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Forum Administration / Closure of TIOwiki
« on: January 10, 2021, 07:03:25 PM »
Dear all,

Following discussions with the Privy Council, we have decided to permanently close TIOwiki on Sunday 7 February 2021.

Until this point you will still be able to access the site to retrieve any contents you have stored on-site. The website will also continue to be backed up weekly.

We’ve found that, as a separate website, TIOwiki is significantly under-utilised. We originally intended for TIOwiki to directly integrate with Zetaboards (remember that?) and SMF, but this has sadly proved too challenging to achieve.

Our longer-term plans to migrate our servers to an alternative host also make it difficult to justify its continued existence and maintenance, and we have therefore decided that it would be easier to close the site.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but hope this provides adequate time to migrate any information to the Factbook forum.

Thanks,
CGJ

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Forum Administration / Forum Downtime
« on: October 05, 2020, 08:26:09 AM »
Hi all,

As you may have seen from the Discord chat, an attempt was made to brute force into the server. This has resulted in significant downtime over the course of the past few days. The attack appears to have been targeted at the server itself, not any any forum passwords.

I am pleased to report that, to the best of mine and iFastNet's knowledge, no compromise of the server has occurred. This means that there has been no breach of personal data, not have any forum passwords been compromised. iFastNet have shut down one of the ports that was being used to attack the site.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused by the downtime.

Thanks,
C

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Forum Administration / Future Website Outage
« on: February 19, 2020, 04:55:42 PM »
Hi all,

From about 10pm tonight, I will be moving the forum over to CloudFlare in order to counter the drastic increase in the annoying bots that are crawling through the website.

There shouldn't be an extended outage, though the site may go down for a couple of hours as namservers switch over.

Kind regards,
CGJ

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Forum Administration / Website outage
« on: January 28, 2020, 10:04:16 PM »
Hi all,

As most of you will be aware, we suffered a major multi-day outage this week. As the administrator (and it is literally my only job here) I wanted to be open and transparent about what happened, why, and what’s now in place.

To be clear: this was in no way related to a hack or data breach; no personal data has been affected by this week’s events.

So, what happened?

For my current employer, we are holding a conference and I volunteered to run the website. The website is hosted on the same account as TIO. Tickets for this event were released yesterday.

We had very high demand on the website from approx 10:50 onwards. Despite having used the hosting provider for almost 10 years, I'd never experienced the (still relatively low compared to what Glastonbury gets!) demand that the ticket registration generated. The website hosting plan, which cost about £4 a month, was not enough.

During frantic discussions with the hosting provider, we moved to a dedicated hosting platform at a slightly higher cost of $20 per month. Credit to the support team who did this in about half an hour.

All should be back to normal. There was a teething error as I had to point some of the internal addresses to new places as the paths had changed.

So once again apologies for the inconvenience. Please let me know if you notice any new issues.

Thanks,
C

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Forum Administration / Forum Maintenance (29/12/2019)
« on: December 29, 2019, 11:27:51 AM »
NOTICE OF FORUM MAINTENANCE

From 10pm GMT/UTC onwards, we will be updating the Forum software from version 2.0.15 to 2.0.16. This will include a number of adjustments, particularly in relation to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). While the Forum already complies with GDPR the best it can, Simple Machines have now embedded our current feature-set within the Forum software itself. For more information on SMF 2.0.16, please see here.

I will post a second notice on the Discord chat when the Forum is 5 minutes away from going offline.

Thanks,
C

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Office of the Chancellory / Statement on the Founder Account
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:29:21 PM »
Earlier today I was alerted on Discord to the fact that the founder account, Littlebrook, had ceased to exist. I took immediate action and ensured that founder access was fully restored to that account.

Maintaining founder account access is essential in securing the region and protecting it against the risks of raiding, I can only apologise to members of the Independent Order that this occurred.

I have reviewed the account settings and it appears no email account was associated with it, hence why I did not receive a reminder from NationStates. I have now added an email account to ensure this incident does not occur again.

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Forum Administration / Use of images on the forum
« on: August 16, 2018, 12:11:15 AM »
Hi all,

Due to a recent judgement by the European Court of Justice, we are now restricting the use of images and graphics on the forum. The ECJ ruled that “The posting on a website of a photograph that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author requires a new authorisation by that author.”

Therefore, in order to use an image on this forum, you must either use your own work, or use an image where:
1) You have permission from its creator/owner to use on TIO;
2) It is issued under a Creative Commons licence or similar licence; or
3) It is otherwise in the public domain.

Where required, you must also give credit to the relevant content producer.

Any photo or graphic that does not meet the above criteria is liable to removal on a takedown request.

Should you use an image that does not meet the above criteria, you accept any and all liability concerning the use of said images. Further, you agree to allow us to supply your email and IP addresses should any legal action be brought against The Independent Order in relation to such images.

This does not apply to any hyperlinks to images.

Content creators
If we’ve used your photo or graphic and would like us to take it down, please email [email protected] and we will ensure it is taken down within 48 hours and the member notified of the issue.

Waiver
You agree that by posting any images of your own creation on the forum for in-game international organisations, maps, or for the purposes of official use by the staff of the Independent Order (including forum graphics), you give The Independent Order and its staff, and in the circumstances of international organisations, its users, full rights to use the images with credit in perpetuity.

Finding free-to-use images
There are a number of websites where you can find free-to-use images, many of which can be found here. You can also use Google Advanced Image Search, just filter the ‘usage rights’ option near the bottom. All images on Wikipedia are useable on this forum.

Note
The forum Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy will be updated in due course to reflect this announcement.

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OOC Socialisation / Fantasy Premier League 2018/19
« on: July 30, 2018, 10:40:22 PM »
As is tradition, it's time for some Fantasy Premier League!

To join, simply register on https://fantasy.premierleague.com/ and make your team, then enter the league code below to join the League of Mundus!

1681635-383261

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Press Offices / Royal Dartfordian Press Office
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:19:21 PM »

Royal Dartfordian Press Office

Please use this topic to ask the government of Dartfordia questions on world events. This also includes 'Rochester Palace', a broad term to refer to the Royal Family.

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Sporting Hub / Mundus Champions League 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:41:46 PM »

Back for a fourth season, having been full of stories for the last couple of years is the Mundus Champions League.

