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CONSTITUTION OF THE HOLY REPUBLIC OF TURTLESHROOM [SO OPEN]

Postby TurtleShroom » Fri May 04, 2012 7:13 pm

FINALLY! After months of thinking, on-and-off writing, tossing about ideas, and looking at existing documents, I HAVE FINALLY CRAFTED THE CONSTITUTION OF TURTLESHROOM. Such work!

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NATIONSTATES

CONSTITUTION OF TURTLESHROOM



PREAMBLE

IN THE HOLY AND INFALLIBLE NAME OF THE ALMIGHTY SOVEREIGN GOD, AND OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH- AMEN –WE HEREBY INVOKE THINE GUIDANCE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT, INTERPRETATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF THIS NATION FOR ALL OF TIME, UNTIL THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD.

WE, the human Clerics and Elders of the Church, your brothers in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, in order to establish a stable, righteous state to unite in harmony the three distinct and blessed groups of Turtles, Fungi, and Man- each a unique and special part of God’s Creation and the third made in His Image -hereby ensure until the return of our Lord a Union guided by the light of Christ and to secure to all its citizens a state reigned by the Rule of the Law and of Justice under the Fair and Balanced Scales of God’s Hand, do hereby anoint, enact, ratify, and submit this Constitution of the Holy Kingdom of the United Turtles, Mushrooms, and Humans of TurtleShroom.

Therefore, know all men, that in these formerly unclaimed and null partitions of arid, forested, and bogged territories, a new state is formed, a nation uniting three unlike entities under the one sacred banner of the Church- God’s children assembled -and guided by the Will of Christ, to which shall be a Lamp unto the ship of state and a Light unto her path.

Be it ordained, therefore, that this document be the Supreme Law of TurtleShroom, stable and pure, subordinate to no item under Heaven or the earth except the Will of our Lord; we hereby decree our Constitution, to which we shall be Morally, Legally, and Perpetually Bound.


ARTICLE I
SOVEREIGNTY AND ROLE OF THE CONSTITUTION


The official name of this country shall be the Kingdom of TurtleShroom. The Kingdom of TurtleShroom is to further the goals of Christendom.

TurtleShroom is a sovereign, Christian state, wholly independent of any other nation, answering to no higher authority but itself and its God.

TurtleShroom expresses supreme, independent, and plenary power to make law and enforce order over all that lies within its borders and territories, and on all property of state. TurtleShroom is to defend its independence and territorial order.

The Constitution of TurtleShroom is the Supreme Law of the state, and the norms and provisions secured in the Constitution are eternally and immediately binding. Laws, decrees, edicts, actions, and any thing which is performed by the Government which contradict the Constitution have no legal force and are to be struck void in courts of law.


Sovereignty flows from and is possessed by the Masses, the King, and God Himself, jointly. These are jointly the sources of the governmental power of TurtleShroom.

The Masses of TurtleShroom exercise their power either directly or through duly elected, representative organs that serve and answer to them. The Masses’ sovereignty is the second highest level over matters of state and may not be abridged except in the selection of a new King, which is inviolably the inherent right of the incumbent King and the Almighty God.

The Kings of TurtleShroom exercise their power by virtue of selection, coronated by the grace of God, and rule by the means established to them by the Constitution and by applicable law. The sovereignty of the King is invested in the selection of a successor, and may not be infringed upon by the people.

God, the Wonderful Counselor, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Jehovah and YHWH, Almighty Father, Prince of Peace, the Alpha and the Omega in Three Persons, as vested in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost- Amen -holds the ultimate sovereignty, and from Him and His Blessing shall the authority of TurtleShroom’s Government so rest.

As interpreted by those who Drafted this Constitution, this Government so created is done so with Approval of God and by His Hand, and so long as his Mandate of Heaven stands, this government may not be changed, altered, or overthrown except solely by the legitimate means this Constitution ordains. Any other manner of attempt at changing the Government is unlawful and must be punished.


ARTICLE II
PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL


After one year from the ratification of this Constitution, the manufacture, sale, consumption, transportation, usage, possession, and otherwise existence of Intoxicating Liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the Kingdom and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof is hereby Prohibited.

The Punishment for violation of the Prohibition by Consumption of Alcohol is to be Two Weeks, doubled per subsequent offense up to the point of One Year, in which laws as prescribed by Congress shall determine subsequent punishments.

The Punishment for other Alcoholic crimes shall be enacted by Congress as they so by law Direct.

Congress and the Kings shall have concurrent power to enforce the Prohibition by appropriate legislation.

A separate, parallel Judiciary, headed by a supreme Grand Alcoholic Tribunal, shall exist for the sole purpose of dispensing justice, trying, convicting, and settling manners regarding the Prohibition. Congress shall designate inferior courts to the Tribunal as they wish.


ARTICLE III
DOMINION


This Constitution asserts Man, of secular taxonomic delegation Homo sapiens, as the supreme creature of all the earth, vested in the Bible with Dominion over all the air and the sea, and all that flies, swims, and moves along the ground.

Absolutely nothing shall be allowed to lower men below that of the turtles and mushrooms of TurtleShroom, nor deprive them of equal protection under the law and all rights and privileges guaranteed to turtles, to mushrooms, and to citizens of TurtleShroom.

As the supreme and master species of TurtleShroom and all God’s creation, the state shall never prohibit the immigration of mankind into or out of TurtleShroom except if the prohibition of immigration pertains equally over all creatures, man included with these.

TurtleShroom’s heads of state are, respectively, one turtle and one mushroom, but only these offices are closed to humanity. All other elected and appointed offices of public service are to be open to man, turtle, and mushroom alike, chosen by merit alone.

The establishment of supremacy of turtles and mushrooms over man, or turtle over mushroom and vice-versa, shall be prohibited. Turtles, mushrooms, and humans are to possess and govern TurtleShroom collectively and harmoniously, and none of these may rise above or below the other for any reason at any time whatsoever.
This shall not be construed to apply to creatures which are not turtles, mushrooms, or humanity.

The order of man over all other creatures is the will of God and is inviolable.


ARTICLE IV
THE KING


CHAPTER ONE: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CROWN
The Holy Republic of TurtleShroom shall be under the reign of two Kings, one a turtle and one a mushroom, whom share all their power equally among them, and each shall possess one Vote. To dispense the powers of the Crown, the Kings must mutually Assent the action in Unanimity. The Chief Executive power of the Realm rests upon this King.

The Kings are the sovereign mortal rulers of TurtleShroom and the highest offices of the land.


CHAPTER TWO: POWERS
The Kings:
1. Ensure the Constitution is enforced;

2. Execute the laws by virtue of the Executive branch of the Government;

3. Manage the implementation of foreign policy;

4. Represent TurtleShroom before foreign realms;

5. Appoint and recall, at their pleasure, Ambassadors and Diplomatic Representatives of TurtleShroom in other countries, and in foreign institutions of all types and scope;

6. Assent or Veto bills passed by the Congress, within seven days excluding the Sabbath, or the bill assents Itself;

7. Make Treaties and Pacts, with advice and consent of the Congress by simple majority vote, between TurtleShroom and all foreign realms, including nations, tribes, corporations, institutions, and persons;

8. Fill all vacancies that may happen during the recess of Congress by granting Commissions which shall expire at the end of the next Session, but no person rejected or expelled by them shall be reappointed to the same office during their ensuing recess;

9. Grant, at their pleasure, Estates of land from public ownership and Titles of Nobility which yield no duties of public service or authority over a fellow being, and establish both royal and common Orders and Associations of Nobility and of exclusive selection by the King, with titles, medals, heraldry, and privileges not in violation of that previously mentioned;

10. Pardon completely or commute a number of incarcerated men, the number of which Congress is to set by law, on dates which Congress is set by law, passed by concurrent resolutions that can not be vetoed;

11. Give to the Congress information of the state of the Kingdom, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient to further his Wishes for the State, the Will of the Lord, or the betterment of TurtleShroom;

12. Convene, by force if need-be, all of Congress at his pleasure by ordering the Judgemaster to issue a Call of the House, except on the Sabbath;

13. Summon before his Throne any public servant of the Realm at his pleasure, by force if need-be;

14. Invite, at his pleasure, any Creature from any Realm to come to him at a set time, but only if they so consent and reply to the invitation stating their intent to comply;

15. Appoint Executive Cabinetmen to any head of any office which may be created by law in the event that the office is vacated by Resignation, Impeachment, or other means of vacancy, the Appointees being required to step down when the Election is scheduled, and said Election may not take place greater than One Year from the date of Vacancy;

16. Write, enact, revoke, and declare the laws for electoral fraud by edict, all edicts enacted pursuant to this Duty taking effect no later than on the Thirty First of October from their enactment;

17. Prescribe emblems, seals, regalia, official dress, vestments, formalities, customs, acts, ceremonies, rituals, and other such trivialities not necessary to the function and dispensing of their powers to all offices, posts, positions, and such of the Kingdom, which the servants holding the same being forced to obey and unable to act without obeying, the prescriptions of the same effective as immediate as possible, except in matters of emergency and necessity where regalia can not be donned;

18. Approve applications to change a citizen’s legal name, overriding any body delegated to do this otherwise;

19. Initiate an immediate investigation of charges of corruption to or against any government official and referring the judgment of these charges to a court as prescribed by law, overriding any body delegated to do this otherwise;

20. Appoint a Spiritual Advisor for consulting in matters of theology, jurisprudence, and the Christian faith in both a legal and personal sense, whose Compensation shall be set by the Congress and need not their consent;

21. Serve as a moral and pure guide to the people of TurtleShroom, abstaining totally from all poisons and impurities, never uttering obscenities or committing acts of fraud, deceit or corruption, never aiding any body in the circumvention of this Constitution, always doing what is pure and holy in the Eyes of the Lord, and serving TurtleShroom before himself, even to the point of death;

22. Dispatch the Armies and Navies to quell domestic insurrections and rebellions at the request of any official presiding over the jurisdiction of the rebellion;

23. Decides questions about the granting of TurtleShroom citizenship and asylum that are not clarified or specified by this Constitution or by laws passed by Congress.


The Kings may delegate and revoke any aspect of their powers enumerated here in this Constitution to any Governmental Body ordained by this Constitution or by law, and may take back powers specifically and explicitly enumerated to them by this Constitution or by law to their sole usage, giving one month’s warning to transfer the same. The Twenty First Responsibility and the First Responsibility may not be delegated.


