Section 1 - The Legislative ClauseEdit
I. The legislature of Haals is to be a unicameral body - the Haalsian Assembly - charged with the sole power to pass legislation into law.
II. The Haalsian Assembly is to be a body of 85 State Representatives, elected proportionally to the percentage of the vote each party receives.
III. The Haalsian Assembly operates in four-year terms. Except in States of Emergency, each election must occur no more than four years and one month after the previous election was held.
IV. The political party or coalition of parties which accounts for the largest share of the Haalsian Assembly will form the state government. This party or coalition will put forth the State Chancellor.
V. The State Chancellor acts as the Head of Government for the State of Haals and may appoint to his or her cabinet whichever ministers he or she deems appropriate and necessary.
VI. All State Representatives in the Haalsian Assembly may submit proposals to for debate and vote. Any issue presented must be voted upon, however parties are permitted to abstain and thereby not affect the outcome of legislation.
VII. Legislation requires a simple 50% + 1 vote majority in the Haalsian Assembly in order to pass. Abstaining members do not count; that is to say, as long as there are more yes votes than no votes, legislation passes.
VIII. Constitutional changes require a 75% supermajority vote of the Haalsian Assembly in order to pass.
IX. The State Chancellor has the power to dissolve parliament - his or her government along with it - before the term has expired, calling early elections.
X. The state government appoints Falleen Senators to represent his or her government's interests in the Imperial Senate of Falleentium.
Section 2 - The Royal and Imperial ClauseEdit
I. Haals is a Royal State within the Empire of Falleentium, with all the rights, obligations, and duties that entails.
II. The Monarch of Falleentium is also the Monarch of Haals.
III. The Duke or Ducal Official is the Falleen Federal Representative to Haals.
He or she has the authority to remove a State Chancellor from power and call new elections as is consistent with existing Falleen law.
IV. The people of Haals reserve the right to self-determination, and as such the Haalsian Assembly may approve independence referenda at any time for consideration by the Falleen government.
V. The sole standing army of the state of Haals is the Haalsian National Guard, which is subject to the control of the Federal Representative, as is consistent with existing Falleen law.
VI. The Federal Representative is the Head of State of Haals
VII. The Federal Representative has veto power over the state's legislation. The veto may be overridden by a two-thirds vote in the Haalsian Assembly.
VIII. The Federal Representative has the power to declare a State of Emergency, which allots him or her emergency powers.
IX. Emergency powers are defined as the power to enact Executive Orders - legislation which does not require parliament's consent. The Federal Representative also is granted the emergency power to postpone elections.
X. The Haalsian Assembly has the power to end a State of Emergency with a simple 50% + 1 vote majority.
1. The Recall Amendment Edit
I. Recall elections may be held in the State of Haals posing the simple yes or no question, "Should the Haalsian Assembly be dissolved immediately rather than at the end of its regularly sheduled term of office?"
II. A recall election is triggered if a recall petition garners 25% as many signatures as there were total votes in the most recent state election. These signatures must be verified as legitimate by the Falleen Electoral Commission.
The Federal Representative must abide by the results of a recall election and dissolve the Haalsian Assembly if it is successfully recalled in accordance with the State and Federal Contemporary Control Bill of 503AER. If the Haalsian Assembly is successfully recalled by popular mandate, it is automatically dissolved and a new election is triggered, to be scheduled by the Federal Representative no more than sixty days after the recall election is certified.
IV. In the event that a state government, State Chancellor, or parliament at large is in flagrant disobedience of state or federal law, the Federal Representative may dissolve parliament and call for new elections without requiring a recall election, consistent with the Federal Decentralization Act of 519AER.
V. If, due to another unforeseen or unmentioned circumstance, the Federal Representative feels compelled to dissolve the Haalsian Assembly, he or she is able to do so.
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