Notes:

1) For the audience of doubt this is a football tournament (though some insist on calling it soccer)

2) This year there will be in advance of the tournament a press release from the MFA (Mundus's version of FIFA) outlining some football based proposals, these will not have any bearing on the results of matches they will still be randomly generated results it is just something that people who run news story's on team performances in games may want to incorporate. The said press release will also include the venue for this years final (which I will be deciding and asking someone to provide a stadium for)

3) This is so everyone is clear a club tournament i.e. the type of tournament you would see teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid etc play in. It is NOT an international team competition.

Sign up information is below you may enter between one and four teams per nation (NOTE that I would prefer people do not enter four from primary's and secondary's please vary that), please note that if at the end of the sign up period there is an odd number of entered teams I will assign wild cards as necessary to make the tournament format work. Also the competition is initially for thirty two teams and I will if there is an over subscription of clubs put in place a qualification round to narrow down the field to the final thirty two, if we get near 48 teams or even 64 (both unlikely based on previous years) then I will adjust the format accordingly.

Code: (note that a * denotes a required field and people may if they wish provide an image as to the team colors)

Code: [Select]
[b]*Team Name:[/b]
[b]*Nation:[/b]
[b]*League place:[/b]
[b]*Team Colors:[/b]
[b]Team Stadium:[/b]
[b]Stadium Capacity:[/b]
[b]Team History (If any):[/b]
[b]Team Formation:[/b]
[b]Team Manager:[/b]

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Office of the Chancellory / DONATE TO OUR RECRUITMENT DRIVE
« on: May 01, 2018, 09:53:42 PM »
A Chancellory Message

Hey guys,

Each week we buy a number of stamps, which are used to send telegrams to new members of NationStates.

We use this so that we can expand, bringing new members to our region, expanding our community and bringing more roleplayers to our forums.

Sadly, these stamps cost money. Fortunately, they're only $1 for 1000 stamps, so this is where you come in!

If just 10 members donated $1 each, we would have enough stamps to reach out to 10,000 new users.

You can use PayPal or Google Wallet, and while we can see that you, as a nation, have donated – everything else remains totally anonymous!

Donating is easy, just follow this link and click 'gift options', type 'United Moreland', head to the bottom and donate as many stamps as you like (minimum 1000/$1). Make sure to change your currency!!!

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Forum Administration / Commonwealth Treaty Organisation Forum
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:59:32 PM »
Okay so I'm looking at potentially trimming some of the lesser-used forums down, and it appears that CTO is one forum that does not get much attention. As the forum itself is quite unique (it relates only to one organisation), I was wondering what people think we should do with it.

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Economics and Industry / LS-Railways Storefront
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:09:24 PM »

Welcome to the official store of LS-Railways plc, one of the two largest railway companies in Dartfordia and one of the most successful in the world. We were founded in 1603 as the Gardner and Williamson Wagonway Company, and in our 400-year history have led the world in railway technology. We pioneered a successful wooden wagonway network in the 17th and 18th centuries for coal mines and similar freight, and helped Richard Trevithick develop the world's first full-scale working railway steam locomotive. The world's first passenger service, the Locomotion, transformed the way the world saw the railways, and it was our purchase of the Anabelle-Bermond Railway that helped us bring this technology to the world.

Years later, our development of the first electric tramway, and then the deep-tube Underground system, helped transform urban life in Hematite and other cities across Dartfordia and throughout the world. The Littlebrook-Southfleet Railway, built in 1962 and modernised in 2014, was the world's first super high speed service, and now sees trains run at 360kmph (225mph) between Dartfordia's two largest cities. Yet we continue to push technology to its limits, even well in to the 21st Century. Our development of Hyperloop will create a 5th mode of transport that matches the speed of an aeroplane, the privacy of a car and the energy efficiency of a bicycle. We are proud to have been one of the main contractors in the construction, and the principal infrastructure company in the maintenance, of the Trans-Albion Railway, pioneering a new level of railway safety with the Albion and Cross-Straits Train Control System that uses advanced mobile technology instead of track-side signalling.

Today, LS-Railways presently runs a number of InterCity and regional concessions on the Dartfordian railway network, as well as owning, maintaining and exclusively running our namesake Super High Speed Littlebrook to Southfleet Railway and the HyperDart network. We have a global presence: bidding for franchises and construction/management contracts for railways, trams and metro networks across Mundus; building, maintaining and running Hyperloop services; leading transport research in all four corners of the globe; and running the most luxurious way of travelling across the continent of Albion — the Albion Express.

Solutions

LS-Railways has a number of solutions that we can provide your nation.

Spoiler: MagLev • show
Information coming soon


Spoiler: High Speed Rail • show
For over a century rail has been a popular way to traverse vast expanses of land, and in more recent times we’ve seen exceptional developments in speed and quality of high speed trains. While more expensive than Hyperloop, High Speed Rail offers exceptional capacity for both passengers and freight, and with LS-Railways you know you’re getting the finest quality of service.



Unlike other companies, we don’t use standard track-side signals. We use advanced in-cab CBCS (communications Based Control System) technology (based on GSM-R) that gives drivers real-time information on what their speed should be, and when they need to stop. This allows our trains to run faster and closer together, using smart moving blocks and therefore bypassing traditional signal blocks, and drastically improving safety.

While currently our maximum speeds reach 220mph, our tracks are designed to be run with trains capable of up to 300mph.

Estimated price: $320,000,000 per mile.


Spoiler: City Solutions • show
Since the 19th century, Dartfordia has been the historic and technological hub of city solutions. From trams to sub-surface metros to deep-tube Underground/Subway to commuter railway systems, we have been there, done that hundreds of times. LS-Railways is a leading contractor in the design, construction and operation of these networks, with our array of experts able to deliver any solution your city needs.

Our networks use a mixture of advanced in-cab technology, along with track-side signalling. Our trains can be OMO (one-man operation) or ATO* (automatic train operation), allowing operators to bypass the need for drivers.

Price: Varies

Options:
- Commuter Railway
- ‘Sub-surface’ networks, just below the street
- ‘Deep Tube’ lines that run deep under the city

- Trams
- Monorail
- Light rail

*Not available for trams


Trains4sale

InterCity

Spoiler: Southfleet InterCity Express 400 • show


LS-Railway’s fastest train. This beast can travel across countries at a whopping 250mph (design), achieving, on average, 220mph on our high-speed railway in Dartfordia.

