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The Order of the Griffin


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We are the Order of the Griffin. An alliance like the mythical beast of legend, the half-lion half eagle, king of the beasts and lord of the skies. But we can also be for Family Guy fans. We are a fast growing alliance under the protection of the Imperial Assault Alliance. Here is what we offer to our members:

- A $1 million start-up aid

- Regular aid chains.

- Premium and updated guides to all aspects of CN gameplay

- Protection from rogues and tech raiders

- Backup for all members under attack, whether in war or peace.

- Most of our leaders are elected.

If that's not enough for you, consider our vibrant, active community with a coordinated and efficient government. We are a mix between an oligarchic and democratic government, though all members once they have joined, no matter how obscure they are, may rise through our ranks to become a great leader.

Here are our forums: http://z3.invisionfree.com/orderofthegriffin/index.php?

IRC channel: #otg on coldfront.net

Official Charter:

Official Charter of The Order of the Griffin

Preamble:

The Griffin. A mythical figure with the strength of a lion and the eyes and wings of an eagle, it is the Lord of the Skies and King of the beasts. It is the wisest, most honorable and powerful beast of legend. It is these qualities that shall be emulated by this alliance and its every member.

Mission Statement:

In the name of the nations who seek freedom, justice, liberty, a self-governing body, and the right to defend one's self, we do hereby ordain this alliance, the Order of the Griffin.

Article I: Admission: Any nation who meets all requirements that are laid down by OTG law at registration may apply to become a member of the Order of the Griffin. The Triumvirateor any other designated official has right to turn down any applicant due to just cause. This information must be presented correctly and accurately in the application:

1. Nation Name:

2. Nation Ruler:

3. Nation Link:

4. Nation Strength:

5. Team Color:

6. Are You At War?:

7. Past alliances?:

8. Were you recruited by anybody? If so, what part of this person's invitation appealed to you the most?:

Oath: I, (member) of (your nation), hereby wish to become a full member of the Order of the Griffin. I will abide by the charter, and swear to stand by my brothers in sisters, in war or peace. I further promise to take part in the the community of the OTG, as we are a family, and family must learn to know each other and cooperate.

If this information is found to be false at anytime of this membership then they are subject to punishment. The Triumvirate reserve the right to expel a member at any time of their membership with just cause. Expulsion is a form of OTG punishment. The oath must also be signed for full membership.

Article II: War Policy: The Order of the Griffin is a strong, proud alliance, however it is not one that will seek war intentionally. Members may not declare war offensively without first seeking permission from the Grand Marshall or the Triumvirate. The right to authorize war is held as a joint matter by The Triumvirate or the Grand Marshall. No other official or member can lawfully declare or authorize war. If it is found that this has taken place, the guilty parties are subject to punishment.

For an alliance - wide war, Approval must be given by both Triumvirate, or two Triumvirs and 2 ministers.

Article III: Nuclear Weapons: The Order of the Griffin will not use offensive nuclear weapons. The use of nukes is not condoned but its members are free to use them only if authorization has been given directly from the Triumvirate. Any member of the OTG is allowed to purchase nuclear weapons at any time and own as many as they want. However, no member may use nuclear weapons unauthorized.

Any breach of this rule will result in immediate expulsion and entrance to the OTG's ZI List.

Article IV: Government

The essential power needed to keep the alliance together is properly invested in the administration. This group serves the OTG by doing everything in their designated executive powers to keep the alliance running stable and efficiently. This branch is lead and held together by the three Triumvir Councilmen. Below them is the the Cabinet, which presides over specific functions.

Section 1: Advanced Executive Power:

The Triumvirate

The Triumvirate consists of 3 members who have high authoritive powers over all aspects of the OTG. The Triumvirs are the 3 most powerful people within the OTG. All 3 triumvirs have equal powers, both executive and legislative. Only they may authorize nuclear war, alliance-wide wars, and anything else the Triumvirate deems necessary. At any time the Triumvirate may declare Marshal law over the alliance, so as to temporarily suspend voting or any other actions to make a quick and efficient decision. The Triumvirate may refer any legislation to the National Assembly at their discretion, but may veto any vote within the NA that has passed with less than a 75% majority. The Triumvirs are permanent positions, removed only by resignation or impeachment. It takes a 67% majority in the NA to impeach a triumvir.

Section 2: Lower Executive Power: The Executive Cabinet

The Lower Executive Power is the Cabinet and their deputies. The Cabinet runs specific functions of the alliance, such as foreign affairs. They also reserve the right restrict members from posting in the CN forums, and warning members who have not behave themselves in the OTG forums. They may be given additional powers by the Triumvirate.

Minister of Defense.

