as they do not oppose or conflict with the predominant faiths.

Chapter II: Organization of Territories

Article 5

1.The capital of the Imperial Trade Union is the city of Lucíusu.

2.Seasonal capitals of the Imperial Trade Union include:

  1. Réi, Eastern Eura Trade Associations
  2. Agripinilla, Bassarid Periphery
  3. Zidü Wéazde, Passas

Article 6

1.The Imperial Trade Union consists of Associate Domains, Major and Minor Domains, and Dependencies.

  1. Associate Domain: A full member of the Federation with all rights and duties, which is an integral part of the Nation.
  2. Major Domain: Land claimed by the Imperial Trade Union, which is self-governing and which is distributed among any of the Associate Domains.
  3. Minor Domain: Land claimed by the Imperial Trade Union, which is not self-governing, and which is distributed among any of the Associate Domains.
  4. Dependency: Land claimed by the Imperial Trade Union, which is not self-governing and which is not distributed among any of the Associate Domains.

2.Independent nations can apply to join the Imperial Trade Union.

3.The Associate Domains are responsible for the organization of their internal borders.

Article 7

1.The Associate Domains are responsible for the internal organization of their government.

2.Associate Domains shall be overseen by those appointed to the Council of Kings by the Crown of Passio-Corum.

Chapter III: Administration of the Imperial Trade Union

Article 8

1. The Crown of Passio-Corum is the Head of State; the symbol of its unity and permanence. The Crown arbitrates and moderates the regular functioning of the institutions, assumes the highest representation of the Imperial Trade Union in international relations, and exercises the functions expressly conferred on it by the Constitution and the laws.

2.The Crown of Passio-Corum shall be appointed by their predecessor. In events where the Crown does not appoint an heir, one shall be appointed by the New Zimian Temple Authority.

3.There shall be no term limit imposed upon the office of Crown of Passio-Corum.

4.The Crown of Passio-Corum shall also hold the position of Priest or Priestess of Agripinilla.

5. It is incumbent upon the Crown of Passio-Corum:

  1. To sanction and promulgate the laws.
  2. To call for a referendum in the cases provided for in the Constitution.
  3. To serve as Supreme Arbiter of the Council of Courts or to appoint a Supreme Arbiter.
  4. To serve as Supreme Commander of the nation’s military.
  5. To appoint Arbiters of the Council of Courts, and, as the case may be, to remove them from office.
  6. To appoint and dismiss members of the Government.
  7. To issue the decrees approved in the Council of Courts, to confer civil and military positions and award honors and distinctions in conformity with the law .
  8. To be informed of the affairs of State and, for this purpose, to preside over the meetings of the Council of Courts.
  9. To exercise the right of clemency in accordance with the law, which may not authorize general pardons.
  10. To conduct foreign affairs.

Article 9

1.The executive consists of the Crown of Passio-Corum and their Ministers, otherwise known as Arbiters, whom together form the Council of Courts.

2. The Council of Courts represents the people of the Imperial Trade Union and shall consist of one Chamber.

3. The Council of Courts exercises the legislative power of the State and may adopt its Budget, control the action of the Government and have the other competences assigned to it by the Constitution.

4.The Council of Courts has the right to govern through Imperial Decrees. These Decrees can be retracted by a super-majority in both the Congress of Regional Investors and the Houses of Pallisican Chelkra and may not contradict any existing Imperial Law.

5.Imperial Decrees should be advised by the will of the Congress of Regional Investors and the Houses of Pallisican Chelkra.

6. The Council of Courts is inviolable.

Article 10

1. The Council of Courts consists of the following offices, which can be divided into departments.

  1. Crown of Passio-Corum
  2. Supreme Arbiter
  3. Council of Kings
  4. Commander of the New Zimian War League
  5. Admiral Executive of the Port of Vines

2.The Council of Courts can be expanded or reduced at the discretion of the Crown of Passio-Corum.

Article 11

1.The National Legislature consists of the Congress of Regional Investors and the Houses of Pallisican Chelkra. To pass a bill, both chambers must provide approval.

2. The Congress of Regional Investors is elected for a period of two economic reporting periods according to the Pallisican Scientific Standard Calendar.

3. The Houses of Pallisican Chelkra are elected for a period of one economic reporting period.

4. The Congress of Regional Investors and the Houses of Pallisican Chelkra shall convene at the discretion of the Council of Courts.

Article 12

1.Both chambers of the National Legislature consist of Representatives from Electoral Zones. The number of Representatives for each Zone shall be proportional to the number of citizens.

Article 13

1.Proposals proposed and passed by the National Legislature shall be sent to the Council of Courts, which may ratify or veto proposals at its leisure.

Article 14

1. Justice emanates from the Crown of Passio-Corum and is administered on behalf of the Council of Courts by members of the Temple and Secular Judicial Powers who shall be independent, shall have fixity of tenure, shall be accountable for their acts and subject to the rule of law.

2. Judges and magistrates may only be dismissed, suspended, transferred or retired on the grounds and subject to the safeguards provided for by the law.

3. The exercise of judicial authority in any kind of action, both in ruling and having judgments executed, is vested exclusively in the courts and tribunals laid down by the law, in accordance with the rules of jurisdiction and procedure which may be established therein.

4. Judges and courts shall not exercise any powers other than those indicated in the foregoing subsection and those which are expressly allocated to them by law as a guarantee of any right.

