[PUBLIC DISCUSSION] RB4; Foreign Conduct Act 2019

  • Minister Imperial Monarch Admin

    Civil Coat of Arms

    Foreign Conduct Act 2019

    The following law, having been approved by the nobles and right honorable citizens of the Imperial Reichstag on this day, is hereby enacted by the sovereign grace of Their Majesties.

    1 - Title
    1.1) The long title of this act is as follows: Imperial Code for the Conduction of Foreign Affairs Operations

    1.2) This act may further be referred to by its short title: The Foreign Affairs Code

    2 - Anti-Fascism

    2.1) The Realm shall be committed to upholding a policy of Anti-fascism both abroad and domestically.

    2.2) The Realm shall not be allowed to conduct foreign policy (which includes but is not limited to treaties, foreign alliances, defensive pacts, or any kind of political ties) with fascist regions, and shall not be allowed to entertain ambassadors from fascist regions.

    a. Such ambassadors may be entertained on the recommendation of the Imperial Chancellor, by the Imperial Crown.

    2.3) Fascists found within the region shall be removed on-site, and Moderators and Administrators may be empowered to do so with impunity and at their discretion.

    2.4) Persons or regions may be considered “fascist” by the Imperial Government should they display fascist imagery, fascist speech, or the fascist embassy tag.

    a. This definition is to be used alongside other evidence gathered by Moderation or the Imperial Government.

    3 - Embassy Standards and Regulations

    3.1) Regions must have a minimum of ten (10) nations to be considered for diplomatic relations with the Realm.

    3.2) Regions must have active participation (minimum of a week since the last post).

    3.3) Foreign Embassies shall, under no circumstance, be permitted to recruit members to their regions.

    3.4) Any region with an Embassy caught recruiting in the Realm shall be subject to immediate revocation of Embassy.

    3.5) All Embassies, upon registration, will be subject to approval by the Foreign Minister.

    a. The Imperial Crown shall reserve the right to reject the Foreign Minister's decision with the advice of the Chancellor.

    3.6) Any region who has an Embassy with the Realm, and has ties to Fascism, shall be blacklisted until the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducts an investigation of the region.

    3.7) If the Foreign Ministry determines that the region in question is indeed Fascist, the Foreign Affairs Minister will immediately revoke Embassy privileges of the region in question.

    3.8) Any region with established ties to Fascism, as well as those who attempted to recruit from the Bloc, shall be blacklisted.

    a. The Chancellor may remove Embassies from the blacklist with sufficient reason and assent from the Imperial Crown.

    3.9) The Foreign Minister, with assent from the Crown and the Chancellor, may designate certain regions as “security risks to the Realm.” These regions shall be effectively blacklisted in all forms of communication, and envoys and visitors from such shall be expelled on site.

    4 - Declaring War and States of Armed Conflict

    4.1) Only the Chancellor with the approval of the Imperial Crown may submit a war declaration request to the Reichstag. Adequate time must be made by the President of the Reichstag for all members of the Reichstag to ask the Minister questions and raise concerns before moving the request to a vote. In the absence of the Chancellor, the Minister of Foreign Affairs may submit these requests to the Reichstag.

    4.2) A war declaration request must achieve a 3/4 majority in order to be approved. A public notice must be made by the government including the reasoning behind the request as well as the result of the vote if approved.

    4.3) Once approved and declared, all manner of hostility may be used upon a region that has had war declared upon it. These activities will be managed by the command of the Imperial Government and designate(s) on their behalf.

    4.4) At the conclusion of a war or an agreed peace, the Reichstag must vote to return to peacetime and repeal the previous war declaration, achieving at least a 2/3 majority.

    4.5) The Realm shall not need a declaration of war against regions that self-identify as having a National Socialist or Fascist basis or theme, or regions considered a security risk.

    5 - Schedule

    5.1) This act shall go into effect immediately upon passage in the Reichstag and assent from the Imperial Crown.

    Annex 1 - Definitions

    a) "The Realm" refers to the region of the Austro-Hungarian Imperium.

    b) "Hostility" shall be defined as an engagement in or the activities involved in war, including invasion and general sabotage.

    c) “War” shall be defined as an active state of armed conflict between different regions.

    d) An “embassy” shall be defined as the NationStates object in which regions interact with each other through the game's mechanics that establishes some form of official diplomatic relations.

  • In article 3, Section 3.2 it states that
    "Regions must have active participation (minimum of a week since the last post)"
    Surely it should read "Regions must have active participation (maximum of a week since the last post)." As if not then regions would have to be rather inactive, no posts for a week on the RMB to qualify for an embassy

  • Imperial Monarch

    The whole "time since last post" seems arbitrary (and there had recently been a 9-day hiatus on our own RMB btw); the regions in questions could literally just post anything for the cause of fulfilling this clause. It's useless, essentially.
    If we wanted to measure activity by time between RMB messages, using the average time between the last N posts would be more useful (albeit still very easily manipulated).

  • Early Citizen Reichstag

    The bill presented is fine but I also share some concerns on the region's active participation.

  • Minister Imperial Monarch Admin

    Good bill overall, do have some feedback.

    2.2 - definition of 'foreign policy' should be in definitions.

    2.2.a - Not sure this should be allowed really, but I am willing to drop this objection.

    2.3 - remove references to 'Moderators'

    3.1 - may want to move up to 25?

    3.2 - I concur with the words of everyone else

    3.5.a - not sure this is needed? Is it not implied that the Imperial Crown may over-rule any executive decision ultimately?

    3.8 - you copying the Bloc's legal code?

    3.9 can be made simpler by the use of an order laid before the Council of State - see Imperial Proclamation 4

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