Statistics: See here

Cost: $30-70 million per train


Spoiler: Albion InterContinental 320 • show


This beast is used to transit the Trans-Albion Railway at 200mph, getting from Dartfordia to Tytor in just 5 hours, so its perfect for use across borders. It’s designed to be packed with up to 4 different controlling signalling/communication systems.

Statistics

Cost: $30-70 million per train


Spoiler: InterCity Duplex Express • show


Our most advanced double-decker train, capable of carrying large amounts of people across great distances Much like the 320, it is designed to be packed with up to 4 different controlling signalling/communication systems.

Statistics

Cost: $50-90 million per train


Spoiler: Wilmington InterCity 140 • show


For lines with extra curvature, but still great speed, the Wilmington InterCity 140 offers the ability for super-fast InterCity travel on older and traditionally slower lines.

Statistics

Cost: $50-90 million per train


Regional

Spoiler: Regio Littlebrook 15 • show


Designed for speed, reliability and quick acceleration, the Regio Littlebrook 15 is perfect for both short and medium-distance travel.

Statistics

Cost: $18-25 million per train


Spoiler: Regio Stone 14 • show


Also designed for speed, reliability and quick acceleration, the Regio Stone 14 is perfect for lines with short and long distances in the.

Statistics

Cost: $18-25 million per train


Coming soon: trams, light rail, monorail, Underground, Metros, etc.

OOC: I've p much just copied this over from the old forum, will edit properly when I'm off LOA.

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Introductions / test2
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:21:52 AM »
just testing the buttons init

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Office of the Chancellory / Constitutional Amendment Act (2018)
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:33:12 PM »
Your Excellency,

On behalf of the members of the Regional Assembly, I wish to present the following Constitutional Amendment for Chancellory Assent.

Quote
Constitutional Amendment Act (2018)

An act to amend the Constitution to abolish the Premier and the Regional Assembly, enhance the powers of the Grand Chancellor, provide protections for members during the enactment of legislation, and for connected purposes.

WHEREAS the members of the Independent Order have, after due time and consideration, determined that there shall exist a single Constitution with supreme authority over all laws,

AND WHEREAS said members believe such Constitution has, since its enactment, failed to increase activity with regional governance or gameplay, and therefore believes significant amendments are required,

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, by and with the advice and consent of the Regional Assembly, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Amendments

(1) After subsection 2a, insert:
“(b) Making any such enactments required for the peace, order and good government in the region;
(c) Appointing Ministers, the Lord Chief Justice and the Roleplay Magistrate, and any other formal positions, where required;”

(2) In subsection 2b, omit ‘Premier elections and’.

(3) Section (3) shall be repealed.

(4) Section (4) shall be amended as follows:
“(4) The Grand Chancellor may be recalled following a referendum of all eligible members of the Independent Order, as defined by law. Should a Grand Chancellor be recalled, then an Constitutional Convention shall be required to appoint a replacement.”

(5) Article Two, including sections 5-13, shall be replaced with:
“Article Two: Legislation

(5) The Grand Chancellor may enact any legislation, including amendments to the Constitution, Criminal Code and Roleplay Rules.

(6) Any enactment made shall be known as Acts of the Chancellory.

(7) The Grand Chancellor must, when seeking to make such legislative changes, publicly post, and announce on Discord, the regional message board and any other relevant areas, the proposed Act in the Conference Hall.

(8) The Act must remain in the Conference Hall, open for public debate or opposition, for a minimum of 72 hours, unless such an Act would amend the Constitution, Criminal Code, Emergency Procedures or Roleplay Rules, where it must be open for at least 96 hours.

(9) No Act amending the Roleplay Rules proposed initially by the Grand Chancellor may be enacted without the advice and consent of the Roleplay Magistrate, except where the enactment is approved by a referendum of eligible members.

(10) Any eligible member may petition in the Conference Hall thread to block an Act. Should the petition receive two further signatures from eligible members while the Act is in the Conference Hall, then the Act shall be subject to referendum of all eligible members.

(11) Any eligible member may bring forward their own legislation and, with the support of four further eligible members, require the Bill to be brought to a referendum of all eligible members.

(12) The Grand Chancellor may, where authorised or required by law to do so, issue a statutory instrument known as an Order of the Chancellory (herein ‘Order’). No Order shall need prior approval, however, any eligible member may bring forward, to the Conference Hall, a petition to repeal the Order. Should the petition receive four further signatures from eligible members, then the Order must be withdrawn.”

(6) Article Three, including sections 14-20, shall be repealed.

(7) Section (22) shall be amended as follows:
“(22) The Roleplay Magistrate shall be appointed by the Grand Chancellor for an indefinite term. The Roleplay Magistrate may be dismissed by the Grand Chancellor, or may be recalled following a referendum of all eligible members of the Independent Order, as defined by law.”

(8) In subsection (23c), omit ‘Regional Assembly’ and insert ‘Grand Chancellor’.

(9) Section (26) shall be amended as follows:
“(26) The Lord Chief Justice shall be appointed by the Grand Chancellor for an indefinite term. The Lord Chief Justice may be dismissed by the Grand Chancellor, or may be recalled following a referendum of all eligible members of the Independent Order, as defined by law.”

(10) In subsection (27b), omit ‘, Executive, Regional Assembly’.

(11) After subsection (27b), insert:
“(c) Ensuring all Acts and Orders of the Chancellory are made in compliance, and are themselves compliant, with the Constitution, Criminal Code and Roleplay Rules.”

(12) In section (29), omit ‘Regional Assembly’ and insert ‘Grand Chancellor’.

(13) In section (29), omit ‘Zetaboards Terms of Service and Terms of Use’ and insert ‘Forum Terms of Service’.

(14) In section (30), omit ‘, with the exception of members of the Regional Assembly.’

(15) After section (30), insert:
“(31) An eligible member is one who has been a member of the forum for a period of at least 45 days, has made more than 20 non-spam posts on the forum, and is not serving any form of sentence under the Criminal Code (2013) or the Forum Terms of Service Act (2015).”

Consequential provisions

(16) All previous Acts of the Assembly shall henceforth be known as Acts of the Chancellory.

(17) Any power, authority or responsibility derived from other statutes for the Premier or Regional Assembly shall henceforth be considered powers of the Grand Chancellor.

(18) Existing Orders of the Executive (herein ‘Executive Orders’) shall remain in force, however the power to make such Executive Orders shall be depreciated and vested in the Grand Chancellor’s power to make Orders.