CHAPTER THREE: CHECKS AND PROHIBITIONS
This Constitution shall never be construed to permit the Kings to Declare War or authorize the usage of Military Force without the expressed consent of Congress, except in the event that the Kingdom falls under attack or, in the event of failure to act, would have TurtleShroom rendered tributary to another nation, with the King presenting to the Congress a List of Grievances regarding the necessity for a strike without prior provocation.

The Kings shall not relieve any elected official of their duties for any reason whatsoever, except upon the successful conviction of charges of corruption and other crimes and misdemeanors listed in this Constitution and in laws Congress shall direct.

The Kings shall not suspend the Constitution nor void any part of the Constitution, nor refuse to enforce any law enacted by legal means in this Government. Any creature nominated to serve as King can not refuse the nomination or position and must govern despite personal objections to the contrary.

The Kings may not appoint justices and judiciaries of the Realm. The Kings may not overly entangle themselves in the affairs of the Armies and Navies of the state. The Kings may not charter a city or town, village or borough, nor revoke the same. The Kings may not assume a Power not delegated to them without the expressed consent, by majority vote, of Congress as they so by law Direct.

The Kings may not blaspheme Jesus Christ of Nazareth or the Christian faith. The Kings may not take the Lord’s Name in Vain. The Kings may not bear false witness or murder a fellow man, turtle, or mushroom. The Kings may not assume control over or interfere with the matters of the Church or any of its clerics, nor excessively entangle themselves into the Church or her affairs.
This shall not be construed to require any religious submission by the King, but rather, to ensure the King doesn’t dishonor the God who made his reign possible. No religious test shall be applied to the chosen successor to the King, or the King himself.

The Kings may not erect statues of them or use the state to infuse within the Masses adoration for themselves, absent the explicit Permission and Appropriation of funds by a three-fifths majority Congress. No public funds appropriated for glorifying a mortal creature of TurtleShroom in the form of construction of public works like that of monuments and shrines shall exceed one percent of the nation’s budget at any given year.

The Kings shall not be permitted to establish or allow the establishment of any institution rendering themselves as beyond the reaches of the Law or this Constitution, nor shall the Kings be elevated to the realms of the Supreme Being, nor declared a god or superior to humankind.

The Kings may not declare themselves better than man nor oppress man. When interacting and conversing with man, the Kings are always to acknowledge man and perform courtesies to man first, acknowledging their supremacy in the natural order.

The Kings may not dispense the duties of their office without wearing their Crowns and other regalia and vestments prescribed by law, except in situations of emergency, peril, or when genuine necessity renders the requirement of regalia void.

The Kings are not immune from Recall or Impeachment and must be dethroned in the event of corruption, as is to all public servants, royal and common.


CHAPTER FOUR: CORONATION AND ELIGIBILITY, MATTERS OF VACANCY, TENURE, REMOVAL FROM THE THRONE

SECTION ONE: ELIGIBILITY
To serve as a King of TurtleShroom, the creature in question must be a natural born citizen of TurtleShroom, meaning the hatching, germination, or other means of creation of the creature in question occurs within the sovereign borders of TurtleShroom or on property owned by the nation or directly and obviously subject to its jurisdiction.

To serve as King of TurtleShroom, the creature must be unmarried and a virgin if the application of gender exists, as pertaining to turtles. The King must be celibate and in abstinence of all impurities, and must remain in this state for life.

One seat on the Throne is reserved for a Turtle, the other for a Mushroom, and no other creature on God’s earth may ascend to the title and power of the monarchy by any means, including Man.

A King must be in good standing before the law. He who has committed a Capital or otherwise Infamous crime or Felonious Breach of the Law can not be in line for the Crown.

No religious test or gender exclusion may stand in the way of an otherwise eligible King to become a contender to the Crown.


SECTION TWO: REGENTS AND SELECTION OF A NEW KING
Starting in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred Ten, the people of TurtleShroom shall elect thirteen men to serve as Regents during the Interregnal period where one or more Kings are not capable of reigning.

Upon assuming the throne, each King is to name twelve creatures of his Own Species, all meeting the Requirements specified in this Constitution, as contenders for the Throne at his passing.

Upon his passing, the thirteen Regents will act in his place, their Votes, duties, and manners of assent of the Law passed by Congress the same as a true King, a simple majority of all current rulers to Assent a Bill unto Law. In the event of a Tie, the law shall be considered Defeated.

In the nearest possible time, the Twelve chosen by the deceased King shall be gathered together, and Lots shall be cast in the form of Two cubical Dice, the numbers therein corresponding to each of the Twelve. The numbers shown upon the Dice shall declare who among the Twelve is to become the next King.

Congress shall have the authority to decide and define how the numbers allot to which successor, and how to include the number One in a system using a die which can not generally conceive the number.


SECTION THREE: DISPOSAL OF THE KING AND REGENTS
The Kings, and all civil officers of TurtleShroom in all forms of government, elected or otherwise, shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery, corruption, or any number of other crimes and misdemeanors through the demand of Congress, or by a demand for a vote of Confidence by the People. When sitting for the purpose of Impeachment, Senators are on Oath or Affirmation. The Judgemaster of TurtleShroom shall preside the Trial.

Any reigning King or Acting Regent may be, at the demand of enough Citizens of the Realm, or by Impeachment from Congress be made to stand Recall.

Upon the gathering of the signatures, verifiably decreed to be the testimony of the person signing, of one-tenth of the population, the King shall relinquish his Crown and stand before the Congress, who shall try him for the accusations of the petition signed by the People, and, in the case of conviction, order the Kingdom torn from him.

In the abdication of a Regent, Congress shall Appoint a human to stand in his place until a new Election can be scheduled.

A King is chosen to his office by God Himself, His Will expressed through the Lots. He is, therefore, expected to stand in the utmost purity and can not make others look down upon TurtleShroom for failing to be a nation that obeys God.
To rectify the tainting of the Throne of a recalled King, Royal Blood must be spilt.
A King that receives a Vote of No Confidence, being convicted by Congress and Deposed of his Rule must be sentenced to death, to be executed by the State on the next fifth day of the week, Friday.
A Regent, called to his duties by an election through the fallible people of the realm, is not subject to this requirement.

In addition, Congress may draft Articles describing, in detail, Acts of Impurity as described in this Constitution, and submit, upon the affirmation of two-thirds of Congress, the King to the People, who, by a Seventy Five percent majority vote, declare their Vote of No Confidence against the Crown, forcing an Impeachment.

SECTION FOUR: MEDICAL DEPOSAL
The King may be prematurely relieved of his throne if deemed incapable of meeting his Obligations because of Medical Infirmaries. Congress, on the basis of the conclusion of a Medical Commission formed under its auspices, shall draft Articles of Infirmary detailing the alleged medical flaws of the King in detail, certified by three witnesses, all of whom are Practicing Medics with the Credentials enabling them to decide the Illnesses charged in pertinence with the species of the King. With the Confirmation of these Three Witnesses, Congress may then decide to prematurely relieve the King of power when not less than two-thirds of the established members of the Congress so vote.

An infirmed King may not be punished, mistreated, or executed for his illnesses which removed him, and shall be Tended to and Comforted until his death. Infirmed Kings are, for all intents and purposes, still the Reigning Heads of State of TurtleShroom, but during his Incapacity, the Thirteen Regents shall assume the place of his Vote and shall fully assume his Duties until the Infirmed King’s death or recovery.



ARTICLE V
THE EXECUTIVE CABINET


Congress, when creating principal Ministers to officiate executive governmental functions shall be required to permit the Masses to elect a man to serve in the office for a term of One Year.

The Executive Cabinet is an executive and management organ. It consists of Departments, referenced as Ministries and each headed by a Headmaster. The Kings, jointly, chair the Cabinet of Ministers ex officio and may prescribe recommendations unto them. The powers of the Executive Cabinet, the manner of its activity, and its relationship with other governmental organs are determined by Congressional law.

The Executive Cabinet organizes the execution of laws, royal acts, and decisions of the courts, each being delegated to the Departments empowered by Congress to execute a specific category or topic of law and subject.

These Ministers, each the head of their Executive Departments as created and delegated by Congress, may remove from office any Public Servant under their jurisdiction at their pleasure. All civil officers of the Executive Departments under their Head may be removed at any time by their Head when their services are deemed unnecessary or for dishonesty, incapacity, inefficiency, misconduct, Neglect of Duty, or no reason; and when so removed, the removal shall be reported to Congress.

The Ministers, in turn, are subject to stand Recall and Impeachment before the people, in the same manner as both the Kings and the Regents, but no recalled Minister may be sentenced any form of Punishment for Recall or Impeachment Alone, although, following the recall, he may be tried for any other crime he committed. When Ministers are Convicted of a Felonious or otherwise Infamous Crime save Impeachment or Recall, the impartial judge presiding has the Authority to issue any Sentence permitted under this Constitution, including and up to Death.

The Kings may not discharge an elected Minister.


ARTICLE VI
CONGRESS


SECTION ONE: OPENING AND ESTABLISHING STATEMENTS
Except where otherwise specified in this Constitution, all legislative powers herein delegated shall be vested in a Royal Congress- guided under the Will of the Lord Jesus -which shall consist of a unicameral body of four hundred ninety nine Senators, and a Judgemaster of the Court and Law of TurtleShroom.

Congress shall be composed of members chosen every year by the people of TurtleShroom and the Electors for each Seat shall be Citizens of the Kingdom.

A Senator may be stripped of his powers as a Senator only by Congress, or the ordained methods of Recall and Impeachment elsewhere in this Constitution.
For such a decision to be performed Internally, not less than a Simple Majority of the established number of Senators of Congress so vote in favor.

SECTION TWO: SOLE OCCUPATUON, CHARITIES
Congress is a constantly operating organ and Senators may not simultaneously serve for any other Occupation. When not in session, exceptions shall be granted to allow the Senator to embark in service to Charity, to non-pastoral laity functions in the Church- including the deaconate, elders, ushers, committee members or volunteers otherwise of the flock –to institutions furthering the Greater Good or God Himself, to medical facilities and almshouses, and to serve the orphans, widows, and the poor. Should any compensation be made to the Senator for their Act of Charity, it shall be turned to the General Budget of the Kingdom for Governmental Use.

