Backup Region Governance and Continuity of Government Act

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Backup Region Governance and Continuity of Government Act
CitationA-20
Enacted byOpen Parliament
Date enacted5 May 2015
Date repealed20 May 2017
Legislative history
Introduced on23 April 2015
Introduced byAnaaxes
Voting began27 April 2015
Required majoritySimple majority
Vote results7 Yea, 0 Nay, 0 Abstain[1]
Repealing legislation
SLU Modernization Act
Status: Repealed

Understanding that some states, regions, and organizations might seek to cause harm or the destruction of the Social Liberal Union, whether directly or indirectly. This act is intended to codify the governance of the backup region, governance of the backup region’s shared founder account, under what circumstances the backup region may be used, and continuity of government protocols.[2]


1. To define “invasion,” “invader,” “original region,” “backup region,” “shared founder account,” and “catastrophic event.”

1.1. For the purposes of this act, the term “invasion” means the movement of states into a region for the purpose of controlling the World Assembly delegacy.
1.2. For the purposes of this act, the term “invader” means any state which participates in an invasion.
1.3. For the purposes of this act, the term “original region” refers to the region named “Social Liberal Union.”
1.4. For the purposes of this act, the term “backup region” refers to the region named “The Social Liberal Union.”
1.5. For the purposes of this act, the term “shared founder account” refers to the state named “The SLU Administrator,” which is the founder of the backup region.
1.6. For the purposes of this act, the term “catastrophic event” refers to any of the following:
(1) an invasion;
(2) a government takeover caused by agents that have infiltrated the regional government via legal means, such as being elected or appointed;
(3) invasions or government takeovers of allies of the Social Liberal Union, which would make the invading or takeover of the original region easier;
(4) a World Assembly Liberation resolution has been placed on the original region;
(5) a significant amount of negative regional publicity, which may cause a slow destruction of the original region and or cause a significant loss of states;
(6) the widespread hacking or compromising of the NationStates accounts’ of members of government or member states of the original region;
(7) significant cyber attacks or other cyber crimes causing damage to any Social Liberal Union website or server;
(8) the widespread or intense blackmailing of current or former members of government and or member states;
(9) the Social Liberal Union becoming involved in unnecessary distant conflicts, thus lowering the security of the original region; or
(10) any other event that may directly or indirectly cause the destruction of the original region, whether immediately or over a period of time.

2. To establish circumstances when the backup region may be used and associated procedures

2.1. The backup region may only be used when a catastrophic event has occurred, or is imminent. The Open Parliament shall conduct an emergency vote, lasting up to 24 hours, to determine if the backup region should be activated and used. A simple majority is required to activate the backup region.
2.2. If the Open Parliament determines that the backup region should be activated pursuant to 2.1, the Speaker of the Union and World Assembly Delegate or designee(s) shall notify every member of government, and attempt to contact all other member states which resided in the original region, and encourage them to move to the backup region.
2.3. The Cabinet may request explicit permission from the Speaker of the Union or a Justice of the Court of Justice to exclude certain states from voting if they are reasonably suspected of being invaders, spies, or saboteurs.

3. To codify the governance of the shared founder account.

3.1. Upon the passage of this bill, the following states shall be the stewards of the shared founder account:
(1) Avaerilon;
(2) Anaaxes;
(3) Ceni;
(4) Grolsch;
(5) North American Republics; and
(6) Northern Inertia.
3.2. For security reasons, there shall be no more than six stewards at a time.
3.3. All stewards shall have the password to the shared founder account.
3.4. The position of steward shall be considered equivalent to a departmental position, and may be held simultaneously with any other elected or appointed position.
3.5. The password of the shared founder account shall consist of:
(1) at least sixteen Latin characters in total;
(2) at least one lowercase letter;
(3) at least one uppercase letter;
(4) at least one number; and
(5) at least one symbol.
3.6. At least every four months, the stewards shall designate one among themselves to change the password, and distribute the new password to all of the other stewards via an encrypted method of communication outside of the NationStates website.
3.7. The stewards shall take great care to log out each time after using the shared founder account, and shall take all reasonable precautions to safeguard its password.
3.8. The shared founder account shall never be a member of the World Assembly.
3.9. While logged into the shared founder account, the stewards shall not engage or participate, whether directly or indirectly, in any actions that are illegal under the NationStates rules, and or would otherwise risk the deletion of the shared founder account by NationStates moderators.
3.10. The stewards shall perform administrative acts via the shared founder account, in accordance with orders from the World Assembly Delegate, Speaker of the Union, Cabinet, Court of Justice, Open Parliament, and the law.
3.11. Stewards may be stripped of their duties by the Open Parliament with a vote of no confidence. Support from two-thirds of the Open Parliament is required to remove a steward. The password of the shared founder account shall be changed immediately upon the removal of a steward.
3.12. The Speaker of the Union may suspend a steward for up to three weeks if they reasonably suspect wrongdoing, and time is needed for a proper investigation and possible trial, with the explicit approval of at least one Justice of the Court of Justice, provided that the Justice giving approval is not the steward facing possible suspension or otherwise involved in the suspected wrongdoing. This approval may be given retroactively. The password of the shared founder account shall be changed immediately upon the suspension of a steward.
3.13. New stewards may be appointed by the Speaker of the Union, and approved by the Open Parliament in the event that there is a vacant seat. Support from two-thirds of the Open Parliament is required to approve a new steward.
3.14. If a steward wishes to voluntarily give up their duties, they must explicitly declare their intentions to the following states in writing:
(1) the Speaker of the Union;
(2) the World Assembly Delegate; and
(3) all Justices of the Court of Justice
3.15. It shall be considered a severe criminal offense to violate any provision in this section.
3.15.1. States may be punished pursuant to Article 10 of the Constitution.

4. To codify the governance of the backup region prior to and after activation.

4.1. The authority of the Constitution, treaties, executive orders, and acts of Parliament shall extend to the backup region.
4.2. The Court of Justice shall have jurisdiction over the backup region, and states may still be prosecuted for offenses committed in both the original region and the backup region.

5. To codify the governance of the backup region prior to activation.

5.1. The backup region shall remain password-protected while the region is not in use.
5.2. The stewards and other trusted states of the original region may keep dormant puppet states in the backup region.

6. To codify the governance of the backup region after activation.

6.1. The backup region shall become the natural successor region to the original region, with a full transfer of all ranks, positions, titles, rights, and privileges.
6.2. The World Assembly Delegate shall assume control over the backup region’s delegacy as soon as possible.
6.3. All members of the Cabinet, Administration, departments, Court of Justice, and all other governmental bodies, shall resume their regular duties as much as possible in accordance with regional law.
6.4. All regions which had embassies previously with the original region, shall be notified by the minister responsible for matters of foreign affairs or designee(s), and sent embassy requests to them immediately.
6.5. The backup region may be kept password protected if deemed necessary by the Cabinet.
6.6. The backup region’s delegacy may be made non-executive temporarily, if determined necessary by the Cabinet. The stewards shall execute this action in a timely manner.