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Charter
Topic Started: Jun 1 2012, 01:58 AM (2,177 Views)
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THE TEMPLAR KNIGHTS
CHARTER
(TTK)



Part I -- Statement of Beliefs

Preamble

In the recognition of the right to exist free from the threat of attack or oppression, we the undersigned nations, have bound ourselves to this document putting our faith in the ideals and beliefs that it espouses and hereby charter this assembly of sovereign nations as "The Templar Knights."

Part II -- Immigration

Section I - Entrance

Applications that are entering The Templar Knights for the first time are subject to these restrictions:

- Applicant may not be engage in any offensive wars;
- Application may not be a member of another alliance;
- Must register in the specified area of recruitment;
- Must sign the Templar Oath

Applicants who are returning members to The Templar Knights are subject to these restrictions:

- Re-entry may only be gained 3 times within any 18 month period.
- Returning members seeking government positions within 2 months of joining require 66% approval from the Elder Council.

Section II - Oath

I, (insert name) as a Knight Templar, hereby solemnly swear to act at all times with the utmost honour towards ally and enemy. I will insult neither my brother knights nor friend nor foe. I shall only wage war when called upon or when I or a brother knight is attacked. As a soldier of The Templar Knights, I will stand firm against all threats foreign and domestic. By using fear as my sword and courage as my shield I will defend my alliance. I fully acknowledge that the welfare of The Templar Knights is my first and foremost priority and I will give my nation up to defend it. If I fail in my quest to uphold this oath I will freely place myself before the Disciplinary Council for judgement.


Part III -- The Priory

Comprised of all members of the alliance, the Priory is considered the voice of the populace, and has limited but critical influence over matters in the alliance. Members will conduct themselves with the utmost integrity and honour. Members will abide by all guidelines outlined in the charter as well as any agreed upon code of conduct. Members will maintain a chivalrous attitude towards others on any forum as well as IRC. Members can take position in the government but no member may hold more than one government position at any given time. Members of the Priory may be called to vote on the following:

- Elect members of the Elder Council.
- Called upon by any member to vote on overturning any decision of the Government with a 75% vote.
- Vote of no confidence for any Government positions.

Part IV -- Government

Section I – Grand-Master

At the head of the Knights is the Grand-Master which is considered the most qualified and zealous participant available within the Templar.

Appointment: Upon vacancy, the Elder Council will compile a list of potential candidates. These candidates will be contacted through private message individually in order to determine their willingness to be considered. Candidates willing to pursue the position must provide a statement to the Elder Council for review. Should a member of the EC accept a nomination for the role, they must temporarily resign their EC position for the remainder of the selection process. Based on the candidates selected, each elder Councillor will provide two finalists in a private vote to declare their support. If a tie-breaking vote is required to determine the final two, the Grand-Master will cast the needed vote. Should the GM be unable, or unwilling to cast the tie-breaking vote it will be up the acting GM (S@A) to decide if a 3rd finalist should be permitted into the priory vote. The top selected candidates will be presented in the Priory with written statements of support from the Elder Council. The priory will have 72 hours to interview the candidates, at which point, the decision will be put to a 48 hour vote. The candidate who receives the majority vote will be given the title and rights of the Grand-Master. An opening statement is expected to be posted in the priory.

Duties: As follows

- Protect the members of the alliance and maintain the integrity of The Templar Knights, no matter what the circumstances.
- Finalize treaty approvals and cancellations.
- Program creation and implementation
- Monitor and ensure that the various departments are performing their duties outlined in the charter.
- Can mobilize and declare an alliance Wide war, and is the arbiter of declaring peace too.
- Provide overall guidance for the alliance and it’s government

Requests and Veto: As follows

- May Veto any action performed by an entity within the alliance as long as the decision is not due to a Veto being overturned by the Priory or Elder Council.
- May request the Sargent-at- Arms to perform audits of any department within the alliance.
- May request the Marshal of Members to perform an inquiry into the violation of any guidelines by any member within the alliance.
- May not impose restrictions or punishments without a conviction of guilt by the judicial committee overseen by the Elder Council.
- May request the Marshal of Finance to act as spectator of any proceedings involving a judiciary inquiry.

Additional Privileges: If a Marshal or Deputy Marshal is not performing his duties in a satisfactory manner, the Grand-Master may remove him and have him replaced.

Mandatory Requirements: As follows

- Must request the Sargent-At-Arms initiate a vote of confidence every three months.
- Must abide by and support the charter and guidelines set forth
- Provide Awards and recognition of deserving individuals either noted or presented by the Elder Council or at his/her own discretion.

Section II - The Elder Council

The Elder Council is the voice of the Priory, they will be elected by the Priory to represent the alliance as the Priory's voice in Government as well as perform various services for the Priory and be the custodian of the Charter.

