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Hapan Laws

These are the laws of the Hapes Consortium. Every Hapan, no matter their professional situation, and every foreigner within Hapan territory, must abide by them. Failure to do so will result in their prosecution within the full extent of the law.

The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for their legislation and enforcement. Any questions or comments concerning points of law should be sent to the Minister of the Interior.

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STRUCTURE APPENDIX:

1 Alexander I, c. 24.V.11


Chapter I: Structure Overview
Chapter II: Ministry Regulations
Chapter III: Prohibited Actions

CHAPTER I: Structure Overview [top]

A. “Prime Minister (PM)”

§1 Title:
Prime Minister of the Hapes Consortium.

§2 Description:
The Prime Minister is the executive member of the Royal Council. He shall ensure that each minister is maintaining their duties and is available on a reasonably consistent basis. Should the Sovereign not be present for an extended period of time, the Prime Minister may assume the role of Regent and take their place in proceedings.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Administration – The Prime Minister shall assist the Sovereign with the general administration of the Hapes Consortium, as needed.
Royal Council – The Prime Minister shall oversee all meetings of the Royal Council. The PM may declare a topic open or closed.
Regency – Should the Sovereign be unavailable for a period of two weeks or longer, and there is no Lord Regent (or the Lord Regent is also similarly unavailable), the Prime Minister may assume the role of Regent. As Regent, the PM is permitted to make executive decisions, excepting the ability to declare war upon a foreign power – this role is reserved for the Sovereign exclusively. However, in this role, the PM may not overrule previously decided topics or go against the demonstrated will of the Sovereign. Should any ambiguity or uncertainty arise, the matters shall be laid aside until the return of the Sovereign and their availability for clarification and, if necessary, mediation.

B. "Lord Regent (LR)"

§1 Title:
Lord Regent of the Hapes Consortium

§2 Description:
The Lord Regent, if the position is established by the Sovereign, is the second-highest authority in the Hapes Consortium and subordinate only to the Sovereign. The LR is authorized to make executive decisions in accordance with the will of the Sovereign, and aids the Sovereign in the general administration of the Consortium.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Administration – The Lord Regent shall assist the Sovereign with the general administration of the Hapes Consortium.
Lord Regency - The Lord Regent is permitted to make executive decisions that are in accordance with the will of the Sovereign, excepting the ability to declare war upon a foreign power – this role is reserved for the Sovereign exclusively.

C. “Ministry of the Interior (MotI)”

§1 Title of Leader:
Fel`da of the Interior.

§2 Description:
The Ministry of the Interior functions to maintain the internal security of all space within the borders of the Hapes Consortium, advance Hapan culture and education, maintain the rule of law, oversee government and military recruitment initiatives, and ensure the smooth functioning of Hapan society.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Legal Code – The MotI shall be responsible for creating, altering, and otherwise administrating the legal code as it pertains to everyone within the Hapes Consortium.
Judicial System – The MotI shall be responsible for creating, operating, altering, and otherwise administrating the judicial system for the entire Consortium. All members of the MotI Judiciary shall be responsible for being familiar with both the Civilian Legal Code and the Military Code of Justice.
Customs – The MotI shall be responsible for creating and ensuring the enforcement of a system of customs operations to ensure that no contraband and/or unauthorized personnel are allowed to covertly enter Hapan space.
Admissions – The MotI shall be responsible for creating, altering, operating and otherwise administrating the admissions system for the entire Consortium. This shall include any vetting procedures and citizen interviews as deemed necessary by the MotI.
Recruitment - The MotI shall be responsible for the recruitment of new Hapan citizens and service members.
Internal Security - The MotI shall be responsible for maintaining the security of the Consortium through information security, counter-intelligence, and counter-infiltration. The MotI shall also be responsible for maintaining order and enforcing the rule of law within the Consortium.
Culture - The MotI shall be responsible for the advancement of Hapan culture, including (but not limited to) the maintenance and expansion of the Royal Hapan Library and the publishing of the Hapan Star.
Records - The MotI shall be responsible for maintaining up-to-date records of all Hapan personnel serving in the government or military.


