Constitution of the Dominion of Melchizedek 

Preamble

On behalf of the people of the Dominion of Melchizedek, and Melchizedek's claimed territories, in order to provide for, establish and promote, justice, domestic tranquillity, the common defense and general welfare of the Dominion, and to secure the blessings of liberty and posterity for the people of the Dominion, we, the undersigned representatives of the Dominion, do hereby adopt and establish this Constitution for the Dominion of Melchizedek.

The Legislative Branch

1.00 All of the legislative powers, herein provided for, shall be vested in a Congress of the Dominion of Melchizedek, hereafter sometimes referred to as the DOM or the Dominion, which shall consist of a single body, to be known as the House of Elders, (sometimes herein referred to as the "House").

1.01 The House shall be composed of members, which shall be individually known as "Elder", which shall be duly elected each and every six years, by the people of the Dominion, and such electors shall have the qualifications requisite for such position.

1.02 Prospective Elders, subsequent to the initial election, shall have attained to the age of twenty one years, and have been a citizen of the Nation for no less than two years.

1.03 The House shall be composed of no less than eight, no more than twenty four members, plus Melchizedek as the Head of House.

1.04 Enumeration of members of the House shall be established within two years of the first meeting of the House, and shall be reviewed and adjusted as deemed appropriate, each and every six years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. Until such enumeration shall be made, the Dominion shall be entitled to elect eight members.

1.05 In the event of a vacancy in the membership of the House, the Speaker thereof shall within ninety days, issue writs of election to fill such vacancy.

1.06 The House shall choose their Officers, Speaker, and also a President - Pro Tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of the President of the Dominion.

1.07 The House, immediately after they shall be initially assembled in consequence of the first election, shall be divided as equally as may be feasible, into three classes. The seats of such Elders; of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year; of the second class shall be vacated at the expiration of the fourth year; of the third class shall be vacated at the expiration of the sixth year, so that one third of the House may be elected each and every second year.

1.08 The Vice President of the DOM, shall be the President of the House, but shall have no vote, unless the House membership be equally divided.

1.09 The members of the House shall be entitled to one vote each, upon matters put before the House.

1.10 The House shall have the exclusive power of impeachment.

The House shall try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, such members shall be subject to a specific affirmation. In the event of impeachment, when the President of the Dominion is tried, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Nation, shall preside, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of three quarters of the members present.

1.11 Judgement in the cases of impeachment, shall not be extended further then to removal from office, disqualification to hold and enjoy office of honor, trust, or profit, under the DOM, however, the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgement and punishment, according to law.

1.12 The House shall convene at times, places and in manner as deemed appropriate by the President thereof. However, in no event shall the House convene fewer times than once each six months.

1.13 The election of Elders, the times, places, and manner of holding such, shall be prescribed, but the House may at any time, by law, make or alter such regulations. The House shall appoint a committee numbering three, to judge the elections, returns, and qualifications of its members.

1.14 A majority of the members of the House being present shall constitute a Quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as the House may provide.

1.15 The House shall determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of three quarters, expel a member.

1.16 The House shall keep a Journal of its proceedings, and from time to time, publish same, excepting such portions as may in their own judgement require secrecy, and the "Yea's" and "Nay's" of the members of the House on any question shall, at the desire of one quarter of those present, be entered on the Journal.

1.17 The Elders shall be entitled to receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the Treasury of the DOM. Such compensation, amount thereof, shall be determined by the House at the first meeting of the House, and shall be reviewed and adjusted as deemed appropriate, each and every three years, in such manner as they shall by law direct.

1.18 Elders shall in all cases, except treason, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest, further, such Elders may not be questioned in any other place.

The House shall be responsible for developing Bills providing for raising revenue for the Dominion. Every Bill which has passed the House, shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the President of the DOM. If he approves, he shall sign it, but if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to the House, which shall enter the objections at large on their Journal and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration, three quarters of the House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall become a law. In all such cases, where a veto is over-ridden, the votes of the House shall be determined by "Yea's" and "Nay's", and the names of the persons voting shall be entered on the Journal of the House. In the event that any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten business days, after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law.

1.20 Every order, resolution or vote to which the concurrence of the House may be necessary, except on a question of adjournment, shall be presented to the President of the DOM, and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by three quarters of the House, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill.

1.21 The House shall have power:

(1) to raise capital for the common and general welfare of the DOM, but without taxing the people;

(2) to borrow money on the credit of the DOM;

(3) to regulate commerce with foreign nations;

(4) to establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws with regard to the subject of personal and corporate bankruptcies throughout the Dominion;

(5) to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

(6) to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the Dominion;

(7) to establish post offices and post roads;

(8) to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors, the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

(9) to constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

(10) to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of the Dominion;

(11) to declare spiritual war, but never to harm enemies, only to bless them, grant letters of marquee and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

(12) to raise and support spiritual armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

(13) to provide and maintain a non-military Navy and Air Force;

(14) to make rules for the government;

(15) to provide for calling forth a special non-violent militia to execute the laws of the Nation, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

(16) to provide for organizing, spiritually arming, and disciplining, the special militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the Dominion, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by the House;

(17) to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution of the Government of the Dominion or any department thereof.

