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Rasim Aeon

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Imperial Decree #79: The Imperial Assembly
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:09:47 AM »
I, Rasim Aeon, in keeping with the promise of allowing an elected voice for the people of the Imperium and in accordance with the Imperial Constitution, do hereby establish the following:

The Imperial Assembly as the Legislative Branch of the Imperial Government

1. The membership shall be comprised of Nobles, below Duke, elected by the Council of Nobles (unless prohibited by the Constitution because of other positions/roles), 2 Senators from each system elected by Citizens residing in those systems (grids), and Representatives equal to the sum of the total Nobles and Senators elected at large by the Citizens.  The maximum size of the Assembly shall never exceed 100 members.  If the calculation of nobles+senators=representative exceeds 100, the number of Nobles will be reduced in order to meet the criteria.  Systems will not reduce representation to meet the criteria.  A 2/3 vote of an Imperial Magnus or an Imperium Plebescite (all citizens vote) called by a 2/3 vote of the Imperial Assembly may adjust the size of this body.  The Emperor will not solely change the number and must allow one of the two actions take place. The minimum size of the Assembly shall be 13.

2. Assembly Leadership
The leader of the Imperial Assembly when the Grand Sovereign is not presiding shall be styled the Grand Speaker, or just Lord/Lady Grand Speaker.  They shall be elected by majority vote and preside over the Imperial Assembly. He/she shall represent the Imperial Assembly; appoint committees of the Assembly; Chair the Executive Committee of the Assembly; and oversee the Secretariat of the Assembly. He/she shall sit on the Council of Government and any other body designated by the Grand Sovereign, Grand Viceroy, or Imperial Laws or decrees.  The Emperor will only appoint the Grand Speaker in case of inactivity of the Assembly or in casting the vote to break the tie of an election. 

2.1 Grand Speaker Pro Tempore.
The Imperial Assembly shall elect a Grand Speaker Pro Tempore from one of its members to act in the absence of the Speaker.

2.2. Removal of Leadership.
The Imperial Assembly shall have the right to remove, censure, or punish the Grand Speaker or Grand Speaker Pro Tempore by 2/3 vote, for whatever reason as determined by decree or statute.

3. Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Imperial Assembly shall establish the rules of procedure for the Imperial Assembly, appoint its committee chairs; set the legislative schedule for the Assembly; and appoint the Chief Clerk of the Assembly and members of the Secretariat. The Grand Speaker shall chair this Committee. This committee shall consist of the Grand Speaker, Grand Speaker Pro Tempore, and the Standing Committee Chairs of the Assembly.

4. Secretariat
The Secretariat shall support the work of the Assembly, and shall be organized by the Grand Steward, in council, with the Executive Committee. It shall be supervised by the Chief Clerk of the Assembly.

5. Election

The election of Representatives to the Imperial Assembly shall take place every six months, one month before the solstice with one-half (1/3) of the seats up for election at any given time. A decree or statute shall determine procedures, time and place, and number.  The election of Senators shall take place alternately every six months.  In the election immediately after this decree, the person receiving the highest votes will serve for one year and the second highest shall serve for six months.

6. Rights and Privileges.

Each person holding a seat in the Assembly shall be entitled to use the moniker, Member of the Imperial Assembly or MIA. MIAs may not be removed from office except by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Imperial Assembly. A MIA vacates his/her seat if he/she fails to vote on three consecutive bills, he/she resigns from office, if he/she is elevated to the noble rank of Duke/Duchess; or renounces Citizenship. Any at large representative seat vacated during a session shall remain vacant until the next period.  In the case of Senators, the relative System Viceroy shall appoint a replacement with the approval of the System Assembly if one be in place. 

7. Eligibility and Restrictions

Except where provided by law, decree, or the constitution, anyone eligible to vote in the Aksum Imperium is eligible to hold the position of Member of the Imperial Assembly. However, a noble in the rank of Duke/Duchess or higher; a member of the defense or security forces; and anyone charged with a high crime or adjudicated by the Imperial Judiciary as such, shall not be eligible for membership.

8. Powers

The Imperial Assembly shall have the power to introduce bills to appropriate revenue or moneys; conduct votes of confidence in the government except during a Magnus; that affect the establishment of political structures; make recommendations for the declaration of war; serve as a court of impeachment for, Viceroys, Chancellors, Ministers, Imperial Magistrates and Judges, except the Grand Magistrate; provide advice and consent on matters related to the Imperial Cabinet, Chancellor and ministerial appointments made by the Grand Viceroy or Chancellor of State; and anything affecting the Assembly; and the structure of the Judiciary.

9. Limitations

The Assembly is prohibited from passing any law: that involves the cost of land in the Imperium; the attainment of territory; ex-post facto laws; bills of Attainder; conclude military capitulation or surrenders; that infringes on the expressed and inherent prerogatives, duties, and responsibilities of the Emperor; nor any that affects the defense and security forces of the Imperium or the Imperial Chambers/Household.

