Central North Association
The Central North Association, or CNA, is a Metropolitan Planning Organization created by KittyCat11231 to unite the towns and cities located in the wedge of land north of Central City and includes the areas not covered by NWAG and EAST, although boundaries are not strictly defined and some areas within the NWAG region may be accepted.
- 1 Members
- 2 Officials
- 3 Constitution
- 3.1 Article 1 - Government Organization
- 3.2 Article 2 - Responsibilities
- 3.3 Article 3 - Passage of Laws
- 3.4 Article 4 - Legal Procedure
- 3.5 Article 5 - Elections of the Senior & Judicial Councils
- 3.6 Article 6 - Impeachment
- 3.7 Article 7 - Rights
- 3.8 Article 8 - Amendments
- 3.9 Article 9 - Admittance of Members
- 4 Legislation
- 4.1 Act 1 - Quorum Law
- 4.2 Act 2 - Responsibilities of the Head General Councillor Act
- 4.3 Act 3 - Definition of Inactivity Act
- 4.4 Act 4 - Northeast Development Board Authorization Act
- 4.5 Act 5 - Central North Association Headquarters Authorization Act
- 4.6 Act 6 - B112 Authorization Act
- 4.7 Act 7 - War Scenes Restriction Act
- 4.8 Act 8 - Judicial Separation Act
- 4.9 Act 9 - The Federation Membership Act
- 5 Electoral History
- 6 Legislative History
- 7 Legislative Proposals
- 8 Court of the CNA
- 9 Discord Server
Member towns and cities must be Councillor or higher.
|City-State of Kitania2||Senator||, ,||KittyCat11231||Senior Council||5||ACTIVE|
|Spruce Neck||Senator||- ,||Derpy_Melon||General Council, Judicial Council||5||ACTIVE|
|Lacledic Republic3||Governor||, , ,||jphgolf4321||Senior Council||6||ACTIVE|
|Heights City||Councillor||Toaro||General Council||4||ACTIVE|
|Cornus||Mayor||,||unjinz||General Council, Judicial Council||2||INACTIVE|
|Mons Pratus||Mayor||Skelezomperman||General Council, Judicial Council||2||ACTIVE|
|City-State of Shadowpoint||Councillor||EliteNeon||General Council||1||ACTIVE|
1Any member that misses two meetings in a row is declared inactive. Their membership is not counted towards receiving a majority in votes. By default, members are considered active.
2The City-State of Kitania is a state which governs several cities outside of CNA jurisdiction. The City-State of Kitania is a member of CNA on behalf of Nippia.
3The Lacledic Republic (not to be confused with the SMP of the same name) governs two cities in CNA territory, Laclede and Ravenna. However, only Laclede is represented due to Federation regulations and its rank.
For Federation purposes, each city is assigned points, which overall determine the size of the MPO, as follows:
- Premier: 5 points
- Governor: 4 points
- Senator: 3 points
- Mayor: 2 points
- Councillor: 1 point
- City in an SMP: +2 points
The CNA currently has a cumulative 51 points.
|Senior Council||KittyCat11231, jphgolf4321, mine_man|
|Judicial Council||Skelezomperman, unjinz, Derpy_Melon|
|Head General Councillor||Skelezomperman|
The Constitution of the Central North Association is the charter upon which the CNA operates under. New members of the CNA agree by joining to abide by this Constitution.
Article 1 - Government Organization
The Central North Association will be governed by a system of democracy. The government will be organized as such:
- The General Council consists of the members of the CNA. The General Council decides on laws by a vote, in General Council Meetings to be regularly scheduled at a time established by the General Council. The General Council will elect a Head General Councillor to lead the General Council.
- The Senior Council acts as an executive council of 3 members elected by the General Council. The Senior Council is responsible for operating the organization under the direction of the General Council and sorting out any small logistics. Members of the Senior Council are considered separate from the General Council.
- The Senior Council will also appoint a Governorate to lead the Senior Council and the CNA, and represent the CNA in The Federation. If the Governorate cannot be decided by the Senior Council, he or she will be elected by the General Council.
- The Judicial Council is responsible for enforcing the laws and constitution of the CNA. Elected by the General Council, the 3 member Judicial Council hears legal cases brought before them and passes judgement based on the laws of the CNA. Members of the Judicial Council are still considered members of the General Council.
Article 2 - Responsibilities
The following responsibilities are defined for the councils of the CNA:
Members of the General Council must regularly attend meetings and actively participate. Any member that misses a second meeting in a row will be declared inactive, and have their membership not counted towards votes required for obtaining a majority. Members may appoint a delegate to represent them at meetings. Delegates may vote on behalf of the person they represent if that person tells them how to vote. If the player being represented would rather vote for themselves, they have the option to do so. The General Council must also determine a regular schedule for meetings. At meetings, General Council members are expected to listen intently, and vote upon each proposed law or directive brought before them, and propose amendments to existing proposed laws. The General Council must also approve proposals for projects that are overseen by the Senior Council, and should perform audits on the project if any irregularities develop.