(19) The Grand Chancellor shall, by Order, amend the explanatory note of the Constitution to bring it in to line with the Constitution as amended by this Act. This must be done within 6 months of this Act coming in to force.

(20) All article and section numbers in the Constitution shall be renumbered accordingly.

Explanatory note (not part of Act)

This Act is a major rewriting of the Constitution. It repels Articles 2 and 3 to abolish the Premier and the Regional Assembly. It replaces it by empowering the Grand Chancellor to make ‘any such enactments required for the peace, order and good governance of the region.’ It states that when the GC wants to enact a law, it must be posted in the Conference Hall for 72 hours (96 for Constitutional amendments, Criminal Code and RP Rule amendments) and empowers members to oppose bills/present their own.

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Office of the Chancellory / STATEMENT REGARDING CONDUCT ON DISCORD
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:57:20 PM »


Office of the Chancellory

Dear Ordierans,

It’s been brought to our attention that there are serious concerns about increasing toxicity, including some accusations of racism, homophobia, Islamaphobia or anti-Semitism, within the Discord chat.

The Chancellory and Administration team would like to remind everyone that racism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamaphobia and anti-Semitism are all strictly prohibited.

Anyone using such language runs the risk of being perma-banned from the forum and Discord, and ejected from the region. Not only is it in violation of the Criminal Code (2013), but is also in violation of the Forum and Discord terms of service.

We would also like to make clear that Forever Alone and KaiserAdolf have all received formal and final warnings for anti-Semitism.

Furthermore, and we really never thought we’d say this, discussion on the Israel-Palestine conflict is now prohibited from Discord.

If you believe someone has acted in such a way, please report it to one of the administrators.

Thank you,


Beatrice
CGJ
Achkaerin
DaveIronside

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State of Emergency (Suspension of Constitutional Provisions) Act (2018)
An Act to suspend provisions in the Constitution relating to the election of a Premier

BE IT ENACTED by Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, exercising powers under section (3) of the State of Emergency Order (2018), and with the advice and consent of the Council of Nobility, as follows:

(1) Article Two (sections 5-13) of the Constitution shall be suspended.

(2) This Act shall be repealed upon the end of the State of Emergency, or on any other date appointed by Her Excellency by Order.

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Statutory Instruments / State of Emergency Order (2018)
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:22:40 PM »
State of Emergency Order (2018)

WHEREAS the Premier has been declared absent without leave, and that the Regional Assembly has motioned for a Constitutional Amendment to be passed abolishing such position, but that due to the current constitution an election will be imminently required,

AND WHEREAS Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor is determined that this satisfies the condition of section (1b) of the Emergency Procedures Act (2017),

Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, exercising powers under section (1) of the Emergency Procedures Act (2017), orders as follows:

(1) A State of Emergency is partially declared.

(2) A Council of Nobility is established, and shall consist of:
CGJ
DaveIronside
Achkaerin
KrisNord
Gadshack

(3) The Grand Chancellor may, with the consent of the Council of Nobility, suspend provisions of the Constitution.

(4) No additional emergency powers shall be vested in the Grand Chancellor during this period.

(5) Appeals to the High Court shall not be suspended.

(6) The Regional Assembly shall continue to function

(7) This Order shall remain in force for a maximum of 3 months, or until an earlier time appointed by the Grand Chancellor.

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Forum Administration / Dealing with spam
« on: January 15, 2018, 04:44:17 AM »
Dealing with spam

We currently have a bit of an issue with spam bots. It’s not a huge, insurmountable, problem. However we are consistently seeing a few bots slip through the net. But, as they’d say in Audax, tendit in ardua virtus![1]

What we currently utilise

As it stands, we use three key methods of anti-spam protection:
  • Email verification: requires newly-registered users to activate their account via email
  • CAPTCHA: This consists of those annoying letters that everybody struggles reading
  • Anti-spam question: These are usually easy to answer

This multi-layered approach is similar what we used at Zetaboards, and even then saw spambots slip through the net. The same is happening now.

Now, unlike with Zetaboards, we are in a position to improve that situation. Having considered our options, I’ve decided to adopt the following three additional measures:
  • Form time gate: Spambots are fantastic. They’re beautiful. And they fill those forms in within milliseconds. Fortunately, we know that. And so the time gate will automatically block any user that attempts to register within X amount of seconds (I know what it is, but let’s not make it too obvious).
  • Hidden question: We’ve hidden a question that 50% of the time users can’t see. Bots can see it though (they just use the source code!), and if it gets filled in, then it will reject the application
  • Akismet anti-spam: This system was adopted from WordPress and is effectively a last line of defence, meaning if the spambots get through, Akismet will flag the post by detecting what it considers spam content, then will place it in the mod queue.[2]

So overall we now have 6 countermeasures against spam. We’ll still probably get the occasional spam bot, but hopefully these occasions become much fewer and far between.
 1. 'Virtue strives for what is difficult'...apparently
 2. This may cause an issue, because we often make fantasy posts, of your posts being flagged for spam. If this occurs, let an admin know and we will approve the post.

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Archive / Constitutional Amendment Act (2018)
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:36:55 AM »
I'm bringing this Bill forward to debate yo.

Quote
Constitutional Amendment Act (2018)

An act to amend the Constitution to abolish the Premier and the Regional Assembly, enhance the powers of the Grand Chancellor, provide protections for members during the enactment of legislation, and for connected purposes.

WHEREAS the members of the Independent Order have, after due time and consideration, determined that there shall exist a single Constitution with supreme authority over all laws,

AND WHEREAS said members believe such Constitution has, since its enactment, failed to increase activity with regional governance or gameplay, and therefore believes significant amendments are required,

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, by and with the advice and consent of the Regional Assembly, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Amendments

(1) After subsection 2a, insert:
“(b) Making any such enactments required for the peace, order and good government in the region;
(c) Appointing Ministers, the Lord Chief Justice and the Roleplay Magistrate, and any other formal positions, where required;”

(2) In subsection 2b, omit ‘Premier elections and’.

(3) Section (3) shall be repealed.

(4) Section (4) shall be amended as follows:
“(4) The Grand Chancellor may be recalled following a referendum of all eligible members of the Independent Order, as defined by law. Should a Grand Chancellor be recalled, then an Constitutional Convention shall be required to appoint a replacement.”

