The Basic Law of West Who
We in West Who believe life is for living. It is a gift. It is about making a difference in the world and being happy. It is about balancing a good day’s work with time for family and friends. We the people of West Who believe in a clean and beautiful environment, a warm and family friendly society, a safe and secure nation. We believe in a free and democratic form of government. We are a nation that thanks God for our many blessings.
West Who citizens shall elect a President, Vice President, Senate, Regional Governors and Mayor of the Capital City. The President, Vice President, Regional Governors and Mayor shall serve a one year term of office. Elections shall take place annually each July. To run for President or Vice President a person must be a West Who citizen for two years.
No more than 50 Senator members shall be elected to a three year term of office. If there are less than 50 Senators serving in the West Who Senate, the President may appoint citizens to fill the vacancies.
Five Supreme Court Justices shall be appointed by the President and confirmed by a national vote of the citizens of West Who. One of the five is appointed by the President as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Elected offices include the governors of the six regions that West Who citizens live: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania and the Mayor of Whoville, the capital city.
The President may appoint citizens to the above positions temporarily, but those individuals must be confirmed by a national vote.
If the President resigns or is impeached, he or she is replaced by the Vice President. If the Vice President resigns or is impeached, the President may appoint a new Vice President until a special election is held to fill the office.
The Vice President is the second highest executive officer of the government, after the President. The Vice President is the first person in the presidential line of succession, who will take over as President upon death, resignation, or removal of the President. The Vice President is also the President of the Senate. The Vice President presides over the Senate, and is allowed to vote in the Senate.
An elected West Who government official may be impeached by the introduction to the Senate of a resolution, by a Senator for reasons of breaking the law, malfeasance or incompetence. The official shall be removed from office by a confirmation vote of 75% of the members of the Senate.
Amendment 1. Only citizens of West Who shall be able to hold any government office.
Amendment 2. A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State shall not be infringed.
Amendment 3. When vacancies in public office arise the President can and shall appoint citizens to fill the vacancy.
Amendment 4. In case of the removal of the President from office by death or resignation, the Vice President shall take the office of President of West Who.
FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF WEST WHO CITIZENS
West Who citizens have the right to freedom of religion, free movement, the right to own property, the right to vote, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of thought, right to own arms, and the right to due legal process.
The Minister of Citizen Affairs approves and grants citizenship to those people wishing to become a citizen of the Republic of West Who. The Ministry of Citizen Affairs is required to keep records of all people who become citizens. Children born of a West Who parent automatically become West Who citizens. Births should be registered with the Ministry of Citizen Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Treasury Department is responsible for printing West Who currency, stamps, passports, stationery, and other official documents. The Secretary of the Treasury is appointed by the President. The Ministry of Finance, oversees the Treasury Department, and is responsible for the budget, collection of fees, overseeing public expenditures and payments, and managing Customs.
West Who does not have a military service. Citizens are allowed to own weapons. The National Chief of Police oversees all police activities within the country. The National Chief of Police is appointed by the President and serves at his discretion. Citizens of West Who are free to serve in the military services of macro nations, such as the United States or other nations.
The citizens of West Who are allowed freedom of religion. The founders of West Who are Catholic, but the government is interested in good relations with all religious faiths.
The Ministry of Education's role is to raise the overall level of educational achievement of West Who citizens. It is not an education provider. That role is met by individual parents in the country. The ministry has several functions, such as, advising the government on educational policy, providing information to citizens about educational practices, providing learning resources, administering government education codes and providing limited funding for educational needs.
Although the Education Ministry's main role is raise the level of educational achievement, it is also the mechanism through which the Government implements its education policy for the nation. West Who citizens are encouraged to attend Catholic schools and universities for their educational needs. Government funds may be spent to assist those under the age of 22 to attend Catholic schools.
MINISTRY OF CITIZEN AFFAIRS
The Ministry of Citizen Affairs is responsible for rules, regulations and laws relating to information, broadcasting, the press and films in West Who. It releases government information, media releases, public domain and government unclassified non-scientific data to the public and international communities. The Ministry is responsible for all the press and broadcasting that the Government of West Who undertakes. The Ministry also handles all aspects of becoming a citizen of the Republic of West Who. The Department of Information is part of the Ministry of Citizen Affairs.
The Ministry of Citizen Affairs is established to maintain census records and grant citizenship. West Who citizenship is free and granted at the request of the individual asking to become a citizen. Children born of West Who citizens are automatically citizens. Citizenship my be denied by the Ministry of Citizen Affairs. Citizenship can only be revoked by a judge.
ESTABLISHMENT OF BILATERAL AGREEMENTS
Diplomatic Relations Act of 2013
Agreements between West Who and other nations will serve to establish good relations that benefit the nation. These agreements will focus on the following:
a) Establish bilateral relations to represent each country to the other
b) Promote friendly relations
c) Negotiate treaties or agreements
d) Develop economic, cultural and scientific relations.
e) Protect the nationals of each state within respective borders
MONTEVIDEO CONVENTION OF 1934
While not a signatory of the Montevideo Convention, the Republic of West Who acknowledges the treaty and abides by it. We agree that the state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: (1) a permanent population (2) a defined territory (3) a government (4) a capacity to enter into relations with other states. Also, while not a signatory to the macro-nation Vienna Convention, the Republic of West Who does believe that diplomatic discourse contributes to the development of friendly relations among nations, irrespective of their differing constitutional and social systems.
