United States of the Internet

The United States of the Internet

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The United States of the Internet Constitution

PREAMBLE

There shall be a political community on the Internet which shall be known as the United States of the Internet. It shall work to promote a fascination, understanding, and appreciation within the American people of the freedoms of their country as illustrated in the United States Constitution, and to promote the freedoms, truths, and God-given rights recognized as universal by the crafters of that Constitution.

The following is the complete system in which the USI is governed. It may not be changed no matter how many times the board's Ownership, Government, or Administration changes hands without going through its prescribed process.

DIVISION I. THE USI AS PART OF THE INTERNET

ARTICLE 1-1

General Administration

Subarticle 1.1.1. >Those who are members of the Administration shall not be granted power in the government of the USI for being a member of that body.

Subarticle 1.1.2. >The board Constitution may only be changed if an amendment is made. The board Administration may not, nor the board Government, make any changes in the Constitution without conducting the process prescribed in this Constitution.

Subarticle 1.1.3. >There must be at all times a single Chief Administrator chosen between the Owner and the people. If the initial Owner shall wish to appoint himself as that Administrator, it is allowed to him. After the initial Owner, it is allowed within the approval of thirty percent of the USI members. If he shall wish to appoint some other to that job, it must be approved by the majority of members on the USI. The Chief Administrator shall have the authority, which is lacking of the Owner unless he has appointed himself as that Administrator, to choose and expel Moderators, of which no amount is required. Other Administrators shall be appointed by the Owner with the approval of ten percent of USI members. Any Administrator may be expelled by the Owner without approval of the people.

Subarticle 1.1.4. >There shall be no deletions or editing of posts made in any public forum under the control of the USI made by and relating to either the Government of the USI or the Media of the USI.

Subarticle 1.1.5. >No person may at any time change the Constitution unlawfully, however, the Owner may delete or change the entire community, so that it no longer exists, or operates under a completely different name and subject, if only twenty or less regular members frequent it. The USI may also be deleted, or changed, if there is a board-wide vote over a period of one month and sixty five percent of the members vote to do so.

Subarticle 1.1.6. >In which case a member of the Administration is in office, he may not participate in his powers as outlined in Subarticle 2.4.5.

ARTICLE 1-2

Owner

Subarticle 1.2.1. >An Owner is not exempt from any rules, nor shall he be denied rights allowed to any member of this site unless specifically prescribed in this Constitution.

Subarticle 1.2.2. >An Owner may not run for any Government role unless given permission by sixty five percent of the Supreme Court and both houses of Congress, or by sixty five percent of each house of Congress. If elected to any Government office, he may only be elected for two terms of that office consecutively, after which he must wait two terms of that office to run for that office again, or any other office. Every time an Owner may wish to run for any office, it must be approved as prescribed previously, unless he is running for re-election, whereas it must be approved by the majority of the Supreme Court alone.

Subarticle 1.2.3. >Owners may transfer their Ownership of the board at any time for any reason, yet the new owner must be approved by the majority of the people.

ARTICLE 1-3

Administrator

Subarticle 1.3.1. >The Administrator is subject to the same regulations prescribed in Subrticles 1.2.1. & 1.2.2.

ARTICLE 1-4

Moderator

Subarticle 1.4.1. >A Moderator is not exempt from any rules, nor shall he be denied rights allowed to any member of this site unless specifically prescribed in this Constitution.

Subarticle 1.4.2. >A Moderator, if elected to any Government office, may only be elected for two terms of that office with the initial approval of the Supreme Court, after which he must wait one term of that office to run for any office again.

DIVISION II. THE USI AS A GOVERNMENT

ARTICLE 2-1

General Government

Subarticle 2.1.1. >The Government and community as a whole must be subject to the regulations, situations, and traditions prescribed in the United States Constitution, as well as all freedoms outlined in that document, unless an amendment is made to the board Constitution, or any other rule in the board Constitution overrides it.

Subarticle 2.1.2. >One year on the community shall equal three months in real time, therefore if elected to a term as President, that equals one year in that office.

Subarticle 2.1.3. >Members elected to Government positions are automatically in power as soon as the Administrator makes his announcement of the election results, and they have officially posted (within their appropriate public forums) their oaths of office if needed.

