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.: Background :.

Avalon started out as the alliance known as The Allegiance. Air4ce1Jr, Riech, and chickenkiller originally started the alliance. Through negotiations Air4ce1Jr got SyndicatedINC to merge L1 with The Allegiance though the rest of the alliance did not follow and eventually fell apart, but SyndicatedINC came to The Allegiance and so did subotai a loyal friend to SyndicatedINC. After a couple months all of the alliance leaders came together to revamp the alliance structure. After talking and arguing, Avalon was officially created on January 1, 2008. This is when the Charter of Avalon was sanctioned within the alliance. Then Avalon only had 20 members and a strong dream.Now we have almost doubled with 37 members.

.: The Charter :.

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Article 1: Purpose and Organization

The Charter of Avalon is one of three documents which elucidate the principles, organization and rules of the

alliance. The Preamble exists as a statement of purpose, the Charter outlines the alliance organization and the Code

enumerates the specific rules of the alliance. Together these form the governing documents for Avalon.

The goal of the Charter is to outline the form of state and government at the highest level as well as provide

procedural outlines for the basic executive, judicial and legislative acts of the alliance. Procedural details, rules

binding junior ministerial positions and other acts that do not effect the alliance in this fashion are to be handled in

the Code.

The basic form of government of Avalon is that of constitutional monarchy, dividing the powers of the head of

state and the head of government. The former powers are exercised by the Monarch and the latter powers exercised

by the Prime Minister.

Article 2: Heads of State, Government and Senior Ministers

This article outlines the roles of the Monarch, Prime Minister as well as the Senior Ministers in the government.

Each of the Senior Ministers runs one of the Offices of the government. Senior Ministers are known formally as

Secretaries and their deputies (Junior Ministers) are known formally as Under-Secretaries.

In the case where there is no Secretary in an Office, the most senior Under-Secretary in that Office will serve in

acting status until a new secretary is appointed and confirmed.

2.1 Monarch

Official Title: Monarch

Honorific Title: Sovereign of All Avalon

Informal Title: King/Queen

The Monarch serves as Head of State. As such, (s)he is responsible for formal proclamations and declarations

with respect to foreign powers. The Monarch also serves as the presiding official, ex officio, of the House of Nobles.

The Monarch also serves as the Chief Justice of the Courts. (S)he may either hear cases him/herself or designate

Nobles to hear cases in the Monarch’s stead.

In the case where there is no monarch, the senior-most member of the House of Nobles serves in an acting capacity

until a new monarch is elected.

2.2 Prime Minister

Official Title: Prime Minister

Honorific Title: First Lord of Avalon

Informal Title: Prime Minister

The Prime Minister serves as Head of Government. As such, (s)he is responsible for the policy and administration

of the alliance. (S)he appoints the senior ministers (subject to confirmation), who serve at his/her pleasure. The

Prime Minister also serves as the presiding official of the House of Lords as well as the full Parliament when it

operates in Combined Session.

In the case where there is no Prime Minister, the Senior Ministers fill the office in an acting role, with the order

of precedence following this article, until a new Prime Minister is elected.

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2.3 Home Secretary

Official Title: Home Secretary

Honorific Title: Lord High Chancellor

Informal Title: Interior Minister

Name of Office: Home Office

The Home Secretary’s portfolio includes the following responsibilities: justice and discipline (including the main-

tenance of lists of offenders), technology, general education, and the administration of elections. In addition, the

Home Secretary serves as parliamentarian to Parliament and assists the Prime Minister in this regard.

2.4 Finance Secretary

Official Title: Finance Secretary

Honorific Title: Chancellor of the Exchequer

Informal Title: Finance Minister

Name of Office: Finance Office

The Finance Secretary’s portfolio includes: trade, aid and the supervision and education of banks. In addition,

the Finance Secretary assists the Foreign Secretary in negotiating any treaties relevant to the above topics.

2.5 Foreign Secretary

Official Title: Foreign Secretary

Honorific Title: n/a

Informal Title: Foreign Minister

Name of Office: Foreign Office

The Foreign Secretary’s responsibility is for coordinating all relations with nations outside of the alliance, with

the exception of fighting wars and recruiting, which belong to the War Secretary and Colonial Secretary accordingly.