(5) Article Two, including sections 5-13, shall be replaced with:
Article Two: Legislation

(5) The Grand Chancellor may enact any legislation, including amendments to the Constitution, Criminal Code and Roleplay Rules.

(6) Any enactment made shall be known as Acts of the Chancellory.

(7) The Grand Chancellor must, when seeking to make such legislative changes, publicly post, and announce on Discord, the regional message board and any other relevant areas, the proposed Act in the Conference Hall.

(8) The Act must remain in the Conference Hall, open for public debate or opposition, for a minimum of 72 hours, unless such an Act would amend the Constitution, Criminal Code, Emergency Procedures or Roleplay Rules, where it must be open for at least 96 hours.

(9) No Act amending the Roleplay Rules proposed initially by the Grand Chancellor may be enacted without the advice and consent of the Roleplay Magistrate, except where the enactment is approved by a referendum of eligible members.

(10) Any eligible member may petition in the Conference Hall thread to block an Act. Should the petition receive two further signatures from eligible members while the Act is in the Conference Hall, then the Act shall be subject to referendum of all eligible members.

(11) Any eligible member may bring forward their own legislation and, with the support of four further eligible members, require the Bill to be brought to a referendum of all eligible members.

(12) The Grand Chancellor may, where authorised or required by law to do so, issue a statutory instrument known as an Order of the Chancellory (herein ‘Order’). No Order shall need prior approval, however, any eligible member may bring forward, to the Conference Hall, a petition to repeal the Order. Should the petition receive four further signatures from eligible members, then the Order must be withdrawn.”

(6) Article Three, including sections 14-20, shall be repealed.

(7) Section (22) shall be amended as follows:
“(22) The Roleplay Magistrate shall be appointed by the Grand Chancellor for an indefinite term. The Roleplay Magistrate may be dismissed by the Grand Chancellor, or may be recalled following a referendum of all eligible members of the Independent Order, as defined by law.”

(8) In subsection (23c), omit ‘Regional Assembly’ and insert ‘Grand Chancellor’.

(9) Section (26) shall be amended as follows:
“(26) The Lord Chief Justice shall be appointed by the Grand Chancellor for an indefinite term. The Lord Chief Justice may be dismissed by the Grand Chancellor, or may be recalled following a referendum of all eligible members of the Independent Order, as defined by law.”

(10) In subsection (27b), omit ‘, Executive, Regional Assembly’.

(11) After subsection (27b), insert:
“(c) Ensuring all Acts and Orders of the Chancellory are made in compliance, and are themselves compliant, with the Constitution, Criminal Code and Roleplay Rules.”

(12) In section (29), omit ‘Regional Assembly’ and insert ‘Grand Chancellor’.

(13) In section (29), omit ‘Zetaboards Terms of Service and Terms of Use’ and insert ‘Forum Terms of Service’.

(14) In section (30), omit ‘, with the exception of members of the Regional Assembly.’

(15) After section (30), insert:
“(31) An eligible member is one who has been a member of the forum for a period of at least 45 days, has made more than 20 non-spam posts on the forum, and is not serving any form of sentence under the Criminal Code (2013) or the Forum Terms of Service Act (2015).”

Consequential provisions

(16) All previous Acts of the Assembly shall henceforth be known as Acts of the Chancellory.

(17) Any power, authority or responsibility derived from other statutes for the Premier or Regional Assembly shall henceforth be considered powers of the Grand Chancellor.

(18) Existing Orders of the Executive (herein ‘Executive Orders’) shall remain in force, however the power to make such Executive Orders shall be depreciated and vested in the Grand Chancellor’s power to make Orders.

(19) The Grand Chancellor shall, by Order, amend the explanatory note of the Constitution to bring it in to line with the Constitution as amended by this Act. This must be done within 6 months of this Act coming in to force.

(20) All article and section numbers in the Constitution shall be renumbered accordingly.

Explanatory note (not part of Act)

This Act is a major rewriting of the Constitution. It repels Articles 2 and 3 to abolish the Premier and the Regional Assembly. It replaces it by empowering the Grand Chancellor to make ‘any such enactments required for the peace, order and good governance of the region.’ It states that when the GC wants to enact a law, it must be posted in the Conference Hall for 72 hours (96 for Constitutional amendments, Criminal Code and RP Rule amendments) and empowers members to oppose bills/present their own.

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As our service provider is based in the UK we are bound by the General Data Protection Regulations insofar as it applies in the UK (UK GDPR). The UK GDPR applies to the Independent Order as a Data Controller.

A copy of the privacy policy can be found here.

Children

The UK GDPR contains provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. As we do not identify individual's beyond their IP address, username and email address, we do not believe any action is required.

Order Law

No amendment to TIO law is required to enforce UK GDPR, as it is contained within the Chancellory's responsibility for forum administration.

Discord

The Independent Order is not the data controller for our Discord server, as we are not responsible for the processing of personal data. However Discord maintains the same privacy policy for all users which is (to the best of our understanding) GDPR compliant. You can read their privacy policy here.

Brexit

The transition period ended on 31 December 2020, meaning the UK is no longer bound by EU rules. However, the UK has decided to continue to apply GDPR in accordance with the Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. This means we will continue to apply the same principles and follow the same rules as prior to Brexit. It also means that, in our privacy policy, it is referred to as 'UK GDPR'. The UK Government has provided a consolidated UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 here.

Misc

As our data processing does not possess a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, we are not required to undertake a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA), nor are we required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). We reserve the right to reveal information we hold about you (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum, in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom. We also reserve the right to make changes to this privacy policy.

We will consider on an ongoing basis all other requirements.

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Forum Administration / Forum Maintenance (27/11/2017)
« on: November 26, 2017, 12:59:16 PM »
Hi y'all,

Just FYI the forum will be taken offline tomorrow at about 12PM UTC/GMT (7pm UST, 4pm PST, 11am AEDT, 1am CET) for approximately two hours.

This will be so I can :
- Test changing our SSL certificate without ruining your lives (after I couldn't do it last time); and
- Update the forum from version 2.0.14 to 2.0.15

Thanks!

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Forum Administration / Forum Maintenance (20/11/2017)
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:17:05 PM »
Hi y'all,

Just FYI the forum will be taken offline tomorrow at about 9PM UTC/GMT (4pm UST, 1pm PST, 8am AEDT, 10pm CET) for approximately two hours.