Subarticle 2.1.4. >One may run for any office without being nominated, but if nominated a person must be nominated by his own party.

Subarticle 2.1.5. >There is no limit to the amount of terms as President, however if an Administrator, Moderator, or Owner were to occupy the office of President they would have to follow the term restrictions of their own jobs.

Subarticle 2.1.6. >When vacancies happen in the representation from any state or section, the President shall appoint those to fill such vacancies, unless that state or section may have an Executive Authority, who in turn would fill the vacancies.

ARTICLE 2-2

The Elections

Subarticle 2.2.1. >Any changes in this Constitution having to do with the election process are not put into effect until after the next election is finished.

Subarticle 2.2.2. >The Presidential elections shall, as in all elections, take place over a period of one week after the voters have been given their notice. The ballots shall be sent via e-mail to the Chief Administrator, who is the official counter of the ballots, as well as to the official verifier of the results, who shall have been appointed by the party opposite the Chief Administratorís own, or in which case he is an Independent, by both major parties. The verifier may not be in the Administration, in any Government position, nor may he be running for any Government position. In which case the amount of members makes the previous impossible, the votes may be sent to the Executive Authorities of the several states and their verifiers respectively.

Subarticle 2.2.3. >Presidential Candidates may be chosen by each party in their own preferred fashion. Vice Presidential Candidates are appointed by the Presidential Candidate, the choice being made clear before elections have taken place. Those who vote for President are in turn voting for his Vice President, while voting for one and not the other will not be accepted.

Subarticle 2.2.4. >Presidents are chosen by electoral vote, not so that the people may appoint electors to choose the President, but that they shall in deed vote within their sections or states, which shall cast an immediate block of votes for whatever candidate has received that stateís victory. The amounts of electoral votes for each section or state, which must all be cast for a single ticket, is decided by dividing the number of members within that state by five, and counting this number, rounded to the nearest one, as its electoral votes. The amount of electoral votes a state or section may have, is set for that election at the date seven days after the final nominations have been made for major party Presidential Candidates.

Subarticle 2.2.5. >Anyone who becomes a member of this community for the first time, when they are registered after seven days have passed since the final nominations of major party Presidential Candidates have been completed, (major parties defined as parties with at least thirty percent of members of the USI as being registered in that party at the time the nominations have been made official,) may not vote in the immediate Presidential election to which those candidates have been nominated.

ARTICLE 2-3

Organization

Subarticle 2.3.1. > The USI shall not begin to function within the traditional geographic restrictions of the United States, if it is impossible to do so. The following shall be the "states" of the United States of the Internet, given to simplify the Government process in which case too few people are participating to include all regular states; East, South, Midwest, Southwest, Great West, and Non Continental.

They include:

EAST-Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.

SOUTH- Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

MIDWEST- Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota.

SOUTHWEST- Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

GREAT WEST- South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

NON CONTINENTAL- Alaska, and Hawaii.

In which case it becomes possible to narrow geographic restrictions further to some point in between these sections and the traditional states, it shall be done accordingly as approved by Congress, or in which case the people may find Congress is not rightly fair in this matter, by the majority of the people in the section or sections involved. After the traditional states have been put into effect, they shall remain so, unless changed due to population as approved by Congress. These changes shall be recorded in this section of the Constitution as they occur.

In which case a state, as being part of a section, may have at least five percent of the national population as being from that area, may force the Congress to recognize it as being a seperate state from that section, if they do not already do so and if the majority of the section as a whole does not allow them independent status. The Congress or the section as a whole may recognize states as being independent which may have less than five percent of the national population being from that state, in which case it is seen as having enough people to constitute a state.

Subarticle 2.3.2. >One Congressman, for the House of Representatives, for each section or state on the USI is required, as well as one Congressman for the amount equaling ten percent of the members in that state or section. This means that if a state or section has ten members, it is given two seats in the House of Representatives, or if it has nine members, it is given one seat.

Subarticle 2.3.3. >For every seat a state or section may have within the House of Representatives, it shall be divided into as many districts, each district controlling one such seat. The members shall be assigned their own districts as they register within the community. District changes in relation to USI population, and other such matters of districts shall be headed within each state or section by the Senators from that state or section, with the cooperation of the Administration, unless that state may have an Executive Authority, under which circumstances he and his Administration shall be entrusted with such responsibilities. In which case a state or section is without Senators or an Executive Authority, these issues must be decided upon by a majority of the people from the sections involved.

