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New West Indies contains 125 nations, the 114th most in the world.

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The Most Ignorant Citizens in New West Indies

The World Census studied which nations seemed to have the greatest numbers of citizens that fell into the categories "ignorant," "oblivious," or "just plain dumb."

As a region, New West Indies is ranked 13,420th in the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.

1.The Utopian Paradise for One of OopsidroppedmyrightsburgPsychotic Dictatorship“You are forced to be free.”
2.The Rogue Nation of The Ice RegimeCorporate Police State“Upon the icy throne our king sits.”
3.The Dictatorship of Nationalist CzechoslovakiaCorporate Police State“Truth wins”
4.The People's Republic of Nazbol Party GangIron Fist Consumerists“We are Nazbol Gang. Everyone are Nazbol Gang.”
5.The Empire of LaisonPsychotic Dictatorship“WIP”
6.The Kingdom of The Dark CastleFather Knows Best State“Beware of Darkness”
7.The Republic of The magnificent TurkmenbashiCompulsory Consumerist State“Serving our Supreme Blessed Turkmenbashi”
8.The Dominion of New baddlandsCorporate Police State“All hail the dictator”
9.The Empire of The Sakura NipponMoralistic Democracy“養正之心ヲ弘ム”
10.The People's Republic of Moja KwaCorrupt Dictatorship“By The People For The People”
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Regional Poll • Official Vote for GAR#32: "Clarifying Judicial Powers, Constitutional Protections, and Court Procedures"

The Federal Republic of Reno Sheriffs Department wrote:Please cast your votes for GAR#32. This bill would greatly reform our judicial system procedures, and adds additional powers afforded to the Judicial Branch. Link to the bill: https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1323206

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This is a reminder that today is the last day of submission for the NWI National Flag Competition. If your flag is not there and you want to participate, please send it to me via Telegram or Discord DM (if it was already sent, but still missing, please just send it again). We already have a bunch of beautiful flags. Voting commences tomorrow and results will be announced on Sunday March 1st. May the best flag win.

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Welcome to the NWI! Feel free to join the Discord and apply for citizenship. All of us here are happy to help and answer whatever questions you may have. However, to work in our regional government you must obtain citizenship first.

The Federal Republic of Reno Sheriffs Department

From the Office of the President of the General Assembly:

Please cast your votes for GAR#32. This bill would greatly reform our judicial system procedures, and adds additional powers afforded to the Judicial Branch!

Link to the bill:

Summary of Provisions

This Resolution will:
  • Amend the Constitution to:

    • Make the High Court’s authority to institute bans and revoke certain rights more clear.

    • Remove §8 protections for political ideologies, and add protections for race.

    • Prohibit the Chief Justice from simultaneously holding office in any other branch of Government.

    • Prohibit the President from simultaneously being a member of the High Court

    • Correct several typographical errors.

    • Prohibit the Chief Justice from voting on a Resolution that would overturn a Judicial Decree.

    • Reduce the time it takes to try cases.

  • Define Judicial Offenses, which are Criminal Offenses like Perjury and Contempt that are committed against the Court, and the Chief Justice is permitted to file charges (but not prosecute them).

  • Designate Judicial Perjury, Contempt of Court, and Evasion of a Lawful Sentence as Judicial Offenses.

  • Define Government Offenses, which are Offenses committed by a member of the Government, and which it would be more proper for the Public Attorney to prosecute.

  • Designate Abuse of Power and Diplomatic Misconduct as Government Offenses.

  • Enact stricter conflict of interest regulations for the Region’s Attorney and the Public Attorney.

  • Change Discovery procedures and allow for Witnesses to be ordered to testify.

  • Tweak the definitions of certain Criminal penalties to couple Full Bans with Citizenship Suspension (instead of Ineligibility) and to prohibit officials sentenced to Region Bans for Felonies from executing the powers of office.

  • Eliminate Preliminary Hearings in Criminal cases and streamline procedure in all 3 Court divisions.

  • Implement a special procedure for Summary Suppressions that would allow the Executive more flexibility while protecting the rights of the Accused.

  • Permit the Court to admit private attorneys.

  • Prohibit the use of juries.

—GAR#32: Clarifying Judicial Powers, Constitutional Protections, and Court Procedures—

Author: Twelve Titans, Karteria

Sponsors: Celestiam, Karteria

Category: Constitutional Amendment, Amendment, Legal Affairs

Affects: All Citizens and Residents of the NWI, The High Court


Acknowledging the great reforms implemented by GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) and the recent passage of the detailed GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”),

Noting however that the aforementioned legislation created certain questions of constitutionality and legality that must be promptly addressed,

Adding that certain additional judicial powers would be beneficial to the integrity and functionality of our Judicial System,

Assuring that this Resolution is in line with the intentions and spirit of the aforementioned legislation,

The General Assembly of the New West Indies hereby enacts the following:

  1. Amendments to the Constitution

    1. Chapter II Amendments

      1. The following is hereby adopted as Chapter II, §7, Paragraph 5 of the Constitution:
        “A nation may have the rights defined in this Section revoked, either temporarily or permanently, as the sentence for crimes committed by that nation.”

