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The United Federation of Planets [UFP]

Amendments

Several Amendments made to the Constitution in order to allow for the integration of the position of President in the United Federation of Planets on the 11th of November 2006.
Section 6, The Council of Admirals, was changed to set a minimum number of councillors at 5 and a maxiumum of 6 on 11 September 2006.

Section 12, Termination of Membership, was changed to give constitutional protection from dismissal only to commissioned officers on 15 October 2006.
1. Name

The name of this organisation shall be:
The United Federation of Planets

2. Definitions

Throughout this Constitution, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms shall have the meanings set against them:
President – The elected leader of UFP. A.k.a. The President of the United Federation of Planets or Federation President.
Council — The Council of Admirals.
Chairmen — The Chairmen of the Council of Admirals of the United Federation of Planets; the Council Chairmen.
Fleet — The United Federation of Planets
motion — A proposition made by a Councilmen on a matter which permits voting by the entire Council body.
3. Objectives

The objectives of the Fleet shall be as follows:
The advancement of the Star Trek gaming ethos.
Enjoyment of online gaming.
To co-operate with all bodies of similar aims.
4. President

The leader and executive administrator of the United Federation of Planets Shall be the President who is the elected representative of the Fleet.

The President is the only officer that is empowered to do the following tasks without Council consent:
Change Fleet Condition Status, Declare War, Declare Peace, Approve Diplomatic Pact, Cancel Diplomatic Pact, Approve Retirement without conditions, Approve resigned officer readmittance, Make post in name of the United Federation of Planets, Order arrest of any officer.
For all other executive and administrative tasks the President’s authority is given precedence except where explicitly forbidden by this Constitution.
The President is permitted to delegate any of the abovementioned tasks to other officers as he/she deems necessary.

The President can make any command decision without Council approval (a command decision being an order or directive that does not involve the instatement of new Policy). The Council is permitted to veto any Presidential command decision through a passed vote.
The President can only be removed from office by a unanimous Council verdict, retirement/resignation, severe illness, or death.

The President is given the exclusive right to appoint councillors at his/her discretion to keep up the Council quota. The right to remove councillors is not given.
The President of the United Federation of Planets is hereby given the authority to veto any Council legislation that passes without a unanimous vote if he/she feels it threatens the integrity of the Fleet.

When the President is not available due to leave, retirement, resignation, or removal from office, the Council Chairman shall be automatically appointed the President Pro Tempore (Acting President) until such a time when a President is available. As a restriction on this duty, the President Pro Tempore shall not be permitted to veto legislation or appoint councillors.

If a President is unable to fulfil the remainder of his/her term for any reason, a new President must be elected as soon as possible.

The President is permitted to spectate Council proceedings and make posts but is not permitted to vote.

A President can only serve a maximum of two consecutive 6-month terms in office before having at least one term off. Once a President’s term has expired, the President is permitted to regain his former commission and the new President’s former Council seat (even if that is Council Chairman). The President may also opt to retire instead of re-gain his commission and hold the rank of “Former President”. A returning retired President’s rank and position must be voted on by the Council.

5. Presidential Election

Subsection 1 – The Election of the President
A President shall be elected or re-elected by the Fleet every 6 months by a Fleet-wide vote organised by the JAG or the highest ranking officer in the Fleet not running for President.

All officers Ensign and above, including the candidates, are permitted to vote and must have access to vote.
The vote must begin between two and four weeks before the end of the current President’s term in a private forum and end exactly one week after voting has started.
The Presidential nominees must be decided on by the Council between two and four weeks before the end of the current President’s term.
The candidates shall be all currently serving councillors unless they choose not to run, as well as the President if he/she qualifies for re-election and wishes to do so.
The councillor with the most votes from the Fleet shall be appointed President.
The Judge Advocate General is given the authority to swear a President into office the day that the former President’s reign concludes. Where no JAG is appointed this duty lies with the next highest ranking officer in the Fleet.
Subsection 2 – Contingencies
In the event that there is only one candidate (either the current unchallenged President or a lone councillor) the election will take shape as a “vote of confidence” in that officer’s ability to be President. A majority vote in favour of confidence is required to be elected President. If the vote is not in favour, and in the contingency of there being no candidates and the former President not wishing to run for re-election the following must be done: The Council must vote to endorse at least one officer from outside the Council to run for President as their representative. This must be done in accordance with the election timetable outlined above.
6. The Council of Admirals

Subsection 1: The Council Charter
The Fleet shall be governed by the Council. The Council of the United Federation of planets shall consist of the following members:

The Council Chairman (Seat 1)
5 councillors (Seat 2-6)

The Council of the United Federation of Planets runs the Fleet in a democratic fashion. Chaired by the Council Chairman, each Council member is entitled to one vote on all matters placed before the Council. The minimum number of officers in the Council at any one time is 5, while the maximum is 6. The President is required to maintain at least 5 councillors. Orders or directives issued by the Council cannot be over-ruled except by another Council vote, even if the President disagrees.

