Constitution of the Federation of Independent Sovereign Territories as of the 20/11/07.
This is the constitution of the Federation of Independent Sovereign Territories. It is the official document which outlines how this alliance functions.
Simple Majority Edit
A vote of over 50%
Voting Majority Edit
A majority of the specified amount, of the people whom vote. For example, if there are 7 eligible voters, and 5 vote, 3/5 would be a simple voting majority.
Article 1: Membership Edit
Member Entry & Resignation Edit
To be accepted as a member of FIST, one must satisfy the following requirements:
- Not be a member of any other alliance
- Not hold any debts in Cybernations
- Not be on any perma-ZI list
- Not be a prisoner of war
- Not be in a war
If these requirements are fulfilled, potential members may request membership in the appropriate section of the forums.
FIST Academy member Edit
When people first join, they will do so as an Academy member. Academy members limited economic support, can't vote in elections, and have limited access to forums. Also, an academy member must graduate within 21 days (3 weeks), or they will be thrown out of the academy.
Full Member Edit
Full members enjoy full member forum access, and full economic support, and can hold Government positions (if elected or appointed). To become a full member, Academy members must do the following:
- Read the guides in the Library of Alexandria
- Do at least one tech deal
- Sign up to the active military
- Write a full membership application, including the link or screenshot to the tech deal, link to CN forums profile, and a short essay, about why it's wrong to attack other nations without authority from military officers
All new members are not allowed to leave for a minimum of 30 days. In addition, before any member is allowed to leave, they must pay back 1.5 times the total amount of aid money they have received within the alliance, and 2 times for bank nations. Failure to comply with this will result in perma-ZI.
In addition, nations are never allowed to leave in a state of war, or a state of imminent war. Doing so will result in the worst punishment possible.
Member Conduct Edit
All members should conduct themselves in a professional and role-playing manner. The following rules and regulations must be followed by all members.
Friendship & Respect Edit
We are all members of one alliance. As such, you should have the greatest respect for your alliance members. You must never insult them, nor flame them. You should not hold grudges, and seek to solve any problems you have with any other members in a honourable way.
In addition, should have great respect for all leaders of FIST, trust them with their decisions, and follow their leadership as best you can.
You should never, under any circumstances attack another member of FIST. Failing to follow this rule will result in serious consequences. You should never, under any circumstances attack any player of Cybernations, unless specifically ordered to by a ranking military officer.
Foreign Conduct Edit
Cybernations is a highly involving and role-playing game. How you conduct yourself globally directly reflects on our entire alliance. As such, when dealing with nations from outside our alliance, whether it's through the Private Message system on Cybernations or Cybernations Forums, you must do the following:
- Always act respectful
- Never accuse anyone of anything
- Don't say things others won't like
- Ensure to state that your opinions do no represent your alliance
- Do NOT get involved in flame-wars and arguments. They are a common occurrence in Cybernation forums, and often result in nations being reduced to Zero Infrastructure by war. We will not protect you if you get yourself into trouble on Cybernation forums.
- Try to make friends, not enemies
Involvement with the Government Edit
You should follow all government decisions, and act accordingly. If you are in disagreement, you are allowed to state your concerns, however you are not allowed to continuously raise dissent, especially if the issue has already been discussed. You should accept the fact that your leaders are experienced, and long-time players of Cybernations. As such, it is likely they understand situations better than you, especially due to the fact that the government, by it's very nature, usually knows more about complex and delicate situations than regular members.
You must NOT commit acts of any of the following:
- Spying for us on any alliance.
- Spying on us for any alliance. Please note, that we consider the disclosure of anything discussed in any forum to those whom do not hold access to it, an act of spying.
- Conspiracy against any element of FIST.
Members found to be committing any of the above actions are subject to cruel and unusual punishments.
Member Rights Edit
All members whom follow all of the rules outlined above have the right to the following:
Freedom of Speech Edit
A basic right given to all members of the alliance. You are at all times allowed to voice yourself, both on the FIST forums and the Cybernation forums. This right is however given with limits, which are stated both above and below. Namely, you must not seek to continuously raise dissent on the FIST forums, and you must not be rude, disrespectful or undiplomatic in any way on the Cybernations forums. Failure to comply with these two simple rules, will have this right taken away from you.
Please note, that the one exception to this, is that certain government members (outlined later in the constitution) are allowed to issue blanket bans on talking on Cybernations forums or certain thread(s), only and only in times of war.
Freedom from Oppression Edit
Members of FIST have the right to be approached by government members with non-threatening and friendly attitudes, providing they have not broken any rules above or other alliance rules and laws.
In addition, members of FIST have the right to play the game of Cybernations, without oppression from external influences such as other alliances. If FIST members develop external problems outside the alliance of FIST, they are encouraged to approach government members and seek support and guidance.
Article 2: Government Structure Edit
The government will have four main entities, the Marshal of the State, the Generals of the State, the Ministers of the State and the Council of the State.