Members of the Senior Council must be active in the organization. The Senior Council is responsible for running the CNA, for coordinating, proposing, and overseeing projects, which must be approved by the General Council, and for approving or rejecting laws passed by the General Council. The Senior Council also is responsible for oversight of the small logistics of the CNA. Senior Council members are expected to attend all meetings, and failure to do so may result in automatic removal and reelection.
The Governorate, in addition to the duties as a member of the Senior Council, is also tasked with representing the CNA. In The Federation, the Governorate votes on behalf of the CNA, however his or her votes must be agreed upon by at least one of the other Senior Council members.
Members of the Judicial Council must consider all cases fairly and without bias. Cases must be decided on the basis of the Constitution and other laws. In a case where a member of the Judicial Council may be biased, the Senior Council may appoint a temporary replacement for the trial, unless it would create a possibility for bias in the case, in which case the replacement will be elected by the General Council. A biased Judicial Council member must declare their bias.
Article 3 - Passage of Laws
The following procedure is defined for the passage of laws and other directives:
- Laws may be proposed by any member of the CNA.
- All proposed laws must be passed by a majority of the General Council.
- After passage by the General Council, the Governorate and at least one other Senior Council member must approve the law for it to pass.
- Legislation is subject to review by the Judicial Council in a judicial review lawsuit.
- Laws must be proposed on the wiki or at a meeting. The law may be amended at the meeting at which it will be voted on. After the meeting is over, voting will remain open for non-inactive members to vote until a majority is reached for either side, for simple legislation, or until a certain quota is reached or cannot be reached for other types of legislation, such as constitutional amendments, as defined in the Constitution.
- Proposed legislation can be voted on without a meeting with the unanimous approval of the Senior Council and the Head General Councillor.
Article 4 - Legal Procedure
This article defines legal procedure, including criminal lawsuits and judicial review lawsuits.
Article 4a - Criminal Lawsuits
- Any CNA member may bring about a criminal lawsuit against another player or the organization as a whole. A criminal lawsuit is defined as a lawsuit against a player accused of violating the law of the CNA. Additionally, the CNA, under the direction of the Senior Council, may bring about a criminal lawsuit against a player.
- Lawsuits must be heard within a week of being filed.
- In a trial, which will be held before a member of the Judicial Council, the following procedures must be followed.
- Arraignment: The defendant must be informed of what they are being accused of, then be offered the chance to plead guilty or not guilty. If the defendant pleads guilty, the procedure skips to sentencing. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the Judicial Council will decide whether or not to invoke tentative restrictions on the defendant until trial.
- Indictment: A hearing will then take place to decide whether or not the case has enough evidence to go to trial. The Judicial Council will then meet. If they decide there is not enough evidence, the case is dismissed. If they decide there is enough evidence, the case continues to trial.
- Trial: In the trial, held before a jury, each side will be allowed opening and closing arguments, and inbetween may call witnesses and interview them. Each side may cross-examine the opposing witness. The Judicial Council members will act as justices.
- Verdict: A jury, selected of players online which does not necessarily need to consist of CNA members, will then decide the verdict for the case. Verdicts decided by the jury must be unanimous. If the verdict is not guilty, the case is dropped, and any tentative restrictions imposed at arraignment by the Judicial Council will be lifted. If the verdict is guilty, the procedure continues to sentencing.
- Sentencing: After being found guilty, the Judicial Council will determine a punishment for the defendant.
- Any case can be appealed to The Federation Civil Courts
Article 4b - Judicial Review Lawsuits
This article details the procedure for a judicial review lawsuit, which is defined as a lawsuit which challenges the standing of an existing statute, policy, or previous court order as conflicting with the Constitution of the CNA. The procedure in such a case is as follows:
- First Arguments: After the case is filed, the Judicial Council will hear a brief argument on why the case should go on, and a brief counterargument. The Judicial Council will then meet and decide if the argument is strong enough to proceed.
- Presentation: The plaintiff will begin by presenting their arguments to the Judicial Council regarding the grounds of the judicial review lawsuit.
- Counter-Presentation: The party which has chosen to defend the statute being challenged with their legal counter-arguments.
- Rebuttal: Each side will have a chance to rebut the other's arguments, and will have alternating turns at rebuttal. This continues until each side has decided to stop, or the court rules that continued rebuttal would be a waste of time.
- Review: The Judicial Council will then meet privately to go over the arguments presented and determine the outcome.
Any decision may be appealed to The Federation Civil Courts.
Article 4c - Powers of the Judicial Council
The Judicial Council has the power to preside over the court of the CNA. In a criminal trial, the Judicial Council has the discretion to take action to ensure a fair trial. This includes preventing the jury from hearing certain types of questions to a witness, if they are deemed to be prejudicial and violate the rights of the defendant to a fair trial. Any Judicial Council member may issue a binding court order in any situation where deemed necessary to protect the rights of an individual or to prevent the violation of the laws and Constitution of the CNA. These court orders can be challenged in court in the same procedure as a judicial review lawsuit. Any decision made by the Judicial Council can be appealed to The Federation Civil Courts.