This will be so I can test changing our SSL certificate without ruining your lives.

Thanks!

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Laws of the Land / Elections and Referenda Campaigns Act (2016)
« on: November 04, 2017, 12:25:44 AM »
Elections and Referenda Campaigns Act (2016)

An act to establish rules regarding campaigning for elections and referenda, and to enable members of the Independent Order to widen democratic participation.

Be it enacted by Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, by and with the advice and consent of the Regional Assembly, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

General Provisions

(1) During any referendum, there shall be two official campaign groups, one advocating an affirmative vote, and one advocating a negative vote.

(2) During any Premier election, there shall be one official campaign group per Premier candidate.

Official Campaigns

(3) Appropriate provision shall be made to allow members of the official campaign groups to organise and implement a strategy to campaign in favour of their desired cause.

(4) Provisions in Section (3) shall be implemented as soon as reasonably possible.

(5) During referendums, a campaign period of fourteen (14) days prior to and including the referendum shall be allotted for members of both campaigns to convince members of their cause.

(6) During elections, a campaign period of five (5) days shall exist during the nomination and election period for members of each campaign to convince members that they are the most suitable candidate.

(7) During the campaign period, and during the polling days, campaigners shall be entitled to:–
(a) Post in the Politics and Elections forum (and any relevant subforum);
(b) Alter their avatar, signature or Custom Profile field;
(c) Send private messages to members of the Independent Order;
(d) Post messages on the Regional Message Board; and
(r) Post messages in the forum Shoutbox or Discord chat.

(8) Campaigners shall not be entitled, at any point, to:-
(a) Promote their campaign by posting in non-relevant forums or topics;
(b) Act contrary to the Charter of the Independent Order or Criminal Code (2013);
(c) Spam the forum Shoutbox or Discord chat with campaign messages, including the use the @everyone tag on Discord;
(d) Spam the Regional Message Board;
(e) Send telegrams on NationStates;
(f) Use the the forum email function to promote their campaign in any way; or
(g) Post campaign messages, or provide links to a campaign message, in the primary nomination or election topic.

(9) The Grand Chancellor may amend Sections (7) and (8), by Order, for a specific referendum or election campaign, should they be satisfied that this Act does not provide sufficient safeguards against abuse of the referendum or campaigning process.

(10) Members campaigning for an alternative outcome, or campaigning for one of the stated outcomes but who do not wish to join an official campaign group, must remain compliant with Sections (7) and (8), but no provisions under Section (3) need to be made by the Grand Chancellor in relation to their campaign.

(11) Any campaign material included in avatars, signatures or custom profile fields must be removed within 72 hours of the polls closing, while campaign topics should be archived in this same period, unless such campaign material remains compliant with the Political Party Registration and Regulations Act (2017).

Encouraging Voter Participation

(12) The Grand Chancellor, World Assembly Delegate and any member with authorisation from the Grand Chancellor may encourage members to vote in any election or referenda, so long as such message does not promote any particular outcome.

(13) Those authorised may use any method allowed by section (7), as well as:
(a) Sending telegrams on nation states;
(b) Using the @everyone tag on Discord; and
(b) Using the forum email function.

(14) No member of an official campaign group may be authorised by the Grand Chancellor to fulfil this criteria.

Purdah

(15) Twenty-four (24) hours prior to the start of any campaign period, the Chancellory and executive government shall enter purdah.

(16) During purdah, neither the executive government nor the Chancellory may announce a new policy, publish a report, open a consultation, submit legislation or make any political statements.

(17) The rules of purdah do not extend to candidates or campaign groups not acting in an official capacity as a member of the executive.

(18) Should a matter arise that requires urgent or immediate attention, then the Grand Chancellor may, with the advice of the Attorney General, authorise purdah to be suspended for that particular matter.

Amendments to the Criminal Code (2013)

(15) Section 23 shall be amended as follows:
“(23) Any person, political party, action committee or other political group who knowingly violates the provisions of the Elections and Referenda Campaigns Act (2016) shall be guilty of Illegal Campaigning under this law and liable to a punishment at judicial discretion not exceeding a 48 hour ban for a first offence, up to 5 months for any subsequent offences and a suspension from office for a period not exceeding 12 months. The Court may at their discretion hold the individual or the group responsible for the offence.”

(16) Should a person, political party, action committee or other political group be suspected of violating the provisions of this act, the Grand Chancellor may, upon the advice of the Lord Chief Justice or Attorney General, suspend that individual, party or group from participating in that particular election or referendum campaign.

(17) Should an official campaign or Premier candidate be suspended, then the Grand Chancellor may, by Order, postpone a referendum or election to allow for a trial to take place.

Conflicts of Interest on Matters Regarding the Chancellory

(18) Should a referendum be on the question of the Grand Chancellor’s recall, or on the veto exercised by the Grand Chancellor, then Regional Assembly must appoint an individual to inherit the responsibilities of the Grand Chancellor under this Act.

(19) Any member appointed to exercise such powers must act in a neutral capacity, but may cast a vote during the referendum.

Conflicts of Interest on Matters Regarding the Premier

(20) Should the powers invested in the Chancellory under Article 9 be used during an election in which the present Premier is standing, then the approval of the Lord High Steward, Attorney General or Speaker of the Regional Assembly may be used in lieu of the Premier shall be used.

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Repealed Laws / Shitpost (Regional Sport) Order (2017)
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:12:58 PM »
Shitpost (Regional Sport) Order (2017)

The Grand Chancellor, exercising powers under section (3) of the Constitution, orders as follows:

(1) ‘Quidditch’ shall become the official sport of the region.

(2) This Order shall come into force immediately.

(3) This Order shall be repealed the moment it comes into force.

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Laws of the Land / Anniversary and Emergency Awards Act (2017)
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:08:01 PM »
Anniversary and Emergency Awards Act (2017)

An Act to make provision for the creation and award of special Anniversary and Emergency Awards, and for connecting purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, exercising powers under section (4) of the State of Emergency Order (2017), and with the advice and consent of the Council of Nobility, as follows:

Anniversary Awards

(1) The Grand Chancellor shall, by Order, and with the advice and consent of the Premier, establish specific awards for each annual Anniversary of the creation of the Independent Order.

(2) The formal date for creation shall be considered to be 29 September 2013.