ESTABLISHING AN EMBASSY
Diplomatic Mission Act of 2014
The embassy is responsible for representing West Who to other countries and handling major diplomatic issues, such as preserving the rights of our citizens abroad. The ambassador is the highest official in a West Who embassy. He or she acts as the chief diplomat and spokesperson for the government. Ambassadors are appointed by the President.
The embassy is usually located in the capital city of a foreign nation; but it may also be located in provincial or regional cities.
A West Who Embassy has special status. Diplomatic spaces remain the territory of the host state, an embassy or consulate represents a sovereign state. International rules do not allow representatives of the host country to enter an embassy without permission and designate an attack on an embassy as an attack on the country it represents.
Structure of the embassy - The ambassador is supported by a deputy chief of mission, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists who perform various mission activities. The staff of the embassy report to the ambassador.
Besides issuing visas and assisting West Who citizens abroad, embassy staff interacts with host governments, local business and nongovernmental organizations, the media and educational institutions.
Embassy staff report on political and economic issues that affect relations with or impact West Who. The Ambassador also helps West Who businesses to find partners and customers, and sponsor West Who scientists, scholars, and artists to promote professional, educational and cultural exchanges.
WEST WHO SPY AGENCY W2
W2’s function is to serve and protect the nation, as set out in the Intelligence Services Act of 2013, are to: collect foreign intelligence, not available by other means, which may impact on West Who's interests; distribute that intelligence to the Government; undertake counter-intelligence activities which protect West Who's interests and initiatives; and, engage other intelligence and security services in West Who's national interests.
The Minister of Defense heads the Defense Ministry. The Minister advises the Government on the defense of West Who and its interests. The Defense Ministry acquires military equipment for the nation. The Ministry also assesses and oversees the West Who National Police its functions, duties and projects. The Minister of Defense is appointed by the President of West Who and serves at the pleasure of the President.
SUPREME COURT OF WEST WHO
The primary role of the Supreme Court is to settle disputes by interpreting the Basic Law. The Supreme Court of West Who has the ultimate responsibility for settling disputes and interpreting the meaning of laws. It also determines what national policy will be when it applies law to specific disputes.
The Supreme Court has the final say on all legal matters that come to it. It is the highest court in our system and there is no appeal from its decisions unless future courts reverse past court decisions. It is the only court that has the final say on Judicial Review -- that is, the “constitutionality” of a law or action relevant to a case under its review.
Elections are held yearly in West Who. Any citizen can run for political office if they are 12 years old or older. To hold political office in the Republic of West Who, a person must not hold an official position in another nation's government. To run for President or Vice President, a person must have been a West Who citizen for two years. Any citizen may propose a ballot measure which can be voted upon by all West Who citizens of voting age.
Terms of office for President, Vice President, Governor and Mayor are one year. Term of office for Senator is three years.
West Who has six governors who oversee regions where West Who citizens live. The regions are North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Religious Marriage - The Republic of West Who recognizes as valid any religious marriage ceremony of its citizens. A certificate of marriage shall be registered with the West Who Ministry of Citizen Affairs within one month of a marriage. Civil Marriage Law - A civil marriage may be performed by a government elected or appointed official. The couple must not be married to someone else; not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister; be at least 18 years old; understand what marriage means and freely consent to marry; give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorized celebrant. Civil marriages shall be registered with the West Who Ministry of Citizen Affairs within one month of a marriage.
IMPEACHMENT OF A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL
An elected West Who government official may be impeached by the introduction to the Senate of a resolution, by a Senator, for reasons of breaking the law, malfeasance or incompetence. The Senate will hold a trial to decide if an official should be removed from office. The official shall be removed from office by a confirmation vote of 75% of the members of the Senate.
OFFICE HOLDER TITLES ACT OF 2020
Article One - The President, while in office, is informally to be referred to as Mr. President and formally to be referred to as His Excellency the Honorable President of the Republic of West Who. In the event a President resigns or loses a Presidential Election, he holds the title, The Honorable (name) to recognize he or she was once the President and may still be referred to as president.
Article Two - All government Ministers are to be referred to as Honorable, to show their contributions to the Republic of West Who. Former Ministers may be referred to as Minister, but the term Honorable is used just for active ministers.
Article Three - All Senators are to be referred to as Honorable and all leaders of a committee are to be referred to as Mr. or Madam Chairman. Former Senators may be referred to as Senator, but the term Honorable is used just for active senators.
Article Four - The Governor’s of each region are to be referred to by the general population as Mr. Governor and officially, the Honorable Governor of (name) Mr/Mrs (name). However, to the people of their region they have the option to refer to their Governor as His Excellency the Governor (if they so please) or more commonly the Honorable (preferred honorable because Excellency is held by the President.
Article Five - The Vice President is informally referred to as Mr. or Madam Vice President (VP) and formally, His or Her excellency the Honorable Vice President of the Republic.
Article Six - The President has the right to award the “Republic Award” to anyone for great and major contributions to West Who. This award may be given to anyone by the President as he or she pleases. The award may be removed by a three fourths vote of the Senate.
PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT OF 2020
The Government of West Who must take reasonable steps to protect personal information it holds from misuse, interference and loss, as well as unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.
When government agencies no longer need personal information for any purpose for which the information was collected, the entity must take reasonable steps to destroy the information.
The Government of West Who shall not share personal information with any outside entity, and must take reasonable steps to insure that citizen information is confidential and protected.
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