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[size="4"]Thats right ladies and gentlemen! You have heard it correctly. NATO is spreading its wings over into the land of TE [color="#FF0000"][size="5"]effective at the start of round 18.[/size][/color][/size]

Our Forums are located at:[color="#0000FF"][b][url="http://s4.zetaboards.com/NatoTE/index/"]CN:TE NATO Alliance Forum[/url][/b][/color] and our[color="#FF0000"] IRC[/color] channel is:[color="#FF0000"]#NatoTE[/color]

With that said I present to the world of TE NATO(TE)'s Charter

[Center][b][size="5"]The Charter of the NatoTE


We the Sovereign Nations of NatoTE, in order to form a more Just, Fair, and Fun Union, while providing for the common defense and economic well being of ourselves, do hereby establish this Charter for The NatoTE

The NatoTE motto shall be, [color="#0000FF"]"Peace Through Superior Firepower."[/color]

[b]NatoTE Charter[/b]

NatoTE, in an effort to better serve its members, hereby enacts this charter for NatoTE

The purpose of NatoTE is to preserve democracy, protect and serve its member nations, and promote fun above all else.

This charter may not be changed without the express consent of the member nations of NatoTE. To affect such a change, a thread detailing the proposed changes must be created, and the membership notified of its existence via in-game PMs. This thread shall remain open for a minimum of five days after member notification.

After five days, and once the Secretary General deems the discussion sufficient, a voting thread will be opened and shall remain open for five days. A minimum 66% vote in favor of the proposal is required to instate the change.

[b]Article 1 - Members[/b]

NatoTE members are encouraged to participate to the fullest extent they are comfortable with. You will get out of NatoTE what you put into it.

By joining NatoTE you receive the protection of The Alliance in exchange for your willing defense in times of need. An attack against one NatoTE member is an attack against all of NatoTE.

The NatoTE Alliance membership, as a body, has the right to veto any decision made by any government official.

Additionally, all NatoTE members are expected to behave themselves and play nice with each other.

These are your responsibilities:
All nations must abide by the Rules of Engagement (RoE).
NatoTE members will move to the official Alliance color, within 10 days of acceptance as a full member, and you must stay on that color until such time as NatoTE moves to another team color, unless you are permitted to change color by the Minister of Commerce for purposes of trade.
In times of war, NatoTE members may be called upon to help defend your brothers in arms from NatoTE's enemies and you will be required to respond to the best of your ability, providing whatever aid or assistance is needed/appropriate to the Alliance.
NatoTE members will vote for the designated Official Team Color Senator.
NatoTE members are expected to behave in a respectful manner towards their fellow NatoTE members in game and on our forums. NatoTE members are prohibited from being a severe nuisance by making posts characterized as being generally mean spirited or hate filled with a frequency such that one can be described as a constant malcontent.
natoTE members will also present a responsible and professional face to the International Community.
No NatoTE member shall use multiple accounts in CN or in the NatoTE forums, nor shall they have one nation in NatoTE and another nation in another alliance.

As a NatoTE member, you have the following rights:
You have the right to use your nation's resources in any way they choose.
You have the right to request military assistance if you are attacked. Members must follow established procedures to obtain this assistance. NatoTE guarantees assistance to those who follow the established procedures.
You have the absolute right to not be threatened by Zero Infrastructure or Permanent Zero Infrastructure unless you commit Treason, defined below. You have the right to speak out against the current NatoTE government, suggest or request change, or voice a dissenting opinion in the NatoTE forums without fear of the punishment for Treason. However, while these listed activities are not treason, should the speech rise to the level of harassment, other judicial remedies may apply.
You have the right to due process under law for any alleged violation of the charter, RoE, or law and you shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
You have the right to be free from any secret laws, as these shall not apply to you.
You shall not be subjected to secret trials. However, evidence deemed sensitive to the security of the alliance can be presented against you if the Sensitive Evidence Tribunal deems it appropriate.
You have the right to vote on issues that affect the alliance as whole.
You have the right to vote in general elections.
You have the right to maintain all trade agreements, even with enemies in times of war.
You have the right to leave the alliance at any time, save during times when NatoTE is engaged in active warfare with another alliance. (unless departure is authorized by a member of the Council), providing you post a departure message in the appropriate NatoTE forum.

