Charter of CoT
This is the Charter of the Circle of Trust alliance.
We, the undersigned heads of states, driven by our determination to create an ever closer union of citizens, confirming our attachment to the principles of democracy, equality, transparency and rule of law, resolved to deepen the unity among all of our people and inspired to pursue their happiness by strengthening of our common economy and security,
HAVE DECIDED to establish among ourselves the CIRCLE OF TRUST alliance for the functioning of which we agreed to the following Charter:
The aim of the alliance is to defend the principles enlisted in this Charter preamble, to promote peace among its member states, and to help these states reach and maintain the optimal shape of their economy and the economy of the alliance as a whole.
- The Supreme Command leads the summits of the Alliance Council and has the powers and obligations to:
- initiate any legislative proposals that it believes will strengthen the alliance in the long term (such as common alliance policies or other rules that can complement this Charter without contradicting it)
- propose a document with the short term goals that the alliance should work for during the Presidency mandate
- invest its efforts and capacities for the creation of a positive image for the alliance and its values
- set the agenda of the Council summits and keep the logs of these summits which it should present to the open public in case the majority in a member state Congress requires this and if doing so does not pose a direct threat to the security of the alliance
- to maintain the alliance channels of communication
- The President of the member state holding the Supreme Command appoints a person to perform the tasks of the Supreme Commander (SC) during its mandate which is 1 month long and starts on the 10th day of each month.
- The Supreme Command rotates among member state governments in alphabetic order on a monthly basis.
- If there are more than 4 members in the alliance the Supreme Command is run by a coalition of two member states. In this case the states within these coalitions should rotate in the long run in such a way that provides for all possible combinations of couples to happen before the same couple takes over the Supreme Command again.
- One person can not be Supreme Commander more than 3 mandates in a row.
- The Council of the alliance is the institution where the Heads of Member states meet.
- The Supreme Command convenes a regular Council summit at the 1st, 10th and the 20th day of each month in case a member state proposed an agenda topic.
- Each member state can propose a topic for the agenda of the next regular Council summit by informing the presidency at least 3 days before the summit.
- It is obligatory that the regular Council summit scheduled for the 10th day of the month takes place, as at this summit:
- all officials for the alliance positions, that are implied by this Charter, have to be appointed
- the Supreme Command informs the Council of its plans for the mandate
- The Council holds the monopoly of political decision-making. All proposals (see II.1) and agenda topics are voted in its summits.
- Each member state is represented in the Council by its Country President (or another individual appointed by the Country President - preferably the Minister of Foreign Affairs - if the President cannot attend the summit).
- Members agree to be present at the summits. For their absence they receive a warning.
- If they are absent for two consecutive summits they lose their next turn to have Supreme Command.
- If they are absent for three consecutive summits they lose the right to vote for a month.
- This rule does not apply for members that explain their reasons for their absence before the summit and are present at the next one.
- Decisions are generally taken with the approval of a qualified majority of ⅔ or unanimity (if the Charter implies that the respective agenda topic explicitly requires consensus).
- The internal rules and procedures of the Council summits are to be settled by the signatories in a separate regulation.
Court of Justice
- The Court of Justice of the alliance is to serve as a guardian of this Charter and all legislative norms that appeared as a result of it.
- It is an independent institution in which any member state government can appoint one official (Judge) for a renewable mandate of 6 months.
- The rulings of the Court are binding for all alliance members but it cannot impose sanctions and has the single power to interpret the alliance legislation when it forms its decision.
- The government of each member state can bring a case in front of the Court if it believes that certain part of this Charter or the legislative norms that appeared as a result of it are breached or not respected in reality.
- Only the violations of the above-mentioned norms that occur out of the actions of an alliance institution or a member state can be considered by the Court as an admissible basis for a case trial.
- Judges can not participate in cases involved their own country so the Court of Justice remains unbiased.
- Through its rulings the Court can inform the Supreme Command if it finds that some of the legislative texts need amendments to become more clear.
- The Court is supposed to act as the institutional memory of the alliance by keeping an archive of the alliance legislation.
- The Military Commander (MC) runs the military operations of the alliance and develops the strategic planning behind them.
- The ministries of defence of the member states coordinate their activities under his supervision.
- Each member state appoints one representative as an Assistant (aMC) to help the MC in his tasks.
- This representative must be the Government’s Minister of Defence or somebody who is a part of their Ministry of Defence.
- The member state holding the Supreme Command proposes a candidate for the MC position.
- This candidate is appointed if the Council approves his nomination with a ⅔ majority in a vote at the obligatory regular Council summit taking place on the 10th day of each month (see II.2).
- If the Supreme Command candidate is not elected, then any other member state can propose a candidate for the position until one is elected by the necessary ⅔ majority in the Council vote.
- The duration of the Military Commander mandate is 1 month and is renewable twice.
- It is recommended that the Supreme Command provides good arguments if it decides to propose a new MC candidate instead of the renewal of the current MC mandate to another term.
- The MC should ideally have the nationality of a state which is different from the one proposing him.
Department of Public Relations
- The Public Relations Organiser (PR) leads the department and takes care of keeping a good level of communication between the leaders of the countries and between their citizens.
