Constitution of the Kingdom of Cascadia
Amendments to the Constitution
Amendment I. [Adopted May 21, 1993.]
Notwithstanding the provisions of Article II, Section 2, Paragraph E, of this Constitution, Commonwealths may conclude agreements among themselves concerning matters of legislation, justice, and administration, provided they bring such agreements to the notice of the Kingdom, and that no part or provision of such agreement violates this Constitution or the rights of other Commonwealths.
Commonwealths retain the right to conclude treaties with foreign states concerning matters of public economy, neighborly relations, and police, provided such treaties contain nothing contrary to this Constitution, to treaties enacted or which may be enacted by the Kingdom, or to the rights of other Commonwealths.
Amendment II. [Adopted April 19, 1994.]
Article III, Section 11, is amended to remove the second sentence of that section. Parliament shall have no power to authorize conscription for military or other forms of compulsory national service.
Amendment III. [Adopted April 17, 2000.]
Article I, Section 4, is amended to read as follows: ‘The flag of the Kingdom of Cascadia shall be a horizontal bicolour of dark green over white. In the upper hoist shall be a circle of seven five-pointed white stars.’
Amendment IV. [Adopted November 30, 2001]
I. Article VI of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cascadia is hereby repealed.
II. The head of government of the Kingdom of Cascadia, under the executive power of the Sovereign, shall be a Confederation Council composed of five members.
III. Confederation Council Membership
A. Members of the Confederation Council shall be nominated by the Sovereign and elected by the House of Delegates from among all Cascadian citizens eligible for the House of Delegates and not otherwise disqualified by this section. However, not more than one member may be elected from the same Commonwealth.
B. Members of the Confederation Council may not simultaneously hold a seat in Parliament, or any office in the Kingdom or any Commonwealth government.
C. The Confederation Council shall be elected anew following the assembly of a new Parliament following a general election.
D. Vacancies occurring during the term of the Confederation Council shall be filled in the following session of Parliament for the remainder of the Council’s term.
E. The Sovereign, upon a majority vote of the House of Delegates, may remove members from the Confederation Council.
F. No member may serve on the Confederation Council for more than two consecutive Parliaments, or for more than a total of four Parliaments.
IV. Confederation Council Chairmanship
A. The chairman of the Confederation Council shall be Minister President. The members of the Confederation Council shall choose the Minister President and Minister Vice President from among their membership, for a term of one year.
B. The outgoing Minister President shall not be eligible to be Minister President again during the term of that Confederation Council, nor to be Minister Vice President for the year following his Presidency. No member may hold the office of Minister Vice President for two consecutive years.
V. Confederation Council Responsibilities
A. It shall be the responsibility of the Confederation Council, under the executive authority of the Sovereign, to work toward the policy goals of the Sovereign and Parliament, to ensure that the legitimate functions of the Kingdom government be carried out efficiently, expediently, and lawfully, and to assist the Sovereign in fulfilling his constitutional duties as they relate to the Kingdom government.
B. The tasks of the Confederation Council and the administrative and executive functions of the Kingdom government shall be divided among the members of the Council according to ministry. No regulatory agencies or corporate authorities of the Kingdom may exist independently of the Confederation Council.
C. The Confederation Council shall make decisions as a body, and responsibility shall be shared collectively. At least three members of the Council must be present for the deliberations of the Council to have validity.
VI. Parliamentary Rights and Responsibilities of the Confederation Council
A. Members of the Confederation Council may participate in the debates of the House of Delegates in a consultative capacity, and may, with the permission of the House, be granted a seat on the floor of the House for this purpose. But Council members shall not have the right to vote in Parliament, or to introduce legislation.
B. Once a year, the Confederation Council shall deliver to the Sovereign and the House of Delegates an account of its activities, and submit to them a report on the internal and external state of the confederation.
VII. Confederation Chancellor
A. A Confederation Chancellery, headed by the Confederation Chancellor, shall act as the secretariat, legal and constitutional counsel, and general headquarters staff of the Confederation Council.
B. The duties of the Confederation Chancellery shall be consultative, managerial, and administrative in nature. The Confederation Chancellor shall not have any executive powers or responsibilities, save within his own department or as defined in this section. Nor shall any of the tasks or functions of government described in Section 5 of this Amendment be delegated to the Confederation Chancellor or to his department.
C. The Confederation Chancellor shall be nominated by the Sovereign and confirmed by the House of Delegates at the same time as the Confederation Council, to serve a term corresponding with that of the Confederation Council.
D. The Confederation Chancellor shall be responsible to the Confederation Council for the execution of such duties as may be assigned by the Confederation Council or Kingdom law. The Sovereign upon a majority vote of the House of Delegates may remove the Confederation Chancellor from office.
VIII. The Confederation Chancellor and members of the Confederation Council shall draw salaries from the Kingdom treasury. The amounts shall be determined by Parliament and not increased or lowered during a Council’s term in office. All members of the Confederation Council shall receive the same salary, and shall be provided with offices at the seat of government.
IX. This arrangement shall come into effect on January First of the year following ratification of this amendment.