SECTION THREE: TAXATION APPORTIONMENT AND CENSUS
Direct taxes on Income shall be Apportioned equally among the nation, according to its Respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free beings, counting humanity, all turtles, and all mushrooms, including those bound to service for a term of years. In addition, all creatures not meeting these three criteria, but lawfully residing in the Kingdom all the same, shall be added to the Number, alongside any Servicemen in the Armies and Navies of TurtleShroom abroad.

The actual Enumeration shall be made in the Year of Our Lord Eighteen Hundred Ten, and within every subsequent term of Seven Years, in such manner as they shall by Law direct. Congress shall have the Authority to designate small Enumerations for Statistical Purposes in such manner as they shall by Law direct, but the Surveys so created may not count as Enumeration and may not occur in any time less than three years after the previous Enumeration.


SECTION FOUR: QUALIFICATIONS AND CALLS OF THE HOUSE
To serve as a Senator, one must be a Citizen of the Kingdom of TurtleShroom at the age of majority for their species so prescribed by law, having no Criminal Past, and must reside in TurtleShroom for Eighteen Consecutive Years and their District for Four. No other being shall be permitted to hold such office.

Congress and the Judgemaster shall be the judge of the elections, returns, and qualifications of Congress’ own members, and one hundred one men shall count as a Quorum to Do Business. The Judgemaster is Authorized to Compel the Attendance of Absent Members by virtue of decreeing Call of the House, upon which the Military and Police forces created by law shall forcibly bring the Senators to stand.

A Sergeant-at-Arms shall be appointed by Congress and will be vested with carrying out the Call and ordering the enforcers of the Call.


SECTION FIVE: OPEN RECORDS
Congress shall keep a journal of its proceedings, including a full transcript of any Debate and any Words uttered upon the Floor, any actions taken, the entering and exiting of Senators, any sounds and other vocal or other statements, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts regarding the military and national security as may in their judgment require secrecy; and the yeas and nays of the members of Congress, on any question, shall be entered on the journal.

Except for conveyance for matters of Governmental Contingency, Continuity, Acts of War, and Emergency, and for the discussion or briefing of military and policing secrets to preserve Order, all actions of Congress are, without exception, to be published in the record.

The Record may not be edited.


SECTION SIX: CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER:

1) To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises for revenue, necessary to pay the debts, provide for the common defense, and carry on the Government of the Kingdom; no duties or taxes on importations from foreign nations shall be laid to promote or foster any branch of industry; and all taxation, without exception, is to be a flat rate in concurrence with Section Three’s apportionment rate; and to compel payment of taxation.

2) To borrow money on the credit of the Kingdom, and assume all obligations to fully pay said funds back as speedily as feasible.

3) To lay bare a Budget as prescribed in Article VII of this Constitution.

4) To regulate Commerce with foreign nations and Uniformly across the Kingdom;

5) To facilitate the Furnishing of Lights, Beacons, and Buoys, and other Aids to Navigation upon the Navigable waters of TurtleShroom, and the removing of obstructions in the navigation of the same.

6) To establish uniform laws of Naturalization, and Uniform laws on the Subject of Bankruptcies; but no law of Congress shall Discharge any debt contracted before the passage of the same.

7) To establish Post Offices and Post Routes; to lay forth and maintain Roads, Lanes, Streets, and Byways of all means of transport by carriage, beast, or foot, and the Removing of obstructions in the navigation of the same; and to Facilitate the Furnishing of Lights, Beacons, and other Aids to Navigation for the same.

8) To fund the Instatement of Social Services for the elderly, for beings incapacitated and therefore unable to work, and for the elderly, orphans, and widows, for war veterans and others whose health has suffered in defense of governmental interests; the manner of and conditions for exercising this are regulated by law.

9) To secure for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.

10) To define and regulate Piracy and the function of Corsairs on the High Seas and navigable waterways of TurtleShroom, both domestic and foreign.

11) To define and subscribe punishments for offenses against the Law of Nations.

12) To grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

13) To establish and regulate a Militia.

14) To raise and support Armies; to provide and maintain Navies.

15) To constitute Tribunals inferior to the Supreme Courts of the Realm.

16) To authorize Military Force and Declare War; and this power can not be conferred to another other organ of Government.

17) To raise and regulate Police Forces by establishing an Executive Cabinet Minister to oversee police power, and to appropriate funds for the same.

18) To form and draw Administrative Police Districts with their own respective sheriffs, the sheriffs being elected by the people in the district, and to redistrict at will.

19) To charter and disincorporate Municipalities, Cities, Towns, Villages, and Boroughs; to accept Almagation of the same into Intercity Governances and to prescribe elections for the same if their charters called for such.

20) To constitute Public Schools and enforce anti-truancy measures in the same.

21) To charter local School Boards to set standards, practices of all types, and the curricula; Congress itself barred from doing so.

22) To ordain Private Schools, Universities, and halls of learning, and certify the same.

23) To contract private entities to perform services; but no company shall be paid not to perform a good or service.

24) To prescribe laws to Neutralize coercion, fraud, deceit, theft, corruption, aggression, and general nefarious behaviors in the private sector.

25) To define, regulate, and punish sexual immorality, sodomy, buggery, fornication, public nudity, gross indecency, and unclean relationships amongst the Kingdom’s inhabitants, and to prohibit the same in all its manifestations; but this shall not permit Congress to define divorce or permit coerced matrimony, and such laws are to be Uniform.

26) To constitute a Board of Censors to further the eradication of immorality in media and the press; but no Censor shall be permitted to infringe upon the freedom of dissent and conscience against or in favor of the Kingdom, nor bar the distribution of information for the purposes of dissent or disagreement, the authority of Censors fully limited to eliminating obscenities and defiance to decency.

27) To prescribe, by law, enforcements of the Prohibition and create the punishments for the same.

28) To uniformly regulate or outlaw private entities creating, promoting, or providing goods and services which would harm the morality of the Realm, and those which would pervert or aid in the perversions referenced or implied in any provisions in Clause Twenty Five.

29) To instate and revoke Capital Crimes and provide for means of Executions.

30) To fund and erect Penitentiaries and prescribe manners of Execution of duly convicted Felons.

31) To fund and aid the Church in her missions throughout the universe and to assist her duties, actions, missions, and obligations in the Realm; but this may not be construed to require the Church to perform or not perform an action, nor compel any creature to worship or not worship the One True God or any other gods, or the lack thereof.

32) To, in conjunction with the Executive branch, purchase, use, administer, and acquire real property for use.

33) To criminalize and punish witchcraft and all forms of magick, sorcery, use or command of demons, and summoning of evil or evil beings by unnatural or unclean manners, but no creature may be put to death for this crime.

34) To criminalize Worship and Adoration of Satan or his angels, Beelzebub, Baal, or any god explicitly listed, by an actual name in the Holy Scriptures as false, and list the punishments for the same, but the punishment shall not incur death.

35) To set uniform standards of weights and measure.

36) To coin money, declare legal tender, and regulate the value of the same.

Congress shall also have the authority to make all laws which shall be Necessary and Proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Kingdom, or in any department or officer thereof.



SECTION SEVEN: MILITARY
The Autonomy of the Armies and Navies of TurtleShroom are not to be obscured or infringed by any act of Congress.

The Military shall have the power:
1) To enact Rules concerning Captured enemy combatants on Land and Water.

2) To organize and lay forth the Structure of the Soldiers.

3) To grant promotions and demotions in Rank.

4) To control the formation and usage of weaponry, artillery, and other weapons of warfare.

5) To set Rules of Engagement.

6) To constitute Military Tribunals and courts-martial.

7) To define offenses and crimes against the Armed Forces and prescribe the punishment for the same.

8) To try war crimes and breaches of international and domestic Laws of War.

9) To receive certain classes of crime delegated from the civil courts by Congress.

10) To compel military service and Conscript all able bodied males and mushrooms in times of desperation, with the approval of a majority of Congress.

11) To regulate its own internal affairs.

12) To divide a block appropriation of money appropriated to itself by Congress.

13) To advise the Kings and government officials on matters of war.

14) To execute the laws of the TurtleShroom, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions when called by civilians.

15) To govern occupied territories.

16) To own real property and erect upon it bases, turrets, forts, and defenses of any sort it deems fit.

17) To test its weaponry on land owned by the Kingdom; this provision not being construed to harm TurtleShroom citizens.

18) To uphold, defend, and protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

19) To uphold, defend, and protect the interests of the Kingdom of God, even if in disobedience to the King.




ARTICLE VI
BUDGETARY APPROPRIATIONS


CHAPTER ONE: BALANCED BUDGET
Except in exemptions provided herein, the government of TurtleShroom must, at all times, maintain a Balanced Budget in which income from taxation and the like do not exceed any government expenditures. At no time, except as contained herein, shall federal government expenditures exceed actual collected receipts on hand.

Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed total receipts for that fiscal year, unless two-thirds of the duly chosen and sworn Senators shall provide by law for a specific excess of outlays over receipts by a roll call vote.

Total outlays for any fiscal year shall not exceed Forty Nine Percent of the Gross Domestic Product of the Realm for the calendar year ending before the beginning of such fiscal year, unless Two-Thirds of the duly chosen and Senators shall provide by law for a specific amount in excess of such by a Roll Call Vote.

Should the Kingdom maintain a National Deficit, the threshold limit on the debt held by TurtleShroom shall not be increased, unless three-fifths of the duly chosen and sworn Members of each House of Congress shall provide for such an increase by a roll call vote.

CHAPTER TWO: FULFILLING PUBLIC DEBT
The Kingdom of TurtleShroom shall not be permitted to incur Sovereign Debt, except if conditions specified in this Constitution permit a Debt to come to pass.

At the immediate resolution and expiration of the law assented that enabled the gathering of a Sovereign Debt, twenty percent of all tax revenues shall immediately be applied to the National Debt until said National Debt is fully satisfied.

The term National Debt shall mean total outstanding borrowings of TurtleShroom, comprising of Internal Creditors and Foreign Creditors; debt incurred in financing its expenditures, including, but not limited to short Borrowings, Ways-and-Means Advances, manners of Savings that be in the form of Certificates, Bonds, and securities Exchangeable to Foreign Lands, and Gold.