The Marshal of the State Edit
The Marshal is the supreme ruler of the alliance. The Marshal manages all aspects of the alliance. This position is permanent, and should the Marshal ever resign, he or she shall appoint a successor.
Internal Powers Edit
The Marshal makes all decisions regarding the alliance, as long as those decisions follow the law set by the constitution. The Marshal is the only person with the authority to make changes to the constitution of the alliance of FIST. All entities of the alliances shall take orders from the Marshal above all else, as long as these orders are constitutional. The Marshal holds these powers in addition to others:
- Create any position and appoint any individual to it
- Promote members from trial to full if the Marshal deems necessary
- Expel members immediately if he deems they have broken the rules of the alliance in a serious way which could compromise it
Military Powers Edit
The Marshal serves as the very head of the military. He is in charge of every aspect of the military, and all military personal must take his orders directly, and without hesitation - specifically in times of war.
Diplomatic Powers Edit
The Marshal has the right to propose any treaty and war to any alliance. The Marshal has the supreme authority to declare war and sign any treaty, except in cases stated below. The Marshal has the authority to represent the alliance on Cybernations Forums and to any foreign diplomat.
The Generals of the State Edit
The Generals of the state are highly-trained, highly experienced nations, assigned only and only by the Marshal. Generals are permanent, appointed positions.
Internal Powers Edit
The Generals are the second highest authority after the Marshal. Shall the Marshal be ever unavailable for whatever reason, for whatever amount of time, the Generals can assume his duties, except signing treaties and declaring war. The Generals may be asked to fulfil any job in the alliance which needs doing, however they alone do not hold the authority to tell Ministers or the Council what to do.
Military Powers Edit
The Generals should all be very experienced warriors, and will have the job of organising doctrines and battle plans in both peace and war time with the Marshal. During wartime, Generals have the authority to lead any aspect of the military, just like the Marshal does. The Marshal outranks Generals on any final decision, where an agreement cannot be reached.
Diplomatic Powers Edit
Generals have the authority to represent the alliance on Cybernations Forums and to any foreign diplomat.
The Ministers of the State Edit
The ministers of the state are appointed by the Marshal, and hold permanent positions. Their primary job is to run their ministries, and implement any plans the Marshal gives them. The Marshal may create any amount of ministries he wishes, and ask members to serve as ministers in them.
Internal Powers Edit
Ministers have control of their ministries. They have the power to create positions within the ministry and appoint members to them.
Diplomatic Powers Edit
Ministers have the authority to represent the alliance to foreign diplomats.
The Council of the State Edit
The Council is the only elected body of the government. It's main purpose is to connect members to the government, and to make suggestions in regards to how the alliance can be improved upon. It is designed with the intent to help the Marshal run the alliance, not to replace the Marshal in decision making, and not to change the way the alliance works. Members on the Council should understand this clearly.
The Council consists of five elected members, and is lead by the Marshal.
Note that Generals and Ministers can not be members of the Council. Elections are held every two months, at the end of the months. The election process is as follows:
- 5 Days prior to the end of the month, nominations begin for the council. Members are only eligible for nominations, if they have been in the alliance for a period of over 30 days.
- 3 Days Prior to the end of the month, nominations close. The members receiving 2 or more nominations will be asked to create campaign threads.
- 2 Days prior to the end of the month, elections will commence. The 5 eligible candidates with the most votes win. In the event of a tie for last places, such as 5th, a 1 day run-off election will be held.[/list]
Jobs and Powers of the Council Edit
The council has a lot of important jobs and powers, which council members should be familiar with.
It is the responsibility of the Council to talk to members of the alliance, and get ideas about how to improve the alliance. Possible improvements may include:
- Organising aspects of the alliance better
- Creating new positions
- Creating new forum sections for specific tasks
- Creating more ways for the alliance to support members
- Creating additional ministerial responsibilities or entire ministries
However the Council need not be restricted to the above.
If the Council acquires a good idea, these steps must be taken for it to be implemented;
- Any Council Member may propose the idea in the council chambers.
- The Council will take a vote on it.
- In the event of a simple voting majority, the Marshal will be asked to approve it.
- If the Marshal approves it, it will be implemented.
- The Council will make it clear prior to voting, which positions within the alliance will have the responsibility of implementing the idea, or if new positions need to be created.
It may come to the attention of the Council that a certain Minister is not doing a good job. They may be inactive, lacking in new ideas and innovation, or their ministry may be under scrutiny for under-performing.
To remove a minister, the following process must be followed:
- Any Council Member may propose a vote of no confidence against a Minister
- The Council will take a vote on it.
- In the event of a simple voting majority, the Minister will be asked by the Council to step down.
- If the Minister refuses, the Marshal will implement the use of force, to make the Minister step down.
- The Council may take a simple majority vote, to suggest a replacement Minister for assignment by the Marshal.