[b]Article 2 - Government[/b]

[u]Section 1[/u]
NatoTE shall be governed by a Council of Secretaries, chaired by the Secretary General, and shall put to vote any decisions regarding external or internal affairs not relating to internal justice, including but not limited to: treaty signings, bloc decisions, war declarations, and policy changes. A simple majority (51%) is required to pass a vote. Each Secretary shall have one vote on Council. In the event of a tie, the Secretary General shall have two votes.

Each Secretary will have their own specific responsibilities, duties, and authority, but must also work together to reach decisions on issues of importance to the alliance. Each Secretary is expected to pursue their duties vigorously and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the alliance. Failure or abuse of their authority will be checked by the membership's ability to veto their decisions and remove them from power. Gross violations of their duties and responsibilities may be met with harsh punishment from the government after they have been removed from office.

[u]Section 2[/u]
All government officials are expected to work to better NatoTE and help the NatoTE membership, not to play power games with each other.

Where the release of internal discussion and decisions of the various government agencies will not harm the security of NatoTE, they are expected to release said material in as timely a manner as possible.

[u]Section 3[/u]
NatoTE's Secretary General as the right to Demote anyone out of office at anytime. But only in circumstances where there is solid evidence of that person misusing their power.
The Secretary General may not demote on grounds of disliking that specific member or just for the sake of it.
The Secretary General may however Demote someone out of office if they misrepresent the alliance as a whole
The Secretary General may demote for Harrasement of NatoTE's Members or for any acts of Treasion
The Secretay General may step down from power at anytime.
The Secretary General although a permanent position will adhere to NatoTE's Charter
The Secretary may veto any discussions within the alliance only if he/she feels it will hurt the alliance as a whole, but he/she will not misuse his/her power in anyway to form dictatorship.

[u]Section 4[/u]
In the event that the Secretary General resigns and less than one-half of their full term remains, then a Secretary may be appointed by the remaining Council to carry out the duration of the term as an acting Secretary General. If more than half of the full term remains, then a by-election will be held to elect a replacement. In the event this happens during an emergency of war, the Secretary of Defense may temporarily assume the Secretary General duties until a replacement is found or elected.

In the event that a Secretary resigns or is removed from office, and less than one-half of their full term remains, then a Deputy may be appointed by the Secretary General to carry out the duration of the term as an acting Secretary. If more than half of the full term remains, then a by-election will be held to elect a replacement.

[u]Section 5[/u]
The offices, duties, responsibilities, and respective authorities of each position are as follows:

[b]Secretary General (SG):[/b]
Chairs the Council and brings new decisions to vote. Oversees all operations and helps where needed. Acts as a representative to the bloc. Acts as voice of NATO to the public. Works with SoFA in discussions and peace negotiations. In agreement with SoD, able to declare war when required by a mutual defense treaty clause. In agreement with Council, able to declare war for any other purpose.

[b]Secretary of Commerce (SoC):[/b]
Oversees all Trade Assists members with forming trade circles. Enlists nations to help with trade circle formation. Shall appoint a Deputy in charge of managing the trades development of the alliance.

[b]Secretary of Defense (SoD):[/b]
Oversees military structure and development. Appoints Military Commanders based on merit and activity. Works with allied leadership to coordinate strikes and target lists, works to increase Battalion readiness and reactivity. If the Secretary General is absent during a time of war, then the SoD may temporarily assume the responsibilities of SG until the SG returns. Representative to bloc.

[b]Secretary of Enlistment (SoE):[/b]
Oversees Recruiting and NATO University. Responsible for creating letters, organizing recruit teams, NATO Guides, and assists New members with basic needs.

[b]Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SoFA):[/b]
Works with Secretary General in treaty discussion, peace negotiations, and OWF presence. Responsible for the maintenance of good relations with other alliances. Responsible for the masking of new foreign ambassadors and embassy creation. Appoints ambassadors from the membership to help maintain embassies here and abroad. Representative to bloc.

[u]Section 6[/u]
Each Secretary may appoint Deputies to assist them with their responsibilities and the day-to-day management of their department. Deputies may also be shared amongst departments.

[u]Section 7[/u]
There shall be one Chief Justice, who may appoint up to two Secondary Justices (Prosecutor and Defense). The Chief Justice shall have a voice, but not a vote, on the Council. The Chief Justice is also responsible for managing and monitoring NATO Government elections; such as announcements, nomination, campaign, voting and results threads.

