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The Ancient Articles or by its official name The Constitution of the Republic Worlds of the Solterran Nationstates is the supreme law of the government of the Solterran Alliance. This constitution is designed and pieced together from parts of the constitutions of the United States, Germany, Japan and the Magna Carta with amendments added to accommodate the protections and guarantees of the people. Developed during the Great Article Sennial Convention of 2442 to 2448. representatives from around the world and the outer planets assembled in need of a new government after the events of the Starlight Ultimatum. Leading to the failure and disaster the Terran Alliance made to stop the event.

As the talks went on they finalized the draft of what laws can be placed and what should be thrown out. In the final year of the convention on September 10, 2448 the official draft of the constitution is made to be activated by the designers and will not come into effect until 2457, five years after the dissolution of the previous government.

Preamble

We the peoples of planets far and wide establish a great and perfect union. To provide for the common defense and general welfare both local and distant. We ordain and establish these articles of the Constitution of the Nation-States of Solterra.

Articles

#1 - Executive Branch

The role of the president of the alliance is to execute the laws enacted by the world congress, impose executive powers and privileges and deal with foreign affairs.

#2 - Legislative Branch

TBD

#3 - Judicial Branch

The supreme court of the Alliance defines how to interpret the constitution according to arguments made before from lower courts and prevent actions of the president and the world congress from exceeding their powers in both peace and wartime.

#4 - Powers of the Main Government

The principal powers of the government as a whole is the regulate commerce between nationstates and other worlds and galaxies, print money and issue credits, declare war, make treaties. etc.

#5 - Power of Limited Sovereignty to the Nationstates

The powers of the nationstates are defined by what they are in the articles. As each nationstate within the borders of the Alliance are henceforth known as limited sovereign states. Meaning that each world or territory has the right to build an army, make deals and treaties with any other world, regulate commerce and travel.

What they cannot do is use said army against the people of the Alliance here and abroad, cannot exercise powers that suppress, infringe or exceed those defined in the articles.

#6 - Amendment Process and Ratification

The process of adding amendments are discussed through interplanetary consensus over the topics and issues that must be addressed before adding an amendment to the constitution. Afterwards the process of "touring the amendment" begins where the nationstate governments seek approval or denial of the issue. If the amendment is approved by more than 3/5ths or more than 50% of all regions then it goes to the world congress for finalization and to the president for the official sign off by the carriers of the articles.

If there are needed to be made additions or a total removal of an amendment. The same process had to be done all over again which becomes too time consuming and often confusing. That is why the world congress enacted the use of "subamendments" to put addendum to the original constitution and give the power make a current amendment dead without the need to make a totally new amendment.

Amendments

These are the basic amendments created in the ancient articles to accompany current trends and changes to the worlds afforded to them. The ratification process is much more strenuous than the process needed to ratify new amendments into the U.S. Constitution.

Sub-amendments

These are totally different than resorting to making another amendment to this constitution. These subamendments have the power to augment a current amendment, repeal amendments or repeal current submendments.

# Amendment Definition - Effective Date Note
1st The rights of a free, functional and widespread press and free establishment separate from the state in all levels.
2nd Rights to a free, regulated militia of a free state and the right to bare arms shall not be infringed.
3rd Initiates the role of "sub-amendments" into the constitution including the power to cancel out a current amendment with one and not a full amendment.
4th

Rights of a fair and speedy trial by jury of the defendant's peers. Prevention of cruel and unusual punishment, self-incrimination, illegal search and seizure, etc.

  • Subamendment 4a: Applies this amendment to non-solterran citizens except in times of war and rebellion.
5th

Limits the president's term of office to two five-year terms and a maximum of no more than twelve years. Sets rules for dates of commencements and electors during election time.

  • Subamendment 5a: Defines presidential succession and succession procedures in times of great crisis.
  • Subamendment 5b: Applies term limits for members of the World Congress and the Supreme Court.
6th Powers not granted by the main government are reserved to the nationstates. Powers not granted to the nationstates shall be afforded to the people.
7th

Solterran government officially recognizes the existence of mystical beings and entities and therefore grants the "mystically endowed" All the basic rights and freedoms afforded to them under Solterran rule. Restores said rights of those that were limited or taken away. Exercises the freedom of individuals to perform any act of magic or sorcery, providing that act falls within the limits of the law.

  • Subamendment 7a: Establishes the Forbidden Trinity Clause, which states that any individual has the right to perform any act of magic and sorcery providing that no act of any kind:
    • Disturbs the peace or endangers life, property and self
    • Alter nature, geography and weather with malicious intent.
    • Willfully interferes with the free or perceived free will of an individual, group or other being and/or infringes on their rights (curses, body puppeteering, non-consensual alterations, un-willful suggestion to commit a crime, etc.)
  • Subamendment 7b: Applies this amendment to the upcoming populations of Mythics, therians, vampires and other now-known groups.
  • Subamendment 7c: Initiates the magidefensive clause which takes its roots from the second amendment giving mystics to defend themselves.
  • Subamendment 7d: Establishes a constitutionally mandated department to handle all matters relating to mystic and mythical affairs.
8th

Establishes universal voting age to 20.

  • Subamendment 8a: Sets standards for "age-locked" immortals for their right to vote.
9th

Defines terms of citizenship and limitations on lower public levels.

  • Subamendment 9a: Establishes the National Service Term (NST) in which all Solterran citizens at the age of 18 to attend national service for 2 years for public sector or 3 for the military and earn their citizenship. Exceptions are citizens born before this addition was passed.