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The federal government of IMVU is the national government of the constitutional republic of the people that is on IMVU. The federal government comprises three distinct branches of government: a legislature, an executive and a judicial.
 
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PostSubject: CONSTITUTION   7/17/2011, 9:10 am

The constitution of the IMVU Federal Government

As ratified by the Senate of IMVU Federal Government on July 17,2011:

I.  Article One:  citizenship in Nation of IMVU

I A.  To be considered a citizen of IMVU, a person must have applied and been masked as a citizen at IMVU Federal Government forums, must show their ID number in their profile. 

I B.  citizenship in “IMVU Federal Government” is open to all valid accounts of IMVU. We don’t ask you where you were and what you did. Here with us only what you are and do now and in the future counts. This is your place to start over, leave the past behind and move on. We ask that applicants don't join under false pretenses situations they may be involved in prior to seeking citizenship.

I C.  All citizens enjoy the right of free speech, security and identity protection. It is illegal for any government body to investigate the past of any citizen or applicant, but this information may only be provided by the citizens themselves or another government will be taken into consideration.

I D.  All citizens commit themselves to obey the laws of “IMVU Federal Government” and inform themselves about laws and rules. Notably, all citizens are required to act as called upon during times of war.

II.  Article Two:  citizen Rights and Obligations

II A.  All people of The IMVU Federal Government, whether they have just joined or have been a citizen for years, possess the same rights and privileges of citizens of IMVU Federal Government who have been a citizen since the beginning. These rights and privileges include:

II A 1. The right to a vigorous defense from hostile attacks by outside parties.

II A 2. The right to equal access to aid and advice in growing their lives.

II A 3. The right to voice their opinions on any issues that concern the government whether they be related to government development, foreign relations, or military proceedings.

II A 4. The right to govern their life as they see fit as long as they do not infringe upon the ability of other citizens of The IMVU Federal Government to govern their lives or put the safety of The IMVU Federal Government in jeopardy.

II B. In addition to having rights and privileges, citizens of The IMVU Federal Government also are also subject to certain obligations. Failing to meet these obligations may be grounds for dismissal of citizenship from the government.

II B 1. citizens of The IMVU Federal Government are expected to remain respectful to each other at all times. The IMVU Federal Government recognizes that disagreements happen, but citizens are encouraged to keep things civil at all times and harassment, name calling, and disruptiveness will not be tolerated.

II B 2. citizens of The IMVU Federal Government are obligated to assist each other in times of crisis because by working together, they are able to do more than they are alone. In the event that a citizen of The IMVU Federal Government is under attack, the other citizens of The IMVU Federal Government are expected to come to their aid.

II B 3. citizens of The IMVU Federal Government are expected to be engaged in the business of the government. Although The IMVU Federal Government recognizes that not everyone can be vigorously active, citizens are expected to be active in at least some capacity. At a minimum, citizens of The IMVU Federal Government shall be expected to read and respond to official communications from the leaders of The IMVU Federal Government relating to issues that affect the entire government.

II B 4. citizens of The IMVU Federal Government are expected to live up to the commitments that they make to each other. Therefore, citizens are expected to carry through on their promises.

II B 5. citizens of IMVU Federal Government are expected to respect the secrecy of the government at all times. Therefore, citizens are expected to respect the fact that information from inside the government is meant to remain within the government and disseminating information to outside parties without authorization shall not be tolerated.

IIIA. Article Three A: Executive Branch

Section 1 - The President
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the The IMVU Federal Government. S/he shall hold his Office during the Term of four months, and, together with the Vice-President chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators to which the State may be entitled: but no Senator or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the The IMVU Federal Government, shall be appointed an Elector.

(The Electors shall meet in their respective people, and vote by Ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not lie an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the The IMVU Federal Government, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then shall immediately choose by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner choose the President. But in choosing the President, the Votes shall be taken by people, the Representation from each State having one Vote; a quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a citizen or citizens from two-thirds of the people, and a Majority of all the people shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall choose from them by Ballot the Vice-President.)

The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout IMVU.

No person except a citizen, or a citizen of the The IMVU Federal Government, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of 16 Years, and been Four weeks within the The IMVU Federal Government.

