Social System

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Systema Socialis
English: Social System
French: Système social

Flag of the System adopted 26 July 2020
Formation8 November 2016
Membership2
Secretary GeneralPrince Aaron of Überstadt
Key peopleGaius Soergel Publicola, Adam I of Überstadt

The Social System or, as it is known by its other official name, the Systema Socialis is an international organization founded on 8 November 2016 for the principles of humanitarianism, socialism, internationalism, and pluralism. The system requires perpetual peace among its members and seeks to create the conditions for increased cooperation and integration between its members that are exclusive of other such relations with non-members. The term "social" refers to a system of international friendship and alliance (in Latin, socius) that exists between the members of the organisation and that allows citizens of one state to become social citizens in another. Social citizenship allows citizens of one member-state to exercise certain rights enumerated by other member-states. The standards for admission to the system are exceedingly high since member-states can generally not allow dual or multiple citizenship and all member-states must be in agreement about the admission of new members into the system.

Though founded on 8 November 2016, the Treaty on the Establishment of the Systema Socialis was signed by representatives of Sandus, Überstadt, and Kumano on 14 September 2016. Sandus ratified the treaty on 3 October and Überstadt on 7 October, but Kumano did not ratify the treaty until 5 November 2016.

The Systema Socialis replaced the bilateral relationships that Überstadt, Kumano, and Blesbí had with the State of Sandus from 2012 onward. Under the Social System, these relationships became multilateral and took the form of an independent international organization. Blesbí was the first country to sign a social treaty with Sandus on 17 March 2012. Kumano ratified its own social relationship with Sandus on 8 October 2013, though the agreement did not enter into force until 17 November. Überstadt ratified its social treaty with Sandus on 10 July 2014 when King Adam I visited Kremlum Sandus Province, the Sandum capital at the time.

Kumano ceased to exist on 3 July 2017.

Organization

The Social System has a Secretary General who is tasked with moderating the system's business, arbitrating disputes, and upholding the system's values. While there is no formal body that oversees and governs the system, members may collectively "decide to perform or execute specific policies on the Social System's behalf" by a unanimous decision of each member-state's head of government, who is also the member-state's sole delegate.[1] According to the founding treaty, members "may decide to develop the Social System further in the future by consensus of their heads of government."[2]

Members

The Social System has two members, the State of Sandus and the Kingdom of Überstadt. The Kumano Jiritsu Nation was a member from 8 November 2016 until 3 July 2017 when the country was disbanded.

Social Citizenship

Social citizenship refers to a status of citizenship that each member-state has whereby a citizen of one member-state may apply to become the citizen of another. Each member-state prescribes how this application process is done and the Social System's founding treaty permits member-states to refuse to grant citizenship, though refusals are arbitrated by the organization's Secretary General.

The Treaty on the Establishment of the Systema Socialis does not enumerate what rights social citizens have in other member-states and each member-state is free to determine what rights and obligations apply, though all member-states must in theory ratify the rights "in a manner and in a spirit which seems just to all members."[3] Though the treaty specifies that social citizenship entails "fewer rights and obligations than full citizens," member-states generally make the rights comparable. In Sandus, for example, social citizens do not automatically have the right to vote (except in the Council, where suffrage is universal) and must perform and declare two seasons worth of charity to be eligible to vote in national elections and referenda.

References

  1. Treaty on the Establishment of the Systema Socialis, Article 1, Sections 6-7:
    "6. The equal members will be represented to the Social System at large by a delegate who will be synonymous to an individual member-state’s head of government.
    "7. The equal members may decide to perform or execute specific policies on the Social System’s behalf by a unanimous decision of the heads of government of the member-states."
  2. Treaty on the Establishment of the Systema Socialis, Article 1, Section 8: "The equal members may decide to develop the Social System further in the future by consensus of their heads of government."
  3. Treaty on the Establishment of the Systema Socialis, Article 3, Section 5.