      2. Chapter II, §8 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
        “The right to freedom of expression is guaranteed. Freedom of expression entails the right to express, distribute, and receive information and opinions without prior prevention by anyone and to every nation's own conscience. However, nations players are not allowed to post anything that is either:

        1. obscene or illegal;

        2. instigative or encourages sedition or rebellion;

        3. malicious or defamatory towards another nation within or outside the New West Indies as well as their real-life players;

        4. malicious or defamatory towards anyone because of their a religious, political, national or ethnic groups religion, ethnicity, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
          malicious or defamatory towards others because of their sexual orientation or gender identity;

        5. threatening towards regional security; or

        6. that contains containing (sensitive) personal information about individual players using the NationStates website;
          or that violates the NationStates terms of service.

        This right to freedom of expression shall be disregarded if a resident or citizen has been convicted of a crime and is sentenced to an applicable restriction of their expression.

        This right to freedom of expression granted to the members of the New West Indies by this constitution does not replace or undermine the general terms of service laid down by the moderators and administrators of the NationStates website.”

      3. Chapter II, §9, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
        “The right to freedom of opinion is guaranteed. Every nation may choose their own ideology, flag, motto, classification, currency, national animal, leader, faith and banners. Neither the regional government nor the High Court may not deprive any nation of this freedom, except if it would violate the criteria set forth in §8 para. 1, or if they suspect the relevant nation to violate the general terms of service of NationStates.”

    2. Chapter III Amendments

      1. Chapter III, §12, Paragraph 2 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
        “The following nations are not eligible to serve as President of the General Assembly:

        1. the Secretary-General;

        2. any Cabinet member; and

        3. any member of the High Court; and

        4. any other nation that is controlled by the player who also controls either the Secretary-General, or any Cabinet member, or any member of the High Court.

      2. Chapter III, §13.5, Paragraph 5 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
        “If the targeted officeholder was an elected official, and there are more than fourteen days remaining in their term, the Founder shall promptly call a Special Election to fill the duration of the term. The shortened term will not count against any term limit. The impeacehd impeached official may not run in the Special Election. At least five days shall be allotted for campaigning, and the election itself shall last seventy-two hours. Regular elections shall not take precedence.”

    3. Chapter VI Amendments

      1. Chapter VI, §26, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
        “The High Court shall be housed in a dependency region, to be founded by a puppet of the Founder, Achipel, entitled “High Court of the New West Indies”, subject to the same laws of the New West Indies. Court information and records will be in pinned dispatches or on the World Factbook Entry to the dependency region, and the members of the Court shall have appropriate administrative authorities as determined by the Court.”

      2. The following is hereby adopted as Chapter VI, §28, Paragraph 5 of the Constitution:
        “The Chief Justice may not concurrently hold any office or position, leadership or subordinate, in any other branch of government.”

      3. The following is hereby adopted as Chapter VI, §28, Paragraph 6 of the Constitution:
        “The Chief Justice shall not vote on any Resolution of the General Assembly that would overturn a Judicial Decree.”

      4. Chapter VI, §29, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
        “Any nation accused of a Criminal or Civil offense shall retain the following rights:

        1. The right to refuse to testify against oneself.

        2. The right to be presumed not guilty until proven otherwise at trial.

        3. The right to present a defense.

        4. The right to not be tried twice for the same offense.

        5. The right to a public trial.

        6. The right to be notified of the charges against them at least one week three days before trial commences.”

      5. The following is hereby adopted as Chapter VI, §31 of the Constitution, to be entitled “Authority”:
        “The Court may impose bans or otherwise suspend or revoke the rights of nations as the sentence for commission of an Offense or for noncompliance with judicial proceedings where permitted by this Constitution and authorized by Resolutions of the General Assembly.

        The Court may adopt additional institutional procedures, rules, definitions, and policies through an administrative Judicial Decree, which may be overturned by a Resolution of the General Assembly.”

  2. Creation and Implementation of Judicial Offenses

    1. The following is hereby adopted as Section III, Subsection D of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Judicial Offenses are hereby defined as a Criminal, Civil, or State Offense committed against the judicial system. A Criminal, Civil, or State Offense may be additionally designated as a Judicial Offense by Resolution of the General Assembly. No Offense may be solely classified as a Judicial Offense.”

    2. The following is hereby adopted as Section III, Subsection D, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “This designation shall not affect the jurisdiction or potential remedies for the Offense.”

    3. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection E, Clause viii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “If a Judicial Offense may have been committed before the Court, the Court may file charges for the Judicial Offense against the nations responsible.”

    4. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection E, Clause viii, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “If the nation suspected of a Criminal Judicial Offense is the accused in a pending or ongoing pre-conviction Criminal case, and at least one week remains before trial, the Court may simply add the Criminal Judicial Offense charges to that case.”

    5. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection E, Clause viii, Subclause b of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “While the Court may file charges, it may not prosecute them.”

    6. The following is hereby adopted as Section VI, Subsection C, Clause iii, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Recusal shall not be required in cases of Judicial Offenses.”

    7. The following is hereby appended to Section I, Subsection J of GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”):
      “This Offense shall be designated as a Judicial Offense.”

    8. The following is hereby appended to Section I, Subsection Q of GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”):
      “This Offense shall be designated as a Judicial Offense.”

    9. The following is hereby appended to Section I, Subsection R of GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”):
      “This Offense shall be designated as a Judicial Offense.”

