Founder of the Social Liberal Union

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Founder of the
Social Liberal Union
Founder Seal.png
Former Seal of the Founder
Member ofAdministration
Term lengthIndefinite term (de facto)
Formation2 January 2011 CE
(11 years ago)
Last held byAinland
Abolished13 December 2020 (2020-12-13) (defunct)
12 January 2021 (2021-01-12) (de jure)
Replaced byTrustees of the Founder Nation

The Founder of the Social Liberal Union (generally referred to as just the Founder) was an office that came into existence upon the founding of the Social Liberal Union by Ainland on 2 January 2011, who held the office until its abolition with the passage of the Amendment 7 to the Third Constitution on 12 January 2021, following the events of the Coup of December 2020. The office originally existed only informally but quickly became a constitutional office under the First Constitution. The Founder was theoretically the most powerful position in the region, since they held office indefinitely and there was no mechanism to remove their extensive in-game powers involuntarily; however, in practice the Founder was generally bound by regional law, since the Open Parliament reserves the right to form a new Social Liberal Union successor region without the Founder, should they become oppressive. The Open Parliament exercised that right in 2021 by replacing the office of Founder with three administrators, stylized as the Trustees of the Founder Nation, appointed by Resolution of Parliament to manage and have access to the new region's founder account according to law.

Constitutionally, the Founder had few powers, mainly outlined in Article 4 of the Constitution, which charged the Founder with the duty to act as the "ultimate guarantor of the Constitution and the sovereignty of the Open Parliament." This duty was later transferred to the Trustees of the Founder Nation of the new region. The Founder also served various informal ceremonial duties, in addition to their unique blend of executive, legislative, and judicial powers. The Founder was an ex officio member of the Administration, and is privy to Cabinet discussions. The Founder was eligible be elected or appointed to regional offices in their own right, with the exception of World Assembly Delegate. The Founder was formerly an ex officio voting member of the Law Commission.

Express constitutional powers and responsibilities of the Founder included:

  • Exercising executive in-game powers of the Delegate, the Ministers, and other regional officers, at the request of the respective officer, or when authorized by law
  • Appointing in-game regional officers
  • Ejecting and banning foreign invaders or sleeper agents during a state of emergency under Article 3, Section 12 of the Constitution, subject to executive and judicial review
  • Serving as the trustee of the forum administrator account
  • Temporarily revoking the executive authority of the delegacy if requested by the Delegate-elect until they are able gain enough endorsements to take office
  • Presiding over the Court of Justice in cases where the Chancellor has a conflict of interest