- They maintain the public image of the alliance and its policies.
- The main tool of executing the job is the newspaper of the alliance - The Voice of CoT (http://www.erepublik.com/bg/newspaper/t ... t-276856/1).
- PR is elected by the Council on the first possible summit when there is a resignation by the precursor, or the Supreme Commander submits a requests to the Council for a new one to be elected on terms of inactivity or dissatisfaction of their work.
- The PR Candidates have to write a short presentation about themselves before the summit.
- New PR is elected with 50% + 1 vote. In case none caught majority, the two with the most votes are voted for again the same way (50% + 1 vote).
- The Bank Governor (EO) serves as the alliance’s accountant and financial advisor.
- EO monitors members incomes, alliance tax calculations, their payments, general inflows and outflows and the financial balance of the alliance.
- The EO presents the financial report to the Council before the second official summit each mandate.
- EO is elected by the Council on the first possible summit when there is a resignation by the precursor, or the Supreme Commander submits a requests to the Council for a new one to be elected on terms of inactivity or dissatisfaction of their work.
- The EO Candidates have to write a short presentation about themselves before the summit. New EO is elected with 50% + 1 vote.
- In case none caught majority, the two with the most votes are voted for again the same way (50% + 1 vote).
- Alliance Assistants take care of organisation and management of the Alliance.
- Communications Assistant (CA) manages the Alliance IRC channels and takes care of safety precautions.
- CA is also responsible for keeping records of government members for each member country and sets their clearance levels every month.
- Administrative Assistant (AA) is responsible for keeping Alliance records (such as chronological list of members, chronological list of countries that applied for membership and their status, etc.) and assists SCs with organisation of the Council summits (sending out invitations, getting information about representatives who will attend the summit, etc.).
- Communications Assistant (CA) manages the Alliance IRC channels and takes care of safety precautions.
- Assistants are elected by the Council on the first possible summit when there is a resignation by the precursor, or the Supreme Commander submits a requests to the Council for a new one to be elected on terms of inactivity or dissatisfaction of their work.
- The candidates have to write a short presentation about themselves before the summit.
- New assistant is elected with 50% + 1 vote.
- In case there are more than 2 candidates, the two with the highest amount of votes are voted for again the same way (50% + 1 vote).
- All alliance members are by default equals.
- In order to join the alliance the government of the potential applicant state must contact the Supreme Command expressing its will to become a member.
- The Supreme Command is consequently obliged to propose its application for approval at the next Council summit.
- The applicant becomes an official candidate only if the Council approves its application unanimously and no member state opposed or abstained at the membership proposal vote.
- The official candidate should then prove its allegiance to the alliance with its actions for a period of three months.
- In the end of this trial period the Council votes again on its application.
- Consequently the official candidate becomes a full member if
- all member states approve this unanimously
- its President proposes a national referendum or an open vote in the state’s Congress for the approval of this membership
- more than ⅔ of the members of congress (or the votes at the referendum) are in favor of the membership
- Voting on the full membership of the official candidate, before the trial period has ended, can be initiated, if all its neighbouring members and two other members request it.
- In case of a rejection at any stage of its application the candidate state cannot apply for membership again in the next 3 months, unless all its neighbouring members (and candidates) and two other members request it (not sooner than one month after they were rejected).
- A new member state cannot hold the Supreme Command of the alliance sooner than 4 months after it got its full member rights.
Military cooperation and diplomatic relations
- The military and diplomatic relationships at the alliance level are governed by the following principles:
- No member state is allowed to initiate, support or organize acts of aggression towards another member.
- Each member state must sign a Mutual Protection Pact (MPP) with all other alliance members (except if they do not have sufficient funds, which they have to prove and sign a MPP document).
- A member state needs the approval of the MC in order to initiate a long term military operation by its own will. In this case it is recommended that the MC coordinates his decision to approve the operation with the Supreme Command and/or his Assistants.
- A member state needs to inform the Supreme Command for all contracts it intends to sign in its relations towards non-member states.
- In case these non-member states have common border with a member state the Supreme Command should act as a mediator between these member states involved to avoid potential conflicts.
- A member state should not sign MPPs with non-member states who are in an open war with other member states, or who have themselves signed MPPs with such other non-member states.
- By default the defence of the core regions of the member states is to have priority over other military operations unless the circumstances imply more optimal alternative actions.
- Every member of the alliance and the official candidates agree to respect the secrecy of the shared information.
- They also agree not to share logs, private conversations, documents or other information that would hurt any member’s (or candidate’s) reputation, missions, privacy or freedom of speech (especially when it comes to discussing members votes and reasons for their vote).
- Representatives present at the summits agree not to share the logs with anyone besides their CP and not to use unsafe ways of sharing the information gained at the summit to the rest of their government members.
- Member (or candidate) that violates the Privacy Clause loses the right to attend alliance summits and the right to have a Judge.
- They can however still have an assistant military commander (aMC) and have access to the alliance IRC channels.
- Violation is overseen by the Court of Justice.
- All member states agree to this Charter and its supremacy over their national constitutions or army regulations.
- The government of each member state can propose amendments to any part of this Charter.
- The Charter is amended if such a proposal is approved by all member states.