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Constitution of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna (1983: Doomsday)

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Preamble

We the People of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious freedom, both certify and establish this constitution.

Article I

Legislative Branch

Section One (Legislative Power)

The Legislative Branch of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna shall be vested in the General Assembly, under the Senate and the House of Representatives. The General Assembly shall not pass any bills contradicting the Constitution, or impending on the people's rights.

Section Two

The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Months after the first Meeting of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna, and within every subsequent Term of five Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every two Thousand, but each County shall have at Least one Representatives; and until such enumeration shall be made, the County of Columbia shall be entitled to chuse four, Montour three, and Schyukill two.

The General Assembly has the right to adapt these numbers as neccessary to prevent overcrowding of the House. Each county shall have at least 2 members.

Section Three (Elections, Terms of Members and Vacancies)

The Senate shall have elections every five years. There shall be no term limit. Vacancies shall temporarily be filled by appointments by the Lieutenant Governor, and shall be elected by the people at the soonest available time. They shall serve the remainder of the term of the displaced member.

Representatives shall be split into two classes, First Class Representatives, and Second Class Representatives. The First Class Representatives shall be elected for a first term of three years, and a second election shall place them for two years. The Second class Representatives shall be elected for a first term of two years, and a second election will place them for three years. There shall be no term limit. Vacancies shall be temporarily filled by appointments of the county government, and shall be elected by the people at the soonest available time. They shall serve the remainder of the term of the displaced member.

Section Four (Senate)

The Senate shall propose all bills dealing with finances, declaration of war and martial law, as well as foreign relations and forming committees to discuss critical issues within the Commonwealth.

The head of the Senate shall be the President Pro-Tempore. He shall be elected by the general populace. In the case of death or incapacitation the Lieutenant Governor shall fill the role until an emergency election can be held.

The Senate shall convene on the 20th of January provided it does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday, and shall convene at least twice a month for the duration of the year.

Section Five (House of Representatives)

Any power not bestowed upon the Senate shall be held by the House of Representatives. They have the power to propose and vote on laws, as well as impeach the Governor.

The head of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House. He is an elected official, chosen by the Representatives of the majority party, and approved by the voters and general populace. In case of death or incapacitation, the leadership of the majority party shall elect a replacement to take the position of Speaker.

The House of Representatives shall convene on the 20th of January, provided it does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday, and shall convene at least once a month.

Section Six (Census)

To ensure fair representation, a census must be undertaken every five years. It shall be taken by a nonpartisan board selected by the House of Representatives and approved by the general population.

Section Seven (People's Power)

To protect civil liberties and prevent corruption, the citizens in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna have a right to call for a general, free vote to be held on various bills, motions, and laws. The people have the right to choose the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, President Pro-Tempore, and Speaker of the House by secret ballot. They also have the right to elect any executive branch officials, except for the Department of a Defense.

Article II

Executive Branch

Section One (Executive Officers)

The Executive Branch of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna shall be held by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Treasury, and any others deemed necessary by Congress, and approved by the general populace of the counties of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna.

Section 2 (Powers)

The Governor shall have the duty to approve or veto bills, approve the deployment of troops abroad, and meet foreign dignitaries as well as any other duties prescribed as fit by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. They have the duty to protect the rights of the people in the Commonwealth as well as ensure civil and religious freedom.

The Governor has the right to approve any appointments to the Supreme Court as well as request a convening of the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Cabinet members.

The Governor must give a yearly State of the Commonwealth address by any communication methods approved by the General Assembly.

Section 3 (Gubernatorial Succession)

Due to the chaos after Doomsday, the people realize the need to have a well defined succession plan to ensure in the case of terror or nuclear attack the government can survive.

There must be a plan approved by the General Assembly, the People, and the Supreme Court.

Section 4 (Elections and Terms)

The Governor is elected by popular vote and is appointed for a term of five years. They may serve up to two terms of five years. These terms can be consecutive or nonconsecutives. The Lieutenant Governor shall have the ability to serve the same number of terms as the Governor. All cabinet members may serve for up to four terms of five years.

Elections shall be open for all and any political parties within reasonable doubt. The Supreme Court shall be responsible for the decision of a political parties legal status.

Article III

Judicial Branch

Section 1 (Supreme Court)

The Supreme Court shall be the highest judiciary body in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. It shall preside over any cases between individuals and the Commonwealth of Susquehanna, between counties, or any dispute between the people and the General Assembly pertaining to laws or bills passed through, as well as any crimes that are considered a capital crime by the law in Susquehanna.

There shall be three Supreme Court Justices, and the longest serving shall be the head of the Supreme Court.