Article 5 - Elections of the Senior & Judicial Councils
The following procedures are outlined for elections:
- Members of the Senior Council and the Judicial Council are elected every three months by the General Council. Members of the General Council will each submit a ballot with the three candidates they wish to become members of the Senior Council, and the same for the Judicial Council. The top three candidates with the most votes will be elected as members of the council being elected.
- The three members of the Senior Council must then agree internally upon who will become the Governorate. If the Senior Council cannot come to an agreement, the General Council will hold an election, in which they will pick which of the Senior Council members will be Governorate by a majority or plurality vote.
- Until the Senior Council has elected a Governate, the previous Senior Council and Governorate will remain in power.
- The Head General Councillor is also elected every three months by the General Council, and will be elected by a majority or plurality vote.
Article 6 - Impeachment
- Any member of the Senior Council or Judicial Council may be removed by a majority vote of the General Council, resulting in a special election.
- The General Council may also vote to remove any member of the CNA. This requires a 3/4 majority vote.
- A member of the CNA can be removed as punishment for a crime, or removed from a position on the Senior Council or Judicial Council or as Head General Councillor, if convicted at a proper trial and sentenced to removal by the Judicial Council.
- This action can be reversed by a legislative act passed by a majority of the General Council and approved unanimously by the Senior Council.
Article 7 - Rights
The following rights may not be infringed upon by the CNA:
- All members have the right to freedom of speech.
- All members have the rights to conduct affairs as they wish in their own cities as long as another player is not negatively impacted.
- All members have the right against self-incrimination.
- All members have the right not to be discriminated against for their religion, gender, race, ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Article 8 - Amendments
This Constution may be amended by a 2/3 majority of the General Council and a unanimous vote from the Senior Council.
Article 9 - Admittance of Members
Members may be added within the area of coverage, including all areas in the north not covered by NWAG or EAST, as well as a small overlap with NWAG as far west as Laclede, by any Senior Council member. New members must be Councillor or higher.
The following is passed legislation not included in the constitution.
Act 1 - Quorum Law
- The Central North Association shall not have a meeting without any more than 40% of the members present in person or via delegate.
- Senior Council members may not be elected without at least 60% of the members having voted.
Act 2 - Responsibilities of the Head General Councillor Act
This act defines the responsibilities of the Head General Councillor as such:
- The Head General Councillor is responsible for conducting the General Council vote for all proposed legislation, and submitting any passed legislation to the Senior Council for approval.
- The Head General Councillor is responsible for investigating possible corruption of the Senior Council, in secrecy if necessary.
- The Head General Councillor is responsible for ensuring that the Senior Council does not overreach its boundaries and ensuring the General Council is represented.
Act 3 - Definition of Inactivity Act
1. The nomination of a delegate to a meeting will count as attendance for one time only.
2. Three consecutive meetings without physical attendance but with a delegate designated is considered inactivity, as is two consecutive meetings without any delegate nominated.
3. Two consecutive meetings without attendance but with a designated delegate does not trigger inactivity.
4. Inactive members are not counted in voting for officials or towards the Quorum Law.
5. An inactive member can only become active again by physically attending a meeting.
6. The Senior Council may waive clause 2 in certain cases e.g., living in the Western Pacific, real-life issues, etc. with a unanimous vote, provided that the exempted member be designating delegates to attend in his/her place.
Act 4 - Northeast Development Board Authorization Act
This act authorizes the following project:
- The Senior Council will create a Northeast Development Board to encourage the development of the northeast region of the new world.
- This board will consist of the Senior Council members, any officials from The Federation with jurisdiction over the project (if The Federation chooses to participate), and any additional members decided by the existing board members that would be beneficial.
- The Head General Councillor is responsible for auditing the board.
Act 5 - Central North Association Headquarters Authorization Act
The Senior Council will have permission to manage the construction of a headquarters for the Central North Association, to be located on a plot in Central City.
Act 6 - B112 Authorization Act
This act authorizes the Central North Association to submit a proposal to the GSM for a B-class highway between Nippia/Liten and Saint Anna, and, should the road be approved, to commission the construction of the road, either by direct construction or by the hiring of a private contractor, under details to be decided by the Senior Council.
Act 7 - War Scenes Restriction Act
1. War scenes are defined as when a large amount of armor stands and/or other builds are placed in an area to simulate an attack.
2. War scenes shall not be placed by a CNA member in the town/city of another CNA member without express permission from the hosting town/city's owner.
Act 8 - Judicial Separation Act
This act prohibits any member of the Judicial Council of the Central North Association from acting as a Civil Court Justice in The Federation, and vice versa, or face automatic expulsion from the Judicial Council.
Act 9 - The Federation Membership Act
Under this act, new members of the Central North Association must be registered as members of The Federation Mayor's Council or Justice Council as a prerequisite for membership. All previous members when this act is passed must join The Federation Mayor's Council or Justice Council within a week of this act being passed or be automatically marked inactive. This does not apply to members who are Councillor rank.