- The Marshal may take the suggestion or appoint someone else the replace the Minister
Diplomatic Watchdog - Wars
The Marshal has the supreme authority to declare war in the event of an MDP or higher treaty being activated. However this is not so with lower treaties or no treaties. In this case, the Marshal must request the authority to declare war from the Council, via the following process;
- The Marshal creates a request in the Council Chambers.
- The Council has 72 hours to vote to either grant the request or deny it.
- At the end of the 72 hours, the Marshal will either declare war, stating the signatures of the Council Members as reference, or declare neutrality if applicable.
The percentages of voting chancellors required to grant authority to declare such wars is:
- Optional Defence by Treaty: 30%
- Aggressive War with no such Treaty: 50%
Diplomatic Watchdog - Treaties
While the Marshal has the supreme authority to sign lower treaties, such as - but not limited to - Protectorates, NAPs, PIATs, ToAs and MDPs, treaties requiring mutual aggression - whether optional or mandatory, require a Council approval. In addition, the Council needs to approve the entry of FIST into any type of alliance BLOC. Approval is to be gained by the following process;
- The Marshal proposes the type of treaty, and the alliance(s) involved to the Council.
- The Council has 72 hours to either approve or dismiss.
- At the end of the 72 hours, the Marshal will then inform the alliance(s) involved in the decision. When the treaty is signed, the appropriate Council signatures in favour of the treaty are to be attached.
The percentages of voting chancellors required to grant approval to sign the treaties are:
- Optional Aggression (eg. MOADP): 30%
- Mandatory Aggression (eg. MADP): 50%
- Alliance Bloc (MDP and above): 50%
Diplomatic Representation Edit
All Council Members have the authority to represent the alliance on Cybernations Forums and to foreign diplomats.
Due to the nature of the council, it is important that all Council Members follow the rules closely, and support the Marshal in running the alliance. In addition, it is paramount that all Council members serve to uphold the principles of the alliance, and never go against them. If any Council Members are found to be in violation of either of those two things, the Marshal can immediately remove them from the Council, and appoint the runner up to the previous Council Elections, or if such a person does not exist, then the Marshal will decide whether to replace the Council Member(s) at all, and if so, whom with.
Sharing of Information Within the Government Edit
The Marshal is encouraged to keep all levels of government informed about everything. Certain things will however need to be kept secret, for example: war plans, which will be between the Marshal and the Generals.
All members of the government should be perfectly clear, that any information provided to them in any private government forum, needs to be kept private and must not be spoken of to anyone or anywhere outside the forum where it was made known to them.
Article 3: Alliance Ideals and Goals Edit
These are the ideals of the alliance of FIST. All members should support them, and foreigners should read them to know what we stand for.
The alliance is FIST is a dictatorship, supported by an elected body which acts both to help the Marshal run the alliance and act as an overwatch to the alliance. All members should respect this form of government, and understand it's benefits and efficiencies to the alliance as a whole.
We are not an aggressive alliance, and will make every effort and attempt to solve any problems we have with any other alliance in a peaceful and respectful manner. We encourage the use of diplomacy and open dialogue between everyone. As such, our forums are always open to any diplomat from any alliance, choosing to discuss any issue.
We take our allies and their opinions very seriously. We take any threats or aggression against our allies very seriously. We will seek to always support our allies diplomatically, financially, intellectually and forcefully. If our allies have any problems, they can rest assured we will be there to help. If our allies are accused of something, they can rest assured we will not so blindly believe the accusers. Shall our allies ever need a favour, we will provide it.
A declaration of war upon our MDP or a higher treaty parter will amount to a declaration of war upon FIST, and we will not hesitate to use every resource at our disposal to assist our ally in every way possible. A declaration of war upon a lesser than MDP treaty partner will not be looked upon lightly, and alliances which do so should never assume our neutrality in such a conflict.
We are an alliance of honour. We pledge to do our best to do what is right. We pledge to do our best to commit decisions and acts which are honourable rather than not, and which will earn us the respect of our allies and enemies alike.
We are not an alliance to cancel a treaty before a war. We are not an alliance to surrender a few days into a war, while our allies are fighting hard. We are not an alliance to forget about our allegiances and our duties. We are not an alliance to cowardly spy and and accuse others of acts of espionage without having undeniable proof.
Mutual Friendship Edit
The alliance of FIST exists to provide support and friendship to players of Cybernations. To provide protection from rogues and financial support. To assist players with nation management and role-playing. To provide the opportunities for players to engage in diplomacy and inter-alliance relations. To give the experience to our members of fighting wars, so they may become strong and capable warriors.
Our Goals Edit
Our goals are very simple, they are to enforce the ideals stated above. In addition to them, we wish to support all those wrongly accused and waged war upon, all those whom cannot stand up for themselves, all those whom do not have a voice and all those whom get bullied in the Cyberverse.
Quite simply, we stand for what is right, and we seek to help others sharing our views by any means necessary.