Expenditures shall be construed to include all Spending by the Kingdom, including but not limited to the Common Defense of the country, Disaster Relief, governmental Salaries and Benefits, and the Staffing and Administration of Agencies, Departments and Programs, and Payments made to the Church, to the orphans, widows, and infirmed of the Realm, to monetary securities of the Elderly in their days of Retirement, and to restitutions from the government in cases of denial of justice and corruption.
CHAPTER THREE: LINE-ITEM
All Budgets and Appropriations are to be drafted by Congress in compliance with this Constitution, and shall be passed with a Simple Majority of Senators present, and sent to the Kings for Assent.

Having received the Budget or other form of Appropriation, the Kings may Assent any appropriation and Deny any other appropriation in the same bill. In such case they shall, in signing the bill, designate the Appropriations disapproved; and shall return a Copy of such denied appropriations, with their Objections, to Congress. Appropriations shall be permitted to be re-introduced by the Congress and subject to Royal Assent in accordance with general proceedings of law.



The Church shall receive a minimum of Ten Percent of the Kingdom’s revenue each year for use as she sees fit.


ARTICLE VII
JUDICIARY


CHAPTER ONE: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JUDICIARY
The Judicial Power is exercised by the Supreme General Court of TurtleShroom, the Grand Alcoholic Tribubal, the Holy Marriage Tribunal, and Military Tribunals and other courts Anticipated by Law, including the establishment of emergency courts and other structures endowed with the Power of a Court, provided these institutions are subject to the same rule of law and judicial impartiality ensured by this Constitution. Inferior courts, ordained by Congress, shall be designated from time to time in a matter of law. The jurisdictions, manner of formation, and activity of courts are determined by law.

By Default, from the Supreme General Court shall all inferior tribunals not pertaining to alcohol, divorce, and items of martial importance stem, and to them shall they appeal. Congress shall have the authority to constitute inferior tribunals and specialty courts to deal with topics of law.

The courts of law shall have the authority to interpret this Constitution and, in the event of finding contradictory or unconstitutional items, strike the section of the law, or the law itself, null and void.

CHAPTER TWO: THE JUDGEMASTER
The Supreme General Court shall have as its chair and Chief Justice a Judgemaster of TurtleShroom, selected by the Kings. The Judgemaster serves life tenure and in good behavior.

The Judgemaster shall also serve as a Speaker or Chair of all of Congress, and he shall lead and maintain order in the legislature. In the absence of a Judgemaster, the most senior of Senators assembled will serve as Chair Pro Tempore and exercise the legislative proceedings of the absent Judgemaster.

CHAPTER THREE: JUDICIAL POWER
The judicial power of TurtleShroom belongs only to the courts of law and courts-martial as ordained by acts of Congress. The judicial power is intended to guarantee equal justice to all creatures in TurtleShroom regardless of species or faith, and to defend the legally protected interests of government, Christendom, society, and this Constitution.

CHAPTER FOUR: ELECTION OF GENERAL JUDGES, RECALL
The Supreme General Court and all inferior tribunals shall have their presiding judges Elected. Judges are elected for terms of four years. Any officer of the judiciary, appointed or elected, is subject to the means of Recall specified elsewhere in this Constitution.

CHAPTER FIVE: DUTIES AND PURPOSES OF A JUDGE
The conduct, duties, and purposes of the officers of the judiciary shall be taken from the Holy Bible, as follows.


FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF CHRONICLES, CHAPTER NINETEEN, THE SIXTH THROUGH TENTH VERSES:
And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem. And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. And what cause so ever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.



FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF CHRONICLES, CHAPTER NINETEEN, THE NINTH THROUGH TENTH VERSES:
And he commanded them, saying, “Thus you shall act in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and with a loyal heart: Whatever case comes to you from your brethren who dwell in their cities, whether of bloodshed or offenses against law or commandment, against statutes or ordinances, you shall warn them, lest they trespass against the Lord and wrath come upon you and your brethren.”



FROM THE MOSAIC TORAH, DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER TWENTY THREE, THE ONE THROUGH THIRD VERSES, THE SIXTH THROUGH NINTH VERSES:
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause. Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.


CHAPTER SIX:
Congress shall have the authority to decide the means of selecting judges of the Alcoholic and Marriage jurisdictions, but may not infringe on the election of the others. Congress shall prescribe through law the number of judges on each bench and the jurisdictions and districts of the same.

CHAPTER SEVEN: DIVORCE
No Union of Holy Marriage between any male and female creature shall be Lawfully Dissolved except for Marital Unfaithfulness; a Certificate of Divorce shall not be granted unless Marital Unfaithfulness is found in a fair and impartial trial in the Marriage Tribunal.

CHAPTER EIGHT: IMPARTIALITY
Any Judgement enacted by any Court of Law, binding arbiter, or other judiciary or contractual public body in TurtleShroom shall be rendered null and void if the Judge was found to be impartial or abandoning of his duties, or had received a bribe, or had a vested interest in one of the Parties before him, or performed any act of corruption, or was made to decide under duress, infirmity, or incapacity.

Whosoever is denied justice in the courts is entitled to compensation and reparation.


ARTICLE VIII
AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION


The Constitution of TurtleShroom may be amended by passing a Joint Resolution in Congress by the affirmation of Three Hundred Fifty Senators, and a subsequent Ratification referendum where fifty percent of the voting populace affirms.

Following Ratification, the Amendment becomes, for all intents and purposes, binding as part of this Constitution.






ARTICLE IX
AFFIRMATION OF SOME OF THE RIGHTS OF THE TURTLESHROOMER


The Government of TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing that may deprive another person of any rights or freedoms or limit her or his rights in any manner other than in accordance with the Constitution and laws, the rights being listed in this Article.

The Government of TurtleShroom is bound to these Rights.

) TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing that denies equal justice in the courts and equality before the law on the accounts of nationality, ethnic origin, property holdings, official status, place of residence, language, religious preference, or political convictions, for any reason, at any time, without exception.

) TurtleShroom’s government shall enforce nothing that violates the rights of TurtleShroomers on account of gender or species, except in obvious differences like that of the public morality and decency, such as manners of dress, or in acts that would clearly harm one gender while leaving the other unscathed. The Church shall be given the authority to allow or prohibit women to hold occupations therein, and other ecclesiastical functions.

) TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing that would subject any man, turtle, or mushroom to unholy experimentation against their will.

) A TurtleShroomer may not be punished, detained, or otherwise disciplined except in exact accordance with the law and as the decision of a court. A citizen may be arrested only on condition of the existence of grounds specifically indicated by law, by decision of a court. No arrest or monitoring of a citizen shall be invoked without a Warrant from a judge, justice of the peace, magistrate, or other judicial organ.

) TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing that infringes the ability of TurtleShroomers to defend their homes against unlawful encroachments.

) TurtleShroom shall prevent no man from freely moving and choose his residence within the borders of the Kingdom, nor prevent him from exiting the Kingdom, except if he is convicted in a court of law.

) TurtleShroom shall prevent no citizen from electing and being elected to organs of governmental power where elections are held if they meet the requirements specified by the Constitution, but shall be permitted to disenfranchise certain categories if need be, by a three-fifths affirmation of Congress.

) TurtleShroom shall prevent no man from choosing at his own discretion a profession, type of occupation, and place of work, subject to contract and the law.

) TurtleShroomers may not be put to death except as the sentence of a court in a fair, impartial trial.

) No creature shall be tried in any means that is not fair and impartial, under any circumstances, at any time.

) TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing that infringes the right of any man to peacefully and honorably criticize or dissent against the government, its methods of taxation, its practices, deeds, and institutions, and even the Church.

) TurtleShroom may not compel witnesses to testify against themselves.

) Before being tried, all TurtleShroomers shall be subject to a Grand Jury of his fellow beings, where he may compel witnesses to contest or challenge the evidence presented by the state. The Grand Jury is mandated to decide if the evidence is enough to permit a trial. Double jeopardy is to be in effect following acquittal.

) TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing that makes one liable for an act which at the time of its commission was not a violation of the law. The creation of ex post facto and retroactive laws is eternally forbidden.

) TurtleShroom may not deny incarcerated, duly convicted criminals the right to edible food, potable water, vital emergency medicines, and visitation from the Church.

) TurtleShroom shall not restrict the ability of the media to criticize and expose impurities in the government.

) TurtleShroom shall not restrict the ability of the citizenry to exercise these rights guaranteed to them.


ARTICLE X
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM


CHAPTER ONE: RIGHT OF DESTINY
Above all else, the right of a human to determine the fate of their immortal soul, by their own free will, shall not be abridged. Creatures with a capacity to think, feel, and believe, in the opinion of we who have convened, do not possess souls but nonetheless are capable of accepting the complex truths of faith and belief shall be guaranteed these same rights.

CHAPTER TWO: DECLARATIONS OF A CHRISTIAN STATE
In all affairs of state, TurtleShroom shall remember that it is a Christian nation, founded by clerics and in obedience to the Kingdom of God, which is superior to all worldly governments.

TurtleShroom’s government and laws must conform to the teachings of Christ Jesus and of the Holy Bible’s New Testament. When the Constitution and all existing statute fall silent, all of the Bible may be used to arbitrate the law, or the same may be delegated to Ecclesiastical courts. TurtleShroom’s military is sworn to keep the Kingdom on the straight and narrow and right with God, even more so than they are sworn to this Constitution.

CHAPTER THREE: ILLEGALITY OF COERCION AND DURESS IN AFFAIRS OF THE SOUL
While Christianity shall dominate the path and legal doctrines of the Kingdom, it shall be illegal for any institution of any kind to compel any creature to worship or deny their religion, its God, god, or gods, or even a belief in the lack thereof.

All creatures in TurtleShroom shall have the fundamental ability to enter and exit any faith for any reason their conscience allows, to follow and worship any god, gods, or idol of their choosing, or to abstain from and deny a Supreme Being altogether.

No law shall affect the ability of a creature in TurtleShroom from choosing their faith and determining their destiny in the mortal plane and the afterlife.
TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing coercing any man to follow or not follow any religion, or lack thereof, nor shall it excessively entangle itself in its affairs.

TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing forbidding the right of all religions to Witness to the world and promote their respective gospel.

