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by The Venetian Doge of Republic of Atlantis. . 191 reads.

**OFFICIAL** Venetian Constitution

This Constitution hereby establishes the Thalassocratic Republic of Venice;

EXECUTIVE

The Doge of Venice

(E1) The ultimate executive authority in Venice shall be the Doge, Atlantis Tiberius. He shall be the commander-in-chief and head diplomat of Venice.

(E2) The Doge shall have the power over ejections/banishments from the region, the power to make treaties, declare war, direct our military, engage in diplomacy, and appoint executive officeholders.

(E3) The Doge shall have speaking rights within the Consiglio dei Pregadi and be allowed to propose laws and constitutional amendments to the body — though he shall not have a vote. The Doge may also temporarily serve as Chair of the Consiglio when the position of Grand Chancellor is vacant or up for election.

(E4) Shall the Consiglio ever enter a great decline, where it does not have the membership or ability to function, the Doge may adjourn and empty the body — calling fresh elections for the initial three members when it is possible to do so.

Supreme Council

(E5) The Doge shall have the power to appoint ‘Councilors’ to the ‘Supreme Council’ which shall be the executive cabinet of Venice.

(E6) The Council shall have portfolios in recruitment, military, foreign affairs, and any other areas the Doge sees as necessary and proper.

(E7) All Council appointments shall be affirmed by a majority vote of the Consiglio dei Pregadi.

LEGISLATURE

(L1) The ultimate legislative authority in Venice shall be invested into a Consiglio dei Pregadi, whose members shall be referred to as ‘Senators’.

(L2) The initial three members of the Consiglio shall be elected by popular vote. The body shall then become a self-electing democratic house where any citizen may apply for membership.

(L3) Any citizen may apply to be a member of the Consiglio. Applicants to the Consiglio shall go through an application process including questioning by the existing Senators, concluding with a vote of the full body where 2/3rds must agree on admittance.

(L4) The Consiglio may not grow to be larger than 25% of the total number of nations within the region, unless an applicant is granted a specific waiver from the Doge.

(L5) The Consiglio shall be responsible for providing a democratic check on the powers of the Doge. This includes confirming executive appointments, ratifying treaties and declarations of war, and challenging other executive actions.

(L6) The Consiglio shall have the exclusive power to initiate impeachment proceedings against the Doge or other executive officer. If a vote for impeachment achieves a 3/4ths majority among Senators, the case shall be sent to the people where a 2/3rds majority shall be required to remove the official from office.

(L7) The Consiglio shall be the body of origin for any regional laws or constitutional amendments. Unless otherwise specified, all actions of the Consiglio shall be determined by a simple majority vote of those Senators present.

(L8) Every 30 days, the Consiglio shall elect one of their members to serve as ‘Grand Chancellor’. The Grand Chancellor shall be responsible for chairing the Consiglio including: moderating discussions, calling votes, declaring the result of said votes, and representing all other Senators in discussions with the Doge.

JUDICIAL

The Quarantia

(J1) The Quarantia shall be the Supreme Court of Venice, led by a Chief Magistrate who is elected by the Consiglio dei Pregadi for a term of 60 days.

(J2) The Chief Magistrate shall be the presiding officer over all trials and complaints.

(J3) Any citizen may bring forth a complaint to the attention of the Chief Magistrate. The Chief Magistrate’s judgment shall be the court of first instance. All citizens shall also have the right to appeal, which shall be heard by a jury of their peers.

(J4) The Chief Magistrate shall always conduct fair trials, allowing all sides to testify and call witnesses and explain their respective cases.

HONORS

(H1) The Council of Forty shall be considered the highest honorific of Venice, signaling longevity and commitment to the Republic. The initial forty seats shall be given to the first forty nations within the region, with the Doge appointing new members periodically when vacancies occur.

(H2) The Doge, Grand Chancellor, and Chief Magistrate may create awards and honors to bestow to citizens within their respective branches of government.

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