A Council vote is in effect while the following criteria are met:
Less than 7 days have passed since the motion was brought to vote.
No greater than 50% of active Council body have all voted for or against the motion.
If 7 days have passed and less than 50% of the active Council body have not all voted for or against a motion, the motion is automatically suspended.
If a vote concludes in a tie, the Council Chairman’s vote counts for two. If the Council Chairman did not vote, the motion is automatically suspended.

On the conclusion of voting, a Council motion is considered passed or resolute by the following unless otherwise stated in this constitution:
Greater than 50% of the active Council over the 7 day voting period votes in favour of the motion.

An Order of Succession based on Council seating arrangement applies if any councillor leaves the Council for any reason. In this arrangement, a lower seat councillor is automatically moved up one seat if a councillor of higher seating placement leaves the Fleet or the Council. The Seating arrangement cannot be changed by any officer, except through a Council motion. This seating arrangement defines that officer’s numerical rank in the Fleet, with the first seat being the Council Chairman and so on. The first seat is equivalent to 2nd in Command of UFP. The Council Chairman is the highest seated councillor and is automatically appointed by the order of succession.

Subsection 2: Council Moderation of Presidential Power
The Presidential power to veto can be over-ruled by a minimum 2/3 Council majority ruling for a specified length of time if it is abused too frequently. In such a vote, the President is not permitted to veto it. This policy cannot extend into another President’s term A Unanimous agreement by the President and Council Chairman is required to remove a councillor. In the event that it is the Council Chairman that is being removed, the second seat must agree. The Council may veto any Council removal made through a Council motion. The Council also reserves the right to veto the appointment of councillors by the President if they disagree with their appointment through a resolute Council motion.
7. Membership

Membership may only be granted by the Admissions Team or a councillor.
Members must agree to abide by the constitution and code of conduct of the Fleet.

8. Hall of Fame

A Hall of Fame position can be given to any former member of the Fleet by a unanimous Council vote proposed by any Council member. This member must be unconditionally retired or resigned. A Hall of Fame member, once appointed, can never be removed from the list. The list shall always be displayed on the site when there are names on it.

9. Policy

The Council may make policy on any matter relating to the conduct of the affairs of the Fleet provided that policy is not inconsistent with or repugnant to this Constitution.

Any motion by the Council proposing to make, alter or rescind policy shall require a written notice of motion in the Council forum, and such motion shall only be ratified by those means allowed by the Council.

The Code of Conduct and Chain of Command shall be considered policy under this article.

The policy of the Fleet shall form an Appendix to this Constitution and be made available with it.
10. Interpretation of the Constitution

The President shall be the sole authority for interpreting the meaning of any of the provisions contained in this Constitution or in any regulation of the Fleet policy made thereunder. This right can be delegated to another by the President, the Council, or act of Policy.

11. Amendments to the Constitution
The Council only may amend this Constitution.

Any motion proposing to amend this Constitution shall require a written notice of motion on the Council forum and any such motion shall only be passed if the Council is unanimously in favor of it.

The Constitution must only be edited by the Council Legislator, by default this is the Council Chairman unless delegated to another councillor by the Council Chairman or by the President.
12. Termination of Membership
The Fleet may cancel the membership of any member of the Fleet, should that member have acted in a manner contrary to the best interests of the Fleet.

Any such cancellation shall be made by the President, or in a ratified Council motion. The cancellation of membership shall be delivered in writing to the person concerned forthwith by the President or a delegated representative of the Council appointed by the Council Chairman in the event of a vote

Any person who has their membership cancelled shall have the right to appeal to the Council for the reinstatement of their membership.

The above rights do not pertain to any member in the Fleet who does not hold a commission and can be removed where policy permits.
13. Interum Measures

The Executive Committee (no longer an entity) in a joint ruling shall have the power to suspend such provisions of the Constitution until the 28th day of May 2006 to allow expedious integration of the Constitution into the Fleet.

Appendix

Fleet Policy
Code of Conduct
Chain of Command
StarFleet Academy
Judge Advocate General