(3) All awards established shall be awarded by the Grand Chancellor by means of a Writ, with the advice and consent of the Premier

(4) Only those who have been presented Anniversary Awards by the Grand Chancellor may wear such awards.

(5) Any member may be stripped of an Anniversary Award by the Grand Chancellor, with the advice and consent of the Premier.

Emergency Awards

(6) The Grand Chancellor shall, by Order, and with the advice and consent of the Premier, establish specific awards for service during the State of Emergency.

(7) The ‘State of Emergency’ shall be defined as the period:
(a) Starting on 26th August 2017, in accordance with section (2) the State of Emergency Order (2017); and
(b) Ending on 17th September, in accordance with section (1) of the State of Emergency (Termination) Order (2017).

(8) All awards established shall be awarded by the Grand Chancellor by means of a Writ, with the advice and consent of the Premier

(9) Only those who have been presented Emergency Awards by the Grand Chancellor may wear such awards.

(10) Any member may be stripped of an Emergency Award by the Grand Chancellor, with the advice and consent of the Premier.

Miscellaneous

(11) No Order made under this Act shall require the approval of the Regional Assembly.

(12) Should section (1) of of the State of Emergency (Termination) Order (2017) be amended, then section (7)(b) of this Act shall also be considered to be amended.

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Laws of the Land / Emergency Procedures Act (2017)
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:46:02 PM »
This legislation is not yet in force

Emergency Procedures Act (2017)

An Act to repeal the Emergency Procedures Act (2014), establish procedures to deal with emergency situations that threaten the existence and integrity of the Independent Order, and for connecting purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, exercising powers under section (4) of the State of Emergency Order (2017), and with the advice and consent of the Council of Nobility, as follows:

State of Emergency

(1) If the Grand Chancellor determines that a condition exists in the Independent Order that:
(a) Threatens the independence of the region from external control;
(b) Threatens the execution of the laws of the region; or
(c) Otherwise subverts the constitutional order of the region,
and that the Regional Assembly, Premier, and/or Cabinet of the Independent Order are incapable or unwilling to address the issue, or that any of these offices have been compromised by foreign agents, they may, by Order, declare a State of Emergency.

(2) When declaring a State of Emergency the Grand Chancellor shall establish a Council of the Nobility (the ‘Council’), which shall consist of at least 5 members of the Nobility.

(3) During a State of Emergency the Grand Chancellor shall have the right, with the advice and consent of the Council to:
(a) Enact any primary legislation, secondary legislation, subordinate legislation or statutory instrument; or
(b) Make use of any power vested in or exercised by the Grand Chancellor, Premier, Cabinet or Regional Assembly.

(4) A State of Emergency may last up to three months, but may end earlier on a day appointed by the Grand Chancellor with the advice and consent of the Council of Nobility.

(5) At the end of the three month period the Grand Chancellor must either end the State of Emergency, or seek permission to extend the State of Emergency by a referendum of pre-emergency residents of the Independent Order.

Reservations

(6) No enactment under section (3) may amend, or enable the amendment of:
(a) The Constitution of the Independent Order;
(b) The Criminal Code (2013); or
(c) This Act
but such enactments may:
(d) Temporarily suspend provisions for subsections (a) and (b), for the duration of the State of Emergency; or
(e) Provide for consequential or transitionary arrangements.

(7) Should the Premier, Speaker of the Regional Assembly, Lord Chief Justice or any Cabinet member not be a member of the Nobility, then the Grand Chancellor may appoint them honorary non-voting members of the Council.

(8) Should the Grand Chancellor wish to extend a State of Emergency under section (5) but:
(a) Is unable to determine who consists of ‘pre-emergency residents’; or
(b) Has determined that allowing any one or more of the pre-emergency residents to participate in a referendum would constitute a risk under section (1)
then they may, with the unanimous consent of the Council, declare a fresh State of Emergency.

(9) Except under the conditions prescribed in section (8), the Grand Chancellor may not declare a new State of Emergency:
(a) If the previous State of Emergency lasted less than 45 days, within 14 days; or
(b) If the previous State of Emergency lasted longer than 45 days, within 30 days
of the end date of the previous State of Emergency.

(10) The Grand Chancellor may suspend the appeals to the High Court during the State of Emergency, but members shall have a right to make appeals relating to matters occurring during the State of Emergency once the State of Emergency has ended.

Miscellaneous Provisions

(11) Emergency Procedures Act (2014) is repealed.

(12) No Order made under this Act shall require the approval of the Regional Assembly.

(13) This Act shall come into force on the end date prescribed by section (1) of the State of Emergency (Termination) Order (2017).

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Laws of the Land / Judiciary Act (2017)
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:55:11 PM »
Judiciary Act (2017)

An act to establish a new appellate court to replace existing structures, allow for the effective prosecution of offenders, establish a Code of Conduct, amend the Judicial Procedures, Sentencing and Evidence Act (JPSE) (2014) and Judiciary Act (2014), and for connected purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by Her Excellency the Grand Chancellor, exercising powers under section (4) of the State of Emergency Order (2017), and with the advice and consent of the Council of Nobility, as follows:

Judicial Committee of the Chancellory

(1) The highest appellate court of The Independent Order shall be the Judicial Committee of the Chancellory (the ‘Judicial Committee’).

(2) The Judicial Committee shall be made up of every active and willing member of the Nobility, as determined by Order.

(3) When a case is submitted for appeal from the High Court, the Lord Chief Justice shall review the grounds of appeal and decide on their validity.

(4) Should it be decided that the case shall be heard, then the Lord Chief Justice must appoint at least three (3) judges to hear the case.

(5) No member on the list may be selected if:-
(a) They are the appellant or defendant;
(b) They were the Judge at first instance;
(c) They were an official party (including witness, claimant, defendant, victim, etc.) at first instance; or
(d) The Regional Assembly, by majority, votes to prohibit them from sitting.

(6) Should the Lord Chief Justice fall into a category under section (5), then the decision to appoint judges under sections (3) and (4) shall be made by the following:
(a) Grand Chancellor;
(b) Vice Chancellor;
(c) Premier;
(d) Chancellor Emeritus (in order of precedence);
(e) Speaker of the Assembly; then, if all the above fall into a category under section (5) or are unwilling to make such an appointment,
(f) By majority vote, the Regional Assembly.

(7) Should the number of available judges be fewer than 3, then the Grand Chancellor may, by Order and with the advice of the Lord Chief Justice, appoint members beyond the Nobility to hear the case.