Subarticle 2.3.4. >Immediately after the Senators shall be assembled in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes. The seats of the Senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second board year in that office, of the second class at the expiration of the fourth, and of the third class at the expiration of the sixth so that one third may be chosen every second board year.

ARTICLE 2-4

Judicial Related Matters

Subarticle 2.4.1. >The Supreme Court shall be entrusted the following powers:

*The power to judge all legal disputes; to decide what is Constitutional.

*The power to judge all law breakings not related to the Government on the USI.

The Supreme Court does not have the following power:

*The power to Impeach Government officials.

The Supreme Court shares the following power:

*The power to take a member of the Administration out of power, as in Moderators or an Administrator, which is shared with the people. Fifteen percent of the people must agree a Moderator (Twenty Three for an Administrator) should be taken out of office, after which the case is sent to the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court decides to take him out of office, it is done, however if they decide otherwise, the people may still take him out of office if sixty three percent agree during a week's vote. An Owner may not be voted out as Owner, but may be voted out as Administrator.

Subarticle 2.4.2. >In which case the Supreme Court may make a decision or some delcaration, which is perceived as being wrong, incorrect, or unjust, it may be overridden by the Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses agree. In such a case, this decision is voided, yet not replaced by any other decision. This nullifying of the Supreme Court's decision may be undone by sixty percent of the public in a week long popular vote, yet the decision itself may not be voided by the people in such a manner. In turn, the original decision would stand.

Subarticle 2.4.3. >Every twelve board years each Justice of the Supreme Court may be in office, he is subject to re-approval by the Senate in order to keep that job for another twelve board years.

Subarticle 2.4.4. >1. When under circumstances during which a Judicial system is not in place, any question of a violation or the restrictions set forth in this document, shall be decided by the members, who shall also decide whether to reverse the violation.

2. Any person who believes they have witnessed a Constitutional violation may start a vote.

3. The vote will last one month. If the majority of voters agree that the action was Unconstitutional, it is overturned.

4. This stands only when the Supreme Court is non existent.

Subarticle 2.4.5. >In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public (if the accused wishes it public) trial, by the impartial Supreme Court, or an impartial jury of members. The members of such a jury would have to be agreed upon by both the defense and the prosecution. In which case the trial was not public, the fact that the accused has gone to trial would be announced. However, there shall only be a criminal prosecution;

A) A member or group must bring up charges against the accused, after which the accused shall be guaranteed a private and totally secret (if secrecy is wished) preliminary hearing, in which case the public would not be notified.

B) The preliminary hearing would either be the responsibility of the board Administration as run by the Administrator and Moderators, or a special three person jury for such hearings which would have to have been previously appointed by congress. The accused shall decide which of the previous options is used. The most impartial Administrator, Moderator, or juryman would run the hearing. In which case all were impartial, the Administrator, or Moderator/juryman with most seniority, would run such a hearing.

C) If in this hearing, it is felt there is enough evidence to go to trial, the accused shall go to trial. If it is decided there is not enough evidence, the accused shall not go to trial.

D) However, if the accused is sent to trial, yet finds new evidence supporting his innocence, there is another such secret hearing. If the accused is not sent to trial, yet the prosecution is able to come up with new evidence, there is another such secret hearing. The Supreme Court and the public would not be notified, if secrecy is wished and the accused would go to trial, until three days have gone by and the accused has not found anything to support his case. In which case the accused never goes to trial, the public may not be notified by anyone other than the accused.

E) In which case this new hearing happened, the body not used in the previous hearing would be notified and would run a new hearing if it considers one necessary. If the accused wishes to use the previous body, he may do so if the prosecution approves.

F In which case it is still felt there is not enough evidence, the accused is free from continuing that process, yet if it is felt there is enough evidence the accused goes to trial.

