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Charter of the Independent National Community of St. Ives


             Preamble

We the sovereign government, Assembly, and Senate, of St. Ives, representing the citizens thereof, do ordain this charter in 1987 for this new independent national community.

            The St. Ives Assembly and Senate

The Assembly of St. Ives, elected by the citizens of the independent national community every six years, shall have total legislative authority, domestic, defensive, and foreign, in all matters whatsoever. This includes the power to levy taxes, spend public funds, issue regulations, promote law and order, help facilitate economic prosperity, provide for the defense of the independent national community, conduct business with foreign powers both private and governmental, and do anything necessary and proper for the general welfare.

The Assembly shall elect the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to empower them to exercise the executive authority of the independent national community.

The Senate of St. Ives, elected by the Assembly every 12 years, shall have veto authority over legislation from the Assembly, and to appoint the Supreme Court of St. Ives and lesser judges.

The members of the St. Ives Assembly and Senate are permanently fixed at 50 and 26, respectively.

Vacant seats in the Assembly are to be filled by appointment of the Prime Minister.

Vacant seats in the Senate are to be filled by election by the Assembly.

Only citizens of the independent national community at least 21 years of age may vote for the St. Ives Assembly or serve as a member of the Assembly or the Senate.

       Prime Minister and Council of Ministers

The executive authority of St. Ives shall rest in the office of Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers.

The Council of Ministers shall include a minimum of at least six ministers, not including the Prime Minister, and the Council shall be headed by the Prime Minister.

Only citizens of the independent national community at least 30 years of age shall be allowed to serve as Prime Minister or any other member of the Council of Ministers.

The legislation endorsed by the Prime Minister or the Council of Ministers collectively, or any individual minister, shall have favorable priority in the St. Ives Assembly.

The Prime Minister, or any other minister, or the Council of Ministers as a whole, shall only be ousted by vote of the St. Ives Assembly only in case there are alternate candidates for Prime Minister, or the Council of Ministers collectively, or any individual minister.

        Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of St. Ives, elected by the Senate for life terms, shall have authority to issue rulings regarding this Charter or any law of the independent national community or any lawsuit.

The Supreme Court shall consist of at least five members, who shall serve for life or until resignation. The Senate may remove any Supreme Court member in case of criminal misconduct or for physical or mental disability.

       Lesser Courts

Courts of the independent national community sub ordinate to the Supreme Court shall be elected by the Senate, and and whose judges subject to recall by the Senate at any time whatsover. The membership of the lesser courts, the number of lesser courts, and their jurisdiction shall be the exclusive province of the St. Ives Senate, and not alterable by legislation passed by the Assembly.

         Eligibility of Judges

All judges of St. Ives shall be citizens of the independent national community at least 21 years of age.

      President of the National Community

The ceremonial functions of head of state of the Independent National Community of St. Ives shall be vested in the President of the National Community, elected by joint vote of the Assembly and Senate for a 12-year term of office.

Only citizens of the independent national community at least 30 years of age can serve as President.

The President shall publically proclaim any changes in the laws of St. Ives, and shall at the discretion of the Prime Minister speak on behalf of the independent national community toward foreign powers both governmental and private.

Should the President die, resign, or become disabled during tenure of office, the Assembly and Senate shall elect an acting President of the National Community to serve for the remainder of the term of office.

         National Sovreignty of St. Ives
         (modified by Charter amendment in 1994)

The independent national community shall never be a member of the United Nations or any other international organization so as to forever maintain the independence of St. Ives.

St. Ives shall never be a dependency of any foreign government.

      Citizenship of St. Ives

Citizenship of the Independent National Community of St. Ives shall automatically be granted to any person born in St. Ives and to any son or duaghter of a citizen of St. Ives.

Citizenship may be granted to any foreign person under the laws of St. Ives.

The rights of citizens include the right to vote and hold public office at the appropriate age, to express any political opinions publically or privately, to have a fair trial by jury in cases of criminal prosecution, and to reasonable rights of privacy.

Citizenship may be revoked in criminal cases that affect the public image or general welfare of the independent national community, but only in trial by jury.

             Religion in St. Ives

Citizens of the independent national community and resident foreigners living in St. Ives shall have freedom of religious belief.

Organized religions in St. Ives shall have reasonable freedom to practice their respective faiths in the borders of the independent national community.

The government of the independent national community shall practice official separation of church and state, and there shall be no official religion of state.

             Racial and Ethnic Equality

Citizens of the independent national community and resident foreigners shall never be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.

              Official Languages

English and Spanish are the official languages of the government.

              Charter Amendments

This Charter shall be amended by three-fifths vote of both the St. Ives Assembly and Senate without a direct popular vote of the citizens in referendum, or by simple majority vote of both Assembly and Senate followed by ratification by popular vote of the citizens of the independent national community in popular referendum.

              Charter Amendment on Sexual Equality
              (passed by Assembly and Senate in 1991
               by three-fifths vote)

Women living in St. Ives shall have equal rights with those of the male sex.

          Charter Amendment on United Nations 
          Membership and Membership in Other
          International Organizations (passed by
          Assembly and Senate in 1993 and ratified
          in popular referendum in 1994)

The Independent National Community of St. Ives is now legally entitled under this Charter to join other nations in the membership and operations of the United Nations.

St. Ives may join any international organization other than the United Nations by approval of the Supreme Court or the citizens of St. Ives voting in popular referendum.

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