TurtleShroom shall levy no Tax upon the polls, nor the income, purchases, or expenses of the Church or her clerics.

This shall not be construed to permit the practice of the faiths previous deemed unlawful in this Constitution, but any faith not so listed shall not be outlawed.


ARTICLE XI
RATIFICATION OF THIS CONSTITUTION


Upon the completion of the drafting of this Constitution, it shall be presented before the Elders that drafted it and assented by an unanimous vote. Successful assent of this document shall immediately invoke the coronation of new Kings, the Lord Willing.



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AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION


{Initial 1796-1800 amendments.)
AMENDMENT THE FIRST:
The institution of slavery in TurtleShroom is forbidden in all circumstances except by penal labor of persons, laid forth by due process of law.

Except in penal labor invoked after due process of law, no man, nor turtle, nor mushroom, nor sentient species as to be recognized by the State, shall be owned by another, nor shall any instance of involuntary servitude be permitted, nor shall any individual partake in the buying, selling, or trading of enslaved persons.

All enslaved persons found subject to the jurisdiction of TurtleShroom are to be seized from their masters and Emancipated by the state and provided protection and emancipation in a manner the state shall so by law direct.

The State shall make no law regulating the scope or usage of penal labor, except to ensure that all men, convicted by due process of law, be provided enough food, water, and medicine to be kept alive.


AMENDMENT THE SECOND:
Marriage in TurtleShroom is to solely consist of the union of a male and a female, of whom existed in that gender at birth. Congress shall have the authority to define the sex of a man, turtle, or other gendered being by binding resolutions passed by two thirds of all sworn members, assented by unanimous royal approval.

No benefits, fiscal or otherwise, bestowed upon the definition of marriage herein shall be extended towards any other form of relationship considered an alternative to marriage, nor shall such unions be recognized or their contracts honored, nor shall humans be allowed to marry any other species.

All existing unions outside of this designation are to be annulled and deemed completely void upon Ratification of this Amendment. This amendment does not apply to creatures that reproduce asexually.


AMENDMENT THE THIRD:
This Constitution may not be construed to exempt the Kings or Congress from any laws passed by the government. Equality of the law is to be universal. Congress may not exempt themselves from any law, nor shall they exempt any individual or title from the same, nor may they create laws applying solely to themselves or a figure, but they shall be able to prescribe to themselves a salary and pension, and to grant authorities and privileges to the Kings.


AMENDMENT THE FOURTH:
The Kings may not be permitted to declare war or interfere with Congress’ authority to declare war, except by exercising their veto rights. When at war, the autonomy of the military can not be infringed, but military commanders, from time to time, shall inform the Kings, Congress, and other fitting persons on strategy, casualties, doctrine, and other such topics. Congress can end a war by ratification of an armistice or peace treaty, upon which soldiers shall be required to return home in times specified by the same.


AMENDMENT THE FIFTH:
Rulings made by the Holy Marriage Tribunal and the Grand Alcohol Tribunal may not be reversed, except through those respective institutions’ own future judgments or amendments to this Constitution by the sanctioned process.


AMENDMENT THE SIXTH:
With the signed and affirmed signatures of one-seventh of the voting population, a case decreed by the Supreme General Court can be overturned, returning the situation judged to its status quo.


AMENDMENT THE SEVENTH:
The ability of Recall and Impeachment of any governmental official is inviolable, and no means of government action or inaction may halt, stall, delay, slow, or infringe the processes. Members of Congress shall be prohibited from purposely or knowingly making false statements or misleading the public while in office; such acts shall be grounds for impeachment, recall, or removal from office.

Congress shall have the authority to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE EIGHTH:
Neither the Kings, nor any of royal blood, nor any elected official may be permitted to gamble their money or the peoples’ money. No public official shall be permitted to submit the national coffers to games of chance and luck.

Congress shall have the authority to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE NINTH:
Government officials not living righteous, moral lives of purity and honor are to be immediately relieved by their immediate superiors, by impeachment, by expulsion, or by the people. If all methods of removing the impure fail, the military is authorized to forcibly remove and trial the offender.


AMENDMENT THE TENTH:
Article Six Section Three of the Constitution is hereby amended as follows:
Three-fifths of all who are duly convicted of a crime and incarcerated, of all residing illegally in the Kingdom prior to deportation, and of all unclean spirits and demonic entities so defined by law, will be added to the Enumeration for Determination of tax burdens.



AMENDMENT THE ELEVENTH:
Public Execution is hereby abolished. All executions are to be performed behind closed doors in the confines of a prison, before two or more witnesses.


AMENDMENT THE TWELFTH:
The denomination of Christianity receiving state funds as spoken of in the Constitution is to be Southern Baptist Christianity. Recipiants of funds may share and utilize these as they so direct. Congress shall attach no requirements to these funds.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTEENTH:
The worship of pasta and feigned doctrines designed to obtain benefits of faiths without the sincerity of theology, or feigned doctrines decided to slander or mock a legitimate religion, are specifically forbidden.

Congress shall be given the power to enforce this Amendment by legislation.



{Amendments ratified 1800-1850.}
AMENDMENT THE FOURTEENTH:
Article Five of the Constitution is hereby amended to edit the term limit of Executive Cabinet Ministers from one year to two.

The term limit from Senators shall henceforth be every two years.

Any laws or clauses in this Constitution contradicting this Amendment are repealed upon its ratification.


AMENDMENT THE FIFTEENTH:
All forms of prostitution are explicitly and eternally forbidden within the borders of the Kingdom of TurtleShroom.

Congress shall have the authority to enforce this Amendment by appropriate legislation and set the punishments for the same.

If ratified, this Amendment may not be repealed by the usual simple majority, but rather, shall demand a ninety percent affirmation. To ensure the same, this Amendment will not be ratified unless seventy five percent of voters affirm.


AMENDMENT THE SIXTEENTH:
The Fourteenth Amendment is hereby repealed. All term limits for Executive Cabinetmen, judges, and Senators are hereby extended to twelve years, starting immediately after the next election following ratification.



{1850-1890}
AMENDMENT THE SEVENTEENTH:
Suffrage may not be denied to any turtle, mushroom, or human over the age of majority except if convicted of a Felony, upon which the felon is disenfranchised for all time to come; and neither shall any man deemed insane be permitted to vote, nor the incarcerated non-felons when serving their time.

Congress shall be given the power to enforce this article through appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE EIGHTEENTH:
Article Nine’s provision to disenfranchise certain groups by affirmation of a quorum of Senators is hereby struck void.

No category of creature may be denied citizenship except by a Constitutional Amendment, but no demonic being, as defined by law and interpreted by theology and the Church, may vote or attain the same.



{1890-1925}
AMENDMENT THE NINETEENTH:
No form of nationalization, eminent domain, or expropriation can be performed on any private property to any other’s ownership against their will without exact, full compensation of the worth of all seized assets.
Failure to pay the exact worth of an item results in a forfeiture of the property back to its owner and an extra compensation of ten percent.

A nationalized industry, company, or institution must be returned to its original owner no more than one year after the nationalization, unless a new order of nationalization renews the seizure, and the reparations paid anew.

Congress shall have the power to enforce this article through appropriate legislation.


{1925-1940: THE “ANTI NEW DEAL”}
AMENDMENT THE TWENTIETH:
The prosecution, breakup, and meddling of the private sector by means of antitrust litigation and monopolistic prevention are hereby fully outlawed.

Except to prevent fraud, immorality, deceit, and the like as defined in this Constitution, the government shall not have the authority to interfere with the mergers, acquisitions, divestments, breakups, and organization of corporations of any size.

The courts shall be permitted to settle disputes and enforce contracts resulting from the processes explained by this Amendment.

This Amendment may not be construed to hamper the authority of the government to set uniform bankruptcy laws, the existence of bankruptcy courts and the election of judicial figures to the same, or the arbitration in bankruptcy itself.


AMENDMENT THE TWENTY FIRST:
No Central Bank of TurtleShroom shall be permitted to exist, nor dictate monetary policy; Congress shall have direct control of the regulation of money and the control of monetary policy.

If evidence of a bank asserting significant control over the money supply or economic matters which would be placed under the auspices of a central bank appears, Congress shall have the authority to initiate an investigation and to subpoena the evidence needed to pursue an indictment, upon which the bank as a legal person shall be made to stand trial before the Supreme General Court of TurtleShroom.

Congress shall not interfere with or assist the banking industry, except to combat fraud, deceit, and other items specifically prohibited by this Constitution.

The debt of the Kingdom and the validity of the same shall not be questioned nor defaulted, nor shall the nation absolve it for any reason.


AMENDMENT THE TWENTY SECOND:
All references to a King of TurtleShroom, to a royal government, to royal blood, to the Crown, and to monarchy are hereby absolved. TurtleShroom, for all instances and purposes, shall be considered a Republic before the law and in the international community.

Within six months to the day of this Amendment’s ratification, citizens of TurtleShroom shall be subject to a referendum to decide the fate of the existence, usage, and binding power of royal regalia and the status of the heads of state as far as royal bloodlines adjudicate.
The position of head of state of TurtleShroom shall henceforth be addressed as “Chancellor”. Therefore, there shall only be one King over TurtleShroom, that King being God Almighty, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


AMENDMENT THE TWENTY THIRD:
No tax shall be levied on the income of a corporation, on any capital gains by any creature or institution, on stocks and dividends, on loans, on pensions, or on any man’s estate.

Except to combat fraud, insider trading, and other forbidden acts, the stock exchange market may not be hampered with by any form of Congressional interference.


AMENDMENT THE TWENTY FOURTH:
The term limits of Senators and Executive Cabinetmen are hereby extended to fourteen years. All provisions referring otherwise shall be absolved upon ratification of this Amendment.



{1945-1959: In Reaction to the Distant WWII}
AMENDMENT THE TWENTY FIFTH:
To establish and define security and protect the citizenry, a DEFCON System shall be ordained by the Military.

The DEFCON shall be lowered with the consent of the Kings, Congress, and the Armed Forces of TurtleShroom.
The governance of the DEFCON and the rules and suspensions added when each level is in effect shall be set and declared by the military.

In any DEFCON level, religious freedom may not be suspended.

