The UnAPS Constitution was the document that all the nations of the United Alliance of Progressive States, a now defunct organization were required to abide by. It was written by Hans von Trün of the Socialist Empire of Edolia.
- 1 Full text of the document
- 1.1 Article I – Introduction
- 1.2 Article II – Values and Goals of UnAPS
- 1.3 Article III – Structure of the UnAPS alliance
- 1.4 Article IV – Inner and Outer Alliances
- 1.5 Article V – Declarations of War
- 1.6 Article VI – Enemies and Allies
- 1.7 Article VII: The UnAPS Court
- 1.8 Amendments
- 2 Controversy
- 3 Related articles
Full text of the document
The UnAPS Constitution
Article I – Introduction
All members of the United Alliance of Progressive States –hereafter referred to using the acronym “UnAPS,” are required to abide by the rules and regulations defined in this constitution.
Violators of these rules that are identified, will, with a vote of two-thirds majority of all members, be immediately ejected from the alliance and from the Haven region.
Article II – Values and Goals of UnAPS
The UnAPS alliance is an organization of sovereign states. We are brought together in the pursuit of universal human rights and for the promotion of progressive social and/or economic policies. All members are pledged to protect each other in the event of war, so long as the member involved was not identified as the aggressor in the conflict. If a majority of two-thirds of all members vote that a particular nation is consistently not supporting allies when they have the means to do so, that nation will be ejected from the alliance.
UnAPS nations pledge to respect the rights of all sentient beings and not to discriminate against such beings based on race, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference. Violators will be punished as outlined in Article I, Section II of this constitution.
UnAPS nations pledge to oppose tyranny, aggression and imperialism wherever these vices make themselves known. Nations or alliances that oppress their people or engage in imperialistic or aggressive wars are deemed enemies of the alliance.
Article III – Structure of the UnAPS alliance
====Section I==== The UnAPS leadership will be composed of seven Secretaries. Elections will be held every fourth Friday of each month. The Wednesday of that fourth week will be the start of official campaigning. On the fourth Friday, polls will open and elections will be held. The polls will last until the Sunday of that week. The office must be occupied the first Monday after the close of the polls when the winner is identified.
The seven Secretaries are: General Secretary, Secretary of War, Secretary of Diplomacy, Secretary of Policy, Secretary of Intra-Alliance Relations, Secretary of Intelligence and the Secretary of Alliance Structure.
The General Secretary will handle all odd jobs in the alliance and will be viewed as the alliance’s chair-nation. All nations wishing to join the alliance must first contact the General Secretary. Furthermore, the General Secretary of the alliance will be considered the legitimate United Nations delegate of the official alliance region. The General Secretary must be a resident of that region and a member of the United Nations. The General Secretary will also manage lists of alliance members. He is required to telegram the Secretary of Alliance Structure upon the arrival of new members! .
The Secretary of War is considered the head of alliance military operations. Furthermore, he is expected to be ready and willing to go to war, leading and organizing alliance coalitions. When not directly involved in a coalition, the Secretary of War may appoint a member of that coalition as the official UnAPS head. However, under no circumstances is it mandatory for all other members of the coalition to follow the directions of any alliance coalition leaders. The position is only the official leadership preference of the UnAPS alliance.
The Secretary of Diplomacy is required to, along with the General Secretary, to act as the public face of the alliance. He is responsible for conducting all major diplomatic negotiations with outside nations and alliances. This position does not exclude other diplomatic action taken by other members of the alliance if they see fit.
The Secretary of Policy is responsible for managing the creation of new UnAPS internal policy and for the management of new amendments to the constitution. All arrangements and suggestions for policy change must be initiated through this office. The Secretary must post all such suggestions and cannot determine which is of value and which is not.
The Secretary of Intra-Alliance Relations is responsible for maintaining good relations between members of UnAPS and mediating disputes between nations. The Secretary is also expected to perform the duties as judge in the UnAPS court, pass and enforce decisions of justice and punishment on fellow nations. Ref: Article VII.
Secretary of Intelligence: The Secretary of Intelligence is responsible for covert and espionage operations. His main jobs include negotiating with possible defectors and attempting to plant spies in other alliances. He is required to submit findings to the alliance for review (See Article IV).
The Secretary of Alliance Structure is responsible for managing the transition of members of the Outer Alliance to the Inner Alliance. He is required to write up reports on possible candidates for promotion and screen out distasteful nations. He is required to maintain contact with the General Secretary and telegram him with information regarding promotions.
The Director of Membership is responsible for reviewing membership applications by new nations. He is required to write up reports on possible candidates for membership and screen out distasteful nations. He is required to maintain contact with the General Secretary and the Secretary of Alliance Structure and telegram them with information regarding membership. The Director of Membership also has the authority to recall previous judgements of applicant nations if there is reasonable evidence that the judgement (positive or negative) was false and can, in consultation with the General Secretary and the Secretary of Alliance, revise membership status accordingly. The Director can only revise membership status if there is ample evidence to support such an action.
