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The KGB Constitution


last updated January 2016

Article I - Distribution of Powers

Section 1

Clause 1: The powers of the government of the KGB are divided into three distinct departments, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch; and no person or collection of persons charged with the exercise of powers properly belonging to one of these departments shall be permitted to exercise any powers properly belonging to either of the others, except as in this constitution expressly directed or permitted.

Article II - High King / High Queen, King / Queen, Prime Ministers / Executive Branch

Section 1 - Attaining and holding Office, Ascension, Appointment

Clause 1: The executive Power shall be vested in a High King/High Queen. He shall hold his/her Office during the Term of life, and, together with the King / Queen and Prime Ministers chosen for the same Term.

Clause 2: In Case of the death , resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the (GM10) High King / High Queen, the (GM5) King / Queen would immediately assume the office of High King / High Queen.

Clause 3: Upon ascension to the office of (GM10) High King / High Queen, the new KGB leader must select a new (GM5) King / Queen candidate within 10 days. Upon selection, a majority vote of the KGB Senate would be required to attain the office of (GM5) KGB King / Queen.

Clause 4: In the case of the Prime Ministers, the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen would select another. The (GM10) High King / High Queen can do this unilaterally or (GM5) King / Queen can with a majority KGB Senate vote

Clause 5: Before the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen enter on the Execution of his/her Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the position of (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queenn of the KGB, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the KGB."

Clause 6: A Prime Minister is second in command and his/her orders should not be questioned. The power of a Prime Minister is equal to that of the High King/High Queen in accordance with the duties assigned by the High King/High Queen. A Prime Minister is authorized to carry out the duties of the High King/High Queen in his/her absence.

Section 2 - Position and Responsibility

Clause 1: The (GM10) High King/High Queen shall be Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and Guild Secret Service. The (GM10) High King / High Queen and/or (GM5) King / Queen and the (G5) Generals of each faction are fully responsible for Armed Forces rank and awards.

Clause 2: The Prime Ministers will represent the Guild in enforcement of the actions of the Supreme Court, and are considered the Chief enforcement officers of the KGB code of laws

Section 3 - Powers of the (GM10) High King / High Queen

Clause 1: The (GM10) High King / High Queen shall have the following powers:

Clause 2: To veto or override any execution of power or privilege by any rank or office in KGB without review or question.

Clause 3: To fill all vacancies in the Supreme Court and/or Senate at any time;

Clause 4: To expel a member or officer of KGB without question or review;

Clause 5: To establish uniform Rules of Membership, and uniform Laws of conduct;

Clause 6: To declare war, grant letters of marquee and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

Clause 7: To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the KGB, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Section 4 - Powers of the (GM5) King / Queen

Clause 1: The (GM5) King / Queen shall have the following powers:

Clause 2: To expel a member or officer of KGB (excluding the (GM10) High King / High Queen) without question or review except by the (GM10) KGB High King

Clause 3: To establish uniform Rules of Membership, and uniform Laws of conduct;

Clause 4: To declare war, grant letters of marquee and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

Clause 5: To propose all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the KGB, or in any Department or Officer thereof. Laws or changes proposed by the (GM5) King / Queen would require majority vote from the KGB Senate, and would be subject to review and potential veto by the (GM10) High King / High Queen.

Article III - The KGB Senate / Legislative Branch

Section 1

Clause 1: All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Senate of the Knights of Glory and Beer, which shall consist of prominent members chosen by the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen. The Chairman will coordinate the Senate. Senate members may, during a Senate meeting, present proposals for approval by the citizenship. These Proposals must be properly presented to the Senate as a whole in writing on the appropriate forum and sent to the Chairman in writing upon His/Her request. Any member, Senate Member, Prime Minister, or (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen may issue a proposal for review by the Senate.

Clause 2: The KGB Senate Forum will be used for proposals and discussion. Proposals will be presented, discussed, and then voted on by the Senate. The Prime Minister and all Senators vote on presented proposals. If a proposal is passed, it is recorded and moves to the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen for final approval. If the (GM10) High King / High Queen approves it, it becomes Law, if the (GM10) High King / High Queen veto's it, it is returned to the Senate for review. They may continue to present it to the (GM10) High King / High Queen for approval after review and change. There is no way to override the (GM10) High King / High Queen's veto.

Clause 3: The Senate Proposal to Law Procedure Summary and Protocol.

  1. A Member contacts the Senate Member of his/her choice and shares an idea for a proposal, or a Senate Member creates an idea himself that is worthy of a Senate Proposal.
  2. The Senate Member writes the idea in Proposal form.
  3. The Senate Member posts the proposal on the Senate Message Board As a root message in the Senate Message board, the Message is identified as a proposal because the subject is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Example "PROPOSAL: GIVE THE High King/High Queen A MEDAL". Discussion between Senate Members regarding the proposal will be done in the form of Message Replies to the original message (The proposal itself). Only the original Proposal Submitter may agree to amend the proposal. If another Senate Member wishes to change a proposal and the Original Submitter does not agree then it must be submitted as a new proposal. The Chairman of the Senate will monitor the page to see when a Submitted Proposal is 10 days old. The voting process will consist of a Poll will be created in the forum and set to expire in 10 days.
  4. The outcome of the vote on the proposal will be posted on the message board. It will be added to the Constitution or eventually deleted.

Section 2

Clause 1: The Senate shall be composed of Members chosen by the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen. The (GM10)High King/High Queen will appoint the Chairman of the Senate as needed.

Clause 2: A Senate Members term is six months to life as to be determined by Executive decree, the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen may remove any Senator at any time during his/her tenure and review his or her performance.

Section 3

Clause 1: The Senate shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority shall constitute a quorum to do business. A smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as the Senate may provide.