In the event of a direct invasion and compromise of the country, a DEFCON Zero shall be ordained, and, upon orders to lower with the assent of all surviving, national governing branches of TurtleShroom, the Constitution shall be Suspended for a time up to two years, with the Chancellors yielding absolute authority over all remaining in TurtleShroomian control.

Congress shall apportion a permanent Trust Fund to the creation, construction, upkeep, staffing, maintenance, and supplying of Grand Bunkers for Six Months or higher, designed to encase twice that of all the population of TurtleShroom as of the most recent Great Census of TurtleShroom, and every Great Census thereafter.

In the event of DEFCON Zero, all TurtleShroomian beings shall be rounded up and detained in these Grand Bunkers to minimize and eliminate the loss of innocent civilians, and to enable maximum fighting capabilities of the Armed Forces of the country.

Whosoever moves, corrupts, or embezzles money or supplies from the Grand Bunker or its Trust Fund shall be put to death for such a crime, duly convicted by a military tribunal.

Habeas corpus shall not be suspended except in the events of open, widespread Rebellion and Invasion, or in co-ordinance with DEFCON Zero.

Congress shall have the power to enforce this Article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE TWENTY SIXTH:
The term limits of all elected Executive Cabinetmen and Senators are hereby extended to sixteen years. All previous provisions setting such are absolved upon ratification.



{1959-1975: “the Regressive Era”}
AMENDMENT THE TWENTY SEVENTH:
Congress shall not interfere with the right of the educational system to segregate or integrate its institutions between race, species, gender, or any other attribute, and shall be required to enforce the regulations of the school boards as they so direct.

The Chancellors shall be granted the power to summon forth the Militias and Armed Forces to quell pro- and anti-discrimination and integration rioters and protect schools from the threats of protest.

Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE TWENTY EIGHTH:
TurtleShroom shall enforce no provision interfering with the Private Sector to hire and fire any employee at its leisure, to grant or deny service to any one group or groups, and to discriminate by any means it wishes.

The government shall be required to enforce the whims of both inclusion and exclusion by businesses.

The Chancellors shall be granted the power to combat race riots and city-wide lootings in the name of “liberation” of any specific group by military force.

Congress shall be given the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

No provision here or anywhere in TurtleShroomer law shall permit core emergency, medical, and protectionary services from denying needed services for any reason at any time, regardless of discriminatory nature or manner of pay, and the government shall reimburse premiums and fees by virtue of taxation and through appropriations to Religion and Spirituality.


AMENDMENT THE TWENTY NINTH:
Congress shall be given the power to regulate and criminalize desecration and dishonorable disposal of the National Flag of TurtleShroom, of the Holy Flag of Christendom, of the Holy Bible, and of other public-sector flags of national importance in a manner of law, but no punishment shall exceed ten years in prison.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTIETH:
The Public Sector shall not discriminate its services in the manners allotted to the private sector, and all medical services shall be barred from discrimination, as shall private institutions that protect the property and body of its clients, and of any postal service, and of any railroad.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY FIRST:
TurtleShroom shall never grant any special rights, immunities, or privileges on the basis of sexual orientation, of gender identity, or of other perversions described in manners of law.

Congress shall be given the power to criminalize such perversions as altering of one’s ordained gender and mutilation of the body to perform the same, but no punishment shall exceed fifteen years in prison.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY SECOND:
The police of the realm shall be given the authority to deem anyone exhibiting extreme perversions or gender identity disorder, among any and all other forms of mental illness, instability, insanity, or disability, and bring them before a fair and impartial judge to deem their mental status. Contests to Institutionalization may be appealed to an applicable state medical board ordained by Congress.

Those deemed mentally insane or unstable may be, at the discretion of the courts of law, interned in mental asylums, lunatic asylums, and mental institutions for a period so deemed by the court, or by applicable medical doctors.

Congress shall have the authority to appropriate funds for the establishment and maintenance of state-run mental asylums, mental hospitals, and other forms of institutionalization of the mentally ill.

Under no circumstances can a creature deemed mentally insane be punished for their illness; mental asylums shall be subject to random and unannounced checkups to ensure just and loving treatment to the patients and Congress shall have the authority to establish governing bodies to investigate and oversee the same. Mental patients shall not be tortured, but the asylums shall be permitted to restrain and calm patients that are perceived or become threats to others in their ward.

Only the state shall operate mental institutions and lunatic asylums, and no private interest shall be permitted to interfere or manage the same. The prison system shall not interfere, entangle, or intertwine with the mental institutionalization of any creature, and neither shall the Church be allowed to own or operate insane asylums.

All institutionalized patients are wards of the state and any custody of an institutionalized patient is absolved and given to the state. The estates of the institutionalized shall be given to the next of kin, or, if none can be identified, to the largest creditor. Circumstances involving mushrooms being institutionalized shall be arbitrated in a manner the courts and Congress shall direct.

Congress, upon designating a plot of real property for use as a lunatic hospital, may not sell or transfer its use to other functions.

Congress, the courts, the police, and the Chancellors shall be given power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY THIRD:
“Sit-ins”, “sick-outs”, and other means of “civil disobedience”, when obstructing commerce and commuting, shall not be covered under dissent of the government and shall be regulated and criminalized in a manner Congress shall by law direct.

The Chancellors shall be granted the power to summon forth the Militias and Armed Forces to quell such actions if need be.

Congress shall be given the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY FOURTH:
TurtleShroom shall enforce nothing limiting the contributions of all domestic citizens, and all domestically headquartered TurtleShroomian institutions, to political causes.

Congress shall be required to establish a government agency that will collect data, with exact and extensive detail, on every campaign and political contribution of every kind, to the nearest hundredth, and release it to the general public every six months.

Campaign contributions that are not reported are to be seized by the state and transferred to the trust funds designated for elder pensions, the orphans, the widows, and the poor.

Congress shall be given the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY FIFTH:
The redistricting and drawing of legislative, judicial, administrative, municipal, and other political districts, lines, and borders of TurtleShroom shall exclusively be a political question for resolution by Congress. The judiciary shall not be permitted to interfere with the matters described in this article.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY SIXTH:
No institution of learning, public or private, shall be permitted to teach any form of sexual education course for any creature, for any reason, at any time, to any age.

Congress shall have the authority to enforce this article by appropriate legislation, including the prescription of criminal punishments to those who violate this Amendment, but no punishment shall exceed five years in prison.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY SEVENTH:
No institution, public or private, shall be permitted to sell or issue contraceptives, birth control devices, or other, similar items for the purpose of the nullification of procreation, for humans or turtles, without the presentation valid marriage certificate or contract at the time of transaction.

Congress shall have the authority to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY EIGHTH:
Except to pursue the removal of corruption, fraud, deceit, theft, aggression, criminal activity, coercion, smuggling of drugs, and general unlawfulness, the private sector of the TurtleShroomian economy shall not, in any way, be infringed.

The courts shall be given the authority to enforce any and all provisions of any and all valid private sector contracts, and shall be required to do so.

Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE THIRTY NINTH:
No text, considered sacred by a legitimate religion, shall be censored or altered in any way by any censorship board, public or private.

Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE FORTIETH:
Miscegenation of a male and female human of two separate races is hereby outlawed.




{1976-1990}
AMENDMENT THE FORTY FIRST:
Funds designated or allocated for a specific purpose or program shall only be used for the specific purpose or program so designated. Funds designated or allocated for a specific purpose or program shall not be borrowed, or otherwise used, to fund a different purpose or program. Any excess funds remaining or allocated shall be placed in the trusts established for the assistance to orphans, widows, and the disabled who can not work.


AMENDMENT THE FORTY SECOND:
Congress shall not enact legislation that is unfunded or unaccounted for in the budget.


AMENDMENT THE FORTY THIRD:
The federal regulation or taxation of carbon dioxide emissions shall be prohibited.




{1990-2000}
AMENDMENT THE FORTY FOURTH:
No creature shall be compelled to wear, or have implanted, a biometric chip or device, or any other external or internal electronic device, used for information storage, medical, identification, security, or tracking purposes, or for any other purposes, as a condition of citizenship.

Exemptions shall be made for certain persons duly convicted of a crime in a court, persons on supervised probation or parole, or person out on bail awaiting trial, as allowed by law; such persons shall be fitted with external electronic devices only; at no time shall an internal biometric chip or device, or any other internal electronic device, be permitted or required.

There shall be a clear and reasonable purpose for the requirement to wear such devices.

Congress shall have the authority to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE FORTY FIFTH:
The Fortieth Amendment to the Constitution of TurtleShroom is hereby fully repealed, and whosoever was convicted, charged, or punished for any crime authorized by the Fortieth Amendment shall receive a total, unconditional pardon.


AMENDMENT THE FORTY SIXTH:
Under no circumstances shall collective bargaining be deemed a fundamental right in TurtleShroomian law. It is to be considered solely as a privelage that can be regulated by by the assent of two-thirds of Congress and assented into law by the Chancellors, in manners they so by law direct.


{2001-2008}
AMENDMENT THE FORTY SEVENTH:
“Terrorism” against the Holy Republic of TurtleShroom shall be solely defined as the use of physical violence, or threats of physical violence beyond a reasonable doubt, or the serious issuance of threats calling for the death or bodily harm of any creature, to persuade or coerce governments into performing or not performing any action, or to spread fear and panic in a creature or population.

Nothing else shall be construed to the capital crime of terrorism.

Congress shall have the authority to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT THE FORTY EIGHTH:
The term limits for all Senators and Executive Cabinetmen are hereby extended to thirty years. Any and all prior Amendments dictating term limits are hereby repealed upon ratification of this Amendment.




{2009: “Liberal TurtleShroom Island Amendments *”}

AMENDMENT THE FIFTIETH:
The TurtleShroom military and government, when so directed and when absolutely neccesary to the security of the nation and her people, shall be granted the ability to Annex, Colonize, or otherwise Possess other sovereign realms, by force in economics, leverage, diplomacy, and any other means legally capable of performing.


AMENDMENT THE FIFTY FIRST:
Article One: Congress shall have the authority to define means of deportation of far-left ideologies seen as a threat to TurtleShroom's existance, particularly that of modern liberalism.

