Supreme Directive

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The Supreme Directive is the constitution, written by Adam Belcher, of the Empire of Adammia. The first version, the April 2013 Supreme Directive, was written on 16 April 2013. Its first amendment was issued on 2 May 2013. However, due to the poor quality of this Supreme Directive, a new one was written by the Emperor and presented in a press conference on 23 June 2013. A referendum held on 30 June determined that the new Supreme Directive would be adopted, replacing the original and introducing many new concepts. The current version of the Supreme Directive has been amended twice: the First Amendment, which was approved by the public on 16 November 2013; and the Second Amendment, which was approved by the public on 2 August 2015.

Fundamental Law

The Supreme Directive enacts itself as the fundamental law, replaces its predecessor and entrenches itself in Articles I and II. Article III defines the state's sovereignty and relationship with the outside world, Article IV declares the definition of Adammic territory, Article V sets out the role of citizens, Article VI gives several rights to the Founder (Adam Belcher), Article VII sets out everything relating to the Monarchy, Article VIII establishes the Ruling Council, Articles XI and X create the local and national governments, Article XI establishes the Grand Court for the judiciary system, and Article XII is a list of rights for all citizens.

First Amendment

The First Amendment, passed on 16 November 2013, made many changes to the structure of the Ruling Council, altered the provisions for regency, and greatly expanded the list of rights for citizens. It incorporated the system of territory management, nobility and the Office of State into the fundamental law where they had previously only existed in Imperial Decrees or Acts of Council.

Second Amendment

The Second Amendment, passed on 2 August 2015, allowed any member of the Ruling Council (apart from the Monarch and those aged under 12) to run for Prime Minister in National Elections, instead of only Councilors. It also introduced a rule forcing the Office of State to keep all future elections and referendums anonymous. Article IV was completely rewritten to make it more legally watertight, and other sections of the document were also improved on a technical level.

Third Amendment

The Third Amendment, passed on 1 January 2017, rewrote Article XI to allow for future expansion of the judicial system. It also made technical improvements throughout the document.

Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment, passed on 29 October 2017, reduced the minimum term length from six months to one month, and reduced the required number of Ruling Council meetings from one per month to two per year. The tie-breaking extra vote was transferred from the Prime Minister to the Chancellor. Substantial technical improvements were also made.

Original version

The original Supreme Directive was set out as following: The Supreme Directive founded the Empire of Adammia, and declared its Head of State and territory in Article 1. Articles 2 and 3 defined the state's relationship with the outside world - macronational states and landowners. Article 4 created the role of the Emperor, gave a rudimentary overview of the process of deciding new Emperors, and gave the Emperor his basic powers. Article 5 entrenched the document, making it unchangeable except through a public referendum. Article 6 defined the role of citizens, and Article 7 gave them basic rights. Article 8 handled the virtually non-existant judiciary system.

First Amendment

Prior to the first amendment, there were two more articles. Article 9 handled how territory was managed, and Article 10 handled the national symbols. These were repealed so that Imperial Decrees could handle them in more detail. Prior to the first Amendment, the Emperor could amend almost any part of the Supreme Directive, but this was changed to require a public referendum. Also, before the First Amendment, there was no official structure for Imperial Decrees or the Office of the Emperor. Finally, justice was added to the list of rights in the First Amendment.

Signatures

The Supreme Directive is signed by Emperor Adam I, on behalf of the People.