2.6 War Secretary

Official Title: War Secretary

Honorific Title: n/a

Informal Title: War Minister

Name of Office: War Office

TheWar Secretary’s portfolio includes for the strategic planning, execution of all wars and training and supervision

of soldiers.

2.7 Intelligence Secretary

Official Title: Intelligence Secretary

Honorific Title: n/a

Informal Title: Intelligence Minister

Name of Office: Intelligence Office

The Intelligence Secretary is responsible for coordinating, collecting and disseminating intelligence generated by

the various offices.

2.8 Colonial Secretary

Official Title: Colonial Secretary

Honorific Title: n/a

Informal Title: Colonial Minister

Name of Office: Colonial Office

The Colonial Secretary’s portfolio includes recruiting, indoctrination, education of new Lords, integration of

merging alliances and the management of protectorate alliances. The Colonial Secretary is also responsible for

representing the interests of Lords who are not in any constituency (aka new Lords) in Parliament.

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Article 3: Parliament

The Parliament of Avalon represents the legislative arm of the government. The Parliament is divided into two

houses, the House of Lords, which are elected from amongst the various Lords of Avalon and the House of Nobles],

who are appointed by the Monarch, subject to confirmation. Members of Parliament are referred to as “MPs.”

While each House has its own competencies and roles, there are some occasions when the entire Parliament is

called together for a vote. This is known as Combined Session.

3.1 House of Lords

The members of the House of Lords each are elected by and represent a constituency of a certain number of Dominions

of Avalon. These are chosen to represent nations of comparable alliance seniority and the size of the various con-

stituencies should be roughly equal. They are elected in a General Election.

3.2 House of Nobles

The House of Nobles are appointed by Monarch, subject to confirmation. They do not serve a particular constituency

and are charged with representing the interests of Avalon as a whole. The House of Nobles has specific competencies

in dealing with confirmations of new Nobles and Senior Ministers.

3.3 Combined Session

Certain matter require votes of the whole parliament. In this case, the votes are taken with each Member of

Parliament getting one vote.

Article 4: Process and Procedures

4.1 Types of Votes

There are a number of different voting regimes used in the alliance. They are detailed below and subject to quorum

and time requirements as specified by the Code. If the Code is silent, votes are to last 1 week with 25% quorum

requirement.

1. Majority Vote - A majority vote requires 50% + 1 of the cast votes in favor of the proposal or candidate.

2. Super-majority Vote - A super-majority vote requires 2/3 of the cast votes in favor of the proposal or

candidate.

3. Plurality Vote - A plurality vote is won by the candidate with the most votes. Ties are broken by alliance

seniority between the candidates.

4. Top Two Plurality Vote - A top two plurality vote is won by the two candidates with the most votes. Ties

are broken by alliance seniority between the candidates.

5. Two Round Vote - A two round vote takes place in two phases. Any eligible candidate may stand in the

first round. This round is a top two plurality vote, with the caveat that if a single candidate wins 50% + 1 of

votes cast, the two round vote immediately ends with that candidate as the winner. If this is not the case, the

two winning candidates from the first round are presented as the only candidates for a plurality vote in the

second round. The winner of the second round wins the two round vote.

4.2 Electing the House of Lords

Each constituency elects an member of then House of Lords from amongst their members in a plurality vote. If a

constituency becomes vacant during a sitting parliament, a by-election is called by the Home Secretary under the

same procedure. If parliament is dissolved, this process is called a general election.

General elections are scheduled for exactly six months after the close of the prior general election.

4.3 Electing the Prime Minister

The Parliament, in Combined Session chooses one of their members to serve as Prime Minister in a two round vote.

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4.4 Dissolving Parliament

This can happen in two ways. In either case, a General Election follows immediately, all ministers become acting

ministers.

1. Vote of No Confidence - The House of Lords votes no confidence in a majority vote. The vote type is chosen

by the MP introducing the bill.

2. Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament - The Prime Minister may do this by fiat.

4.5 Deposing a Prime Minister

This may only be done in three ways:

1. Dissolving Parliament.

2. Exiling the Prime Minister.

3. The Prime Minister quits or resigns.

In the second and third cases Parliament elects a new Prime Minister following the aforementioned process. This

government serves the remaining time in the existing parliament’s term.