Article Two: These include those who carry and extensively force, through frequent and routine demonstrations in public places, violent or non-violent, dangerous extreme-far-left ideals or abolition of all references to religion in all public places, and/or a call to overthrow the current order by violent force instead of peaceful measures of legit and proper democracy, and/or a call to abolish capitalism in its entirety, and/or call to totally abolish any standing army, and/or demand veganism to be compulsory for man, and/or Nazis, Pastafarians, Discordians, Satanists, witches/spell casting pagans/sorcerers, or adherents to parody religions, and also those who call for following the state faith or be put to death, and those who force people to convert to a different faith by violence.
These definitions and others shall be set as Congress shall by Law direct and define with the Consensus, Consent, and Permission of 77% of the People per definition.

Article Three: No Chancellor, by any means of power, may set new definitions or alter existing ones; only Congress shall be given this power.

Article Four: The central Supreme Court of TurtleShroom shall have the authority to further define, broaden and narrow definitions passed by Congress in a case-by-case or collective basis, as they see necessary, without bias or judicial activism. Failure to remain neutral in such cases is to follow an immediate activation of the impeachment process and is to constitute High Treason to the Holy Republic.

Article Five: To add a definition to the Deportation Authorization, a 77% supermajority of Congress, assent by both Chancellors, and a 77% approval by the Masses in a free, fair, and public direct Referendum are required to so instate the definition. No citizen shall be denied the right to participate in such a Referendum.

Article Six: Any creature, regardless of position, species, power, or status, which creates a dishonest election or otherwise effect the outcome of the vote shall be charged with High Treason to the Holy Republic in a court of law.

Article Seven: Voting in a Definition Referendum is voluntary.

Article Eight: All Deports are to be transported without torture or other violations of rights to the penal colony of Liberal TurtleShoom. If Liberal TurtleShroom becomes overcrowded, means of expanding the island, including annexing other islands in its archipelego, shall be authorized by a supermajority of Congress and a simple majority of the citizenry.

Article Nine: Congress shall be given appropriate power to enforce this legislation.

Article Ten: Deports in Liberal TurtleShroom shall have the incoherent Right to freedom of movement on Liberal TurtleShroom, as well as the right to leave the island at any time for any reason, so long as they never re-enter the borders of the motherland.

Article Eleven: No method of secession by Liberal TurtleShroom to become an independent sovereign realm shall exist in any shape, form, or fashion.

Article Twelve: The Holy Republic of TurtleShroom shall be forbidden to join the World Assembly or any bodies governed by the same. Neither this Constitution or any act by the Chancellery or other governing body, including the populace, shall be construed to allow for the Holy Republic's admission into the World Assembly.

Article Thirteen: Liberal TurtleShroom shall serve the World Assembly in the place of the motherland. No World Assembly legislation affecting Liberal TurtleShroom shall, by any method, alter the sovereignty and law of the motherland.

Article Fourteen: This amendment shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by a 77% supermajority of the national legislature, as provided in the Constitution, within one year from the date of the submission hereof to the Plebiscite by Congress, in concurrence with a 77% supermajority of the Masses in a referendum.

Article Fifteen: The armed forces and militias of TurtleShroom shall have the authority to enforce this legislation by any means necessary.


{2010-early 2011: “The Great Awakening”}
AMENDMENT THE FIFTY SECOND:
Humanity shall be given a third seat in the Chancellery. The number of Chancellors is hereby extended to three. All other matters in pertinence to the Chancellors shall remain the same, but a majority of the Chancellors shall now suffice instead of the unanimity that existed prior.

All existing regulations and prohibitions on a Human Chancellor are hereby repealed.

In furtherance of this Amendment, the following text of Article IV, Chapter Four, Section One shall be struck void: [blocktext]One seat on the Throne is reserved for a Turtle, the other for a Mushroom, and no other creature on God’s earth may ascend to the title and power of the monarchy by any means, including Man.

The first human Chancellor shall be nominated by the Thirteen Regents.


AMENDMENT THE FIFTY THIRD:
Articles One through Nine, and Articles Fourteen and Fifteen of the Fifty First Amendment to the Constitution of TurtleShroom are hereby repealed, and struck null and void.

Upon successful ratification of this Amendment, all artificial buildings, infrastructure, and institutions on Liberal TurtleShroom Island are to be evacuated immediately. All creatures in Liberal TurtleShroom shall be pardoned and returned to the motherland, and compensated for their burdens.

Liberal TurtleShroom Island, and its matching archipelago, in addition to the oceanic jurisdiction of five miles off its coastlines, shall remain under TurtleShroomian authority and governance, and be renamed the “Isles of Sorrow”.

The sovereign, World Assembly entity of Liberal TurtleShroom shall be relocated to a terra nullus area in the regional sphere of influence of the realm. Liberal TurtleShroom shall not exceed more than five thousand square miles in area.

Congress shall be given the authority to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.









{2011: Pre-Dark Harvest}
AMENDMENT THE FIFTY FOURTH:
ARTICLE ONE: All TurtleShroomers shall be guaranteed by this government a Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and to defend themselves, their property, and those both in their custody and by blood, and self defense shall be accepted in court as a valid reason for acquittal by the judge.

No creature shall be denied the right to keep and bear arms so long as they do not use arms to violate the laws enacted in this nation.

ARTICLE TWO: “Arms" are to be defined as any weapon that can be fired with discretion and discrimination.

"Arms" are to be defined as any weapon that can be fired with discretion and discrimination.
"Discretion and discrimination" is to be defined as the ability to pick and choose a target without any risk of shooting an unintentional item. For this reason, courts shall be free to judge if automated weapons fit the definition in this Article.

The definition of "Arms" shall also be construed to mean the ammunition which accompanies the weapon.

ARTICLE THREE: Weapon" shall be defined as an item which, if used, will harm another individual. "Discretion and discrimination" is to be defined as the ability to pick and choose a target without any risk of shooting an unintentional item.

ARTICLE FOUR: The government of TurtleShroom shall be given the power to outlaw certain types of arms if they can not discriminate and exercise discretion on their targets.

Automated weapons and weapons that CAN exercise discretion under a trained user may be permitted amongst those that can prove they are capable of wielding this weapon.

TurtleShroom shall be permitted, therefore, to require compulsory training and licensing to keep and bear certain arms that could not, without training, be used with discrimination unless training exists.

ARTICLE FIVE: This Act may not be construed to permit the ownership of all bombs, landmines, biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction.

"Bomb" is defined as a weapon that violently explodes and shatters, injuring all nearby items and creatures.
"Landmine" is defined as a bomb which is buried.

ARTICLE SIX: The private sector and religious institutions shall be permitted to outlaw guns on their property by purchasing and visibly displaying a 'Gun Free Zone' sign at the entrance to the grounds.
Police may enforce Gun Free Zones, and Congress shall be enabled to enact a uniform conviction for carryng guns on these areas as they so by law direct.

ARTICLE SEVEN: If a previously legal weapon shall be outlawed, a Grandfather Clause shall take effect and keep all existing formerly legal Arms legal in their owners' possession. The government shall issue a Grandfather License to confirm the grandfathered status of the owner to all owners.

Grandfathered arms may be bought and sold legally, but the Grandfather License must accompany it in the transaction, and a Six Hundred Skillet tax appended to the price.

ARTICLE EIGHT: Creatures found guilty of depriving other creatures of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms without submitting to the exemptions and exceptions provided here, or without due process of law, shall be found guilty of a felony with a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand Skillets or a prison sentence of ten years, or both.

ARTICLE NINE: All Tasers shall be covered under the scope of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
"Taser" is hereby defined as a weapon which shoots electrical currents into the body of another, stunning and/or paralyzing them.

ARTICLE TEN: The government shall not issue any licenses, nor regulate, nor restrict the existence and right to buy, sell, trade, and manufacture Tasers in any fashion whatsoever, period.

ARTICLE ELEVEN: Police and military shall be required to possess arms to ensure the safety of the Masses and defense of the nation.

ARTICLE TWELVE: No creature shall be compelled to posses or bear arms against their will.

ARTICLE THIRTEEN: The government shall have power to enforce this legislation.



AMENDMENT THE FIFTY FIFTH:
No governmental election of any type or on any level of hierarchy shall be permitted to use any form of electronic, computerized, or other means of counting ballots, casting votes, canvassing, or otherwise conducting the enumeration and process of voting, except that solely of a paper ballot, the choice marked by a pen.

This Amendment shall not be construed to hinder the actual printing and standardization of the ballots, but these ballots must be on paper and marked by pen.

The sale, manufacture, import, export, and existence of electronic voting machines, the description matching the initial paragraph of this Amendment, shall be prohibited in TurtleShroom.

All governmental elections which involve mechanized voting consoles are to be voided, and a manual paper and pen count shall be issued, by force if necessary, in a do-over.

The government shall have the authority to enforce this legislation.


AMENDMENT THE FIFTY SIXTH:
Neither this Constitution, nor the laws binding TurtleShroom, nor any act of any governing body shall ever be construed or permitted to recognize Connopolis, nor any offshoot or successor state, as a legitimate nation or government.

All creatures claiming Connopolin citizenship or are, within two generations, non-refugee or asylum Connopolin immigrants, are to hereby be expelled back to the evil lands from which they so came.

All emigration from Connopolis to TurtleShroom is prohibited. No Connopolin immigrants are to be accepted after the First of January, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve.

No TurtleShroomer institution, public or private, except that of the fields of medicine and life or death matters as law and protection, shall accept any Connopolin citizen or tourist, nor any creature which swears allegiance to any Connopolin institution or the nation of Connopolis itself, nor shall it deliver any good, service, or assistance of any kind to any Connopolin citizen.
No institution of education, public or private, shall be permitted to portray Connopolis in a positive manner, or in any manner that does not condemn its actions and evil.

TurtleShroom may not enter into a supranational alliance in which Connopolis is a member, unless it is in said alliance when Connopolis enters.

TurtleShroom is hereby under a perpetual embargo against Connopolis and shall not deliver any aid of any kind for any reason to the nation or those acting on its behalf.

TurtleShroom shall not authorize any embassy or Connopolin organization to act on its soil. All businesses which were founded or otherwise created in Connopolis are to have their licenses immediately revoked, their assets seized and nationalized to be sold to the general public at a competitive, fair, unbiased auction.

TurtleShroom shall not be permitted to extradite Connopolin prisoners who do not meet the exemptions outlined in this Amendment. All Connopolin creatures committing crimes in TurtleShroom shall be tried exclusively by militaristic tribunal.