D. “Ministry of External Affairs (MoEA)”

§1 Title of Leader:
Fel`da of External Affairs.

§2 Description:
The Ministry of External Affairs exists to provide a link to other groups, which wish to have an ongoing dialogue with the Hapes Consortium. It is the Ministry of External Affairs personnel which shall represent Hapan interests at any negotiations, save those that the Sovereign chooses to take part in personally; in such a case, such personnel shall serve as analysts and advisors.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Foreign Relations – The MoEA shall be responsible for maintaining any and all diplomatic ties with foreign nations and parties. Any lasting obligatory agreements must bear the final approval of the Sovereign.
Corporate Relations – The MoEA shall be responsible for maintaining general relations with incorporated and/or nationalized corporations existing within and/or with the consent of the Hapes Consortium.


E. “Ministry of Finance (MoF)”

§1 Title of Leader:
Fel`da of Finance.

§2 Description:
The Ministry of Finance protects the economy of the Hapes Consortium, ensuring that it does not fall into debt or bankruptcy. Furthermore, it will ensure wages are paid in a timely fashion, monitor and facilitate any foreign trade, and maintain the planetary taxes.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Taxes – The MoF shall be responsible for tallying and maintaining records on the current tax income for the Hapes Consortium.
Economy – The MoF shall be responsible for maintaining the overall economy of the Hapes Consortium.
Wages – The MoF shall be responsible for maintaining records regarding the wages of all personnel, setting new wage rates as may be necessary, and for paying those wages every month.
Trade – The MoF shall be responsible for making any trades with foreign states, corporations, or nations as may be necessary.
Investments – The MoF shall be responsible for maintaining records on all investments made by the Hapes Consortium and for authorizing any new investments as the situation may require.
Royal League of Commerce - The MoF shall be responsible for chairing and overseeing the Royal League of Commerce.
Gaming - The MoF shall be responsible for the regulation and oversight of gambling within Hapan space.

F. "Ministry of Industry (MoInd)"

§1 Title of Leader:
Fel`da of Industry

§2 Description:
The Ministry of Industry is divided into three major branches, or departments. The Department of Infrastructure is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of every city, outpost or space station in the Hapes Cluster. The Department of Resources oversees the prospecting, mining, and storage of all raw materials in Hapan territory. The Department of Labor is responsible for the labor needed for construction, mining, and shipbuilding. These three departments work co-dependently with one another, with the Fel`da of Industry and the Fel`ta of Industry as the governing heads.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Infrastructure – The MoInd shall be responsible for designing and constructing all cities, stations, and facilities. All building projects must bear the final approval of the Sovereign. This also includes maintaining contact and relations with Hapan nationalized companies dealing with ship building and recycling.
Resources – The MoInd shall be responsible for maintaining appropriate levels of raw materials needed for construction projects, ship building, or item creation. This includes keeping raw materials in reserve and maintaining contact and relations with Hapan nationalized companies dealing with raw materials.
Labor – The MoInd shall be responsible for the hiring, firing, and storage of all NPCs needed for construction, ship building, mining, and item building.

G. "Ministry of Defence (MoD)"

§1 Title of Leader:
Fel'da of Defence

§2 Description:
The Ministry of Defence is responsible for managing and administrating the Royal Hapan Armed Forces (RHAF), which is tasked in turn with the security of the Hapes Consortium, the deterrence of potential foreign aggression, the projection of Hapan power abroad, and the advancement and protection of Hapan interests across the galaxy.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Combat Readiness - The MoD shall be responsible for maintaining combat-ready armed forces at all times.
Defence - The MoD shall be responsible for patrolling the borders, systems, planets and space of the Hapes Cluster and Hapan protectorates.
Military Training - The MoD shall be responsible for training and educating military personnel in the arts of warfare.

H. "Ministry of Intelligence (MoI)"

§1 Title of Leader:
Fel`da of Intelligence

§2 Description:
The Ministry of Intelligence is tasked with looking outside the cluster and collecting, sorting and analysing information from various sources about possible threats to the Hapes Consoritum. This information is then efficiently passed on to other Ministries or individuals who may need to act on such threats.