Appointment: Three to Seven Members of the Alliance will be elected depending on our membership count. The EC will not drop below three members to assure an odd number of voting individuals. All other elements of the charter will be unchanged
The Breakdown of the adjusted EC membership will be as follows.
0-69 Nations = 3 EC Members
70-120 Nations = 5 EC Members
121+ Nations = 7 EC Members.

Upon each election a 48 hour nomination thread will be opened. Members of the alliance may nominate themselves or others. If a member is nominated by someone else and is not interested in being considered for office the nominated member must reject the nomination. An absence of rejection will be assumed to be an acceptance.

At the conclusion of the 48 hour nomination period a 72 hour period for an alliance wide interview session where all members are encouraged to ask their questions of the candidates. Failure to respond to questions could disqualify the candidate/s from continuing on to the vote, the decision to disqualify will be left to the discretion of the Grand-Master / S@A

At the conclusion of the interview process a 48 hour vote will commence with members able to select candidates in which to represent them. Upon completion of the allotted time, the Marshal of Recruitment will officially announce the top five voted members and the new Elder Council.

Elder Council members will serve a three month term.

Special election whether to replace a leaving or removed Elder Councillor/s will follow the same process described above to elect the replacement Elder councillor/s who will serve out the remainder of that Elder Council term.

Duties: The Elder Council’s primary purpose is to voice the concerns of the Priory to the Government and maintain intra-alliance communication. Elder Councillors will be required to at least perform the following tasks while in office,

- Evaluate and recommend awarding Medals and provide recognition to deserving members within the alliance.
- Maintain regular contact with the Marshal's department that the Sargent-at-Arms has assigned them to.
- Assist the Marshals as deputy with their responsibilities if the Marshal needs help. The assignment to assist at either Marshal department is made at the discretion of the Sargent-at-Arms.
All votes made by the Elder Council in the EC Room will require a 60% approval either way for the motion to be denied or passed, except for the following:
- In the absence of the Grand-Master, with the specific issue of an alliance wide war will require a 100% vote of “Yes” to declare.
- In the event a decision to veto a Grand-Master Decision is being made in which will require a 100% vote of “Yes” to veto the decision.
- Any treaty creation must first receive majority approval by an Elder Council vote.
- Any and all Treaty cancelling including Bloc entry/exit must first receive majority approval by an Elder Council vote.
Section III - Sergeant-at-Arms

Member of the Elder Council will be selected as Sargent-at-Arms. The Sargent-at-Arms primary purpose is to act as the organizer and figurehead of the Elder Council.

Appointment: The position of Sargent-at-Arms will be selected by the Grand-Master from the Elder Council at the start of each Elder Council term. No other powers will be granted, either expressed or implied, above any other Elder Councillor.

Duties: The Sargent-at-Arms is expected to:

- Keeping proper time limits in the Elder Council Chambers for discussion and voting.
- Announce to the priory concerning decisions made by the Elder Council.
Act as Grand-Master should the Grand-Master be absent
- Appoint one member of the Elder Councilto be the administrator of Priory votes, excepting Elder Council elections and Grand-Master Vote of Confidence
- Assign Elder Councillors to Marshal departments to remain regular contact with.
- Assign Elder Councillors to assist any Marshal at their request.

Section IV - Marshals

There will be three departments, Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Defence. Overseeing these departments will be Marshals. Their responsibility will be to ensure efficiency and performance within their respective departments. Since they are not elected by the Priory they do not have an official vote in the direction of the alliance.
The number of Marshals and their titles will vary based on the need of the alliance, at the discretion of the Grand-Master of the TTK.

Appointment: Marshals are appointed by the Grand-Master

Duties: All Marshals are expected to meet or exceed the standards set forth by the Grand-Master. Any Marshal may request the Sargent-at-Arms to assign an Elder Council member to assist as a deputy in their department. The Marshal is also allowed to choose a non Elder Council deputy to assist him.

Section V - Overview of possible Marshals and their duties.

