Second Treaty of ForsettiDetermined to meet the conditions of a volatile and hostile galaxy in common cause, the Signatories have agreed upon a path of mutual cooperation to the further the goals of peace, neutrality, and, prosperity. Resolving to safeguard intergalactic peace and the independent neutrality of all those who wish for it, the Signatories ratify the creation of the Galactic Concordiate.
ARTICLE 1 - Overview.
Section 1 - Statement of purpose.
1.1. The Organization is not a formal alliance, it is an intergovernmental organization established to promote the neutrality and economic cooperation of the Treaty Signatories.
1.2. The Organization will also seek to maintain intergalactic peace and security with the tools of diplomacy and sanctions available to it.
1.3. The Organization is to be known as the Second Galactic Concordiate.
ARTICLE 2 - Definition of Signatory.
Section 1 - Signatory.
1.1. Signatories are those entities which have signed the Second Treaty of Forsetti and ratified their entrance into the Second Galactic Concordiate.
1.2. Upon ratification of the Treaty, the Signatory will accede to the Organization as a Member, and be party to all provisions of the Treaty, all Acts of the Organization, and subject to any agreements signed between the Signatory and the Second Galactic Concordiate.
ARTICLE 3 - Structure.
Section 1 - Executive Council.
1.1. The Executive Council will be the governing body of the Organization. Its membership will consist of the Leader and Second-In-Command for all Signatories. One additional member to the council, a Most Senior Representative, may be appointed by a Signatory. If a Faction Owner wishes to take up a seat on the council, they would take the place of the Most Senior Representative.
Section 2 - Magistrate of the Executive Council.
2.1. The Magistrate will be responsible for leading the council on all matters and will act as the chairperson for all decisions of the Executive Council.
2.2. The Magistrate will be elected from the Council's existing membership by a simple majority, following which they will serve a term of six months over the period January-June or July-December.
2.3. The Magistrate must be a present and serving member of the Council. If the individual no longer meets that standing, their term as Magistrate is considered void, and a new election will take place within seven days.
2.4. The election of a new Magistrate will be achieved by a simple majority of the Council. If no single individual gains a majority in the first round, the two highest-voted candidates will enter a run-off election.
2.5. In the event a single candidate runs for Magistrate, they will be automatically appointed to the role.
Section 3 - Removal of a Magistrate.
3.1. The Magistrate may be removed from their position by a Motion of No Confidence which passes with a 2/3rds majority vote of the Council.
3.2. A Magistrate who suffers defeat in a Motion of No Confidence, who nevertheless retains their seat on the Council, will be disbarred from further Magistracy for two following terms.
ARTICLE 4 - Competence.
Section 1 - Acts and Motions (Procedure).
1.1. Acts will be legislative instruments of the Organization which the Council may establish upon ratification of the Treaty. Acts may be passed only in respect to the provisions of ARTICLE 4.
1.2. Acts will be considered binding upon all Signatories, and represent the common legislative position of the Organization on an issue.
1.3. Motions will be policy instruments of the Organization which, upon ratification of the Treaty, the Council may call for, and vote upon. Motions may be called for only in respect to Acts established by the Council, or Motions created by the Treaty.
1.4. Motions will be voluntary participation only. The Motion will only be considered binding upon all Signatories which accede to the Motion if it passes.
1.5. Acts and Motions will be passed by a simple majority vote.
Section 2 - Jurisdiction.
2.1. Acts of the Organization will have supremacy over the domestic legislation of its Signatories in areas reserved to those Acts only.
Section 3 - Amendments to the Treaty.
3.1. Amendments to the Treaty may be proposed to the Council by any Signatory. A 2/3s vote of all members of the Council will be required to effect the changes.
Section 4 - Acts and Motions (Defense).
4.1. The Council may enact no legislation pertaining to Defense.
4.2. The Council may call a Motion for (Military) Intervention. This Motion, if passed, will commit its participants to intervene with armed force in respect to the conditions described by the Motion.
4.3. The Council may call a Motion for (non-Military) Intervention. This Motion, if passed, will commit its participants to intervene without armed force in respect to the conditions described by the Motion.
Section 5 - Acts and Motions (Trade).
5.1. The Council may enact legislation pertaining to Piracy only.
5.2. The Council may call a Motion for Embargo. This Motion, if passed, will commit its participants to ban economic and trade relations in respect to the conditions described by the Motion.
Section 6 - Acts and Motions (Research).
6.1. The Council may enact no legislation pertaining to Research.
Section 7 - Acts and Motions (Development).
7.1. The Council may enact legislation for the establishment and management of a Concordiate Development Bank (C.D.B.).
7.2. The Act may not compel Signatories to contribute towards the capital of the bank. If the legislation is enacted, the Council may call a Motion for (Development) Funding. This Motion, if passed, will commit its participants to support the C.D.B. in respect to the conditions described by the Motion.
ARTICLE 5 - Cooperation.