    10. The following is hereby appended to Section I, Subsection S of GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”):
      “This Offense shall be designated as a Judicial Offense.”

  3. Creation and Implementation of Government Offenses

    1. The following is hereby adopted as Section III, Subsection E of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Government Offenses are hereby defined as a Criminal Offense which is alleged to be committed while acting as in an official Executive, Legislative, or Judicial capacity. A Criminal Offense may be additionally designated as a Government Offense by Resolution of the General Assembly for Criminal Offenses which by definition can only be committed in an official capacity, however this shall not preclude other Criminal Offenses from being considered Government Offenses due to the situational factors of the specific allegation. No Offense may be solely classified as a Government Offense.”

    2. The following is hereby adopted as Section III, Subsection E, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “This designation shall not affect the jurisdiction or potential remedies for the Offense.”

    3. Section II, Subsection A of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Department of Internal Affairs shall appoint a Region’s Attorney, to serve as the sole Prosecutor in Non-Government Criminal cases, to defend the Accused in cases of Government Offenses if requested by the Accused, and to defend the Government in state cases.”

    4. Section II, Subsection A, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Region’s Attorney shall be the sole nation permitted to prosecute a Non-Government criminal offense.”

    5. The following is hereby adopted as Section II, Subsection B, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “The Public Attorney shall be the sole nation permitted to prosecute a Government Offense.”

    6. Section IV, Subsection A, Clause iii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “Upon receipt of a valid form for filing charges, the Court shall notify all parties involved of the accusations, including the Region’s Attorney in Criminal and State Cases State Cases and Non-Government Criminal Cases, and including the Public Attorney in cases of Government Offenses.

    7. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “Any nation may file criminal charges against another nation, however, the Region’s Attorney shall solely prosecute the case beyond that point, except in cases of Government Offenses, in which the Public Attorney shall solely prosecute.

    8. The following is hereby appended to Section I, Subsection H of GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”):
      “This Offense shall be designated as a Government Offense.”

    9. The following is hereby appended to Section I, Subsection O of GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”):
      “This Offense shall be designated as a Government Offense.”

  4. On Bans and Citizenship Status

    1. Section III, Subsection A, Clause vii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “A Full Ban is hereby defined as a combination of a Region Ban, an Offsite Ban for all offsite Systems, and Ineligibility Citizenship Suspension, either permanently, or for a set period of time, up to a Maximum of three years.”

    2. The following is hereby adopted as Section III, Subsection A, Clause xiv of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Any nation sentenced to a Region Ban of at least 14 days for a Felony offense shall also receive Citizenship Suspension for the duration of the ban.”

  5. On the Duties and Limitations of the Region’s Attorney and Public Attorney

    1. Section II, Subsection B of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Department of Internal Affairs shall appoint a Public Attorney to defend the accused in Non-Government Criminal cases, if requested by the accused, to prosecute in cases of Government Offenses, and to represent the accuser in state cases, if requested by the accuser.

    2. The following is hereby adopted as Section VI, Subsection A, Clause v of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “The Public Attorney shall not hold any other position within the Executive, the General Assembly (except as Member of the General Assembly), and/or the High Court.”

    3. The following is hereby adopted as Section VI, Subsection A, Clause vi of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Neither the Region’s Attorney nor the Public Attorney nor any of their respective staff may serve as such in any case in which they are the Accuser, the Accused, a witness, or otherwise party to the case outside their statutorily prescribed duties of representation. In such cases they must recuse themself.”

    4. The following is hereby adopted as Section VI, Subsection A, Clause vii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Neither the Region’s Attorney nor the Public Attorney nor any of their respective staff may serve as such in any case in which there is a present conflict of interest, or in which they would stand to personally and improperly benefit from a particular outcome of the case. In such a case, the official must recuse themself.”

    5. The following is hereby adopted as Section VI, Subsection A, Clause viii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “The Region’s Attorney, the Public Attorney, and/or any of their respective staff may, if there is a potential conflict of interest, recuse themself from a particular case, and the Department of Internal Affairs shall appoint a replacement.”

  6. On Witnesses and Discovery

    1. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection E, Clause ix of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “The Court shall be authorized to issue subpoenas to witnesses to order them to participate in the judicial proceedings.

      1. Either the Accuser or the Accused must first request the Court to issue the subpoena before the Court may issue it.

      2. No witness shall be permitted to testify without first having been issued a subpoena.

      3. All witnesses may be cross-examined by the opposing party (the party that did not file the subpoena request) in the case.

      4. No witness shall be required to submit self-incriminating testimony.”

    2. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause iv of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Court shall devise a standard discovery filing, in which the Region and the accused can submit their evidence and name witnesses by the set discovery deadline.”

    3. Section IV, Subsection C, Clause ii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Court shall additionally schedule a discovery deadline, no less than five two days after the complaint deadline, by which both parties must submit their evidence and name witnesses using the Court’s standard discovery deadline filing.”

    4. Section IV, Subsection D, Clause ii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Court shall additionally schedule a discovery deadline, no less than five two days after the complaint deadline, by which both parties must submit their evidence and name witnesses using the Court’s standard discovery deadline filing.”

    5. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection E, Clause x of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Should new evidence arise or witnesses come forward after the discovery deadline, parties to the case may request that the Court admit the new evidence or witnesses.