Marshal of Foreign Affairs - accountable for maintaining contact with current Templar Knights allies and other alliances, and pursuing the Foreign Policy of the Grand-Master, and selecting a staff to help accomplish these goals.
Marshal of Recruitment - accountable for the recruitment and retention of all members. This includes maintaining an accurate members list as well as unmasking members from the forum after they leave or delete.
Marshal of Internal Affairs - Accountable for all internal machinations within the alliance, this includes aid, trades, and resource circles and audits. The GM can split this position into other Marshal roles as needed which may or may not include Marshal of Members, Marshal of Finance, and Marshal of Aid.
Marshal of Defence -accountable for the defence and striking power of the alliance, this is a non-political position whose sole goal is to keep the alliance prepared and educated in the event of War.
Division Commanders report directly to the Marshal of Defence.
Can recommend awards of recognition for deserving members who performed admirably in times of war. The Marshal of Defence controls the DEFCON level for the alliance, in the absence of the Marshal of Defence, the Grand-Master may adjust the DEFCON level with logical justification. The Marshal of Defense sets the War Chest requirements for the alliance.
Only during times of war, the MoD is considered to be second in command of the alliance behind the Grand-Master.
Section VI - Government Dismissals

Article I - Grand-Master Dismissal

The Grand-Master must be an effective, experienced leader and player of Cybernations as a whole. The Grand-Master must be the embodiment of what a Templar Knight is supposed to be and uphold a high sense of Honour and integrity. Failure to do so will constitute dismissal from the position of Grand-Master. Dismissal can result from:

- Failure to meet a 66% approval rating for any vote of confidence.
- Priory vote with 75% or more in favour of dismissal.
- Violation of the charter without Elder Council and Priory consent.

Article II - Elder Council

Members of the Elder Council must be able to perform their duties and remain active within their term of office. Failure to do so can result in their dismissal from the Elder Council through a Vote of “Yes” from the remaining four and a majority vote of the priory. The Grand-Master may vote as a tiebreaker. Dismissal can result from:

- No Confidence; if an Elder Council is found to be incompetent or not performing duties, grounds for a vote of “No Confidence” apply.
- Inactivity; An Elder Councillor's failure to at least check-in within a 7 day period without a notice of absence or unavailability, or for 15 days or more whether reported or not is grounds for a call of vote of “Inactivity”.

All Votes for dismissal must be called by another member of the Elder Council or Grand-Master and concluded within 72 hours; the vote may be written. If the Vote is conclusive in finding that the Elder Councillor needs to be removed, a thread will be opened in the priory with one statement from the charging Elder Councillors concerning the desire to remove. The charged Elder Councillor must be notified through forum private message and in-game message of the action being proposed against them. They can form one rebuttal in their defence for the Priory to view. This statement and rebuttal will be posted from beginning and to end in 48 hours. If the Elder Councillor charged does not post within 48 hours he/she will not be allowed another opportunity. The vote will be open for 48 hours, a majority wins after which the Sergeant-at-Arms will announce to the priory the results.

Article III - Marshal

The Marshal (officer) must be able to perform their duties and remain active within their term of office. Failure to do so can result in their dismissal through a majority vote of the priory. Dismissal can result from:

- No Confidence; if an officer is found to be incompetent or not performing duties, grounds for a vote of “No Confidence” apply.
- Inactivity; The officer's failure to at least check-in within a 7 day period without a notice of absence or unavailability, or for 15 days or more whether reported or not is grounds for a call of vote of “Inactivity”.

All Votes for dismissal must be called by the consensus of the Elder Council. A statement 48 hours prior to the actual Vote from the Elder Council will be posted along with notification provided to alliance members. The officer in question will be given the opportunity to provide one rebuttal statement. The vote will be posted and last for 48 hours, after which if the simple majority of the alliance votes to remove the officer, the normal election/appointment procedure will be followed where the new officer will complete the set term. Any appointed offices made by the removed officer will maintain their positions and report to the Grand-Master until a replacement is found. If the vote does not support the dismissal, nothing occurs and the officer moves forward with business as usual.

Section VII - Non-Government Entities

Patriarchs

A. When a Grand-Master leaves office, be it via retirement or voted out of office, the title of
Patriarch will be held up for 30 days before it can be presented unless the current Grand-Master ask that the 30 day period be waived. A vote by the Elder Council with a 4:1 margin must pass.
B. Influential members of The Templar Alliance may be nominated by either the Grand-Master they served under or any member of the present government. They will be made a Patriarch if they are confirmed by a simple majority by the Priory.
C. This position allows the Patriarch to take on an advisory role within the government where they may assist the Elder Council and the Grand-Master in the decision making process.
D. Patriarchs are not allowed to vote on any discussions within the Elder Council Chambers.
E. If a former Grand-Master leaves The Templar Knights and returns the returning of Patriarch status can be refused or delayed if it is felt by the Current Grand-Master and Adviser/advisers that it will be a security risk to return the Patriarch title. if a current Patriarch who still is in The Templar Knights has been deemed a risk to The Templar Knights security by the current Grand-Master that title of Patriarch can be removed but a reason for discussion must be posted for the Elder Council to discuss the reasoning. during the time of discussion the Elder Council can vote and overturn the Grand-Master's decision by a 4 to 1 vote.
F. If a Patriarch wishes to take a government position, they will be masked with the appropriate mask for the new position. At the end of their service, the Patriarch title and mask will be automatically restored to the member unless any member recommends the title not be reinstated. Under this circumstance, the member must publicly describe why the Patriarch title and mask should not be reinstated and a 48 hour discussion time will be followed by a 48 Priory vote. The Patriarch title and mask will not be reinstated until the vote is completed.

