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Regional Guide to Lazarus

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Regional Guide to Lazarus
An introduction to the Region
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Lazarus is what is known in Nationstates as a 'sinker' region, where nations are reborn and begin their time in Nationstates anew. But our region is much more than that, with our own unique government, regional theme and way of doing things - with plenty of activities, including spam, to keep our members entertained. Feel free to read through this Guide to learn about the region of Lazarus, and how you can participate.

Contents:
1. Etymology of Lazarus
2. Government of Lazarus
3. Applying for Citizenship
4. Things to do in Lazarus
5. Jobs & Employment
6. Basics of Nationstates
7. Questions & Feedback

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1. Etymology of Lazarus

The name Lazarus comes from the Bible passage where Lazarus is raised from the dead.
Quote:John 11 King James Version (KJV)
43: "And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth."
44: "And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go."
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2. Government of Lazarus

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Major Legislation 

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Twelfth Mandate of Lazarus (Mandate 12)
Preamble

In order to ensure a government that is stable, meritocratic, and fosters an active community, this Mandate has been established as the fundamental law by which Lazarus will be governed. This Mandate is the supreme law of Lazarus and, together with constitutional law, takes precedence over any other law or policy.

I. Assembly of LazarusComposition of the Assembly

(1) The Assembly will be comprised of all citizens of Lazarus.

Powers of the Assembly

(2) The Assembly may establish and revise its own procedural rules by 50%+1 vote.

(3) The Assembly may enact, amend, or repeal general laws and resolutions by 50%+1 vote.

(4) The Assembly may enact, amend, or repeal treaties, at the request of the Delegate, by 50%+1 vote.

(5) The Assembly may declare war against another region or organization, and repeal a declaration of war, at the request of the Delegate, by two-thirds vote.

(6) The Assembly may remove the Assembly Speaker, a Cabinet Minister, a Court Justice, a Councillor of Lazarene Security, or any other government official established by law or policy from office, by two-thirds vote.

(7) The Assembly may remove the Delegate or Vice Delegate from office by three-quarters vote.

(8) The Assembly may declare a state of emergency, end a state of emergency declared by the Council on Lazarene Security, or extend a state of emergency ended by the Council, by three-quarters vote.

(9) The Assembly may amend this Mandate by three-quarters vote.

(10) The Assembly may enact constitutional laws and resolutions, bearing the same legal weight as this Mandate, and may amend or repeal such constitutional laws and resolutions, by three-quarters vote. Constitutional laws and resolutions must be explicitly designated as such within the text of each constitutional law or resolution, and may not either explicitly or implicitly amend or repeal this Mandate or other constitutional laws or resolutions.

Speaker of the Assembly

(11) The Delegate will appoint an Assembly Speaker to preside over the Assembly according to its procedural rules. Appointment of the Assembly Speaker will be subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly.

(12) In the absence of procedural rules to settle a procedural matter in the Assembly, the Assembly Speaker may establish such rules. Procedural rules established by the Assembly Speaker will always be subordinate to the laws of Lazarus and procedural rules established by the Assembly.

(13) The Assembly Speaker will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly or the Delegate, or automatic removal from office.

(14) The Assembly may provide for the appointment and removal of deputies to the Assembly Speaker by law or through its procedural rules.

II. Delegate of LazarusEstablishment of the office of Delegate

(1) The Delegate will serve as head of state, head of government, lawful WA Delegate, and the chief governing authority of Lazarus.

(2) The Delegate may not serve in any other office while serving as Delegate, except that the Delegate will be suspended from the Council of Lazarene Security if they are already a Councillor, but will automatically resume membership on the Council after their term as Delegate.

(3) The Delegate will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly, or automatic removal from office.

Powers of the Delegate

(4) The Assembly Speaker will promptly present all general and constitutional laws or resolutions, amendments to or repeals of such laws or resolutions, and amendments to this Mandate to the Delegate for approval. The Delegate may then grant or withhold approval, but only such legislation that has been approved by the Delegate will become enacted law.

(5) The Delegate may admit residents of Lazarus to citizenship, or may delegate this responsibility to the government official(s) of their choosing. Further procedure for citizenship admission, including procedure for appealing rejection of a citizenship application by the Delegate, as well as criteria for maintenance of citizenship and enforcement of such criteria, may be established by law.

(6) The Delegate may, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Council on Lazarene Security, impose revocation of citizenship, ejection and/or ban from Lazarus, or other measures to preserve the security and stability of Lazarus, for whatever duration of time is determined appropriate. The Assembly may overturn such decisions by three-quarters vote.