Description/Duties: The Minister of Defense is the Commander-in-Chief of the OTG armies. He takes part in all matters concerning the military. Authorizing wars and coordinating military actions against enemies and ghosts of the OTG are some of the main functions of the MoD during peacetime. During wartime, the MoD organizes the OTG armed forces into an efficient fighting force. The Minister of Defense can be removed by impeachment by the National Assembly with at least a 2/3 majority. The MoD has complete executive authority over all military matters, unless overided by the Triumvirate. The MoD is essentially a member of the cabinet, but he may also take the place of a Triumvir should he go missing. The MoFA is elected by the membership for a two month term.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Description/Duties: Under direction from the Triumvirate, the Minister seeks out allies and promotes the signing of treaties. S/he supervises the Ministry, along with its subsidiary departments and may structure it as they see fit. The MoFA is also in charge of managing foreign embassies, appointing diplomats, and keeping records of legally obtained general information of other alliances. The MoFA is elected by the membership for a two month term.

Minister of the Interior

Description/Duties: Handles all matters of domestic affairs and its subsidiary departments. Is responsible for rooting out illegal wars by OTG members and rogue attacks on its members. The MoI is also responsible for the general domestic well being of the alliance, as in written educational guides and any subsidiary departments. The MoI is elected by the membership for a two month term.

Minister of Recruitment

Description/Duties: The MoR is responsible for recruiting new members to the Order of the Griffin, by messaging unaligned nations, and through a recruitment thread on the CN forums. Further, the MoR initiates programs to encourage other members to recruit for the alliance by messaging unaligned nations, as well as commissioning artists to create OTG propaganda. The MoR is elected by the membership for a two month term, however the Triumvirate may remove the Minister of Recruitment if they deem that he/she is not doing their job properly, and then may appoint a new MoR.

Minister of Finance

Description/Duties: The MoF runs all financial institutions within the OTG. This includes setting up trades between members, organizing trade guilds, and running the Griffin Bank. The Griffin bank is responsible for running the Royal Bank, giving loans, sending start-up aid, war aid, general nation building aid, etc. Anything that has to do with trades or finance within CN and the OTG is run by the Minister of Finance. The MoF is elected by the membership for a two month term.

Article V: Bills/Laws

Decisions are generally made by the Triumvirate and the Cabinet Ministers in order to make a quick, efficient decision. However, the Triumvirate may at his discretion leave a bill for public discussion and voting. Should this occur, discussion may last no longer than 72 hours (unless extended by a government official) and the voting may last no longer than 48 hours (unless extended by a government official). A bill at any time may be presented by the membership, to be decided upon by the Triumvirate and their cabinet, or by the National Assembly at the Triumvirate's discretion.

Section 3: Election Process

The self-nomination process begins five days before the end of the month. Any non-probationary member of the OTG may run for office in the Cabinet. After a candidate nominates himself, he must go on to post a platform. This states the candidate’s visions and ideas for the Order of the Griffin while he/she is in office. This will help many OTG voters make a better decision on who they feel best to fill the position. The platform stage lasts until the end of the month. After the platform phase comes the election phase. All candidates will be placed into a poll in which all members of the OTG will vote for a candidate for each position. The voting phase will last for 3 days. After the vote is up the majority winners will take their new positions. Election votes may not be vetoed.

Cabinet Ministers hold a 2 month term, but may be re-elected for so long as the membership chooses.

Article VI: Legislative Bodies

The National Assembly

The National Assembly makes up every other member of the Order of the Griffin. The National Assembly votes for Cabinet Ministers as outlined in Article V: Section III. The NA may also vote for impeachment of any government official. Motion for impeachment of a Cabinet Minister or Triumvir must be brought forward by the general membership or the senate. After being thoroughly discussed, a vote will then immediately take place. Impeachment of a Triumvir or Minister takes at least a 2/3 majority vote. Impeachment of any government official may not be vetoed or turned down while in discussion.

Article VII: Amendments

The constitution, although at the current time, written to include all important aspects, rules and guidelines, the administrative power and the inner framework of the alliance, may not include all information needed to keep the alliance informed and running smoothly. Therefore amendments are allowed to be added to the current constitution. Amendments may be brought to the view of the Triumvirate and their Cabinet by ANY member that has achieved rank of Lieutenant , including Ministers, Senators and even Head Officers themselves. In an event am amendment is brought into view it must receive popular support of 2/3 of the NA in order to be passed to the senate. If the bill makes it to senate it will be voted on by senators, if it receives majority vote it will go to the Triumvirate for veto or approval. If approved, it becomes a law. If vetoed it will be considered a suspended bill and can be brought up one again after the bi-monthly elections.

Article VIII: Conclusion

In witness to all the above articles of the official charter, the Order of the Griffin hereby comes into existence.

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