      1. The requesting party must sufficiently prove or explain as to why the evidence or witness could not be properly included previously in discovery.

      2. If the Court accepts the request, the Court shall issue a 72-hour recess to permit the opposing side to review the new information.”

  7. Streamlining of Judicial Proceedings

    1. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause ii (not including Subclauses) of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and replaced by the following:
      “After the Court issues notifications pursuant to Section IV, Subsection A, Clause iii of this Document, it shall promptly schedule a complaint deadline, no less than two days after the notification, by which the accuser must submit a written account of the alleged offense, including a citation to the statute defining the offense. The complaint must be specific and detailed enough for the Accused to make an informed plea decision, and if the Court finds a complaint to be insufficient or invalid, it shall reject it, and extend the complaint deadline if necessary.”

    2. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause ii, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and replaced by the following:
      “Following the submission of a sufficient and valid complaint, the Court shall compose a Telegram to the Accused, in which they shall be read the charges against them, informed of the statutes and sentences for each charge, provided with the complaint, and asked to enter a plea for each charge.”

    3. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause ii, Subclause b of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and replaced by the following:
      “At any time between the notification and the complaint deadline, the Accuser may file to add or drop charges.”

    4. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause iii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “If there are any charges to which an accused has pleaded not guilty, at the preliminary hearing the Court shall schedule a discovery deadline, for at least five two days after the preliminary hearing plea entry, and a fact-finding trial, at least five two days after the discovery deadline.”

    5. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause iii, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and replaced by the following:
      “At any time between the scheduling of a discovery deadline and the adjournment of trial the Accuser may file to drop charges.”

    6. Section IV, Subsection B, Clause vii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “After either a preliminary hearing in which the accused has pleaded guilty to all charges, or after a trial in which the accused was not found not guilty of all at least one charges, the Court will schedule a sentencing hearing for at least one day later but no longer than three days later.”

    7. Section IV, Subsection C, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “After the Court issues notifications pursuant to Section IV, Subsection A, Clause iii of this Document, it shall promptly schedule a complaint deadline, no less than five two days after the notification, by which the accuser must submit a written account of the alleged offense, including a citation to the statute defining the offense, and a statement outlining the alleged damages and requested remedy. The complaint must be specific and detailed, and if the Court finds a complaint to be insufficient or invalid, it shall reject it, and extend the complaint deadline if necessary.”

    8. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection C, Clause i, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “At any time between the notification and the complaint deadline, the Accuser may file to add or drop charges.”

    9. Section IV, Subsection C, Clause iii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Court shall additionally schedule a trial for no less than five two days after the discovery deadline.”

    10. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection C, Clause iii, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “At any time between the scheduling of a discovery deadline and the adjournment of trial the Accuser may file to drop charges.”

    11. Section IV, Subsection D, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “After the Court issues notifications pursuant to Section IV, Subsection A, Clause iii of this Document, it shall promptly schedule a complaint deadline, no less than five two days after the notification, by which the accuser must submit a written account of the alleged offense, including a citation to the statute defining the offense or the law(s) violated, and a statement outlining the alleged damages and the requested remedy. The complaint must be specific and detailed, and if the Court finds a complaint to be insufficient or invalid, it shall reject it, and extend the complaint deadline if necessary.

    12. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection D, Clause i, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “At any time between the notification and the complaint deadline, the Accuser may file to add or drop charges.”

    13. Section IV, Subsection D, Clause iii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “The Court shall additionally schedule a trial for no less than five two days after the discovery deadline.”

    14. The following is hereby adopted as Section IV, Subsection C, Clause iii, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “At any time between the scheduling of a discovery deadline and the adjournment of trial the Accuser may file to drop charges.”

  8. A New Process for Summary Suppressions

    1. Section II, Subsection D of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “If a nation is suspected of committing a Criminal Offense that would present an immediate threat to the security or well-being of the region if that nation were permitted to continue residing in the region during Criminal Proceedings, the Secretary-General may, pursuant to Sections 1 or 3 of the Constitution, the Secretary of Defense and Information may, pursuant to Section 3 of the Constitution, or the Founder may, pursuant to Section 23 of the Constitution, impose an indefinite Region Ban and/or Offsite Ban onto the suspected nation, and may suppress posts. These actions shall be known as Summary Bans and Summary Suppressions.

    2. Section II, Subsection D, Clause iii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and replaced with the following:
      “Within two days of the summary suppression of posts, the Region shall file a Notice of Summary Suppression with the Criminal Court.”

    3. The following is hereby adopted as Section II, Subsection D, Clause iii, Subclause a of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “The Court shall then issue a notification to the suspected nation informing them of the notice and asking them to the Court within seven days as to whether they consent to the suppression or wish to contest it, explaining the meaning of each choice as described under this Clause.”

    4. The following is hereby adopted as Section II, Subsection D, Clause iii, Subclause b of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “If the suspected nation consents to the suppression, the Founder or Secretary-General may continue suppressing the post at its discretion, and shall be informed of such.”

    5. The following is hereby adopted as Section II, Subsection D, Clause iii, Subclause c of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “If the suspected nation contests the suppression, the Founder or Secretary-General must either unsuppress the post within one day or charge the suspected nation for the offense, and shall be informed of such.”