10. Voting

All votes of the Assembly shall require majority, except those that: are taken while as a Court of Impeachment; establishing political structure; recommendations to declare war; amendments to the constitution, which shall all require a two-thirds (2/3) vote. There must be a quorum of 50% of the members for a vote to be valid. All official votes shall be conducted and recorded on the official forum.

11. Sessions

Sessions of the Imperial Assembly shall last for three months beginning and ending on the solstices and equinoxes. The Imperial Assembly may by two-thirds (2/3) vote stand a recess during a session. The Emperor or Grand Viceroy may convene the Imperial Assembly at any time to deal with an issue.

12. Location.

The Imperial Assembly shall meet in the capital city. However, may assemble elsewhere by Imperial Decree, the call of the Grand Speaker, or 2/3 vote of the Assembly.  All meetings must be conducted on Imperial property (land, forums, servers, etc).

13. Account of the General State of the Imperium

At the first meeting of each session the Grand Viceroy, Chancellor of State, or a designated Chancellor shall render an account of the general state of the Imperium and of the measures of the Government. The Assembly shall include the measures in its Agenda.

14. Privileges of the Imperial Executive Branch

The Chancellors Ministers of the Executive Branch may attend the Imperial Assembly without a vote and voice in its proceedings, except to introduce legislation on behalf of the Government.

15. Bills

Any member of the Assembly shall be entitled to introduce Bills and other measures. No Bill shall be passed until it has been posted for at least three days. Government bills introduced by the Grand Viceroy, Chancellor of State or other Imperial Chancellor shall take precedence over private member bills. In the case of a new election or end of a session, all Bills and other measures which have not been passed finally by the Assembly shall be dropped.

16 Procedures.

All bills must receive a majority vote of the Assembly to be passed to the Grand Viceroy. The Grand Viceroy shall present the bill to the Imperial Cabinet for consideration. After consideration by the Imperial Cabinet, the Grand Viceroy can veto or present the bill to the Imperial Council for Imperial Assent. The Grand Viceroy shall have 10 days to act on a bill. If the Grand Viceroy vetoes a bill, it requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Assembly to override a veto. If the Grand Viceroy does not act on a bill within ten (10) days, the bill shall be forwarded by the Grand Speaker to the Imperial Privy Council who shall decide to recommend approval or veto. There is no override of the Emperor’s veto. The bill may be introduced an unlimited number of times after the Emperor’s veto following the above procedures. When a bill has achieved Imperial Assent, it shall be sent to the Cabinet for implementation and posted in the forums and archives as law.

17. Taxes.

No taxes shall be imposed, altered, or repealed except by Statute; nor the government raise a loan except by statute. Taxes may only be approved by 2/3 vote.

18. Naturalization

The Imperial Assembly shall pass laws covering the immigration of Citizens.

19. Rules of Procedure

The Assembly shall establish rules of procedure; including rules governing its conduct of business and maintenance of order. Absent of rules established, Robert Rules of Order shall become the official rules of procedure.

20. Committees

The Speaker shall appoint committees to investigate matters of general importance. Such committees shall have the right to demand information from both citizens and public authorities. Committees shall be structured in accordance with the rules of procedure. Committee membership shall be confirmed by the Imperial Assembly.

21. Subpoena and Discussion

The Imperial Assembly or one of its committees may direct an officer of the government to appear to answer questions. At no time can the Assembly summon a member of the Defense/Security Forces or an officer within the Imperial Chambers without the prior approval of the Emperor or his designee. Any member may request a statement from the Executive Branch.

22. Petitions.

Petitions may be submitted only through a member of the Imperial Assembly

Section 23. Political Parties

Political parties may operate under rules of their design and must follow the laws of the Imperium. The procedure for registering a political party shall be made by statute. No political party has a right to a seat in the Imperial Assembly and political affiliation will not be used as an official tool to manage the Assembly. Political parties may support candidates or issues. However, members of the Assembly are bound by their own conscience.

24. Immunity

The Imperial Assembly shall be inviolable. Except where otherwise stated in the Constitution or a decree, any person who attacks its security or freedom shall be deemed guilty of high treason. Outside of the Assembly, members shall not be held liable for utterances made in the Imperial Assembly except by majority consent of the Assembly.

25. Oath

All members of the Imperial Assembly shall take the following oath: I, (name), will faithfully execute the office of Representative to the Imperial Assembly, I pledge my loyalty and fealty to the Emperor of and to the Imperium; will to the best of my ability defend the integrity of the Imperium, bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, By Strength and Courage.

26.  I further direct and authorize the Imperial Government to immediately execute this decree, and conduct and oversee elections.  Current members are eligible to run again.

27.  I further permit Countess Nique Skylark to continue to serve as Grand Speaker until an election of the position takes place.

28.  This decree supersedes all previous decrees issued where there may be a conflict.

This by my (tired) hand, By Strength and Courage

Rasim Aeon
Emperor and Grand Sovereign
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