Signatories are not required to cooperate in the mutual defense of any Member of the Organization, but, the Organizations exists to promote the close cooperation of its Signatories, and they are strongly advised participate.
Section 1 - Safe Harbour.
1.1. Members may act as a Safe Harbour for any other Member upon reasonable request. This may include, but is not limited to, the utilization of repair facilities for damaged ships and equipment.
Section 2 - Technology.
2.1. This Treaty does not compel the trade, exchange, purchase or otherwise, of technology (originating from the Signatory or not) in any way. Access to the technology of a Signatory is strictly a matter for Signatories themselves.
Section 3 - Research.
3.1. Until the specific details about R&D are released, all Signatories must agree simply that they will participate in a Scientific Cooperation Agreement that will have as its goal the research of new technologies which will be available to all Signatories the technology which results of its research.
ARTICLE 6 - Accession.
The Magistrate will be the public officer of the Executive Council. All official communications pertaining to an application for membership must be made through the Magistrate.
Section 1 - Application.
1.1. A Faction may petition to sign the Treaty of Forsetti pending the submission of an application to the Executive Council. If successful, the Faction will be made a Signatory of the Treaty and thereby granted Member status with the New Galactic Concordiate.
Section 2 - Sponsorship.
2.1. A Signatory may sponsor a Faction to become a Signatory to the Treaty, pending an application to the Executive Council.
Section 3 - Criteria for Signatory.
3.1. The Faction must possess good relations with existing Signatories. This is to mean at least an embassy has been established.
3.2. The Faction must have a neutral stance in the ongoing Galactic Civil War, and generally be considered a neutral faction.
3.3. The Faction must be at peace.
3.4. The Faction must agree that to become a Signatory to the Treaty, and thus a Member of the New Galactic Concordiate, constitutes an Extradition Treaty as existing between the Associate Signatory and all other signatories to the Treaty.
3.4.1. Furthermore, that the Signatory agrees to all Acts and Motions as decided and enacted by the Organization.
3.5. The Faction must have at least eight members.
3.6. The Faction must have a clearly-defined military defense strategy.
3.6.1. This provision is defined as the appropriate existing (or planned) level of defense infrastructure for planets and space, and such reserves of equipment as are deemed appropriate for the size of the group and their access to technology.
Section 4 - Application Process.
4.1. The Magistrate will set up an embassy, with access given to the Executive Council, and suitable representatives from the applicant.
4.2. The Magistrate will explain the application procedure, and make an application available to the Faction. This will be considered entry into the application process.
4.3. Prior to the submission of an application, the Faction may question the Executive Council.
4.4. With the application submitted, and its contents confirmed by the Magisrate, the Executive Council will discuss the application privately, and after a period of time, the Magistrate will call a vote of the Council, in which a 2/3s majority will be required to approve the application.
4.4.1. During this process, the Council and the Faction may continue discussions.
4.5. Should the Faction's application be unsuccessful, the Magistrate will prepare a statement summarizing the reason(s) for this. The Faction will be permitted to resubmit an application not less than six months later. The embassy will be retained for that purpose.
4.6. Should the Faction's application be successful, they will be invited to sign the Treaty, and thereby will become a Member of the New Galactic Concordiate.
ARTICLE 7 - Rescission or Termination.
Section 1 - Rescission from the Treaty.
1.1. A Signatory may unilaterally withdraw from the Treaty. The termination of any existing agreements between the Signatory and the Organization will be negotiated by the Magistrate, on behalf of the Executive Council. Any residual obligations of either party will be formalized as a new agreement between the Faction and the Organization. This agreement will replace all agreements between the Faction as Signatory to the Treaty and Member of the Organization, and the Organization.
1.2. A Signatory may not withdraw from the Treaty during an ongoing Motion of Dismissal.
Section 2 - Termination of Signature.
2.1. Any Signatory may approach the Magistrate to call for a Motion of Dismissal against another Signatory. In the event this Motion passes, the Signatory in question has their membership of the Organization terminated, and their Signatory status revoked.
2.2. The Magistrate cannot be compelled to call such a Motion. The Signatory must present proof as deemed sufficient by the Magistrate. The Magistrate will review the evidence presented by the Signatory and compel them to provide further evidence or comments upon request.
2.3. If sufficient evidence has been presented to the Magistrate, the Magistrate will create a brief and present it to the Executive Council. This will be considered the beginning of the dismissal process.
2.4. The Motion of Dismissal will be discussed by the whole Council, where the Signatory in question will offer their defense.
2.5. After sufficient time to review all available evidence and statements has passed, the Magistrate will open the Motion to voting. This vote will consist of all sitting members of the Executive Council. In the event of a tie, the Magistrate may vote to break that tie.
2.6. If the presiding Magistrate is a member of the Signatory under investigation, the investigation must be handled by the previous Magistrate, or a previous Magistrate with no ties to the Signatory in question. All powers of investigation and the power to call the Motion of Dismissal will pass to them.