Constitution of Palasia
|Constitution of Palasia|
|Created||February 28, 2014|
|Ratified||March 5, 2014|
|Location||Palasian Reich National Archives|
|Authors||Spitzenreiter John Gordon|
|Signers||Senior members of the National Workers Party|
The Constitution of Palasia is the founding document of the Palasian Reich. The Constitution was drafted after successive government problems following the reformation of a Palasian homeland.
PART I. BASIC PROVISIONS
PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION
A. Palasia is a sovereign, free and independent homeland, unitary in terms of land, people and institutions, within its boundaries; as provided by this constitution and as recognised internationally.
B. Palasia has a British/Palasian national identity. It is committed to the adherence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The State embodies these principles in all scopes and sectors without exception.
C. Palasia is a single party state under the leadership of the Palasian National Workers Party and is based upon the respect of public freedom, freedom of opinion and freedom of belief; and of social justice and equality in rights and duties among all citizens, without distinction or preference.
D. The people are the source of powers and of sovereignty, exercising them through constitutional institutions.
E. The economic system is free, guaranteeing individual initiative and private ownership.
F. The territory of Palasia is one for all Palasian’s. Every Palasian has the right to reside on any part thereof, and enjoy it under the sovereignty of the law.
CHAPTER ONE. THE STATE AND ITS TERRITORY
Palasia is an independent state, with indivisible unity, and complete sovereignty.
No part of Palasian territory may be alienated or ceded.
The boundaries of administrative areas may not be altered except according to a law.
Palasia is a Single Party Dictatorship, whose capital is Rommelstadt
The Palasian Flag comprises of red, white and green tricolour with the Palasian Eagle in the centre of the flag sporting the National Workers Party emblem in the wreath.
CHAPTER TWO. PALASIANS, THEIR RIGHTS AND THEIR OBLIGATIONS
The Palasian nationality and the manner, in which it is acquired, retained and lost, shall be determined according to the law.
All ethnic Palasians are equal before the law. They equally enjoy civil and political rights, and assume obligations and public duties without any distinction among them.
The British language is the official national language. The conditions under which the German language is to be used are determined by law.
Every Palasian has the right to public employment, without any distinction, except on qualification and merit according to the conditions laid down by the law. A special code shall be established to safeguard the rights of employees in the areas to which they belong.
PART II. THE POWERS
CHAPTER ONE. GENERAL PROVISIONS
The Legislative Power is vested in one Chamber: The Palasian Reichstag.
The Executive Power is entrusted to the Office of the Spitzenreiter, which shall exercise it according to the provisions of this Constitution.
The Reichstag and the Office of the Spitzenreiter have the right to propose laws. A law cannot be published unless the Chamber of Deputies adopts it.
The Judicial Power is vested in the Reich Justice Ministry, within a system prescribed by the law which provides the necessary guarantees to the Judges and litigants.
Every Palasian citizen, twenty years old, has a right to stand for public office, pending meeting the requirements and approval from the Reich Interior Ministry. All Palasian citizens standing for office must hold a valid membership with the Palasian National Workers Party.
CHAPTER TWO. THE LEGISLATIVE POWER
The Palasian Reichstag consists of senior Palasian National Workers Party and Wehrmacht members whom are appointed by the Office of the Spitzenreiter.
If the Palasian Reichstag is dissolved, All Legislative power is thus transferred to the Office of the Spitzenreiter until the Office and Reich Interior Ministry meet to appoints new Parlamentsmitglied’s to sit in the Reichstag.
In the event of a national emergency or other extreme cases the Spitzenreiter can dissolve the Legislative and/or any Reich ministry and transfer all powers to the Office of the Spitzenreiter.
CHAPTER THREE. GENERAL PROVISIONS II
The member of the Reichstag represents the whole nation. His electors cannot impose restrictions or conditions on his mandate.
The Chamber meets publicly. However, it may convene in a closed meeting, if requested by the Government or two of its members. It may decide to discuss the same topic in a public meeting. In the event of a national emergency the Reichstag can convene in a closed meeting without Central Authorisation and only with the Spitzenreiter in attendance. ARTICLE 20
Motions of no Confidence are forbidden. If any Reichstag member calls a motion of no confidence in violation of Article 20 of the Constitution and will be dealt with by the Reich Justice Ministry and may be stripped of their Palasian Civil Rights and ejected from the Reichstag until the Reich Justice Ministry sees fit. In extraordinary cases intervention by the Reich Interior Ministry’s Paramilitary organisation Volkssturm can be authorized by the Spitzenreiter.
No bill which has been rejected by the Reichstag, may be reintroduced in the same session.
CHAPTER FOUR. THE EXECUTIVE POWER
PART I. THE REICH SPITZENREITER
The Spitzenreiter is Head of State and Government, and the symbol of national unity within the Palasian Homeland.The Spitzenreiter is appointed by his predecessor and can appoint a successor at any time during his office but said successor cannot take up office until the incumbent has resigned. All Reich Ministries answer to the Office of Spitzenreiter.
• Presides over the Reichstag, whenever he wishes, without participating in the vote.
• Appoints the Reich Ministers in charge of consulting with the Reichstag, the results of which are officially reported to him.
• Promulgates the decree to form a Government, and the decrees to accept the resignation of Ministers or their dismissal.
• To receive the Ambassadors, and accept their accreditation.
• Presides over official ceremonies, and grants State badges of honour by decree.
• Grants special pardon by decree, but the general pardon can only be granted by law.
• Call a National Emergency and enact Emergency Powers under Article 17 of the Constitution.
• Presents any of the urgent matters to the Council of Ministers, outside the agenda.
Decisions of the Spitzenreiter are final, no opposition can be voiced once a decision has been made, and such a violation can result in criminal charges with the exception of the decree accepting the resignation of the Government or considering it resigned.
While performing his functions, the Spitzenreiter cannot be accountable the Governments actions whilst in power, including violations of the constitution and High Treason.
In case the Office of Spitzenreiter becomes vacant for whatever reason, The appointed successor takes up Office with immediate effect to ensure stability.
The Spitzenreiter cannot under any circumstances change government ideologies at whim. Such a drastic change of government shall with immediate effect of the violation shall result in the impeachment and removal of all Palasian civil rights, the case shall then be passed onto the Reich Justice Ministry. The Spitzenreiter while awaiting trial shall be under the guard of the Reich Interior Ministry’s Paramilitary organisation Volkssturm.
Article 27 is treated as an exemption to Article 25
PART II. AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION
The Constitution may be revised based upon an initiative by the Spitzenreiter, and so, the Government introduces a bill to the Reichstag.
PART III. LEGALITY OF THE CONSTITUTION
This document is the binding founding document of the Reich Republic of Palasia. Any unauthorised changes shall be treated as High Treason and will be punished under the Palasian Penal Code.