(8) The provisions in this Chapter shall not normally extend to cases appealed from the Roleplay Magistrate. However, should the Lord Chief Justice have a conflict of interest in such a case:
(a) The Grand Chancellor shall appoint a member from the list in section (2) to hear the case; or
(b) Should the Grand Chancellor also have a conflict of interest, then the provision in section (6) shall apply to this section.

(9) The Grand Chancellor must submit a list, by Order, under section (2) within thirty (30) days of this Act coming into force. This list may be amended, by Order, and must be reviewed at regular intervals.

Banning and Charging Members

(10) The Grand Chancellor, and:
(a) A moderator or administrator contained within Annex III of the Zetaboards Terms of Service Act (2015) on the forum, or;
(b) any moderator or administrator with sufficient privilege on Discord,
may ban a member if there is reason to believe they have acted contrary to the Criminal Code (2013).

(11) The Grand Chancellor or relevant moderator or administrator may extend the ban to include both the forum and Discord.

(12) For High Crimes and Felonies, the Grand Chancellor or relevant moderator or administrator must formally press a charge against a banned user in the High Court within 72 hours of the ban taking effect.

(13) For Misdemeanours, the Grand Chancellor or relevant moderator or administrator must formally press a charge against a banned user in the High Court within 12 hours of the ban taking effect.

(14) Should no charge be received within the specified times, then the ban shall be lifted. The specified time shall be considered to be the time of the initial ban.

(15) No member may be banned more than once for the same crime, unless new evidence is brought to light.

(16) In certain circumstances it may be appropriate for the Grand Chancellor, or a moderator or administrator, to warn a member on the forum or Discord, or kick a member on Discord, committing a misdemeanour. Any warning or kick prior to a ban or charge shall be admissible in court.

(17) Section (20) of the Judicial Procedures, Sentencing and Evidence Act (JPSE) (2014) shall apply to a member banned under section (10) of this Act.

(18) A member may still be charged without their account being banned, and the Grand Chancellor may ban a member following a charge being filed.

(19) Sections (10-17) of this Act shall not apply to members banned for breaching the Zetaboards Terms of Service Act (2014) or Discord (Terms of Service) Act (2016).

(20) The Order Prosecution Service Act (2015) shall be repealed.

Code of Conduct

(21) The Grand Chancellor shall, with the advice and consent of the Regional Assembly, establish a Code of Conduct (herein ‘Code’) by Order.

(22) The Code shall include what is considered unacceptable behaviour and may include guidelines on acceptable behaviour on both the forum and Discord channel.

(23) The Code shall have no formal legal standing, but all provisions within the code must have a clear basis in law, and it shall be considered admissible evidence in court.

(24) The Grand Chancellor must lay down a draft Code within 90 days of this Act coming into force. Prior to this period, the Grand Chancellor must consult with the Premier and Lord Chief Justice on its provisions.

(25) The Grand Chancellor may amend or replace the Code by Order, with the advice and consent of the Regional Assembly, and following consultation with the Premier and Lord Chief Justice

Amendments to the Judicial Procedures, Sentencing and Evidence Act (JPSE) (2014)

(26) In Sections (10), (12), (78), (81), (83) and (84) the words ‘Privy Council’ shall be replaced with ‘Chancellory.’

(27) In section (15) shall be replaced with:
“(15) At the pre trial hearing the defence may make a bail application to the court, it is the responsibility of the defence to make this application, failure to make this application may result in the defendant being remanded in custody (banned from accessing the forums or Discord channel).”

(28) Section (20) shall be replaced with:
“(20) The Defendant shall have the right to contact their counsel. Should they be banned form both the forum and Discord channel, they may further contact their counsel via NationStates or privately via Discord, or by any other means agreed suitable.”

(29) Section (23) shall be replaced with:
“(23) Judges shall be appointed by the Premier by Executive Order, with the consent of the Regional Assembly.”

(30) Section (31) shall be replaced with:
“The judiciary shall have their own private sub forum within the High Court.”

(31) Sections (33-35) shall be repealed.

(32) In Sections (37), (39), (47), (48), and (49), the words ‘Minister of Justice’ shall be replaced by ‘Lord Chief Justice.’

Amendments to the Judiciary Act (2014)

(33) In sections (5) and (17) the words ‘Attorney General’ shall be replaced with ‘Lord Chief Justice.’

(34) Section (6) shall be replaced with:
“Judges shall be appointed and dismissed in accordance with the provisions of the Judicial Procedures, Sentencing and Evidence Act (JPSE) (2014)."

(35) Sections (8), (19) and (20) shall be repealed.

(36) In section (10) the words ‘Attorney General (supervisory capacity)’ shall be removed.

Miscellaneous Provisions

(37) Where in other legislation any reference is given to the ‘Minister of Justice’ or ‘Attorney General’, these shall be considered to read ‘Lord Chief Justice.’

(38) Where in other legislation any reference is given to the ‘Judicial Committee of the Privy Council’, it shall be considered to read ‘Judicial Committee of the Chancellory.’

[big]Explanatory note (not part of Act)[/big]

This is a complicated Act that makes a number of connected changes.

Article 1 of the Act establishes the Judicial Committee of the Chancellory, replacing the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and makes provision for the appointment of judges, selection of judges to a particular case and mandates a list of available judges to be published by Order.

Article 2 repeals the Order Prosecution Service Act and empowers the Grand Chancellor (and others) to press charges against a user suspected of committing a crime. It also allows the Grand Chancellor (and others) to ban a member from the forum and/or Discord for committing a crime, prior to charges being filed.

Article 3 mandates that the Grand Chancellor establish a Code of Conduct. The Code will outline acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, but anything outlined must be greedy the Regional Assembly and will not constitute law.

Articles 4 and 5 make amendments to the Judicial Procedures, Sentencing and Evidence Act (JPSE) (2014) and Judiciary Act (2014) to bring them into line with existing legislation, and to update them in accordance with other provisions in this Act.

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Vignettes / The Adriana Chronicles
« on: September 08, 2017, 04:30:36 PM »
 
The Adriana Chronicles
Stories from the Schoolgirl Princess
By Beatrice and CGJ

Join the daughter of Beatrice and Alexander as she waltzes through secondary school life, encountering your everyday childhood issues and a few more rich-person problems on the side.

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