Charter

Charter of the New Polar Order

We, the undersigned nations, agree to promote national sovereignty, defend our fellow nations against outside aggression and advance the Polar way of life to the world.

Article I: Admission

Any nation pledging an oath to the New Polar Order [NpO] on the New Polar Order offsite forum requesting membership will be admitted, provided said nation does not belong to any other alliances, except possibly with an Imperial dispensation, and does not present a security risk to the NpO. The oath shall consist of the following:

1. The name of the nation
2. The name of the nation’s leader
3. The team in which the nation resides
4. The user name on the Cybernations Forum

Further, once a nation is a member of the New Polar Order they are forbidden to join any other alliance in the game under threat of expulsion by the Polar Council.

Article II: The Body Republic

All member nations of the New Polar Order will automatically have a seat in the Body Republic and will be corporately responsible for electing nations to the Polar Council.

Article III: The Polar Council

The Council of the New Polar Order will consist of eight Polar nations. Four of these nations will be appointed by the Emperor. They shall be appointed for life, until resignation, or until removal by the Emperor. These appointments will be subject to approval by a vote of the Body Republic. A consensus of 50% + 1 of the voting Body will be required for each appointed Councilor.

Each of the four appointed Councilors will take on a role as the leader of one of the New Polar Order departments:
a. Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Truth)
b. Military Affairs (Ministry of Peace)
c. Economic Affairs (Ministry of Plenty)
d. Internal Affairs (Ministry of Love)

The Council will also seat four Councilors who are elected once a month by the Body Republic. Nations that have been members longer than two weeks can be nominated within the Body Republic beginning one week before the election date. At the end of the nomination period a public vote will take place in a manner determined by the Polar Council on the offsite forum lasting for 48 hours. The top four vote recipients will be named to the Council.

Each of these Councilors will take on a role as deputy of one of the aforementioned New Polar Order Departments.

The four appointed Councilors have emergency powers to eject any member from the order, below the rank of Councilor, on matters of alliance security. The councilor must post the expulsion in the Body Republic and present evidence. The expulsion may be overturned within forty-eight hours by two appointed councilors or anytime by the Regent or the Emperor.

Article IV: The Emperor

1. The Emperor

The Emperor is the leader of the alliance. The Emperor will chair the Polar Council, maintain veto power over its decisions and have the ability to block the election of specific individuals to the Council if he or she sees fit to do so. The Emperor has emergency powers to eject any person he/she deems is a threat to alliance security. Should the decision be disputed a vote of the Council may be requested whereby a two-thirds majority of the Council’s vote will overturn the Emperor’s decision after consideration of evidence presented by the Emperor and the complainant. The Emperor serves for life or until resignation or removal.

2. Imperial Officers

The Emperor is empowered to appoint an Imperial Regent to conduct affairs in his/her absence and an Imperial Liaison to represent his/her interests on the Council and in the Body Republic.

3. Imperial Staff

The Emperor may appoint to or dismiss from his Imperial Staff. This body will be comprised of Polar nations who, while not considered a member of government or given any inherent power, will draw both a mandate for action and some limited authority based on the personal discretion of the Emperor. Following the retirement of the Emperor, all of the members of the Imperial Staff will automatically be retired unless the incoming Emperor specifically requests their continued service.

4. Polar Archivist

Given the importance of the offsite forum of the New Polar Order to alliance operations, the Emperor is required to nominate a Polar Archivist to maintain and control both the offsite forum, its database, its rules, and its terms of use. Should the Body Republic confirm the nominee of the Emperor with a super-majority vote, defined as 67%+1, then the Polar Archivist shall serve this role for life, or until voluntary resignation. Following such a resignation, the Polar Archivist will nominate their own successor, who shall take over the necessary duties following confirmation by the aforementioned super-majority of the Body Republic. Should the vote of confirmation fail, the responsibility for nominating a new Polar Archivist will fall to the Emperor, who will forward a new nominee to the Body Republic.

5. Imperial Succession

Upon making the decision to retire the Emperor will choose a member of Polar in good standing to accede to the throne as the new Emperor. The former Emperor will then take up the mantle of an Imperator Emeritus.

If the Imperial Regent believes the Emperor is no longer able to perform the duties required of the throne by the charter, the Regent may convene a meeting of the Regent, the Imperial Liaison and as many Imperator Emeriti and sitting Councillors as possible. At this meeting the Imperial Regent must put forth a motion to remove the Emperor. Should a super-majority, defined as 75% + 1 of the total possible attendees, support the Regent’s motion, then the Emperor is to be considered removed. Should the motion succeed, an Imperator Emeritus nominated by the Regent and confirmed by a simple majority of the active Polar Council, shall assume the throne. Should the motion fail, the Regent, Liaison and entire Polar Council will automatically offer their resignation to the Emperor, regardless of their individual vote on the motion. If the Regent is inactive, defined as ten days inactive on the offsite forum, the Imperial Liaison will be empowered to act in the Regent’s stead.

6. Imperator Emeriti

An Imperator Emeritus is a retired Emperor. An Imperator Emeritus will have a lifetime membership and will serve as an advisor to the Emperor, his officers and the Polar Council.

Should the presence of an Imperator Emeritus represent a direct and dire threat to the interests of the Order the Emperor may make a motion within Council to suspend their membership. Should a simple majority, defined as 50%+1, of Council agree, the Imperator Emeritus will have their membership suspended. Once the threat of the Imperator Emeritus’s presence has passed, the Emperor may unilaterally lift the suspension.

Article V: Expulsion from the Order

Any nation can submit a motion to expel a fellow member from the Order to the Polar Council. The Polar Council will review the case and may dismiss it if it is deemed to be frivolous or not made in the interests of the New Polar Order. The accused nation will be given 24 hours to respond to the accusations. The Polar Council may extend the time for response, investigation, and deliberation if it so wishes; afterwards a simple aye or nay poll will be made in which all members may vote on expelling the accused. In order for the motion to carry 75% + 1 of the member nations must vote in favor of the expulsion. There will be a time limit of 24 hours on expulsion votes. If the percentage is not reached before the time limit the motion fails. The Emperor cannot be expelled from the Order. Likewise, the Emperor can pardon any nation from expulsion.

Article VI: Amendments to the Charter

Any nation can submit a motion to amend the Charter to the Body Republic floor. Article IV and V are not open for amendment without the expressed consent of the Emperor. Discussion will take place for a period of no less than 8 hours but no more than 36 hours. If a supermajority (defined herein as 75% + 1) of the member nations voice support for the amendment before the 36 hour time limit is reached then the motion will be considered passed and carried. If it does not reach the supermajority before the 36 hour limit the motion will fail.