Proposed Constitutional Amendment
This proposal is for an amendment to “Article 6 – Embassies” of the Forest Constitution
I am calling for this amendment in accordance with part 8.1.ii of the Constitution, and am posting it here for discussion and feedback from all residents of Forest, because it is your government, and I want to make sure we have largescale understanding and agreement before submitting it to the Founder for approval, and then putting it to public vote. I am putting forward this amendment as promised in my campaign platform, to further streamline the embassy and ambassador process!
The functions of this amendment can be summarized as follows:
1) Majorly simplify the language, which is presently unnecessarily complicated and confusing
2) To remove the onerous and absurd burden placed upon government ministers to spend as much as a week of their own time pursuing a region that applies for an embassy but then doesn’t fulfill other requirements.
3) To allow the streamlined creation of embassies with valid “successor regions” to embassy allies that are forced to re-found or re-locate (something requested several times already!)
4) To provide greater authority to the residents, not just the elected officials, with regards to proposing opening and closing of embassies.
5) To formalize the existence of “Ambassadors” and specify the foreign minister’s authority to appoint, remove, and instruct them as necessary.
6) To remove the requirement that a number of citizens to vouch for an otherwise qualified regional embassy request prior to the vote, instead seeking to fill the ambassador post.
7) Standardizing procedures to remove loopholes and clutter
Proposed New Text
6.1 Regions must have at least six WA nations in residence, and must have existed for at least six months, to be eligible for an embassy with Forest.
6.2 To establish embassies with Forest, eligible prospective regions must formally request embassies in game, and also send a telegram of intent to either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper.
6.3 Once all requirements are met, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will provide a suitable summary of the telegram received, and the government’s interpretation of it, to all residents via regional telegram, and will create the following poll: “Shall Forest open an embassy with [region]?”
Should the poll pass, the government will accept the embassy request in question.
6.4 Should a region with which Forest has an embassy cease to operate, and a new region is created as the unified, legitimate successor, the six month age requirement will be waived. Upon either satisfactory request of the successor region, or interest from within the Forest community, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will provide a suitable summary of the relationship history to all residents via regional telegram, and will create the following poll: “Shall Forest continue embassies with [successor region], the official successor region of [former region]?”
Should the poll pass, the government will attempt to open an embassy with the identified region, following that region’s protocols for doing so, or will accept their request as appropriate. The government will also close the previous embassy should it still remain active.
6.5 Any resident nation of Forest can call for the creation of an embassy with another region, provided it meets the requirements of Clause 6.1, by posting to that effect on the RMB. If there is considerable interest from the Forest community, as determined by the regional government, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will create the following poll: “Shall Forest request to open embassies with [prospective region]?”
Should the poll pass, the government will attempt to open an embassy with the identified region, following that region’s protocols for doing so.
6.6 Any resident nation of Forest can call for the closure of an embassy with another region, provided they post on the RMB legitimate reasons for their proposal. If there is considerable interest from the Forest community, as determined by the regional government, either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper will create the following poll: “Shall Forest close embassies with [region]?”
Should the poll pass, the government will initiate closure of the embassy with the identified region.
6.7 All embassy-related polls falling under this section shall be posted for a duration of three days, open to native residents only, and shall have the options “Yes” and “No” as their choices. The opening of a new embassy, or the closure of an existing embassy, shall require a two-thirds majority (67%) to pass. The continuation of an embassy with an official successor region shall require a simple majority (50% +1) to pass.
6.8 Any given region can only be voted on for opening, continuation, and closure one time each during a given term of the Forest Keeper. An exception may be made if an extreme change of circumstances, as determined by the regional government and approved by the Founder, warrants an additional vote.
6.9 Either the designated foreign minister or the Forest Keeper may appoint or remove Ambassadors at their discretion from amongst resident nations in Forest. The designated foreign minister or Forest Keeper may assign the specific duties of ambassadors as needed. The government shall seek to fill the ambassador positions for new embassies prior to the opening of those embassies, and must strive to appoint and maintain active ambassadors for all regions with which existing embassies are present. In the event that no ambassador volunteers prior to the completion of a successful vote, the designated foreign minister in conjunction with the Forest Keeper may, at their discretion, elect to postpone the opening of the embassy until such time as an ambassador is found.