Article IV – Inner and Outer Alliances
The UnAPS alliance is comprised of two sections; the Inner and Outer alliances. The Outer Alliance is composed of all members. The Inner Alliance is composed of a special group of nations that have been deemed responsible, and trustworthy. These nations will have full access to all UnAPS resources.
Nations wishing to enter UnAPS must make their intention clear to the General Secretary. To become a member of the alliance, it is only required that the candidate meet certain civil rights and political freedoms requirements. All nations must have at least “above average” civil rights. However, if political freedoms are “some” or fewer, they must have no less than “good” civil rights.
Members of the Outer Alliance who are considered valuable enough to the alliance to be promoted to the Inner Alliance are to undergo a review process whereby the Secretary for Alliance Structure is to write a report and submit it for voting to the Inner Alliance body. This is outlined in Article III, Section IX.
All members of the alliance who have been members for at least one week will have the right to vote for all secretary positions excluding the Secretary of Alliance Structure. They will also have the right to vote on official UnAPS declarations of war (see Article V) and the right to reside in the alliance region.
All members of the Inner Alliance will have the right to view all alliance information. They will furthermore be allowed to vote for the Secretary of Alliance Structure.
Article V – Declarations of War
The UnAPS alliance can, under some circumstances, vote to go to war, committing every available member to the conflict. Such declarations of war are only to be made if a majority of nations *within the alliance* vote to declare war.
If war is declared, all nations within the alliance are required to immediately declare war upon the object of the declaration. Any nation that refuses to do is eligible to face punishment as outlined in Article I, Section II. The Secretary of War has the official obligation to notify to the target of the declaration of the intent of the alliance.
Article VI – Enemies and Allies
The alliance will keep a list of enemies and allies of the alliance.
An “enemy of the alliance” is defined as a nation or alliance that is considered a threat to the national security or policy goals of the member states of UnAPS, or close military allies of important enemies of the alliance. Member nations are required not to engage in alliance with such nations.
An “ally of the alliance” is defined as any nation or alliance considered a friend to the goals of UnAPS. Member states are required to defend allies if attacked and provide diplomatic support when needed. Furthermore, they are not to go to war with allies unless permission is given by a majority vote of the alliance.
To define a nation or alliance as an enemy of ally, a vote must be made of all Outer Alliance nations.
Article VII: The UnAPS Court
The Secretary of Intra-Alliance Relations is the presiding judge and passes and enforces sentencing.
Any member may present founded charges to be brought before the courts and act as the prosecutor. The defending nation must appear and justify these charges. Failure of appearance of the defendant is a presumption of guilt.
I. Vote of No Confidence
Enacted 3/14/04 If a nation within the UnAPS alliance feels that a Secretary of the alliance is not fulfilling their proper duties, they may move to hold a vote of no confidence. Once seconded by an additional number of nations equal to 10% of the UnAPS membership, there shall be an immediate vote of no confidence, moderated by the UnAPS Judge. If the UnAPS Judge is the subject of the vote, it is moderated by the Secretary General.
II. New Member Waiting Periods
Enacted 3/14/04 Before a new member-state shall be admitted to the UnAPS alliance by the Secretary General or his assistants, there shall be a two day waiting period during which time member-states will voice their objections for the new member. This waiting period shall be discarded under any of the following circumstances: 1. The new member state has already signed a military alliance with the UnAPS. 2. The new member state is a new nation and a personal friend of any member of the alliance. 3. The new member’s application was deemed controversial in the beginning and was discussed prior to admission. If clear objections are voiced by a significant group of nations the new member state shall not be admitted to the UnAPS alliance –left to the discretion of the Secretary General. If the Secretary General does not fulfill his duties in bowing to the consensus, this is grounds for a vote of no confidence (see Amendment I).
III. Directorate of Membership
Enacted 3/18/04 The following is to be added to Article III: Section IX: The Director of Membership is responsible for reviewing membership applications by new nations. He is required to write up reports on possible candidates for membership and screen out distasteful nations. He is required to maintain contact with the General Secretary and the Secretary of Alliance Structure and telegram them with information regarding membership. The Director of Membership also has the authority to recall previous judgements of applicant nations if there is reasonable evidence that the judgement (positive or negative) was false and can, in consultation with the General Secretary and the Secretary of Alliance, revise membership status accordingly. The Director can only revise membership status if there is ample evidence to support such an action.
Much of the history of the UnAPS Alliance is filled with controversy over the UnAPS Constitution. Many felt that the anti-aggression and anti-imperialism clauses were virtually ignored, which, during the Allanea-UnAPS War, caused Goobergunchia, Ilek-Vaad and Knootoss to leave the organization.