(In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.)

The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which S/he shall have been elected, and S/he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United people, or any of them.

Before S/he enter on the Execution of his/her Office, S/he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the The IMVU Federal Government, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the The IMVU Federal Government."

Section 2 - Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the The IMVU Federal Government, and of the Militia of the several people, when called into the actual Service of the The IMVU Federal Government; S/he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and S/he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the The IMVU Federal Government, except in Cases of Impeachment.

S/he shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and S/he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the The IMVU Federal Government, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress
S/he shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as S/he shall judge necessary and expedient; S/he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, S/he may adjourn them to such Time as S/he shall think proper; S/he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; S/he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the people.

Section 4 - Disqualification
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the The IMVU Federal Government, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

IIIB. Article Three B:  Legislative Branch

The IMVU Federal Government shall be governed by a council consisting of five elected Senators.

III A.  The Legislative Branch shall consist of three Controlling Senators and two Universal Senators.

III A 1.  Each of the Controlling Senators shall be responsible for managing and overseeing a specific area of government life:

III A 1 a.  Controller of Diplomacy:  responsible for coordinating the foreign relations of the government by recruiting and dispatching ambassadors, communicating with other governments, and negotiating treaties

III A 1 b.  Controller of Prosperity:  responsible for coordinating the internal development of the government by administrating programs for citizen recruiting, citizen education and foreign aid

III A 1 c.  Controller of Security:  responsible for coordinating the defense, protection, and war-making programs of the government

III A 2.  Each of the Controlling Senators shall have the power to direct and control all actions within his/her area of focus and may appoint deputies and other staff to assist in this work.

III A 3.  The universal Senators shall not be responsible for any particular area of the government but shall have the ability and responsibility to assist in all areas of government life to ensure that things are working as well as they can be.  Additionally, they will be directly responsible for providing oversight to the Directorates and for giving the other Senators recommendations on whether Directorates should be maintained and what other Directorates should be created.

III B.  The Legislative Branch shall make decisions on a consensus basis with the following margins:

III B 1.  3 of 5 Senators:  forming and dissolving directorates and appointing and dismissing directors, signing and canceling treaties, and making all other decisions that affect the global environment of the government and are not confined to the areas covered by the Controlling Senators

III B 2.  4 of 5 Senators:  declaring war and declaring peace, amending the constitution , and approving mergers, annexations, and disbandment

III C.  The Senators shall be popularly elected by the citizenship of the people.  Each Controlling Senator shall be elected separately and candidates for those positions may run for more than one Controlling Senator position and may run for both Controlling and Universal Senator positions.  If a candidate finishes first in a race for more than one position s/he may choose which position s/he serves in as long as all Controlling Senator positions are filled first.  Candidates may also choose to run for the Universal Senator positions alone.

IV.  Article Four:  The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court shall be responsible for coordinating the judicial system of the government and conducting oversight of the Legislative Branch and Executive Branch.

IV A.  The Judicial Branch shall be coordinated by three popularly elected Judges.

IV A.  Any citizen of government that has been a citizen of the government for at least three months may run for a position as a Judge of government.  Once elected, a Judge serves a two month term.

IV B.  The Duties of the Supreme Court are as follows:

IV B 1.  Give oversight to the Legislative Branch and Executive Branch and ensure that all provisions of the constitution and other governing documents of The IMVU Federal Government are being followed.

IV B 2.  Review the efficacy of the Legislative Branch.  A report detailing their findings must be posted publicly no later than one week before voting begins in an election.

IV B 3.  In concordance with the Legislative Branch, resolve any disputes concerning the legal wording of the constitution .  This resolution will be considered the way it was meant to be interpreted.

V.  Article Five:  Directorates

If a citizen of the government feels that certain areas of government business are not being properly addressed by the existing ministries, s/he can petition the Legislative Branch for the creation of a directorate.

V A.  The process of creating a Directorate will go as follows:

V A 1.  The citizen of the government proposing the directorate submits the mission statement to the Legislative Branch.

V A 2.  The Legislative Branch votes on whether to create the directorate.  If 3/5 of the Legislative Branch votes in the affirmative, the Directorate will be created.