1.22 Federal Restraints:

(1) the House, with respect to the privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus, shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it;

(2) the House shall not pass or enact any Bill of Attainder or ex-post facto law;

(3) seals of priestly kingship shall be recognized only with the affirmative consent of the House and shall be certified by the Secretary of State.

The Executive Branch

2.00 The Executive power shall be vested in a President of the DOM. He shall hold his office for a term of three years, and together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, shall be elected as set forth herein.

2.01 The members of the House of the DOM, shall nominate qualified candidates for election to the respective posts of President and Vice President, and on the day on which the election shall be held, the members of the House shall cast their votes anonymously, the candidate to receive a majority, provided such majority is in excess of 40% of those votes cast, shall be duly elected. In the event an election is held, and no individual candidate receives more than 40% of the vote cast, a run off shall be held between the two candidates having received a majority of the votes cast previously. Such runoff shall be held within six weeks of the original election.

2.02 No person shall be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for the office of President or of Vice President, who is not a citizen of the DOM, and/or has not attained the age of Twenty five years.

2.03 In the event, the President of the Dominion, shall by cause of his death, resignation, or otherwise, be unable to discharge the powers and duties of said office, the House shall at a convention duly called, pursuant to law, provide for the removal of the President from office, and shall, whether temporary or permanent: appoint the Vice President to the position of President; appoint the Secretary of State as the Vice President for the remaining unexpired terms of said office.

2.04 The President and Vice President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased or diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the Dominion Government.

2.05 Before the President Elect and/or Vice President Elect, assume and take office, he shall make the following Affirmation: "I, (Name), do hereby solemnly commit, that I will faithfully execute the Office of (President/Vice President), of the Dominion of Melchizedek, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the Dominion of Melchizedek."

2.06 The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the DOM, shall administer the Declaration to the newly elected President and/or Vice President.

2.07 The President Elect and Vice President Elect, shall assume and take office within sixty days of election therefor. The House shall determine the day for which the offices shall be assumed.

2.08 The President shall be Commander in Chief of the military of the Dominion, and of the militia when called into the actual service of the Dominion, he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the Dominion, except in cases of impeachment.

2.09 The President shall have the power, by and with the advice and consent of the House, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Elders of the House concur; and by and with the advice of the House, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the DOM, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law; but the House may by law vest the appointment of such inferior offices, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the heads of departments. The appointments made prior to the signing of this constitution shall remain in full force and effect until such time as they are dismissed by Melchizedek.

2.10 The President shall from time to time give to the House, information regarding the State of the Dominion, and recommend for their consideration such measures as he shall deem appropriate, he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene the House, and in the case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper. The President shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the DOM.

2.11 The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the Dominion, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason or bribery.

The Judicial Branch

3.00 The Judicial power of the Dominion shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the House may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the Supreme and inferior Courts shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.

Judges of inferior courts shall be elected by the people of the Dominion in general elections therefor, to be held each and every four years.

3.01 The Judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the Dominion, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority; to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls; to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to controversies to which the Dominion shall be a party.

3.02 In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls, the Supreme Court shall have the original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the House shall make.

3.03 The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury, and such trial shall be at such place or places as the House may by law have directed.

3.04 Treason against the Dominion shall consist only in levying war against DOM, or in adhering to Dominion enemies, giving them aid in attempting to destroy the Dominion. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the overt act or on confession in open court.

3.05 The House shall have the power to declare the punishment of treason, however, unless convicted of aiding and abetting, the family members of a person charged and convicted cannot inherit the burden of his guilt.

Provision for Amending the Constitution

4.00 This Constitution may be amended, in part or whole, only pursuant to a three quarters affirmative vote by the members of the House at a convention duly called. The "Yea's" and "Nay's" cast by the respective Elders, shall be recorded into the Journal of the House, identifying each Elder's vote specifically. No such amendment to the Constitution can become effective prior to ninety days after such duly held vote approving the amendment.

Treasury/Dominion Debt

5.00 The House shall organize a Finance Committee which shall review the management and finance operations of the Government of the DOM. This committee shall review and prepare bills providing for the apportionment of monies to fund the Government. Finance Committee members shall be appointed to such position for a term of no longer than two years.

5.01 The Finance Committee shall supervise the management and operation of the DOM Central Bank, through the Treasury Department whose head shall be appointed by the Finance Combine.

5.02 All debts contracted and engagements duly entered into by the DOM, prior to the adoption of this Constitution, shall be valid against the Dominion under this Constitution.

5.03 The House of the DOM, shall have the exclusive power and authority to incur and/or authorize the incurrence of debt or contract by and between the Dominion or any agency thereof, and any other third party, subject to ratification by the President of the DOM.

Supremacy of the Dominion Government

6.00 The Constitution, and the laws of the Dominion which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the Dominion, shall be the Supreme Law of the land.