5. The principle of jurisdictional unity is the basis of the organization and operation of the courts. The law shall make provision for the exercise of military jurisdiction strictly within military framework and in cases of state of siege (martial law), in accordance with the principles of the Constitution.

6. Courts of exception are prohibited.

Chapter IV: Trade

Article 15

1.All Domains shall adopt as their national currency the Credit, the official currency of the Confederation of States around the Sovereign Oceans, which shall derive its value from levels of investment in the Port of Vines or any market which may formally succeed it.

2.All Domains shall be represented by Regional Investors, which shall retain the ability to invest in any brokerage featured on the Port of Vines.

3.Dependencies of the Imperial Trade Union shall retain the ability to lobby the Council of Courts for the right to obtain a Regional Investor, so as to invest, or to receive investment through the Port of Vines.

4. The Credit may also be called the Poli or the Liev.

Article 16

1.All full citizens of the Imperial Trade Union shall retain the right to freely benefit from the investments by Regional Investors in the Port of Vines.

2.All secondary citizens of the Imperial Trade Union shall retain the right to apply for benefit programs.

3.All non-citizens shall retain the right to apply for benefit programs except in instances where they are restricted from doing so.

4.No citizen or non-citizen shall be denied access to any legally sanctioned good or service which they attempt to acquire using wages which they earn through their labor.

Chapter V: Responsibilities

Article 17

1.It is the responsibility of the public authorities to promote conditions ensuring that freedom and equality of individuals and of the groups to which they belong are real and effective, to remove the obstacles preventing or hindering their full enjoyment, and to facilitate the participation of all citizens in political, economic, cultural and social life.

Article 18

1.The following tasks are delegated to the government of the Imperial Trade Union:

  1. Issues concerning war and peace.
  2. Issues concerning the security and armed and naval forces of the Imperial Trade Union.
  3. Issues concerning trade and currency.
  4. Issues concerning citizenship and migration.
  5. Issues concerning foreign affairs.
  6. Issues concerning the development of the lands in its possessions.

2. These tasks may be delegated to the Associate Domains.

Article 19

1.The Imperial Trade Union recognizes three kinds of citizenship and/or residency:

  1. Full Citizenship (Civis Bassarides): Enjoy all the rights guaranteed by law.
  2. Secondary Citizenship (Socii Bassarides): Rights depend upon State legislation and can be limited by any Domain of the Imperial Trade Union.
  3. Non-Citizenship (Peregrini Bassarides): No rights formally guaranteed.

Article 20

1.All full citizens are equal before the law and may not in any way be discriminated against on account of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or social condition or circumstance.

2.All citizens have the right to life and to physical and moral integrity, and under no circumstances may be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment, except as provided for by military criminal law in times of war.

Article 21

1. The following rights are recognized and protected:

  1. The right to freely express and spread thoughts, ideas and opinions through words, in writing or by any other means of reproduction.
  2. The right to literary, artistic, scientific and technical production and creation.
  3. The right to academic freedom.
  4. The right to freely communicate or receive truthful information by any means of dissemination whatsoever. The law shall regulate the right to the clause of conscience and professional secrecy in the exercise of these freedoms.
  5. The right to benefit from labor and commerce.

2. The exercise of these rights may not be restricted by any form of prior censorship.

3. The law shall regulate the organization and legislative control of the mass communication means under the control of the State or any public agency and shall guarantee access to such means by the significant social and political groups, respecting the pluralism of society and of the various languages of Realm.

4. These freedoms are limited by respect for the rights recognized in this Part, by the legal provisions implementing it, and especially by the right to honor, to privacy, to the own image and to the protection of youth and childhood.

5. The seizure of publications, recordings and other means of information may only be carried out by means of a court order.

Article 22

1. The right of association is guaranteed.

2. Associations which pursue ends or use means legally defined as criminal offenses are illegal.

Article 23

1. Everyone has the right to education. Freedom of teaching is recognized.

2. Education shall aim at the full development of human personality with due respect for the principles of coexistence and for basic rights.

3. The public authorities guarantee the right of parents to ensure that their children receive religious and moral instruction.

4. Education shall be provided freely for all Full and Secondary Citizens.

5. Non-citizens shall not be denied the opportunity to pursue education.

Article 24

1. No one may be deprived of his or her property and rights, except on justified grounds of public utility or social interest and with a proper compensation in accordance with the law.

2. The authority to approve or deny, or to expand or restrict, usage of land rests with the Associate and Major Domains.

Article 25

1.The public authorities shall maintain a public Social Security system for all citizens guaranteeing adequate social assistance and benefits in situations of hardship, especially in case of unemployment.

2. The basis for this public Social Security system shall be the Port of Vines, or any marketplace which may succeed it.

Article 26

1. The rights recognized here-within may be suspended when a state of emergency or siege (martial law) is declared under the terms provided in the Constitution.

2. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Article 27

1. Citizenship is granted by the Council of Courts.

2. Every immigrant automatically shall receive Secondary Citizenship (with the exception of those legally excluded).

3. It is the right of the authority of the Associate Domain to alter or amend the status of citizens.

Chapter 6: Chapter VI: Revision of the Constitution

Article 28

1.To pass amendments to the Constitution, a 2/3rd majority is needed in the Congress of Regional Investors and 1/2 in the Houses of Pallisican Chelkra.

Article 29

1.This Constitution shall come into force on the day of publication of its official text in the the State Registry. It shall also be published in the major languages of all USSO member nations.

See Also

Constitution of Passio-Corum

Constitution of the Bassarid Federation