V A 3.  The Legislative Branch must re-approve all Directorates each term for them to continue functioning.

V B.  The citizen who proposed the directorate becomes the coordinator and takes on the title of Director.  The Director can be removed by the Legislative Branch by 3/5 vote if the Legislative Branch is not satisfied with his/her performance.

VI.  Article Six:  Elections

VI A.  Legislative Branch and Judge elections shall be held every two months.  To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must have been a citizen of the government for at least 90 days.

VI B.  If a Senator or a Judge becomes unable to do his/her job for any reason, a special election shall be held immediately to fill the seat.  The electoral process shall be the same as if it was a regular election and the newly elected official shall serve until the next regular election.

VI C.  If the citizenship of The IMVU Federal Government is dissatisfied with the performance of one of its elected officials, it can conduct a recall election.  If the recall election is successful, elections must immediately be held to fill the recalled official’s seat.  The new official that is elected will serve until the end of the official s/he replacement's term.  The recall process is as such:

VI C 1.  A petition is posted in the Government Commons stating the reasons for the recall

VI C 2.  20 citizens of The IMVU Federal Government must sign the petition for the recall for the process to go forward

VI D 3.  The Supreme Court commence a recall election poll that will last 7 days.

VI D 4.  If 66% of a quantity of citizens equal to 1/2 or more of those that voted in the last election vote in favor of the recall, the Senator or Judge will be removed from office.

VII.  Article Seven:  State of Emergency

A state of emergency is a situation where the internal and/or external security of government is threatened. A state of emergency may only be invoked in situations similar to:  war, serious international tensions close to war, rebellion, collapse of the internal structure of government, major unavailability of the government government - however, these possible scenarios are only a fraction of scenarios where a state of emergency may be announced. The goal of the state of emergency is to create a fast-acting government that can address and quell the source of the problem.

VII A.  The following people can announce a state of emergency, and the following is the chain of command during a state of emergency:

VII A 1.  Senator

VII A 2.  Highest ranking citizens of Senators’ staffs

VII A 3.  Judges

VII A 3. President and Vice-President

VII B.  If nobody is available, but an emergency situation is obviously at hand (e.g. a full-grown frontal attack that is threatening the existence of government and its citizens), the emergency shall automatically be declared and may be formally declared by any of the authorized citizens later.

VII C.  During a state of emergency, an Emergency executive Committee (EEC) shall be created. The Emergency executive Committee (EEC) consists of all citizens of the government (Senators, Senators’ staffs, President and Supreme Court).

VII C 1.  The Emergency executive Committee (EEC) rules by decree. It is organized in a hierarchy, corresponding with the list above. An order by the highest ranking available person can only be overruled by a 2/3-majority of the whole Emergency executive Committee (EEC). Until such a majority is reached, the order is valid and has to be followed. Normal constitutional decision-finding processes do not apply during a state of emergency.

VII C 2.  The State of Emergency shall end with a majority (51%) vote of the Emergency executive Committee.

VII C 3.  The Supreme Court can overturn the State of Emergency without the 51 % vote if the emergency was reasonably believed to have been called in a non-threatening situation and may cause delay, or harm to government and her security, and/or internal structure.

VII C 3 a.  The Supreme Court’ action can be reversed by majority vote of the EEC inn which the State of Emergency will resume as normal.

VII C 3 b.  If the state of emergency hasn’t ended after one month, the Legislative Branch (not the Emergency executive Committee (EEC) has to vote to continue it with a majority vote.
VII C 4.  Violations against the constitution that happened during a state of emergency cannot be prosecuted after wards. However, it is illegal to change the constitution during the state of emergency. Let it also be stated that during a state of emergency, no rule in the constitution may be suspended at any time for any reason, with the exception of Senator Elections to not worry about a mid-crisis transition.

XII.  Article Eight:  The Legal System

The Supreme Court have the responsibility for conducting all trials within The IMVU Federal Government.