    6. The following is hereby adopted as Section II, Subsection D, Clause iii, Subclause d of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “Consenting to a summary suppression in this manner shall not constitute an admission of guilt.”

  9. Other Amendments

    1. Section I, Subsection Q, item i of GAR#22 (“Criminal Code of the New West Indies”) is hereby amended as follows:
      “Publishes malicious, discriminatory, or defamatory content related to any person's religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, gender identity, age, nationality, ethnicity, race, skin tone, or any other factor of differentiation outside the control of the victim;”

    2. Section IV, Subsection E, Clause iii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and replaced with the following:
      “The Court shall admit private counsel

      1. to represent the accused in Criminal Cases, if provided by the accused;

      2. to represent the accuser in State Cases, if provided by the accuser; or

      3. to represent either the accuser or the accused in Civil Cases, if provided by the represented party”

    3. Section VI, Subsection C, Clause i of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and shall be left blank. The Clauses that follow shall not be renumbered.

    4. Section VI, Subsection C, Clause ii of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”) is hereby struck and shall be left blank. The Clauses that follow shall not be renumbered.

    5. The following is hereby adopted as Section VI, Subsection D, Clause iv of GAR#21 (“Establishment of a Judicial System”):
      “The Court shall assemble no jury to rule in or advise any ruling in any case.

      1. This shall not preclude the Court from permitting interested parties to file amicus curiae briefs.”

Appendix 1: Summary of Modifications to Chapter II of the Constitution

[...]

§07 - World Assembly Motions and Election of the World Assembly Delegate
(as amended on January 07, 2019)

The World Assembly delegate, abbreviated as WAD hereinafter, represents the New West Indies to the NationStates World Assembly.

The role of the WAD is purely representative and it does not endow the incumbent nation with any administrative or executive authority within the region.

Any nation, provided it is a member of the World Assembly, may allocate endorsements to other WA member nations according to its own discretion. Any nation may request other nations to endorse it, as long as it does not force other nations into doing so.

The WAD must vote on WA General Assembly resolutions according to the opinion of the region's members. Such opinion polls are open for all citizens of the New West Indies and their voting period is twenty-four (24) hours. The WAD is encouraged to create said polls. In the event that the opinion polls result in no consensus, the WAD must vote according to the opinion of the WA members within said polls. If the polls result in WA members having no consensus, only the WAD voting, or no votes, the WAD must vote on resolutions according to the current voting record of WA members on each resolution. If said voting record also has no consensus, the WAD may vote at its discretion.

A nation may have the rights defined in this Section revoked, either temporarily or permanently, as the sentence for crimes committed by that nation.

§08 - Freedom of Expression
(as amended on June 14, 2019)

The right to freedom of expression is guaranteed. Freedom of expression entails the right to express, distribute, and receive information and opinions without prior prevention by anyone and to every nation's own conscience. However, nations players are not allowed to post anything that is either:

  1. obscene or illegal;

  2. instigative or encourages sedition or rebellion;

  3. malicious or defamatory towards another nation within or outside the New West Indies;

  4. malicious or defamatory towards anyone because of their religion, ethnicity, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity;

  5. threatening towards regional security; or

  6. containing (sensitive) personal information about individual players;

This right to freedom of expression does not replace or undermine the general terms of service laid down by the moderators and administrators of the NationStates website.

This right to freedom of expression shall be disregarded if a resident or citizen has been convicted of a crime and is sentenced to an applicable restriction of their expression.

§09 - Freedom of Opinion and Ideology

The right to freedom of opinion is guaranteed. Every nation may choose their own ideology, flag, motto, classification, currency, national animal, leader, faith and banners. Neither the regional government nor the High Court may deprive any nation of this freedom, except if it would violate the criteria set forth in §8 para. 1, or if they suspect the relevant nation to violate the general terms of service of NationStates.

This right to freedom of opinion granted to the members of the New West Indies by this constitution does not replace or undermine the general terms of service laid down by the moderators and administrators of the NationStates website.

Appendix 2: Summary of Modifications to Chapter III of the Constitution

[...]

§12 - Presidency
(as amended on May 17, 2019)

[...]

The following nations are not eligible to serve as President of the General Assembly:

  1. the Secretary-General;

  2. any Cabinet member;

  3. any member of the High Court; and

  4. any other nation that is controlled by the player who also controls either the Secretary-General, any Cabinet member, or any member of the High Court.

    [...]

    §13.5 - Motions of No Confidence

    [...]

    If the targeted officeholder was an elected official, and there are more than fourteen days remaining in their term, the Founder shall promptly call a Special Election to fill the duration of the term. The shortened term will not count against any term limit. The impeached official may not run in the Special Election. At least five days shall be allotted for campaigning, and the election itself shall last seventy-two hours. Regular elections shall not take precedence.

Appendix 3: Summary of Modifications to Chapter VI of the Constitution

§26 - Establishment

The High Court shall be housed in a dependency region, to be founded by a puppet of the Founder, Achipel, entitled “High Court of the New West Indies”, subject to the same laws of the New West Indies. Court information and records will be in pinned dispatches or on the World Factbook Entry to the dependency region, and the members of the Court shall have appropriate administrative authorities as determined by the Court.

[...]

§28 - Chief Justice

[...]

The Chief Justice shall place a puppet in the High Court dependency region, which shall be granted Border Control and Communications authority.

