World Assembly Delegate

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World Assembly Delegate
of the
Social Liberal Union
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Incumbent
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since 10 November 2019
Executive Branch of the SLU Government
Member ofCabinet
Administration
AppointerOpen Parliament
Term lengthFour months
renewable once consecutively
Constituting instrumentSLU Constitution
Inaugural holderEggy216
FormationRegion founded:
2 January 2011
(9 years ago)
 (2011-01-02)
Legally established:
21 March 2011
(9 years ago)
 (2011-03-21)

The World Assembly Delegate of the Social Liberal Union (generally referred to as just the Delegate) is an office that came into existence upon the founding of the Social Liberal Union by Ainland on 2 January 2011. The office eventually became a constitutional office under the First Constitution of the Social Liberal Union, and has been retained legally by all subsequent Constitutions. The Delegate is in practice the most powerful and influential position in the region, and is ultimately responsible for both the domestic and foreign policy of the Government of the Social Liberal Union. The Delegate is elected for a four month term, and no nation can be elected more than twice consecutively.

The powers and duties of the Delegate are mainly outlined in Articles 5 and 6 of the Constitution. The Delegate is the chief executive and chief diplomat of the region, is a member of the Administration, and is the presiding member of the Cabinet. Furthermore, the Constitution charges the Delegate with ensuring that "the Constitution and laws of the Social Liberal Union are faithfully executed."

Express constitutional powers and responsibilities of the Delegate include:

  • Approving proposed World Assembly resolutions available to the World Assembly Delegates for scrutiny and approval, and, providing a reason for granting such approval upon the request of any Member State
  • Voting on World Assembly resolutions at vote before the full General Assembly or Security Council based on the consensus of the region, and publishing a rationale when they dissent from the consensus of the region
  • Notifying the region periodically of new developments and proposed resolutions in the World Assembly, as well as the state of the work of the Cabinet and the regional government in general, and recommending policies or bills
  • Requiring, in writing, the opinion of any of the Ministers, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective office
  • Executing the duties and powers of vacant Cabinet positions or delegating them to other members of the Administration, when no deputy is available
  • Negotiating and signing treaties or other interregional agreements they deem acceptable, subject to ratification by the Open Parliament, and delegating this power to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on a case-by-case basis
  • Setting general, and, from time to time, specific policy objectives for ministers, whilst endeavoring to give them reasonable autonomy
  • Vetoing ministerial actions or policies, subject to the override of the Cabinet via secret ballot
  • Jointly with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, ensuring the proper defense of the region, and overseeing the intelligence and counterintelligence operations of the region
  • Assigning powers which are not explicitly assigned to any minister nor provided for by law
  • Appointing nations to departmental positions, jointly with the respective minister of each ministry
  • Along with the Minister of Domestic Affairs and the Attorney General (optional), indicting and prosecuting States for offences against the Social Liberal Union, and defending the government in matters before the Court of Justice
  • Filling vacancies in the ministerships or deputy ministerships by interim appointments or by issuing writs of election, depending on how much time is left until the regularly-scheduled ministerial elections
  • Serving as the commander of any military forces created by or pursuant to law
  • Appointing in-game regional officers created by law, in the absence or inactivity of the Founder, almost always under the Regional Officers Act presently

As the most visible regional public official and often the most hotly-contested office, the delegacy is a useful mechanism for enabling rapid but accountable decision-making. In light of this, several Acts of Parliament have been passed over time which have granted the Delegate the following specific statutory powers and privileges:

  • The Regional Honours and Awards Act authorizes the Delegate to nominate states for possible membership in the Eggic Order of Merit, the third most senior order, subject to Cabinet approval
  • The Uniform Vacancies and Incapacities Determination Act requires resignations made by Ministers and Deputy Ministers be directed to the Delegate
  • The Enemies of the Union Act authorizes the Delegate (or the Minister of Foreign Affairs as their designee) to designate a foreign region or non-Member State as an "Enemy of the Union," adding them to a registry, and thereby activating certain legal restrictions against them and certain domestic activity
  • The Speech Protection and Inappropriate Content Prevention Act permits the Delegate (alongside the Minister of Domestic Affairs and their authorized deputy) to remove inappropriate content or posts, as defined by law, from regional platforms
  • The Foreign Relations Realignment Act empowers the sitting Delegate, in their sole discretion, to make a determination to declare certain factual foreign policy-related assertions inadmissible in any administrative or judicial proceeding that are inconsistent with the provisions of the Act
  • The Legal Fundamentals Act allows the incumbent Delegate to engage in the practice of law without being an admitted member of the Bar of the Court of Justice under certain circumstances; the Act also allows the Delegate (or the Minister of Foreign Affairs as their designee) to declare any foreign state "unwelcome" (persona non grata) and immediately revoke their diplomatic immunity under the Act, upon notifying the designated state and their sponsoring government or organization
  • The Offences and Sentencing Act specifically imposes some of the highest possible penalties in the regional criminal law on anyone who would eject the Delegate or Delegate-elect unlawfully from the region
  • The Law Commission and Library Act stipulates that the Delegate shall nominate a Member State, which is not a current member of the Cabinet, to an appointed seat on the Law Commission, subject to confirmation by the Commission; the Act also waives the Bar admission requirement for former elected delegates (among others), thus allowing them to be eligible for appointment to the Commission