No Connopolin law is recognized in TurtleShroom, nor are any rights it guarantees to its citizens abroad.

If ratified, this Amendment shall take effect on February Fourteenth, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve. If ratified, this Amendment shall not be subsequently repealed, in full or in part, except by unanimous vote of Congress and a Ninety Percent referendum approval of the voting citizenry.


AMENDMENT THE FIFTY SEVENTH:
The practice of “Ponyism”, as defined by Congressional law, is expressly forbidden and shall be treated in identical accordance to the outlawed faiths in the Thirteenth Amendment.

All horses shall be universally disenfranchised, now and forever.


{2012: The Junta’s Dark Harvest Rule by Decree}
AMENDMENT THE FIFTY EIGHTH, MARTIAL LAW DECREE I:
Whosoever shall voluntarily and intentionally exact physical harm to the body any horse, with the intent of pain, shall be put to death if convicted in a court of law.

AMENDMENT THE FIFTY NINTH, MARTIAL LAW DECREE II:
Whosoever brings a horse under any form of involuntary servitude shall be put to death if convicted in a court of law.

AMENDMENT THE SIXTIETH, MARTIAL LAW DECREE III:
Whosoever advocates a return of the Dark Harvest or the genocide horses shall be put to death if convicted in a court of law.

AMENDMENT THE SIXTY FIRST, MARTIAL LAW DECREE IV:
The sale, consumption, trade, usage, production, distribution, and otherwise existence of any meat or flesh, edible or otherwise, made of or from any horse shall be forbidden in TurtleShroom. Whosoever is caught willingly stockpiling, consuming, or trafficking illegal horsemeat shall be put to death if convicted in a court of law.

AMENDMENT THE SIXTY SECOND, MARTIAL LAW DECREE V:
To facilitate obedience to this Treaty, a Pony Rights Commission of TurtleShroom, consisting of five members appointed from Urmanian, two members appointed each from Hippostania and Ctan, and one member appointed each from TurtleShroom, Allanea, and Comrade Commissar.

The Commission shall oversee, command, and regulate a segment of TurtleShroomer police with national jurisdiction to pursue, prosecute, and capture perpetrators of crimes against Martial Laws I-IV, in any way they see fit.

The officers, addressed as Reapers, shall need not a warrant to perform any task of arrest, detainment, monitoring, or other police powers. The Reapers shall answer exclusively to the Joint Commission, and police power exercised may be vetoed by no TurtleShroomer power.

The nine Aldermen of the Commission shall have full command of the Reapers to perform any power vested to them by Martial Edicts I-IV without mercy and without a need of permission. No TurtleShroomer shall interfere with the conduct of the Reapers or infringe their ability to dispense their authorities in this Treaty, and violations shall applicably be prosecuted in a court of the choosing of the Commission.

The Commission shall only be permitted to enforce and prevent the crimes described in this Treaty, and no expansion of their power may be approved without assent of the TurtleShroomer Congress and rulers as applicable to their Constitution.

Pony Rights Commission Aldermen are hereby exempt from TurtleShroomer prosecution, but may be tried in the Steele Pact Court of Arbitration or a national court under jurisdiction of one of the Parties.

Whosoever brings intentional, voluntary physical harm to an Alderman of the Pony Rights Commission shall be put to death.


ARTICLE IV

TurtleShroom hereby agrees to treat this Article on a level equal to their own Constitution, enforceable fully by their courts and by all manners of law in their nation, according to the text as follows:

1. Effective immediately, the Occupying Sacred Junta of TurtleShroom is absolved.

2. Effective immediately, the enforcement of Article Four Chapter Four Section Two of the Constitution of the Holy Republic of TurtleShroom shall be ceased and the Regency dissolved. The Junta shall forcibly order the next Congress to amend the Constitution to outlaw the Regency and determine a new means for overseeing matters of state in the vacancy of the throne.

3. Effective immediately, the entire Congress of TurtleShroom shall be dissolved, and all five hundred seats be put up for re-election, the new Congress taking power no later than December in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen. Surviving incumbents shall be permitted to run again for their seats, and parties and coalitions not related to the Dark Harvest shall be allowed to exist without hindrance.

4. Effective immediately, the military of TurtleShroom shall crown the Chancellors so named in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven, and they shall resume the usual Constitutional authorities vested to them as if the Dark Harvest had not previously occurred.

5. Effective immediately, the number of TurtleShroomer Senators to constitute a Quorum of Congress shall be raised from one hundred one to four hundred. The Junta shall forcibly amend the Constitution to raise this number.

AMENDMENT THE SIXTY THIRD:
The Fifty-Eighth through Sixty-Second Amendments to the Constitution of the Holy Republic of TurtleShroom are hereby Repealed.

The number of TurtleShroomer Senators to constitute a Quorum of Congress shall be raised from one hundred one to four hundred. The Junta shall forcibly amend the Constitution to raise this number.

Effective immediately, the enforcement of Article Four Chapter Four Section Two of the Constitution of the Holy Republic of TurtleShroom shall be ceased and the Regency dissolved. The Junta shall forcibly order the next Congress to amend the Constitution to outlaw the Regency and determine a new means for overseeing matters of state in the vacancy of the throne.







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Apart from the arcane language, I see no issue with this document at large.
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Themiclesia wrote:Apart from the arcane language, I see no issue with this document at large.

There's also the incredible length. I made my constitution short, sweet, and to the point, although I will be doing some extensive editing soon.

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The Republic of Llamas wrote:
Themiclesia wrote:Apart from the arcane language, I see no issue with this document at large.

There's also the incredible length. I made my constitution short, sweet, and to the point, although I will be doing some extensive editing soon.

I'm drafting a constitution for an dominion within my nation, which said dominion is inhabited solely by nekoes. It will take a similar form.

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We would like to point out that mushrooms have 3500+ sexes.
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ARTICLE II
PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOL


After one year from the ratification of this Constitution, the manufacture, sale, consumption, transportation, usage, possession, and otherwise existence of Intoxicating Liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the Kingdom and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof is hereby Prohibited.

The Punishment for violation of the Prohibition by Consumption of Alcohol is to be Two Weeks, doubled per subsequent offense up to the point of One Year, in which laws as prescribed by Congress shall determine subsequent punishments.

The Punishment for other Alcoholic crimes shall be enacted by Congress as they so by law Direct.

Congress and the Kings shall have concurrent power to enforce the Prohibition by appropriate legislation.

A separate, parallel Judiciary, headed by a supreme Grand Alcoholic Tribunal, shall exist for the sole purpose of dispensing justice, trying, convicting, and settling manners regarding the Prohibition. Congress shall designate inferior courts to the Tribunal as they wish.

Jesus drank wine so why have Prohibition? :palm:
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Morganutopia wrote:Jesus drank wine so why have Prohibition?


{OOC: TurtleShroom's official state denomination is Southern Baptist Christianity. In RL, Southern Baptists practice Teetotalism and abstinence from alcohol. The Bible specifically says "thou shalt not drink too much wine", but not "thou shalt not drink". Drunkeness is a sin. Old-timey Baptists argue that the risk for being drunk is too great. Pointing to the societal destruction that drunkenness causes, Baptists argued that it would be better to stop alcohol entirely. It was called "the Noble Experiment". In a perfect world, Prohibition would have worked, but frankly, I don't think we can ban tobacco, alcohol, or marijuana, so we should allow and tax those while fighting real hard drugs.}




The Republic of Llamas wrote:
Themiclesia wrote:Apart from the arcane language, I see no issue with this document at large.

There's also the incredible length. I made my constitution short, sweet, and to the point, although I will be doing some extensive editing soon.


{OOC: TurtleShroom was paranoid that allowing any unexplained vague sentences would be a means of turning TS into a Godless, secular humanist den of vice. This was specifically the reason TurtleShroom's Constitution did not consist of laymen. In RL, the constitution of India is long like this one as well. As for arcane language, the TS Constitution is an eighteenth century document and is unchanged outside its Amendments.}
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Tribea wrote:We would like to point out that mushrooms have 3500+ sexes.


{OOC: I am more ana uthority on human bodies and turtles than I am on mushrooms. Mushrooms, unlike plants and animals, reproduce asexually through spores. (Like all of nature, there's unquestionably a platypus/Monotreme exception where a mushroom could be radically different.) The spores are exact copies of the parent and will be produced by the fruiting body of any mushroom. (This was taught in the seventh grade as the critical definition of a fungus, also incorporating the reminded that mushrooms can not produce their own food, so they must "eat" and process/"breath" oxygen, like us.) TurtleShroomer sentient mushrooms consist of the fruiting body and do not anchor themselves to any one place. They still decompose and reproduce through spores. Imagine a mushroom detatching itself from your yard and floating to the nearest pile of rot. That's TS mushrooms.}
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TurtleShroom wrote:
Tribea wrote:We would like to point out that mushrooms have 3500+ sexes.


{OOC: I am more ana uthority on human bodies and turtles than I am on mushrooms. Mushrooms, unlike plants and animals, reproduce asexually through spores. (Like all of nature, there's unquestionably a platypus/Monotreme exception where a mushroom could be radically different.) The spores are exact copies of the parent and will be produced by the fruiting body of any mushroom. (This was taught in the seventh grade as the critical definition of a fungus, also incorporating the reminded that mushrooms can not produce their own food, so they must "eat" and process/"breath" oxygen, like us.) TurtleShroomer sentient mushrooms consist of the fruiting body and do not anchor themselves to any one place. They still decompose and reproduce through spores. Imagine a mushroom detatching itself from your yard and floating to the nearest pile of rot. That's TS mushrooms.}

Actually, fungus is a unique kingdom of eurokaryic organisms that feed on organic matter.
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Tribea wrote:
TurtleShroom wrote:Actually, fungus is a unique kingdom of eurokaryic organisms that feed on organic matter.


Huh.

I always thought the definition of a "fungus" was that it was an eukaryotic organism that metabolizes oxygen into carbon dioxide and can not produce its own food (contrast with plant). The more you know! :hug:
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Ainin » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:36 pm

OOC: I'm torn between saying "this is amazing" and "HOLY FUCK THIS IS SO BIG". I'm going to go with both.
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Moralistic Democracy

Postby Kalaspia-Shimarata » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:47 pm

What is the stance of humans in your nation???


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