Clause 2: The Senate may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence with the (GM10) High King / High Queen and/or (GM5) King / Queen and Prime Ministers, expel a member from the Senate.

Section 4

Clause 1: The Senate shall represent KGB Membership on all affairs, both at the National and Factional levels, concerning all matters of Guild operation. Bringing all concerns, suggestions, or proposals forward to be deliberated and discussed on, and may at the request of another be chosen to represent a individual in proceedings or act as Defense in Judicial matters if proper representation cannot be provided by the Courts.

Clause 2: The Senate is the representation of the people, and as such has responsibility across all Factional boundaries to carry out their assigned duties therefore is not subject to censorship concerning forum rights and access. Senators will at a minimum have the same access to all forums, regardless of faction, as any non-leadership KGB member.

Clause 3: To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the KGB, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Article IV - Judicial Branch and Powers

Section 1

Clause 1: The KGB Supreme Court will work in tandem with the(GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen and Prime Ministers to enforce and review the laws of the Guild. The (GM10) High King/High Queen will appoint a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the term of life.

Clause 2: The Supreme Court may officially mark Members for disorderly Behavior, and, after due process of law, expel any Guild Member or Senior Guild Official.

Clause 3: Due process of law consists of The Chief Justice selecting two additional Justices and holding a hearing in compliance with Article 3, Section 2, were evidence and testimony for both sides is presented. The accused has the right to be represented by the person of their choice. After both sides have presented the Chief Justice and the chosen Justices will come to a majority verdict.

Clause 4: No Person shall be convicted of any crime unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses and/or one screen shot of the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Supreme Court hearing, or if the Act was witnessed by a Senior Guild Official (Executive cabinet and or Supreme Court Justice).

Clause 5: If a Member is convicted of a crime against the Guild or a violation of the KGB Code, they will be sentenced by the Chief Justice using the following guidelines on the first offense:

Clause 6: If a Member is convicted of a second act in the probationary period, they may be expelled without review of the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen, granted a second probation, or additional conditions from Clause 5 may be added. This decision will be made by the Chief Justice.

Clause 7: Expelled members may re-apply to KGB after a 180 day period. They must undergo the KGB Citizenship procedure before being allowed to join any KGB faction.

Section 2

Clause 1: Charges against a member must originate from a KGB Supreme Court conduct report.

Clause 2: The form must be complete to be recognized and admissible. Submitters must identify themselves, but may request that their name be withheld.

Clause 3: Forms are submitted directly to the Chief Justice for initial review and evaluation.

Clause 4: The Chief Justice will review charges with the other Justices to determine if the case should go to trial.

Clause 5: The Executive branch will not be involved in the Judicial process, except for the right of Pardon which may be granted after charges and punishment have been chosen by the court.

Clause 6: If the court decides a trial is in order, the following process will be followed:

Clause 7: A prosecutor will selected by the Chief Justice to represent the state.

Clause 8: The prosecutor will work with the Chief Justice to create the following document in the format listed below and posted in the Great Hall of the KGB Meeting Hall for all to review:

 CASE # - The Citizens of the KGB vs. Defendant, Defendants Title
 CHARGES:
 Individual charges must be listed here with a separate number and line for each
 DESCRIPTION OF CHARGES:
 Proof and or witness testimony with detailed accounts of the act of violation must be listed here
 SUGGESTED SENTENCE:
 The Prosecution's suggested sentence in accordance with the KGB Constitution Article 4, Section 1, Clauses 5,6 and 7. 
 SENTENCE DETAILS:
 Additional sentence details and or special requirements
 The DEFENDANT and or his/her Counsel will be given the chance to answer these charges
 via EMAIL to the KGB forms email address DO NOT REPLY IN THIS THREAD.
 You have 48 Hours to provide the following information:
 Please provide your side of the story and enter one of the following pleas:
 1) Guilty - Full admission and acceptance of the charges against you and the punishment the Supreme Court issues.
 2) No Contest - Acceptance of the punishment, but disagreement with the charges (a detailed reason for choosing
     "No Contest" must be provided).
 3) Not Guilty - This means you disagree with the charges as stated. If you plead in this manner the 3 member 
     Supreme Court will hear both sides as stated in the KGB constitution.

Clause 12: The KGB Supreme Court message board will be activated with all involved gaining exclusive access. A thread will be created and moderated by the Chief Justice.

Clause 13: The Chief will post the Emailed plea in the thread.

Clause 14: If you plea “Guilty” or “No Contest”, the Court will then initiate the resolution. This could be punishment or restitution. The entire thread would then be posted in the Great Hall for review by all citizens.

Clause 15: If you plea “Not Guilty”, the defense would then post a rebuttal to the charges, followed by the prosecution posting a rebuttal to the defense claims. This would be allowed to continue until the defense and prosecution rest their cases, or the Chief Justice ends the dialog.

Clause 16: After arguments are completed, the Chief Justice would then deliberate with the other two Justices on the case and make a ruling.

Clause 17: Rulings by the Supreme Court are by majority vote of the three justices assigned to the case.

Clause 18: The defendant would then be acquitted or charged in the matter and sentence would be posted in compliance with the punishment guidelines listed in Article 3, Section 1.

Clause 19: The ruling along with the entire thread would be posted in the Great Hall for all citizens to review.

Clause 20: The ruling is final with no appeals allowed.

Clause 21: The (GM10) High King/High Queen retains the power of Pardon. The (GM10) High King/High Queen may grant a pardon per public post after the process is complete.

Article V - Amending the Constitution

Section 1

Clause 1: The (GM10) High King / High Queen, may amend the Constitution whenever it is necessary.