(7) The Delegate may, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly or 50%+1 vote of the Council on Lazarene Security, establish and revise endorsement limits for Lazarus. The Delegate may enforce such limits and will be assisted by the Vice Delegate and Council on Lazarene Security as needed. The Vice Delegate and Councillors will not be subject to such endorsement limits.

Line of succession for the office of Delegate

(8) The Vice Delegate will be first in the line of succession, followed by each Councillor in the order determined by the Delegate with confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly. The first person in the line of succession who is willing and able to serve will succeed to the office of Delegate in the event that the office of Delegate is vacant.

(9) The Delegate may appoint the Vice Delegate or a Councillor to serve as Acting Delegate in the event of the Delegate's scheduled absence. In the event of the Delegate's unscheduled absence exceeding seven days, as certified by 50%+1 vote of the Council on Lazarene Security, the first person in the line of succession who is willing and able to serve will serve as Acting Delegate until the Delegate returns.

III. Vice Delegate of LazarusEstablishment of the office of Vice Delegate

(1) The Delegate will appoint a Vice Delegate to hold the second most endorsements in Lazarus. Appointment of the Vice Delegate will be subject to confirmation by two-thirds vote of the Assembly.

(2) The Vice Delegate will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly or the Delegate, or automatic removal from office.

Powers of the Vice Delegate

(3) The Vice Delegate will be the chairperson of the Council on Lazarene Security, presiding over the Council according to law and its procedural rules, and acting as the Council's spokesperson. If the office of Vice Delegate is vacant, the first Councillor in the line of succession who is willing and able to serve will serve as the Council's chairperson.

IV. Cabinet of Lazarus

(1) The Delegate will set the course of the Cabinet with such ministries, programs, and activities as they determine are beneficial for Lazarus.

(2) The Delegate may issue executive directives to set public policy for executive ministries, programs, and activities. Such directives will remain in effect unless rescinded by the Delegate who issued them or a subsequent Delegate. Such directives may also be amended by the Delegate who issued them or a subsequent Delegate.

(3) The Delegate may appoint Cabinet Ministers to assist with executive ministries, programs, and activities, and must fill any ministries mandated by law. Appointment of Cabinet Ministers will be subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly.

(4) Cabinet Ministers will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly or the Delegate, or automatic removal from office.

(5) The Delegate may provide for the appointment and removal of Cabinet deputies.

V. Court of LazarusComposition of the Court

(1) The Court will be comprised of three Justices appointed by the Delegate, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly. Requirements for the recusal of Justices and procedure for the appointment of temporary Justices may be established by law.

(2) Justices will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly, or automatic removal from office. Justices may not serve in any other office while serving as Justices.

Powers of the Court

(3) Procedure for constitutional matters brought before the Court will be defined by law.

(4) The Court has the power, upon being petitioned by a citizen, to strike down any general law, treaty, or policy. in whole or in part, and restrain any government action, by two-thirds vote, if such violates this Mandate or any constitutional law.

(5) The Court may, upon being petitioned by a citizen, reconcile contradictions within and between this Mandate and constitutional laws, as well as contradictions within and between general laws, by two-thirds vote, maintaining minimal disruption to the intended purposes of the contradictory provisions.

(6) The Court may interpret and clarify provisions of law when posed in a legal question, by two-thirds vote, as prescribed by law.

VI. Council on Lazarene SecurityComposition of the Council

(1) The Delegate will appoint Councillors to the Council on Lazarene Security, subject to confirmation by 50%+1 vote of the Assembly. Councillors will serve until resignation, removal from office by the Assembly, or automatic removal from office.

Ordinary responsibilities of the Council

(2) Councillors must maintain high endorsement WA nations in Lazarus at all times and meet any other requirements established by law.

(3) The Council will be responsible for assisting the Delegate and Vice Delegate in overseeing and protecting regional security.

(4) The Council may establish and revise its own procedural rules by 50%+1 vote. Such procedural rules will be subordinate to the laws of Lazarus.

States of emergency

(5) The Council may declare and may end a state of emergency by two-thirds vote. During a state of emergency, the Council may take all necessary measures to resolve the emergency, except that the Assembly may not be suspended, and the Council must adhere to any further regulation of states of emergency established by law.

VII. Regulation of Government OfficialsCitizenship requirement for government officials

(1) The Delegate, the Vice Delegate, the Assembly Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, Court Justices, Councillors of Lazarene Security, or any other government official established by law or policy must be citizens of Lazarus.