Section VIII - The Disciplinary Action Council

A council comprised of a Defence, Prosecution and Judge will determine guilt or innocence, along with the accompanying punishment if warranted is decided. All judgments will be based off of the Templar Code of Conduct. Any member can bring charges on anyone within the Alliance.

Appointment: Upon charges being made against another alliance member/s the Marshal of Members who automatically acts as the Judge will lock the initial post so the Disciplinary Action Council can be formed. The Marshal of Members is the only authorized person able to post on this thread, everyone else in the alliance will have read only access.

Contact will be made with the Elder Council where the Elder Council will vote to allow the Disciplinary Action Council to form or if the charges are Frivolous. Frivolous charges are a Code of Conduct violation and the Elder Council may vote to in turn bring charges in front of the priory against the accused where this process will adhere to these prescribed steps.

If the Charges are voted acceptable by the Elder Council, they will provide one of their own as prosecutor who will in turn begin preparing a statement to prosecute the accused in accordance with the Code of Conduct. The Elder Council member will have 48 hours to prepare and send their prosecuting statement to the Marshal of Recruitment. Failure to do so will result in all charges being dropped.

Contact will be made with the Defendant/s, offender/s as to whether they plead innocent or guilty. The plea will be posted under the formal charges post. A guilty plea will be acted upon, based on prescribed punishment immediately implemented in accordance with the Code of Conduct. A plea of innocence will push the trial forward. The Offender/s may request someone else to defend them (This cannot be the Marshal of Members or the Elder Councillor who is the prosecution). The Defendant/s will be granted 48 hours upon pleading to send their statement to the Marshal of Members who will in turn post it within the Main post within the Assembly room.

Both prosecuting and defending statements will be posted one after another.

The priory will have 72 hours for review of both the prosecutions statement and the Defendants.

The Priory will decide innocence or guilt through a 48 hour vote, in the event of a tie breaker the Grand-Master will make the choice.

The Marshal of Members will announce the results with the prescribed punishment outlined in the Code of Conduct.

All decisions will be final as the Priory made the determination regardless if there is a tie.

Special Cases: In the event that an officer is accused whose involvement in the Disciplinary Action Council is listed in the procedure above, a Special Case will ensue. Below is listed a special case per each officer.

Marshal of Members - The Sergeant-at-Arms will undertake the administrator roles previously held by the Marshal of Members, and the Marshal of Aid will undertake the Judge's role.

Elder Councillor (Including Sergeant-at-Arms) - The Elder Councillor accused will be temporarily suspended until the investigation is complete, whilst the remaining four Elder Councillors will continue on their duties. Any tie resulting from the remaining four Elder Councillors can be broken by the Grand-Master.

Section IX - War

An alliance wide war may only be conducted upon approval or declaration from the Grand-Master.

Joke wars will NOT be allowed and will face severe penalties as this is against the rules of Cybernations. It is considered war slot filling and will not be tolerated. Penalties for this will be determined by the Disciplinary Action Council in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

Technology raids are unacceptable and any member who attempts or performs this is subject to punishment set forth by the Disciplinary Action Council in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

If attacked by another nation, retaliation by the attacked nation against the aggressor is permitted, but not until after notification has been given to the respective Division Commander. Any retaliation before receiving specific authorization from the Division Commander or Marshal of Defense should be done with the understanding that The Templar Knights may not fight for any reparations on your behalf.

Nuclear Arms are only allowed to be used with Authorization from the Marshal of Defense or Grand-Master, accept where a The Templar Knights nation is attacked with a Nuke in which case the affected nation and any other attacking nation directed to attack the antagonist is encouraged to return the favour.

Should a nation chose to become a prisoner of war, the Marshal of Defense shall investigate into both the circumstances leading to the change in status and whether the Code of Conduct was followed by the knight. If the investigation is in favor of the nation they will be allowed to resume their previous status. Otherwise the findings will be presented to the Elder Council and Priory and a Disciplinary Action Council shall be formed. A nation may be pre-approved to surrender after consulting with the Marshal of Defense.

Section X - Amendments

Any member of the alliance may put forth an amendment proposal for voting. Discussion on the amendment will last for 48 hours. Voting will last for 72 hours. A majority is required by the Elder Council to pass or reject the amendment.

Voting deemed as an "Emergency Vote" will last for 24 hours and will circumvent discussion within the Priory and be debated within the Elder Council.



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