The Chief Justice is responsible for reviewing all Cases that are brought to the court and shall decide whether the evidence and type of case warrants enacting the Precedent Policy, or if a Trial is required. During Trials, he/she is responsible for maintaining court procedure and finally to pass verdict and sentencing on the Case itself. The Chief Justice is also responsible for mediating all member disputes which may not necessarily need Court action.

The Prosecutor is responsible for conducting the case against a Defendant, and to recommend the verdict and sentencing of the crime based on the evidence provided. The Prosecutor will also recommend which punishments are necessary for Policy Breaches where the convictions are automatic. If no Prosecutor has been appointed, the task of prosecution shall be undertaken by an elected member of the government, other than the Chief Justice.

At the option of the Defendant, the Defense is responsible for conducting the case on behalf of a Defendant, to prove their innocence of the alleged charges, or to recommend sentencing based on the evidence provided. The Defense will also recommend punishment for Policy Breaches where convictions are automatic. If no Defense has been appointed, the Defendant may ask any member in good standing to aid in their defense. Should no such member prove willing, an elected member of the government must assume the role, and shall assist the Defendant to the best of their ability.

The Justices do not police the government. The government is policed by the general membership via veto or removal votes. Secretaries are, however, subject to the same rules and laws as every other NatoTE member, and thus can be prosecuted for individual (as opposed to governmental) crimes.

[u]Section 8[/u]
In the event the Chief Justice resigns with more than one-half term remaining, then a by-election shall be held for a replacement. If less than one-half term remains, or in the event of temporary inactivity, then the Secretary General shall appoint a Councilor Emeritus, Deputy or Secondary Justice to assume the duties of acting Chief Justice only if the need for a Chief Justice arises. In the event that the Chief Justice is inactive or resigned during the election phase, the Secretary General shall assume the responsibilities for managing the election or appoint them to someone else.

[b]Article 3 - The Justice System[/b]
Items not covered under this section are open to interpretation by the sitting justice system based on Alliance policy, and conditions on planet Bob.

[color="#FF0000"]Rules of Engagement (RoE) violations:[/color]
Trial information will be contained in the Active Conflict Watch thread. Members in violation may request council or defend themselves in the thread. In all cases immediate responses may be handled by any sitting Council member handling the violation.
Immediate response will be subject to review for legality by the Chief Justice based on alliance charter and policy.
Changes may be made and further penalties assessed by the Justice department after the case has been presented including: removal of member in good standing status, reduction of member mask expulsion from NatoTE(for repeat offenses only), and assignment to the ACW to become more familiar with RoE violations.

[color="#0000FF"]General policy violations member complaints:[/color]
A thread will be designated in the Justice department area. ONLY those with business regarding the case may post in the thread, but will be seen by all members in good standing. Those violating this are subject to forum warnings or further prosecution from the justice department as determined by the Chief Justice.
The Defendant may post in the thread, or may be represented by the Defense Counsel. Both will speak on the behalf of the Defendant.
The Prosecutor will be the ONLY Government representative to post on behalf of the government of the member pressing charges. In the event the Prosecutor is unable to perform his/her duties, the Secretary General may stand in this person's place.
Trials will continue until both Prosecution and Defendants rest their case, or a maximum of 72 hours. At that time the thread will be closed by the Chief Justice and a decision posted within 24 hours.
Membership may request a retrial by Council members by a member in good standing posting said request in the Justice department, and being seconded by two other members in good standing.
In a retrial by the Council, Secretaries may ask for further clarification on issues, hear new evidence and continue the case for another 72 hour period. Again a 24 hour voting period will begin, failure to achieve a majority ruling to overturn will result in the original ruling to remain effective. There is no appeal process for a retrial.

[Center][b][size="5"]NATO(TE)'s Present Government[/size][/b]
Secretary General: Jereish1

Secretary of Commerce: Nostradamus XVIII

Secretary of Defense: zNightrider

Secretary of Enlistment:

Secretary of Foreign Affairs: Narva

Deputies: [/center]

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"Member nations who accept starting aid must remain with the alliance for at least 45 days or repay the entire aid if they wish to leave prior to that time."

Probably one of the longest TE charters I've read. Welcome! You'll find that not a lot of people play by the conventional rules, but that's just what makes it fun.

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LoL thanks I will have to take that out xD we follow the same general charter as NATO SE but I revamped it for TE but forgot to omit that part xD thanks for noticing that :) all fixed :P

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