(2) The Delegate may, at their discretion, authorize residents of Lazarus who are not citizens to participate in executive ministries, programs, and activities, but such residents may not serve as government officials, including as deputies or military personnel of officer rank.

Automatic removal of government officials

(3) The Delegate, the Vice Delegate, the Assembly Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, Court Justices, Councillors of Lazarene Security, or any other government official established by law or policy will be automatically removed from office upon loss of citizenship or their nation in Lazarus voluntarily relocating or ceasing to exist.

(4) The Delegate, the Vice Delegate, or Councillors of Lazarene Security will be automatically removed from office upon their WA nation in Lazarus resigning or being expelled from the WA.

Provisional service of certain appointed government officials

(5) Appointed government officials who are subject to confirmation by the Assembly may serve on a provisional basis unless and until their confirmations are rejected by the Assembly.

VIII. Off-site Property AdministrationComposition of off-site property administration

(1) The root administrator of off-site property, which will be the same citizen for all official Lazarene off-site property, will be responsible for the appointment and removal of citizens to serve as off-site property administrators and moderators for each off-site property. Membership in off-site property administration and moderation teams will not be construed to constitute government office.

Responsibilities of off-site property administration

(2) No provision of this Mandate nor any law or policy will be construed to limit or interfere with the responsibility and authority of off-site property administration and moderation, subject to the final authority of the root administrator, to safeguard the out-of-character security or safety of the off-site property or its users.

(3) The root administrator will have final authority on off-site property permissions, and may deny or revoke permissions based on risk to the security or safety of off-site property or its users, or violation of terms of service.

IX. Constitutional ConventionsProcedure for initiating a constitutional convention

(1) The Assembly may, by three-quarters vote and with the approval of the Delegate, initiate a constitutional convention for the purpose of repealing and replacing this Mandate.

Basic procedure for a constitutional convention

(2) Following initiation of a constitutional convention, the Assembly will establish procedure for the convention by 50%+1 vote. The Assembly may amend the procedure of the convention while the convention is ongoing by 50%+1 vote. Establishment and amendment of such procedure will be subject to the approval of the Delegate.

(3) During a constitutional convention, this Mandate, the institutions and offices established by and under this Mandate, and all laws and treaties established under this Mandate, will remain in force, until a new constitution is adopted by the convention.

(4) Should the convention fail to yield a new constitution, the Assembly may, by 50%+1 vote, adjourn the convention.
[/spoiler] Please Read our Regional Constitution to learn about how our regional government is structured, and how it works.



Lazarene Law Index
An index of Lazarene Laws and Regulations
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3. Applying for Citizenship

If you are ready to participate in the region more than just on the Regional Message Board, then it might be time for you to consider applying for citizenship.

Some good reasons for applying:
  • You can vote in forum-based elections to elect the World Assembly Delegate and the High Council.
  • You can vote on laws and treaties, and propose them, in the Assembly.
  • You can participate in one of the Ministries, or become an Assistant-Minister.
  • You can participate in the regional government, and/or stand for election for a position in it.
  • You can join in on forum-based activities, and have a good time posting and spamming on our forum - if all the above isn't appealing already.
What do I need to do to become a citizen?
  • Have a nation residing in Lazarus.
  • Make a citizenship application, stating what is required, including your nation in the region, and past Nationstates game history (if any)
What do I need to do to keep my citizenship?

Once you have citizenship it is pretty easy to keep, so long as you:
  1. Keep a nation in Lazarus.
  2. Tell us when the nation you have in Lazarus changes.
If you don't tell us, and your nation Ceases to Exist (CTE's) or you no longer have a nation in Lazarus, then your citizenship will be removed until you reapply with a nation that resides in Lazarus.
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4. Things to Do in Lazarus


Now that you are in Lazarus you are thinking about what activities there are to be involved in. 

You might want to also ask questions of other game-players in Lazarus, if you are new at the game.