4.6 Appointing Senior Ministers

The Prime Minister appoints Senior Ministers, subject to approval by a majority vote of the House of Nobles.

4.7 Deposing Senior Ministers

The Prime Minister may do this by fiat. The deposed Senior Minister retains acting status until replaced, unless

stripped of the authority to do so (resigned, exiled, or quit) In this case the most senior Junior Minister in that

Office will serve in the acting role.

4.8 Appointing Junior Ministers

The appropriate Senior Minister may do this by fiat.

4.9 Deposing Junior Ministers

The appropriate Senior Minister may do this by fiat.

4.10 Appointing Nobles

The Monarch proposes a candidate which is ratified by the House of Nobles in a majority vote.

4.11 Deposing Nobles

The Monarch proposes the expulsion which is ratified by the House of Nobles in a majority vote.

4.12 Electing a Monarch

If the throne is vacant, the House of Nobles choose two of their ranks to stand in an election in a top-two plurality

vote. The Lords of Avalon then choose their candidate in a plurality vote.

4.13 Deposing a Monarch

. Parliament in Combined Session may do so in a super-majority vote.

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4.14 Exiling a Player

Parliament may do so with a super-majority vote. This vote must be introduced by the Prime Minister, unless

the targeted player is either the Prime Minister or the Monarch. If successful the player is then expelled from the

alliance.

4.15 Amending the Charter

The Prime Minister, Monarch and Senior Ministers draft the text and it is presented jointly by the Prime Minister,

Monarch and Home Secretary. Parliament in Combined Session votes for the amendment in a super-majority vote.

If successful, the Lords of Avalon vote in a majority vote.

4.16 Ratifying a Treaty

The Foreign Minister first negotiates and signs a treaty. Second the Prime Minister and Monarch approve the treaty.

Finally, the Parliament in Combined Session considers the matter in a majority vote.

4.17 Modifying the Code

To modify the code, the Prime Minister and the appropriate Senior Minister present the modification. Parliament

in Combined Session considers the matter in a majority vote.

4.18 Declaring War on Unaligned

This can occur in two ways:

1. The Monarch may do this by fiat.

2. The Prime Minister presents a proposal, and Parliament in Combined Session considers the matter in a majority

vote. The Monarch may grace this war. If (s)he does not, Parliament in Combined Session may override with

a super-majority vote.

4.19 Declaring Alliance War

Either the Monarch or Prime Minister present the bill. If an ally invokes the treaty, the Prime Minister is required

to present such a bill or Dissolve Parliament in protest. Parliament in Combined Session considers the matter with

a majority vote. The Monarch may grace the war (if the Monarch presented the bill, grace is automatic). If (s)he

does not, Parliament in Combined Session may override with a super-majority vote.

4.20 Offering Peace or Accepting a Peace Offer

Any Parliament member, Monarch or Prime Minister may present such a bill. It is considered by Parliament

in Combined Session in a majority vote. The Monarch may grace the peace. If (s)he does not, Parliament in

Combined Session may override with a super-majority vote.

4.21 Joining Avalon

Full members of Avalon are known as Lords of Avalon (their territories are known as Dominions) and are entitled to

the rights and responsibilities described in the Preamble, Charter and Code. Rights and responsibilities of provisional

(colonial) members, are enumerated in the Code.

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Addendum 1: History of the Charter

The First Addendum to the Charter of Avalon chronicles the history of the Charter and the entry into force of its

provisions.

1. The Charter, save the article on Process and Procedures enters into force on January, 1st 2008. The article on

Process and Procedures enters into force on February 15th, 2008 at which point an immediate general election

is called. Until that time, the King and Prime Minister are to rule by decree.

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.: The Government :.

Air4ce1Jr: King-Sovereign of all Avalon

Subotai: Prime Minister- First Lord of Avalon

Procantor Zarquon: Home Secretary-Lord High Chancellor

SyndicatedINC: Foreign Secretary-Foreign Minister

Yusuf al-Rashid: Finance Secretary-Chancellor of the Exchequer

Ivan the Banal: War Secretary-War Minister

Xoindotnler: Colonial Secretary-Colonial Minister

Forums: Avalon forums

IRC: #Avalon on Coldfront

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