Guide to Europeian Positions

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Guide to Europeian Positions

Citizens of Europeia have the opportunity to hold a vast range of roles within the region, potentially several at a time, which come with their own unique powers and duties. The purpose of this guide is to explain the various roles present in the Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, and World Assembly branches and explain more about whatever positions you'd like to learn more about.

The Executive
  • The Chief of State - The Chief of State is the head of state of our region. The Chief of State handles Europeia’s external responsibilities, and represents our region in the world of NationStates. The position is considered the highest and most prestigious political role in the region. The Chief of State serves for a term of 90 days, and all citizens are eligible to vote and stand in the election for this position. Candidates for the office of Chief of State will usually present a platform of their proposed ideas for the upcoming term during the election season, although there is no legal requirement to do so.
  • The Deputy Chief of State - The Deputy Chief of State serves as the Chief of State’s surrogate, and can occupy the seat of Chief of State when the Chief of State is absent, has resigned, or has been removed. Candidates for Deputy Chief of State are running-mates of candidates for Chief of State, so they are selected during the Chief of State election.
  • The First Minister - The First Minister is the head of government of our region. The First Minister handles Europeia’s internal responsibilities, including the power to veto bills passed by the Senate. The First Minister serves for a term of 60 days, and all citizens are eligible to vote and stand in this the First Minister election. Candidates for First Minister usually present a platform of their proposed ideas for the upcoming term during the election season, although there is no legal requirement to do so.
  • The Deputy First Minister - The Deputy First Minister serves as the First Minister’s surrogate, and can occupy the seat of First Minister if the First Minister is absent, has resigned, or has been removed. Candidates for Deputy First Minister are running-mates of candidates for First Minister, so they are selected during the First Minister election.
  • The Council of State - The Council of State is a group of individuals appointed by the Chief of State to serve as the heads of various organizations within the government that pertain to Europeia’s foreign affairs. The Council of Foreign Affairs and the Council of World Assembly Affairs are two such groups. Councillors of State are selected by the Chief of State, but must be confirmed by the Senate before taking office.
  • The Cabinet of Ministers - The Cabinet of Ministers is a group of individuals appointed by the First Minister to serve as the heads of various organizations within the government that pertain to Europeia’s internal affairs. The Ministries of Communication and Employment are two such groups. Ministers are selected by the First Minister, but must be confirmed by the Senate before taking office.
  • Grand Admiral - The Grand Admiral oversees the Europeian Republican Navy (ERN), the region's military force which exists for the promotion of Europeia's foreign agenda. The Grand Admiral's main duties are coordinating military operations and communicating with other foreign military leaders. The Grand Admiral is appointed by the Chief of State as a part of their Council of State, and is approved by the Senate. Usually the Grand Admiral is chosen for their experience in the ERN; to join, please sign-up HERE!

The Legislature
  • The Senate Speaker - The Senate Speaker is the highest legislative office in Europeia. The Speaker's principal role is to ensure that each piece of legislation follows the path set down in law from its proposal, to its vote, to finally delivering passed legislation to the President. The President may sign the bill - at which point it becomes law - or he may veto the bill. A vetoed bill may be reintroduced by the Speaker to the Senate for further consideration and revision. The Speaker is also charged with disciplining Senators for breaches of decorum. The Speaker must be an elected Senator and is elected by the Senators at the beginning of each Senate term and in case of a vacancy in the Speakership.
  • Senators - Senators are the principal legislative figures in the region. The Senate as a whole has the power to make law, to declare war, sign treaties, and to confirm candidates proposed by the President for Ministerial and Judiciary positions. The Senate also has the ability to impeach the President, Vice President, or any Minister. Senators are elected to terms of no more than 70 days, and all citizens are eligible to vote and stand in that election.
  • The Chair of the Citizens' Assembly - Similar to the Senate Speaker, the Chair of the Citizens' Assembly is charged with ensuring that ordinances and pre-legislation drafted and passed within the Citizens' Assembly follow that body's procedures. The Chair has also been known to take a more active role than other legislative officers in integrating and educating new members on the legislative workings of Europeia, as they are responsible for keeping the membership list of the Citizens' Assembly up-to-date. The Chair is elected by the Citizens' Assembly from among its members for terms no longer than 45 days.
  • Members of the Citizens' Assembly - The Citizens' Assembly is a place where pre-legislation can be proposed and debated on before being passed to the Senate for consideration (The Citizens' Assembly also provides guidance on how to write legislation, and provides an area for citizens to debate matters being discussed by the Senate (click here)]more information[/url]). The Citizens' Assembly also provides guidance on how to write legislation, and provides an area for citizens to debate matters being discussed by the Senate. Every citizen of Europeia may join in on all discussions within the Citizens' Assembly; and has the right to vote on every proposal of pre-legislation within the Citizens' Assembly. To read more about the Citizens' Assembly, click here.

The Judiciary
  • The Chief Justice - The Chief Justice is the principal legal figure in Europeia and oversees the management of the Courts, particularly with regard to setting the procedure of the Courts where not express in law and the maintenance of court records. The Chief Justice has usually held a central role in the promotion of legal education within Europeia through the Judicial Training Center. The Chief Justice usually appoints a deputy from amongst the sitting Justices who is known as the Primus Inter Pares. The Chief Justice must be a sitting Justice who is elected by the other Justices privately when the position is vacant.
  • Associate Justices - Justices are the key decision makers for matters of law in Europeia, either sitting alone in the Trial Court or with the full court in the case of the Court of Appeal. The role of a Justice regularly writes opinions on what the law is and less frequently resolves matters when a citizen is accused of committing a criminal offence. Associate Justices are appointed by the President and must be confirmed by the Senate to serve terms of no more than 120 days.
  • The Attorney General - The Attorney General is the default prosecutor in all criminal matters and also serves as legal counsel to the President and Executive branch in Europeia. The Attorney General traditionally also plays a role in the administration of the Europeian Bar Association, with the Chief Justice of Europeia and Chairperson of the Bar Association. The Attorney General is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
  • Law Clerks - Law Clerks are the Assistants of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Their activities include:
    • General legal discussion/problems - members will be expected to become familiar with the Laws of the Region and study the relevant JTC materials.
    • Preparing case summaries of previous court cases to help members of the Bar better understand previous cases.
    • Examination of activities in the region and preliminary discussion of whether these activities are legal or not.
    • Discussion of AGOs to be prepared.

  • Any Citizen can apply to be a Law Clerk, but their application will be processed at the discretion of the DOJ. To apply for the position of Law Clerk, click here
  • Public Defenders - Citizens who register as a Public Defender are licensed to represent citizens at trial. Members must at all times act in the best interests of their clients but they have an overriding duty to the Court to ensure in the public interest that the proper and efficient administration of justice is achieved and must not deceive or knowingly mislead the court.

    Members may be approached directly by any member of the public for legal advice or representation or be assigned by the Court. Apply to be a Public Defender here

World Assembly
  • World Assembly Delegate - The Delegate is Europeia's representative in the World Assembly and votes on behalf of our region on World Assembly proposals. They introduce proposals from the General Assembly and the Security Council to our Department of World Assembly Affairs, where citizens discuss and vote on what Europeia's stance should be. The Delegate then casts Europeia's vote accordingly. All citizens may vote and stand in this election, which is to be held anytime a citizen challenges the incumbent or when the incumbent resigns. (more information)
 
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