A. Participate in our regional government
  • Get citizenship in Lazarus by completing an application form on the Lazarus forum.
  • Join the World Assembly, which is discussed in the 'Basics of Nationstates' below.
  • Vote on legislation (or laws) in the Assembly, as well as proposing them.
  • Get involved in the politics of the region by participating in elections.
  • Help out the region in the Ministries and Assembly, in order to make Lazarus a more fun place to be.
B. Join in on the Spam Games and OOC Forum
  • Enjoy our spam games in Spamtopia, and increase your post count.
  • Talk about anything down in Canary Wharf, which is an Out of Character (OOC) forum. 
C. Join the Regional Discord D. Read the Regional News E. Join in on the Regional Economy
  • Lazarus has a Regional Economy with the currency of Feather/s (ƒ), and you earn this currency through posting or other means.
  • You should ask for a Starting Balance if you are a Resident or Citizen, and claim your ƒ15,000 from the Regional Bank.
  • Add money you earn to the Regional Bank and earn interest from it. 
  • Use your money to buy things for your nation from the Automated Shop System
  • Start your own Shop/Charity, and sell items or services to other Lazarenes. 
F. Foreign Ambassadors Can Apply for Status/Visas or an Embassy
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5. Jobs & Employment


With our regional government there are opportunities to get involved in the politics of the region. Lazarus has regional elections every four months for most political positions, and there are opportunities to become a member of a Ministry and serve Lazarus that way. You can get hands on experience of how our government works, and maybe even run for political office yourself in the future. This section of the guide will give you a brief run down of what is on offer.

The Assembly of Lazarus [Get Citizenship - Become a Legislator]
This is the main legislative body of Lazarus, where citizens and residents of Lazarus propose and discuss legislation and issues of the realm. In order to vote on legislation or in regional elections however, you must become a Citizen. It isn't hard to become a Citizen, so you might want to give it a try, and become a fully-fledged member of the community, though you are just as welcome to stay a Resident and join in on basic forum activities.

Ministries of Lazarus

The following Ministries of Lazarus are always open to new members, so you should feel free to ask around about joining one and helping out.

Public Relations  [Become an Ambassador]
Description: Manages the Diplomatic Relations of Lazarus

Regional Guard [Join here]
Description: Military Forces of Lazarus

Internal Management  [Join here]
Description: Organizes Events, Media (such as the Gazette), welcomes new nations, and organizes Role-Plays.
Sub-Links: [Start a Cultural Event] [Start a Roleplay] [Write for the Lazarene Gazette]
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6. Basics of Nationstates


If you would like a more comprehensive guide to the game click here, as this just shows some basics.

The World Assembly
 
  • One of the first things you might consider doing is joining the World Assembly, as it allows your nation to:
  • Run for World Assembly Delegate in a region.
  • Participate in Defenses of Regions against Raiders by endorsing the Defender WA Delegate within a region.
  • Participate in Raids against regions by endorsing a Raider WA Delegate within in a region.
  • Propose General Assembly Resolutions (read the Rules & General advice here).
  • Propose Security Council Resolutions (read the Rules for SC Proposals here).

How can I join the World Assembly?

You should notice the World Assembly link on the Nationstates Control Panel of your nation, which takes you to a page that looks something like this:

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At the top of the World Assembly page is the option to Apply to Join the World Assembly, or if you have already joined to resign from the World Assembly.

Once you click ‘Apply to Join’, you should receive an email within 24 hours, once you receive this email you can click within the email to confirm your WA membership.

Before joining the World Assembly however, you must make sure that you have added an Email address to your Nation account:
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Another activity you can do in the game is to answer your nation issues, which will allow you to change the Civil Rights, Economic freedoms, and Political Freedoms in your nation, in addition to what you decided when you first founded your nation.

What are Issues?

Issues are events that your nation has to decide to do about - or dismiss (ignore):
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Each issue usually shows different views of petitioners within your nation:
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Usually they represent people or groups that want to neglect or improve upon aspects of your nation’s economy – but they can also involve restricting or expanding the civil rights or political freedoms of your nation as a whole i.e. establishing a dictatorship vs establishing a liberal democracy.

How many issues can I have each day?

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Options:
  • No Throttle.
  • 12 hours between issues.
  • 24 hours between issues.
  • 48 hours between issues
What happens when I answer issues?

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When you answer issues, they change your rankings in global categories.

A. They change how your nation ranks in Civil Rights, Political freedoms, and Economic freedoms:
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Here are some government categories that can result from how your issues are answered.

B. They change your global rankings in regards to culture, nudity and so on:
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This shows how recent issues have impacted a nation.
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7. Questions & Feedback


Ask questions and provide feedback about how to improve this guide in this topic.

Contributors

Author/s:

@ New Rogernomics 

Graphics: 

@ Imkihca, @ New Rogernomics 

[spoiler=Update Log]
8/18/2018: Started Writing Region Guide
8/25/2018: Finished Writing Basic Region Guide
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