Section 2 (County Court)

Each county or territory in Susquehanna has an obligation to operate a county court. These courts may handle any crime not deemed a felony by the General Assembly, as well as acting as an appellate court. There shall be a minimum of one justice per county.

Section 3 (Term)

The Supreme Court Justices shall serve for an initial five years from their appointment, after which the Senate must approve them for an additional five year term. After a total of ten years in service, the people of Susuquehanna shall vote to decide if they may remain in office, after which, of approved, shall serve for an additional fifteen years.

Each county justice shall be elected for as long as each county deems fit, as neither the General Assembly, nor the Supreme Court shall have any precedent over the terms of the county court, as it is the people's choice.

Article IV

Miscellaneous

Section 1 (Amendment to the Constitution)

Amendments must be proposed in the Senate and approved by at least 2/3rd's of the General Assembly. They may not contradict any stated rights reserved to the people. The people have the right to request a presentation of the amendment to the general public at any time.

Section 2 (Debt)

There shall be no debt imposed over 1/10th of the national gross domestic product. Any bills passed to pay debt may not add a tax burden of over 1.5% of a family's yearly income. Any debt or credit taken in the name of the Town of Bloomsburg before or at the time of the signing of this Constitution is taken on by the Commonwealth of Susquehanna.

Section 3 (Elections)

All elections are to be held the First Tuesday of June, unless a Special election should be called by the People or the General Assembly.

Section 4 (Reunification)

Susquehanna recognizes reunification is a possibility. The General Assembly may pass non binding resolutions on reunification. Any vote shall be in the hands of the citizens, although to call a vote there must be at least 51% of the population. To succeed there needs to be at least 80% in favor of reunification.

Independence may be kept for as long as it is felt neccessary.

Bill of Rights

First Amendment

The people shall have the right to freedom of religion and the freedom from persecution due to religious beliefs or disbeliefs. The General Assembly shall pass no bills respecting or prohibiting any religion. The General Assembly shall pass no bills or amendments that impede or remove the right to freedom of speech and the press.

Second Amendment

A well regulated militia, being neccessary to protect the state, shall be regulated, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon.

Citizens have a duty to the General Assembly to act responsible. If it is felt an individual has acted irresponsibly, they may have this right stripped.

Third Amendment

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war unless explicit permission given by the owner to the House of Representatives.

Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Fifth Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Seventh Amendment

Any person convicted of a crime in a civil court has the right to trial by jury and an attorney. They shall also be given their Miranda Rights. The military reserves the right to operate its own law for court.

Eighth Amendment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel or unusual punishment. Torture may not be used to gain a confession.

Amendments

Ninth Amendment (Passed June 29th, 2010)

Any salary changes for the General Assembly shall not go into effect until after the following elections. The people shall chuse the assemblymen's salaries.

Tenth Amendment (Passed November 3rd 2012)

The right of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Susquehanna, who are eighteen years or older, to vote shall not be denied due to nationality, gender, economic or political status, and no tax or fee shall be imposed to vote. Any persons who are imprisoned during the election year shall have the right to vote stripped until released.

Eleventh Amendment (Passed November 3rd 2012)

Discrimination or involuntary servitude (unless granted by the state after a trial by peers) is outlawed. Any person caught performing such an action shall be charged by the Supreme Court of Susquehanna for crimes against humanity. Prisoners who are sentenced to hard labor shall be treated in a fair manner and shall not have excessive punishment.

Twelfth Amendment [Federal District Formation Act] (Passed October 14th 2014)

The Town of Bloomsburg will be ceded to the Federal Government as an independent capital district outside of any county jurisdiction. All citizens living within the confines of the town will retain voting rights and rights to representation in the General Assembly.

Unratified Amendments

Pennsylvania Union Amendment

Would require the Commonwealth of Susquehanna to rejoin the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (State College) immediately (Pending since 2007)

National School Amendment

Would legally require students to remain in school until they turn eighteen. (Pending since 2008)

General Assembly Reduction Amendment

Would limit the numbers of seats in the Senate to one per County, and one Representative per 5000 citizens. (Pending since 2009)

United States Union Amendment

Would require the Commonwealth of Susquehanna to rejoin the United States when feasible. (Pending since 2011)

Civilian Agreement to Conflict Amendment

Would force a national democratic vote prior to the government entering any conflict. (Pending since 2013)

Senate Term Limitation

Would limit the terms for the Senate to four terms. (Pending since 2014)

Signatories

  • Lou Barletta, Columbia County, September 12, 2005
  • John Gordner, Montour County, September 12, 2005
  • James Rhoades, Schuylkill County, September 12, 2005
  • Todd A. Eachus, Wyoming County, June 23, 2010
  • Darla Bortz, Sullivan County, April 17, 2014
  • Gerald Mullery, Luzerne County, June 1, 2015

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