ARTICLE 2-5

The Amendment Process

Subarticle 2.5.1. >If there is no active Government on the board, then anyone may suggest an amendment, which may pass if sixty five percent of the voters agree to pass that amendment. If there is an active government, then an amendment may be suggested either by Congress, whenever sixty five percent of both Houses agree, or suggested by at least ten percent of the people, politicians or not. If two thirds are won in Congress, then another vote is given within the two houses, this time requiring three fourths of both Houses to agree, which would in turn pass the amendment. In which case tne percent suggest an amendment, a one week vote takes place, each person, regardless of political power, voting within his own state or section. Votes would then be counted within each such section, in turn, by popular vote, giving each one vote either for or against. If in the case of few members, there is a tie within a section, then the House members for that section vote, no matter if they have voted previously for said amendment, and break the tie. If they in turn tie, then the Senators from that section break the tie. If they again tie, then the section is counted as having a single neutral vote. If all sections tie, then the President makes the final decision on that amendment.

Subarticle 2.5.2. >In which case there is no active Government, and sixty five percent of the members' votes are needed to pass an amendment, that vote takes place for exactly thirty days to the minute after the original amendment was suggested, or if the amendment was edited at any time during the process, thirty days to the minute after that.

Subarticle 2.5.3. >Any amendments made to the actual Constitution of The United States of America after the United States of the Internet was founded would not be legal under the USI Constitution unless ratified by the actual USI through its regular amendment process.

DIVISION III. FURTHER IMPORTANT SPECIFICATIONS

ARTICLE 3-1

Notes and Important Specifications

Subarticle 3.1.1. >There shall be a national weblog owned and governed by the United States of the Internet, which, run as a Republic by the people of the USI, shall work to better fulfill the promises of the Preamble, and to otherwise increase the participation of those involved with this community in the world at large. This blog shall focus on actual politics of the real world, and shall be headed by the President's Administration. The following shall have the freedom to participate regularly and casually in the blog, for as long as they are in their respective offices, unless this power is taken away from them personally by Congress for reasons of corruption: President; Vice President; Presidential Cabinet-Only Including Heads of Various Departments; Speaker of the House; President Pro Tempore; Chief Justice; Chief Administrator of the Simulation, who shall have total power over the physical aspects of the blog. There shall also be one other single participator, who shall be elected to terms of six real months at a time, by popular vote. Only those not holding Government office or an office in the Administration may vote for this participator. Any other entries to the blog may be accepted only with approval of the Congress, in which case the Presidential vote is not included.

Subarticle 3.1.2. >Cloning (As defined as one person creating two or more accounts in order to sabotage or otherwise confuse the workings of the community) is illegal on the USI. The Owner, Administrators, and the Supreme Court are given the power to enforce this amendment in whatever ways they deem proper.

Subarticle 3.1.3. >A person not occupying the United States may not participate in the Government process, yet may participate in political debate.

Subarticle 3.1.4. >Anyone may start a facsimile of media in relation to the USI, on the USI, including television programs, newspapers, or other such outlets, unless they are currently occupying a Government office.

Subarticle 3.1.5. >No mandatory dues or tax may be instated by the USI upon its members or prospective members, in order that they may be members, or for any other actions those members may wish to participate in, which may be necessary for their experience within this political community.

Subarticle 3.1.6. >In which case the political community is without an adequate amount of members to begin its Governing as described in this Constitution, it may still begin running if sixty five percent of the sections or states have at least enough people willing to fill both houses of Congress. If this occurs, the vacant seats would be left vacant. In which case this is impossible, there shall be a temporary Congress, in order for legislation to be passed, until enough people arrive to begin the real Congress. This body shall not under any circumstances remain in place when enough people wish to run under the true circumstances of this document. This will by no means change the official system of the USI when that system becomes possible. There shall be two houses of this temporary Congress: Eastern Congressional Establishment, and Western Congressional Establishment. The ECE shall occupy the Senate, and be composed of Congressmen from the East, Midwest, and South as described in the Constitution. The WCE shall occupy the House, and be composed of Congressmen from the Southwest, Great West, and Non Continental as described in the Constitution. This Congress passes legislation, yet exercises no other duties prescribed in the Constitution for the real Congress. When the real Congress is elected, they must go through each law passed by the temporary Congress individually and decide as to whether they shall still be legal. No elections are necessary for the Congressional Establishments; anyone may sign in to each individual establishment. The leader of whatever party holds the majority in the largest house of the temporary Congress shall become Congressional Head, and shall have some of the legislative powers of President of the USI.

DIVISION IV. AMENDMENTS

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