The Chief Justice may not concurrently hold any office or position, leadership or subordinate, in any other branch of government.

The Chief Justice shall not vote on any Resolution of the General Assembly that would overturn a Judicial Decree.

§29 - Fundamental Rights of the Accused

Any nation accused of a Criminal or Civil offense shall retain the following rights:

  1. The right to refuse to testify against oneself.

  2. The right to be presumed not guilty until proven otherwise at trial.

  3. The right to present a defense.

  4. The right to not be tried twice for the same offense.

  5. The right to a public trial.

  6. The right to be notified of the charges against them at least three days before trial commences.”

[...]

§31 - Authority
The Court may impose bans or otherwise suspend or revoke the rights of nations as the sentence for commission of an Offense or for noncompliance with judicial proceedings where permitted by this Constitution and authorized by Resolutions of the General Assembly.

The Court may adopt additional institutional procedures, rules, definitions, and policies through an administrative Judicial Decree, which may be overturned by a Resolution of the General Assembly.

Read dispatch

The Empire of New Sistonia

Reno Sheriffs Department wrote:

Commencement of Operation Ohm and the Beginning of the Red Resistance

<START CLASSIFIED TRANSMISSION>
"Ok men, commence Operation Ohm."
"Remember, are orders are strictly defense and extraction, save as many lives out there as possible."
<END CLASSIFIED TRANSMISSION>

The few Elite Troopers looked around at their robotic companions in the troop carrier silently, until Captain Val speaks.

"Heh, at least these new droid units don't complain as much as the recruits back on Earth, eh Haskell?" Corporal Haskell replies

"Yeah, but none of them find any of my jokes funny, and that's a problem." "Corporal, nobody finds you funny," Val replies with a smirk.

Suddenly Val recieves a transmission, *bzz* "Captain Val, you and the rest of Wraith Squad will make your way through the colonies and extract as many civilians as possible.

Deal with resistance on your way, we won't know the extent of the damage until we get out of FTL, so stay alert for anything."
"Thanks, Lieutenant."
Captain Val addresses her men. "Alright, listen up our job is to get as many civilians out of harms way as possible, if they are military, assist but don't extract, and if they resist we have clearance to eliminate. And watch each other's back, we are in and out, got it?"

The squad nods in agreement, "Yes, sir."

---Some time later---

The Droid Fleet FTL'd into a chaotic scene about Alpha Centauri V, the droid ships were small, but numerous, and wasn't there to explicitly engage the enemy fleets, only to defend their carriers, they were holding out for the time being.

The sky was seemingly ablaze, the Sistonian and Ventus fleets have been engaged for what seemed like days, and the results on the ground were catastrophic. The colony was ravaged by crashing ships, whole neighborhoods were burning, and the sky was more ash than air.

Captain Val surveyed the scene stoically, "Check these buildings for survivors!" The droid troops used their enhanced strength to easily move large chunks of rubble out of the way. Val was surprised with how useful and lifelike these bots were, and how effective they were compared to her elite troops.

The droids opened a residential home to discover two civilian bodies huddled in a gruesome embrace, charred almost beyond recognition. Val stopped for awhile. "Sir, what do we do with them?" Haskell said solemnly and broke Val from her distraction. "Go look for survivors, there's bound to be more people that need our help."

Then Val speaks up, "Wait! I think I heard something." Walking across the wreckage, she opens a hidden closet door, barely holding together. Inside a frightened girl scrambles away from her. Val signals her men to go away. She takes off her helmet, and kneels down. "Hello, my name is Val, we're here to help."

The girl covered in soot coughs and replies "Do you know where my family is?" "Did they get away?" "Val considers lying but can't bring herself to, "No child, I don't think so." The child runs to Val uncontrollably sobbing and embraces her. Val loses her composure for just a second, as tears well up in her eyes.

"Listen. I am going to get you out of here, and make sure you're alright." Val sadness is quickly replaced with anger, as she thinks to herself, "They will pay for this."

----
<OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF RSD>
Greetings leaders and nations of our galaxy. It is with great importance that we transmit this to you.

The Government of RSD, and we're sure many of you are shocked by the aggression and war mongering of

Ventus Prime, and New Sistonia. We considered neutrality in this war,

but have come to the conclusion that the humanitarian costs are too great, and the lives that would be lost would be too much for us to bear.

The people of RSD cannot sit by while thousands of lives are lost in the the crossfire in what our Government considers to be a "petty squabble."

Therefore, it is with sadness, but great virtue the nation of RSD enacts the following.

Declaration of War:

The nation of Reno Sheriffs Department, officially declares war against New Sistonia and Ventus Prime.
Goals:
To protect civilians.
To end the war between New Sistonia and Ventus Prime with an amicable ceasefire.
To protect Neutral parties from the war.

Founding the Red Resistance:

The nation of Reno Sheriffs Department, officially founds a military alliance entitled "Red Resistance"

We invite all neutral nations to join our cause and to join our military alliance.

Ventus Prime wrote:

A few days later...

Galactic City

A meeting was currently being held between the Chancellor, the heads of the army and navy, as well as Foreign Minister Wilmhar. “There’s no point in sugarcoating it, the operation was a complete disaster,” Chancellor Shadow said. “We should be lucky we only lost the ships we did, though Admiral Trench’s death was a great loss. What do we know about New Sistonia’s movements at the moment?”

