Regional Honours and Awards Act

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Regional Honours and Awards Act
CitationA-14
Enacted byOpen Parliament
Date enacted18 November 2012
Legislative history
Introduced on31 October 2012
Introduced byAzerzia
Voting began6 November 2012
Required majoritySimple majority
Vote results9 Yea, 0 Nay, 1 Abstain[1]
Amendments
Aa-1, Aa-2, Aa-3
Text as originally enacted
Status: In force

This Act creates several distinct Orders of Merit to permanently award certain states which have made significant contributions to the Social Liberal Union.

Article 1. General Provisions

Section 1. Purpose of the Orders

Recognizing the substantial history of the Social Liberal Union and the several States that have been distinctly critical to its development, the Open Parliament establishes the Orders of Merit in this Act to commend those States which have made substantial contributions to the Social Liberal Union.

Section 2. General Admission Procedure

States shall be nominated and admitted to Orders of Merit by Resolutions of Parliament. A nominating Resolution, in order to successfully admit its nominee to an Order of Merit, must:

Clause 1. Be primarily introduced by the eligible officer(s), if required; and
Clause 2. Be sponsored by at least two states in addition to the author; and
Clause 3. Be submitted for consideration and agreed to by the Cabinet or Speaker of the Union, whichever is required; provided, if the relevant entity fails to respond to the nominating Resolution within three weeks, it may proceed as though it had been agreed to by that entity; and
Clause 4. Pass with the concurrence of at least two-thirds of States voting when considered before the Open Parliament.

Section 3. General Qualifications for the Orders of Merit

No state shall be nominated to hold any Order of Merit that (a) has not held Member State status for at least three months or (b) has been convicted of a crime, unless the nominating Resolution explicitly exempts the nominated state from these requirements. A state may be a member of multiple Orders of Merit, and nominees need not be Member States at the time of nomination. No state may nominate themself.

Section 4. Documentation of Order Membership

A publicly available Library of Parliament document shall list the members of each Order.

Section 5. Cabinet Voting

Generally, the Cabinet shall vote on necessary nominating Resolutions in the same manner as it would on an Executive Order. A simple majority passage threshold shall be used.

Section 6. Expulsion from the Orders

Membership in the Orders of Merit is permanent. However, a member of an Order shall be immediately removed from the Order upon conviction of a crime punishable by ejection, unless said expulsion is overridden by a Resolution of Parliament. A member of an Order of Merit may otherwise be expelled by a Resolution or Resolution Amendment.

Section 7. Other Awards

No part of this Act shall be construed to prevent the creation of other awards by legislation or officers for exemplary service in Ministries, Departments, or otherwise, but the Orders of Merit should be considered the most senior honours that may be conferred upon Member States of the Social Liberal Union within the region.

Article 2. Ainish Order of Merit

Section 1. Establishment and Purpose of the Ainish Order

The Ainish Order of Merit is established in honour of the Founder of the Social Liberal Union, Ainland. It shall be considered the most senior Order of Merit. In the view of the nominator, a nominee to the Ainish Order shall have made contributions equal in significance to Ainland, as measured by the nominee's exemplification of the purpose and values of the Social Liberal Union.

Section 2. Admittance Requirements and Limitations

The Speaker of the Union must nominate, and the Cabinet must approve, any State nominated to the Ainish Order of Merit. No more than one State may be nominated to the Ainish Order within one term of the Speaker.

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Section 3. Display of Membership

Members of the Ainish Order of Merit may be considered Honorary Founders of the Social Liberal Union. Additionally, they may display a gold-edged version of the Ainish flag, with a field of brown and a central blue charge depicting scales of justice.

Article 3. Destorian Order of Merit

Section 1. Establishment and Purpose of the Destorian Order

The Destorian Order of Merit is established in honour of Destorio, an early Member State of the Social Liberal Union who contributed to the early development of the region. It shall be considered the second most senior Order of Merit. In the view of the nominator, a nominee to the Destorian Order shall have made contributions equal in significance to Destorio, as measured by ability to far exceed what is expected of them in positions of governance.

Section 2. Admittance Requirements and Limitations

A Cabinet Minister must nominate, and the Cabinet must approve, any State nominated to the Destorian Order of Merit. No more than one State may be nominated to the Destorian Order within Ministerial term.

Article 4. Eggic Order of Merit

Section 1. Establishment and Purpose of the Eggic Order

The Eggic Order of Merit is established in honour of Eggy216, the first pre-Constitutional, first Constitutional, and fifth Constitutional World Assembly Delegate of the Social Liberal Union. It shall be considered the third most senior Order of Merit. In the view of the nominator, a nominee to the Eggic Order shall have made contributions equal in significance to Eggy216, as measured by exemplary long-term service in positions of governance.

Section 2. Admittance Requirements and Limitations

The World Assembly Delegate must nominate, and the Cabinet must approve, any State nominated to the Eggic Order of Merit. No more than one State may be nominated to the Eggic Order within one term of the Delegate.

Article 5. Avaerilonian Order of Merit

Section 1. Establishment and Purpose of the Avaerilonian Order

The Avaerilonian Order of Merit is established in honour of Avaerilon, a former World Assembly Delegate significant state in the history of the Social Liberal Union. It shall be considered the fourth most senior Order of Merit. In the view of the nominator, a nominee to the Avaerilonian Order shall have made contributions significantly exceeding what could have been expected of their position.

Section 2. Admittance Requirements and Limitations

Any Member State may nominate, and the Cabinet must approve, any State nominated to the Avaerilonian Order of merit. No more than two States shall be nominated to the Avaerilonian Order within one term of the Delegate.

Article 6. Order of the Red and Yellow

Section 1. Establishment and Purpose of the Order of the Red and Yellow

The Order of the Red and Yellow is established in recognition of the traditional colours of socialism and liberalism, red and yellow. It shall be considered the fifth most senior Order of Merit. In the view of the nominator, a nominee to the Order of the Red and Yellow shall have made significant contributions to the Social Liberal Union outside of an official capacity.

Section 2. Admittance Requirements and Limitations

Any elective or appointive official except the Speaker of the Union may nominate, and the Speaker must approve, any State nominated to the Order of the Red and Yellow. No more than two States shall be nominated to the Order within one term of the Speaker of the Union.