6.01 All officers of the three branches of the Dominion Government, being the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, shall be bound by Affirmation, to support this constitution.

Religion and Freedom of Speech

7.00 The House shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, except in the event of National Security; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Right to Privacy

8.00 The House shall enact no law which shall restrict or impair the peoples right to privacy. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by affirmation, which must particularly describe the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.

8.01 Materials reviewed and/or seized by authorities, belonging to the peoples, shall not be discussed openly, released, or otherwise become public knowledge. Court records shall be closed to the general public, with only minimal disclosure. Materials seized shall be returned to the possession of the peoples within a reasonable time.

8.02 The right of the people to make independent decision with respect to health matters, whether or not with regard to Abortion, Euthanasia, AIDS, or other, shall not be interfered with or restricted by any law.

8.03 In cases of deadly communicable diseases, the Government may compel the isolation of an infected person, however, under no circumstances shall the nature and identity of the medical condition be released to the general public.

8.04 The House, through the Health Department, shall maintain records regarding deadly diseases and the spread thereof. However, under no circumstances shall the identity of any such persons be released to any agency of any Government or to the general public.

Right to Bear Arms

9.00 The House shall enact no law which will serve to infringe upon the right of the people of the DOM, to own and bear arms.

Misc. Civil Rights of the People

10.00 No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the Land, Air, or Naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger, nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of imprisonment; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just cause and compensation.

10.01 In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial, by an impartial jury, and the accused shall be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

10.02 In suits of Common Law, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the DOM, than according to the rules of the Common Law.

10.03 The House of the DOM, shall enact no law, treaty, or legislation which would serve to respect or honor decisions or orders of foreign courts. This applies not only with respect to extradition of persons for criminal or civil offenses, but in all matters.

10.04 With regard to criminal trials, excessive bail shall not be levied, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted. Unless the defendant is properly convicted of a violent crime, he will not lose his freedom under any circumstances, but that of treason. In the event, the accused, having not been previously convicted of a violent crime within the DOM, consents to remain within the jurisdictional confines of the DOM, such person shall be entitled to bail through a Personal Recognizance Bond, without the pledge of property or otherwise. In the event of confinement, the accused shall be treated humanely at all times, with food and shelter being provided and available to such individual, including medical treatment and counseling, if requested thereby. Costs thereof shall be the burden of the Dominion.

10.05 The House shall enact no law or legislation which would provide for Death as a prescribed penalty for a crime.

10.06 The Judicial power of the DOM, shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the DOM, originating in a foreign jurisdiction.

10.07 The House shall enact no law or legislation providing for slavery or involuntary servitude.

Citizenship and Naturalization

11.00 All persons born or naturalized in the DOM, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the DOM. Citizens are free to renounce their citizenship at any time.

Taxes and Financial Reporting

12.00 The House shall not have the authority to lay and collect taxes. However taxation by inflation may be instituted, only if said taxation is accompanied by an equal distribution of wealth to all citizens of the DOM both personal and corporate. With respect to corporations or businesses, any inflationary taxation instituted shall at no time be in excess of Ten percent of the issued and outstanding currencies of the DOM according to accounting methods and standards as promulgated within the DOM.

12.01 All publicly owned corporations and businesses, those having more than 50 share/bond holders of any one class, shall be required to provide to the Treasury Department of the DOM, a statutory declaration setting forth among other things, Gross Assets and Liabilities, Equity, Revenue, Expenses, Net Income, General Description of Business, Synopsis of Management and Method of Ownership. Such information shall be used for statistical purposes and for tax purposes, if necessary. Such information shall be provided annually on the 31st day of March.

12.02 The accounting and auditing methods to be promulgated for use by corporations and business domiciled in the DOM, shall be "International Accounting Guidelines" and International Auditing Principles", as determined by the International Accounting Association, of the DOM. The International Accounting Association shall license persons to practice as Chartered Accountants within the Dominion. Further, the IAA shall be governed by a committee of three, initially appointed by the President of the DOM, and subsequently elected by its membership each and every six years.

Licensing of Lawyers and Requisites Required

13.00 Except upon special proclamation by the President or Secretary of State, of the DOM, all persons to be licensed to practice law before any court or authority within the Dominion, shall be required to have the following qualifications:

(1) have attained the age of twenty five;

(2) have obtained a degree in law from an accredited college or university; or have a degree in business from an accredited college or university and have more than 10 years of business experience;

(3) have successfully passed an exam prepared and given by the Bar Association of the DOM;

(4) have not been previously disbarred from practicing law within the DOM.

14.00 The enumeration in this Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Effectiveness Hereof 15.00 The unanimous ratification of the undersigned representatives, as evidenced by their signatures below, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution of the Dominion of Melchizedek.

Signatures

16.00 In Witness Whereof, the undersigned respective representatives have duly executed, in convention, the foregoing Constitution of the Dominion of Melchizedek, commencing nunc pro tunc on the 30th day of April 1991.

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