“So far it has been quiet,” the head of the navy replied. “But a counterattack is more than likely...the good news is our newest ships are ready to be deployed.”

“Good, I believe we need to double our numbers on every planet we have,” Shadow replied. “For now, lets see what move they make. And our ground forces?”

“Our forces are ready, whether to defend or invade,” the head of the army replied. “We can strike any imperial planet at a moment’s notice. The enemy has a slight advantage when it comes to their walkers but they’re no challenge against a demolition team or a bomber squadron.”

“And Reno Sheriffs Department?”

“They want an end to the war and are willing to fight both sides,” Wilmhar said. “After this meeting I will try to get into contact with them and see if we can find a diplomatic solution without bloodshed. But your Excellency, if I may say something?”

“Go ahead.”

“It’s clear that New Sistonia will only attack when provoked so they ultimately don’t wish this war against us...perhaps we can talk things out before this war escalates?”

The Chancellor was quiet for a moment. “I understand your reasons, Minister, but look at it from my view. A nation that feels like they’re being ignored vamps up their military to earn respect is abhorrent. Do you really think with a military like that that they’ll stop there? Surely you’ve read about the Second World War on Earth about 200 years ago?”

“Of course sir...and you think the Emperor is comparable?”

“I have only met him a few times but listening to his words, I feel he’s willing to crush others underneath his boot if it will help gain respect. I want people to know that Ventus Prime is a beacon of hope, of freedom and that we do this because if not us, then who?”

“I hope you’re right about all this your Excellency...”

Imperial Palace, Alpha Centauri III

The Emperor had called a meeting of his highest ranking officials to the palace. The war had started off on a good start, but now they must solidify victory. There was also the matter of yet another power declaring war on the Empire that had to be discussed, as well as dealing with unwelcome guests.

"My Emperor, it seems that we are back up to full operations," claimed General Rolf, "the shipyards is operation, but still needs some repairs. We managed to fix what little damage our navy received, and are now ready for further orders. I suggest leaving two fleets in each system for defense and using the Ninth and Tenth fleets for our first attack. We also have our first 'group' ready to be picked up from Evfrippe II."

"Actually my Emperor, if I may I would like to bring up a dissenting opinion. I have received word that there are those who believe that we should not be in this war. Why are we even in this war my lord?" questioned Foreign Minister Terry.

"We are in this war Minister Terry because the Empire has become the envy of others. That envy led them to treat us as inferior. So, we decided to build up our military in order to protect ourselves and our territories in case we were attacked. So that they would no longer disregard us as we were weak. But, as soon as we started to build up our defenses from foreign invaders, they showed their true colors and attacked us. You see Minister Terry, we do not want this war, and to ensure that it never happens again, we will crush our enemy to deter others. You may take your seat Minister Terry." the Emperor exclaimed.

"My lord, if I may, Military Intelligence has found a perfect target to test our new forces on. The planet Kapteyn should be a target that we can take my lord."

"Ah, yes Admiral Tion. I believe that we shall go forward with that plan. You and General Rolf shall go to Evfrippe II and gather what is required. Oh, and Admiral, congratulations on your latest victory. I expect more accomplishments from you as the war continues."

"Yes my lord." With that, General Rolf and Admiral Tion prepared for their next objective and left the Imperial palace.

"Now Minister Terry, perhaps you can provide us with what happened on Centauri V?"

"Y-yes my lord. It appears as though the Renos wish to end this war between us and Ventus. While no fighting has occurred between our forces and theirs, it appears that that could change at any minute. It also appears that they are using robotics. Military Intelligence believes that they will be using robotics as the majority of their forces. Due to this, we believe that in possible future engagements, they will need sorts of relay stations or command centers. They will be the most heavily fortified, but will allow us to cripple their forces for a time in actual combat. However, it seems that they do not want to fight as of yet."

"Good, let them know that if they wish to go to war, we will defend our people and destroy all aggressors. If they truly wish to end this war, they should convince the aggressor to stop their war on us. I do wish for our weapons development teams to figure out a method to deploy some sort of countermeasure for our ground forces to use to fry their robotic forces in a large area. I believe we should call the project Droid Poppers."

"Very well my Lord." With that, Minister Terry left to carry out the Emperor's will. Finally two sat at the table.

"Agent Jennivive (Code name Cornelius), how is progress with our patient going? And how has the investigation been going?"

"My lord, progress with the patient has been better than expected. He is willing to sell out most of his organization for us to stop. We believe that those he works for will try to betray us in any deals, which is why we already have measures in place. The subject will be in our hands no matter the cost. As for the investigation, we have found multiple mules trying to sell highly engineered drugs in our further systems. They believed that their fake ID chips would get them undetected, but we try to keep that as quiet as possible. During our investigation, we believe that we now know where the drugs are coming from and will soon set a trap. We have also begun investigating into a cure for the addiction. But, as ordered, after we find what we need we string them up for all to see."

"Very good. I expect your team to rid the Empire of this blight agent. If you cannot, I will find someone who can."

With that, the conference ended. The Empire was about to make it's next move on Ventus, we would clearly lay out our terms with Reno and prepare for war if need be, and the Empire would finally be cleaned up from whatever darkness managed to slither in through the cracks.