XII A.  The Supreme Court may hear any case that concerns a matter directly dealt with in the constitution or the laws and treaties of The IMVU Federal Government.  Additionally, the Supreme Court may hear cases concerning conduct by citizens of government that is not explicitly in the constitution but that affects the security or well-being of the government or its citizens.  These issues include but are not limited to:

XII A 1.  Harassment

XII A 2.  theft

XII A 3.  Insubordination or refusing to obey the directions of the government government when they are acting within their duties as laid out in the constitution

XII A 4.  Chronic inactivity (as defined as an unexplained absent for more than one week or the absence from government duties for more than half of the term of the official for any reason) in the case of government citizens

XII A 5.  Unauthorized declarations of war or spy attacks.

XII B.  The Supreme Court shall have discretion in determining the specific trial process but any process that is chosen must be conducted fully in public and protect both parties' rights to a fair trial.  Any procedure that is chosen by the Supreme Court can be overridden by a 3/5 vote of the Legislative Branch.

XII C.  The defendant shall have the right to appeal the decision to the Legislative Branch.  The Legislative Branch shall make its ruling based on the evidence that has been presented in the trial.  If 4/5 of the Legislative Branch feel that the Judge's ruling was improper, they may overturn it and institute a different ruling.

XII D.  The punishments that the Supreme Court may levy include but are not limited to monetary fines, community service, temporary expulsions, permanent expulsions, temporary war, and war until zero infrastructure.  Expulsions and wars shall be reserved for the most severe offenses like spying, treason, or repeated violations of this constitution .

XII E.  If a Judge was personally involved in a matter, s/he shall be found to have a conflict and removed from the trial.  To ensure that three Judges are available to hear the case, the Legislative Branch may appoint an interim Judge for the duration of the trial.  The interim Judge shall only serve for the purposes of the trial and must also be uninvolved with the case.

IX.  Article Nine:  Peace and War

The Legislative Branch is the only body of the IMVU Federal Government that decides on Peace and War. Unprovoked offensive wars are illegal. Only defensive wars (declaration of wars against people that have attacked government citizens) are legal, if they are sanctioned by the Legislative Branch, the Controller of Security or any Security staff citizen granted this authority by the Controller of Security.  Spy attacks shall also be considered by The IMVU Federal Government to be acts of war.

X.  Article Ten:  Amendments

X A.  All discussions and votes on constitution amendments must be held in public.

X B.  Any citizen of The IMVU Federal Government may propose an amendment to the the constitution of The IMVU Federal Government.

X C.  Once a constitution amendment has been proposed, a discussion period within the government will begin.  The discussion period must last no less than two days and no more than one week.

X D.  After the conclusion of the discussion period, the voting period begins.  The voting period shall last an additional seventy-two hours.

X E.  Amendments to the constitution may be passed one of two ways:  popular vote of the Legislative Branch or popular vote of the citizens.

X E 1.  Popular vote of the Legislative Branch:  Amendments to the constitution may be ratified by a ⅘ vote of the Legislative Branch

X E 2.  Popular vote of the citizens:  Amendments to the constitution may be also ratified by a majority vote of the citizenship.  For the citizen vote to be valid, a quantity of citizens equal to the quantity of the citizens that voted in the last general election must vote in the amendment vote.  If more than 50% of the citizens that vote are in favor of the amendment and the total citizen of citizens that votes equals the amount of citizens that voted in the last general election, the amendment shall be adopted.

XI.  Article Eleven:  Mergers, Annexations, and Disbandment

XI A.  All discussions and votes on concerning mergers, annexations, and disbandment must be held in public.

XI B.  Any citizen of The IMVU Federal Government may propose a merger, annexation, or disbandment but for a proposal to move on to the next stage, at least two Senators must agree to continue  discussion of the proposal.

XI C.  Once a merger, annexation, or disbandment has been proposed, a discussion period within the government will begin.  The discussion period must last no less than two days and no more than one week.  The discussion period may be ended after less than one week if ⅗ of the Legislative Branch votes to close discussion.

XI D.  After the discussion of the proposal has been closed, the voting period begins.  Mergers, annexations, and disbandment must be also ratified by a majority vote of the citizenship.  For the citizen vote to be valid, a quantity of citizens equal to the quantity of the citizens that voted in the last general election must vote in the amendment vote.  If more than 66% of the citizens that vote are in favor of the amendment and the total citizen of citizens that votes equals the amount of citizens that voted in the last general election, the merger, annexation, or disbandment shall be adopted.
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