The Constitution of Baldet
In order to assimilate the cultures of this diverse land, we, the people
of Baldet, do ordain to establish this constitution: to ensure the rights of
the citizens expressed herein, to form a more perfect form of government, to
ensure freedom, and to live in peace, prosperity, and happiness.
The powers of the legislative branch shall be entrusted to a Congress.
This Congress shall consist of two members from each state plus at least one
based on population, for a total of at least three representatives. No
state, no matter the population, may have a majority, over one half the total
number of members to Congress. Each representative shall serve a three year
A direct majority election shall be held in each state for its
representatives. The members may be re-elected for an infinite number of
terms. Congress's president shall be that of the Vice President of Baldet;
and only in the event of a tie shall he or she have a vote. The Congress
must officially be in session at least twice a year. All members of Congress
must be at least twenty-five years of age upon election, and have lived a
minimum of seven years as a citizen of Baldet. A minimum of two years
residence in the state that they represent is required.
In the case of inability, resignation, explusion, or death, the
representative's state's govenor shall appoint a new representative with two-
thirds state legislature's approval within ninety days of the official
vacancy. To expel a member from Congress, two-thirds vote and the Vice
President's approval are required. The salaries of the representatives shall
remain constant for their entire term.
To pass any bill or law, one-half vote is required. From there, the
bill must be approved by the President. If not approved, three-fourths vote
is required to override the veto.
Congress may and/or must do the following: tax to pay national debts,
borrow money with interest, regulate commerce between foreign nations and the
states, coin money, set its values, fix the standard of weights and measures,
establish a postal service, establish a national highway system, authorize
copyrights and patents, declare war, sign peace treaties, raise and support
armies, maintain a navy and air force, and direct military actions in
accordance with the President. Taxes may not be imposed on exports. No
state may sign treaties, coin money, grant titles, or declare war against
other states or nations. States may and/or must do the following: tax,
borrow money with interest, establish a system of roads and highways within
its borders, govern themselves, establish a state constitution in accordance
with the laws here, and raise and support an army directed by the state's
governor and legislature.
A President and Vice President shall be elected directly by popular
vote. The former Vice President counts the votes in Congress.
The President and Vice President shall serve a five year term
simultaneously for no more than three consecutive terms. The prerequisites
for President and Vice President are the following: the candidate be at
least forty years of age upon election, be born a native of Baldet, and have
lived at least twenty years in Baldet.
In the case of inability, resignation, impeachment, or death of the
President, the Vice President shall assume the position of President. The
new President then shall appoint a Vice President with two-thirds Congress's
approval within one hundred eighty days of the official vacancy. The former
President's term shall be completed. Salary will be fixed for the entire
term. An oath shall be taken by the President and Vice President.
The President is the commander-in-chief of all armed forces. The
President may and/or must do the following: sign treaties with the approval
of two-thirds vote in Congress, appoint officials in the executive branch,
give three formal addresses of the state of the Union each year, and issue
pardons only in the case of the death penalty.
The judicial branch shall consist of a Supreme Court, state courts, and
district courts. Federal judges shall be appointed by the President for
life. State and district judges shall serve ten year terms with no limits
on re-election. Salary will be fixed for the entire term.
The courts rule on constitutionality. The Supreme Court has
jurisdiction over all state and local courts; state courts have jurisdiction
over all local courts within the state. All trials shall be heard by a jury
consisting of at least eleven jurors. Impeachment shall be heald in Congress
before the representatives. Two-thirds vote is required to impeach an
officer. All officers are subject to impeachment.
Crimes committed in a state will be tried in that state, except in the
case of treason.
At the time of application for statehood, the state must meet, but not
exceed twice the level thereof, a set of standards for population and
territory. A territory not owning or claiming parts of existing states, with
the approval of two-thirds Congress and the President, shall do or have the
following: become a new state, set up a legislature, elect its governor and
other officials, draw up a constitution which in no way denies or nullifies
any part of this national constitution, divide itself into districts of not
fewer than three, choose a capitol city, an representation in Congress in
accordance with the appropriate guidelines.
The national government may purchase land from other nations, possess
and govern these lands, and impose taxes on it. The people in these
territories may not vote until the territory has become a state. Other
states may not claim or buy land within a territory or another state.
The cite of the national capitol shall be that of the second most
populus city in Baldet that is part of a state. The cite may change only at
the time of a new presidential term. During a president's term, the capitol
shall remain fixed no matter a change in population. Despite the location of
the capitol city, the national government shall, in no way, superimpose upon
the office of mayor of the city.
All citizens shall have the following: the freedom of speech, press,
peaceful assembly, and petition; the right to bear arms; the right to deny
entry into their homes; the right to deny search and seizure without a court-
issued warrant and probable cause; and the right to a lawyer, a trial by
jury, and the right to appeal. All accused persons are innocent until proven
No person shall deny another person's rights by the use of slavery. An
accused person has a right to a bail set by the judge, except in extreme
offenses. The judge may sentence a convicted person within the parameters of
that state's constitution.
A legal voter in Baldet is of age eighteen, a citizen of Baldet for a
previous one year, and registered at a residence for three months prior to
the election day. Taxes must not be imposed on voting or other democratic
freedom in the event of election or judgment.
Acknowledgment of two-thirds Congress, either three-fourths vote of
Congress or three-fourths vote of state legislatures, and the approval of the
President and the Vice President are required to add an amendment to this
With the approval of four-fifths of all present state legislatures, this
constitution shall become law.
The Fundamental Laws
- Each of the nine islands of the Lantosch archipelago shall have a
governor who owns all land and people of his island.
- Each governor is indepedent from the rule of all other governors except
one, the emperor, who reigns over all nine islands.
- Every six years a tournament shall be held between the eight governors on
the emperor's island to install a new ruler.
- The tournament shall be a fight to the death, one-on-one, through three
rounds until only one man is left. He shall be crowned the new emperor.
- The governor of each island, except the emperor, can change at any time
by means of death, resignation, or a coup. Therefore, the most powerful
man on each island shall prevail.
- (The Bason Island Revision, 976) The outgoing emperor shall be exiled to
the Isle of Souls in the Bay of Hearttear.