Kinectia Glad this version is looking good to you! Your comment about things longer than a sentence being too long for a clause was the inspiration for much of the change. It isn’t quite that concise, but it’s a lot closer now!
Turbeaux I 100% like the idea of paying a visit like that first. The main issue is that 99% of embassy requests, including successful ones, are announced via an actual request showing up. Once that has occured, there are 7 days before it simply deletes itself. If a region reaches out to us in advance about potential future relations though, we definitely could do this. It might be worthwhile for an interested party to visit NWE on this basis, since their foreign minister has interest in working towards closer relations in the future, and certainly demonstrated an openness and willingness to talk about the matter.
Ruinenlust What can I say, you’re a good writer! I’ve made the nations/resident swap, per your suggestion. What do you think of MountSeymour’s proposed 6.10? As it leaves the option open as a “may choose…” clause, I think it’s reasonable.
Mount Seymour I get what you’re saying, and I like the gist of your proposed clause 6.10. I’ll work on a version of that to add! The main point of concern is that one can’t simply delay accepting an embassy request - they delete themselves 7 days after sending, regardless of resolution. That’s why there’s a bit of a rush on getting votes up, and why we want to simplify the process - there simply isn’t time for some of the bureaucracy we have written in to our current clause (literally, if a situation was such that we had to follow the full process in the Constitution every time, every embassy request would expire before a vote was even posted!). This is also the main reason why we didn’t want to force an ambassador to be found before accepting a request - if we could just sit on them until the position is filled, I think we’d all be in favor of that! What I may look at doing here is working what you’ve suggested in such a way that if the FM or FK chooses to delay opening until an ambassador is found, and it causes the embassy request to expire after an otherwise successful vote, it authorizes the immediate acceptance of a follow-up embassy request without further vote should an ambassador be found within a certain period of time. My worry there is that it starts getting back in to the sub-clauses, exceptions, and counter-exceptions that we’re trying to get rid of. I’ll see what I can do!
Thank you all for your additional feedback!
After some consideration, I’ve attached an additional clause to the end of 6.9 to include the effect of the 6.10 suggestion from MountSeymour.
“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.”
This way it will not prevent a vote from happening within the limited time we have to do such a thing, but allows the FK/FM to suspend opening an embassy until the ambassadorship is filled. Having it be a matter of consultation between them provides a bit of a check and balance to the ability to functionally override a vote, albeit temporarily, and will help ensure that all efforts are made to resolve the situation quickly.