§3 Primary Responsibilities:
Acquiring Intelligence - The MoI shall be responsible for employing several systems to collect public and secure information from other entities who pose a threat to the Consortium.
Data Storage - The MoI shall be responsible for securely storing all material gained and protecting it from any un-authorised access.
Data Analysis – The MoI shall provide analysis in areas relevant to cluster security and:
- Give early warning of impending crises,
- Provide information that will help any defence planning and military operations,
- Provide counter-intelligence if the need should arise.

CHAPTER II: Ministry Regulations [top]

§1 Overview - Within the government of the Hapes Consortium there are six ministries, each overseeing their own respective responsibilities. Each ministry shall be responsible for maintaining itself in a reasonable fashion, preventing its personnel from becoming inactive, and, if necessary, generating enough work to keep all personnel occupied.

§2 Ministry Structure - While each ministry has set responsibilities they must uphold, how they choose to fulfill those responsibilities is entirely up to the minister. Each minister may structure their ministry as they believe is fit to fulfill all responsibilities given to them, provided their methods do not overlap with those of another ministry. Should any ministry create a structure in which another minister questions a possible overlap, it shall be brought before the Royal Council.

§3 Ministry Actions - Within each ministry, the minister is allowed absolute authority (subject only to the Sovereign). No other minister (including the Prime Minister) may issue an order, or make a change, within the ministry without its minister's consent. It is expected that subordinates of each ministry will show respect towards the ministers of other ministries, but it is not required that they follow their orders. Should one minister take issue with a subordinate of another minister, the first should take that matter up with the subordinate’s minister and allow them to deal with the matter as they see fit.

§4 Adding or Removing Ministry Responsibilities - A ministry may add or remove responsibilities from their ministry subject to the approval of the Sovereign and/or Royal Council.

§5 Communications - While it is not necessary for each ministry to report every detail to the Royal Council, it is expected that major actions will be presented in order to keep all aware of what is occurring. The procedure for reporting shall be determined by the Sovereign as they see fit.

§6 Council Votes - Any minister may request a Council Vote on any matter open for discussion. If another minister seconds the request, a Council Vote shall commence. The Prime Minister may call a Council Vote at any time, regardless whether another minister has seconded the call. The vote is an open vote, each minister announcing to the entire Council his or her vote. If the issue was a proposal by the Royal Council to the Sovereign, the proposal shall be given as the majority decided, with the vote tally being announced with the proposal.
Example: “Your Majesty, the Royal Council proposes a declaration of war upon the people of Dagobah. The vote was three to two, majority in favour.” OR “Your Majesty, the Royal Council proposes to deny the truce requested by the people of Dagobah. The vote was two to three, majority not in favour.”

§7 Declaring a Minister Unfit - Should a minister consider any other minister to be unfit to carry out their duty or believes they are not fulfilling their duty to their fullest ability, they may request a Vote of No Confidence.
While similar to a Council Vote, there are a few major exceptions. A Vote of No Confidence may only be initiated by the Prime Minister (or if there is no Prime Minister, the Sovereign).

The council shall cast their votes publicly in the Royal Council forum, announcing them openly. The Prime Minister (or if there is no Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior) will then tally the votes and bring the proposal to the Sovereign. It is the final decision of the Sovereign as to whether a minister is unfit for duty or not.

§8 Declaring the Prime Minister Unfit - Just as a minister may be declared unfit for duty, the Prime Minister may also be declared unfit for duty. This proposal may come from any minister.

The Vote of No Confidence is the same in nature as that of declaring a minister unfit for duty.

CHAPTER III: Prohibited Actions [top]

§1 The RC may not appoint nobility. This right is reserved to the Sovereign. However, the ceremony may be presided over by any one Minister that the Sovereign chooses, if the Sovereign so wishes.

§2 The RC may not operate in such a way that it purposely ignores the Sovereign. The Sovereign is the ruler of Hapes. So shall it remain, always.

§3 The RC may not deliberately pass the Sovereign misinformation in order to gain greater operational freedom or to secure greater authority in the Hapes Consortium. They are granted what authority they have by the grace of the Sovereign. So shall it remain, always.



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