The Galactic Republic of Ventus Prime

New Sistonia wrote:Imperial Palace, Alpha Centauri III

The Emperor had called a meeting of his highest ranking officials to the palace. The war had started off on a good start, but now they must solidify victory. There was also the matter of yet another power declaring war on the Empire that had to be discussed, as well as dealing with unwelcome guests.

"My Emperor, it seems that we are back up to full operations," claimed General Rolf, "the shipyards is operation, but still needs some repairs. We managed to fix what little damage our navy received, and are now ready for further orders. I suggest leaving two fleets in each system for defense and using the Ninth and Tenth fleets for our first attack. We also have our first 'group' ready to be picked up from Evfrippe II."

"Actually my Emperor, if I may I would like to bring up a dissenting opinion. I have received word that there are those who believe that we should not be in this war. Why are we even in this war my lord?" questioned Foreign Minister Terry.

"We are in this war Minister Terry because the Empire has become the envy of others. That envy led them to treat us as inferior. So, we decided to build up our military in order to protect ourselves and our territories in case we were attacked. So that they would no longer disregard us as we were weak. But, as soon as we started to build up our defenses from foreign invaders, they showed their true colors and attacked us. You see Minister Terry, we do not want this war, and to ensure that it never happens again, we will crush our enemy to deter others. You may take your seat Minister Terry." the Emperor exclaimed.

"My lord, if I may, Military Intelligence has found a perfect target to test our new forces on. The planet Kapteyn should be a target that we can take my lord."

"Ah, yes Admiral Tion. I believe that we shall go forward with that plan. You and General Rolf shall go to Evfrippe II and gather what is required. Oh, and Admiral, congratulations on your latest victory. I expect more accomplishments from you as the war continues."

"Yes my lord." With that, General Rolf and Admiral Tion prepared for their next objective and left the Imperial palace.

"Now Minister Terry, perhaps you can provide us with what happened on Centauri V?"

"Y-yes my lord. It appears as though the Renos wish to end this war between us and Ventus. While no fighting has occurred between our forces and theirs, it appears that that could change at any minute. It also appears that they are using robotics. Military Intelligence believes that they will be using robotics as the majority of their forces. Due to this, we believe that in possible future engagements, they will need sorts of relay stations or command centers. They will be the most heavily fortified, but will allow us to cripple their forces for a time in actual combat. However, it seems that they do not want to fight as of yet."

"Good, let them know that if they wish to go to war, we will defend our people and destroy all aggressors. If they truly wish to end this war, they should convince the aggressor to stop their war on us. I do wish for our weapons development teams to figure out a method to deploy some sort of countermeasure for our ground forces to use to fry their robotic forces in a large area. I believe we should call the project Droid Poppers."

"Very well my Lord." With that, Minister Terry left to carry out the Emperor's will. Finally two sat at the table.

"Agent Jennivive (Code name Cornelius), how is progress with our patient going? And how has the investigation been going?"

"My lord, progress with the patient has been better than expected. He is willing to sell out most of his organization for us to stop. We believe that those he works for will try to betray us in any deals, which is why we already have measures in place. The subject will be in our hands no matter the cost. As for the investigation, we have found multiple mules trying to sell highly engineered drugs in our further systems. They believed that their fake ID chips would get them undetected, but we try to keep that as quiet as possible. During our investigation, we believe that we now know where the drugs are coming from and will soon set a trap. We have also begun investigating into a cure for the addiction. But, as ordered, after we find what we need we string them up for all to see."

"Very good. I expect your team to rid the Empire of this blight agent. If you cannot, I will find someone who can."

With that, the conference ended. The Empire was about to make it's next move on Ventus, we would clearly lay out our terms with Reno and prepare for war if need be, and the Empire would finally be cleaned up from whatever darkness managed to slither in through the cracks.

Macbeth, Third Planet in the Kapetyn System

The planet of Macbeth was an industrial planet which contained a shipyard for the Praetor and Nebula-class ships of the Ventuan Navy as well as a large space station and multiple smaller defense stations.

Currently, there were two fleets stationed, the Seventh and Twelfth Fleets though other fleets were stationed nearby in the system.

Admiral Holdo of the Agitator of the Seventh Fleet had just received new orders and upon turning off her the holoprojector in her cabin, she could only let out a sigh. She hadn’t known Trench for long but heard he was a very capable leader. The events of Alpha Centauri V clearly showed High Command hadn’t prepared properly for what the enemy had in store. Now it seemed they were getting their act together. As for her, she was not going to let the same thing happen to her fleet, or anyone else’s for that matter.

She then contacted her second-in-command. “Commodore Issa?”

“Yes Admiral?” the young woman’s voice came through.

“Command has just sent us new orders. I want the fleet to be on full alert. No doubt the other fleets have been contacted as well.”

“Is there an attack coming?”

“Unclear, but it sounds like the Imperials may counterattack. What other fleets are in the area?”

“I believe the Fifth and...the Fourteenth.”

“Tell them I wish to have them brought here...maybe I’m being paranoid but I want us to be prepared and ready. The Imperials are not afraid to put their chips into one big gamble.”

“I’ll notify them at once Admiral.”

The Federal Republic of Reno Sheriffs Department

OOC: Droid Poppers sound like a tasty treat

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