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The Grämlins current charter was adopted on December 12, 2012 with Han Fei Zi as the first Reaver.

Current Charter of The GrämlinsEdit

Article I – AdmissionEdit

The Grämlins is an invite only alliance. To apply, you must receive at least one voucher from a current Grämlins member.

Should an applicant receive three or more vetoes, admission shall not be granted. The application process shall last no longer than 3 months in which the applicant will be interviewed by the current Grämlin membership.

Should the applicant be an ex-Grämlin, the voucher will no longer be necessary upon approval of the Reaver.

When the alliance deems the applicant ready, the Reaver or his duly appointed assistant will start a poll to decide whether the applicant is accepted or not. A 2/3rd majority (66%) is needed for the applicant to be accepted into the alliance.

Upon acceptance into the Grämlins, a new member will be a Recruit for up to 30 days. Recruits have all rights of a full member except that they may not vote on applicants, vote in Reaver elections or stand for the Reaver position. Recruit status normally lasts for 30 days but may be shortened or waived at the discretion of the Reaver.

Article I (A) – Honorary membersEdit

Anyone deemed a friend of the alliance may be granted the status of honorary member. Honorary members shall not be subject to the charter. Honorary members shall be granted access to a special forum for honorary members. Any person can be given this title, not limited to an existing nation. A 2/3rd majority decision from the alliance is necessary to grant the honorary member status.

Article I (B) - GhostsEdit

Any nation residing on the Grämlins AA and is not a legitimate member of the alliance will be sent a message stating that said nation has 1 week to leave the alliance affiliation. Should the nation let the week pass without complying, military means may be deployed to enforce the sovereignty of the alliance.

Article II – Government & RanksEdit

The Grämlins come together as an alliance of equals. Therefore, no internal ranks shall be determined other than the steward status of the Reaver:

-The Reaver shall administer all the day-to-day affairs of the alliance.

Any full member may run for the Reaver position. Should the Reaver not be able to fulfill his duties, an election shall be held to determine his replacement.

Article II (A) –General Rights of the ReaverEdit

The Reaver shall be charged with making emergency decisions on behalf of the alliance. An emergency decision is defined as:

- A situation where a fast decision is necessary to prevent harm coming to the alliance
- The time-frame in which a decision must be made but is too short a time frame to convey the problem to the Grämlins membership
- The following situations are forbidden from being treated under the emergency rule
1. Declaration of an aggressive war
2. Approval of any treaty containing a mandatory defense or aggression clause

Article II (B)Edit

The Reaver is able to appoint and dismiss one to three Prelates to his office in order to help him with the duties of his position.

Any right not listed below can be passed along to prelates:

1. Legal validity of a signature to an official document (internal & external)
2. The right to speak on behalf of the alliance to another alliance's government.

Article II © – Specific rights and duties of the ReaverEdit

Shall work to further the relationship the Grämlins have with other alliances.
Shall organize tech-dealing contracts with other alliances.
Shall post announcements for The Grämlins on other alliance's forums and the Open World Forum.
Shall command The Grämlins nations in times of war.
Shall oversee the military readiness of the alliance.
Shall work to improve the military readiness of the alliance
Shall provide guidance and instruction on the art of war.
Shall oversee the charter and its enforcement.
Shall work to improve the economical situation of Grämlins nations.
Shall provide guidance and instructions on how to properly grow a nation.

Article II (D) – Impeachment of the ReaverEdit

Any Grämlins member may call for the impeachment of the Reaver. Should their call be supported by four or more members (five in total), it shall be put up for vote. The impeachment vote must meet a simple majority of the alliance for the dismissal of the Reaver from his position. Voting must follow the guidelines stated in Section VII.

Article III – WarEdit

If any nation of The Grämlins is wrongfully attacked all possible means are to be attempted to resolve the situation peacefully. Should negotiations fail, the alliance shall deploy all its forces to come to the aid of their brother.

If a nation protected by Grämlins is attacked for the purpose of acquiring tech, Grämlins reserves the right to conduct military action without diplomatic intervention. Approval from four or more members is required to implement this policy.

No Grämlin nation shall declare war upon another nation without orders. Any Grämlin nation must follow the orders of the Reaver. Declaring war when not ordered to, or not declaring war when ordered to, shall be seen as an infringement of the charter.

Article III (A) - Nuclear WarfareEdit

Any use of nuclear weaponry must be approved by the Reaver, unless the enemy strikes with nuclear weapons first.

Article IV – ExpulsionEdit

Any Grämlins member may be removed from the alliance by a majority decision of all members. Only the Reaver may create a poll for a member to be legally expelled from the alliance. The Reaver is bound by the charter should five or more members support the expulsion of another member.

Article V – AidEdit

Any internal aid shall be sent on a voluntary basis with the exception of the alliance being in a state of war.

Article VI – TreatiesEdit

Every treaty must be revised 3 months after coming into effect and every 6 months after the previous revision.

Article VII – Voting ProcedureEdit

Any official voting procedure (be it elections, expulsions or any other) must follow a three step process to represent a valid decision:

1. Nomination Phase: Any official poll must have a nomination phase to be valid. In this thread, nominations and supporters of positions are determined. The number of supporters needed for a valid nomination shall be determined in the according article. The nomination phase shall last no less than 72 hours.
2. Discussion Phase: Any official poll must have a discussion phase to be valid. The discussion phase shall last no less than 72 hours.
3. Voting Phase: Any official poll must have a voting phase to be valid. The voting phase shall last no less than 72 hours and no more than 120 hours.

Article VII (A) - Additional rulesEdit

Certain phases of the voting process may be passed over for the following reasons:

1. The poll is for an applicant - Nomination and discussion phase are not necessary.
2. The discussion is about a treaty or war - Nomination phase is unnecessary.
3. The poll is about a treaty or war and there has been sufficient discussion- Discussion phase is unnecessary.

The Reaver has the ability to reduce the duration of a phase (Nomination, Discussion, or voting) to 24 hours, should the situation require it.

Article IX- ReviewEdit

This charter must be reviewed once the alliances reaches 60 members or more.

Article X- AddendumsEdit

Any addendum to the charter shall be confirmed by a 2/3rd majority of the membership.

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