Asteria Inferior Common Market
|Founded at||Gatôn, Satucin|
The Asteria Inferior Common Market, commonly called ASTCOM, is a trade bloc made up of nine Asterian nations.
Initial talks began in 1989, with the Kingsleigh Treaty being signed that year by Satavia, Nuvania and Satucin. Further talks culminated with the Treaty of Gatôn in 1992, which was signed by the signatories of the Kingsleigh Treaty and Aucuria, Arbolada, Belmonte, Gapolania, Adamantina, and the Azure Coast.
Initial talks of an Asterian trade bloc officially began in 1989, between Satavia, Nuvania and Satucin and culminated in an agreement signed in the Satavian town of Kingsleigh, in late 1989.
Talks continued on to 1992, when, the three original Kingsleigh Treaty signatures signed an agreement with Aucuria, Arbolada, Belmonte, Gapolania, Adamantina, and Côte d'Azur, in the form of the Treaty of Gatôn, which lead to the creation of ASTCOM.
In 2007, ASTCOM relocated its headquarters from its original building to "The ASTCOM Center", a 1980s construction.
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The Secretary General of ASTCOM is responsible for chairing debates and meetings, as well as being the public figurehead of the organisation. ASTCOM's current Secretary General is Helena Warwick, who is the first Secretary General from Satavia, and began her term on the 1st May 2020, and will serve untill 2024.
|Nationality||Term of Office|
|Term Start||Term End|
|Satucin||1st May 1992||1st May 1996|
|Azure Coast||1st May 1996||1st May 2000|
|Aucuria||1st May 2000||1st May 2004|
|Belmonte||1st May 2004||1st May 2008|
|Gapolania||1st May 2012||1st May 2016|
|Adamantina||1st May 2012||1st May 2016|
|Nuvania||1st May 2016||1st May 2020|
|Satavia||1st May 2020||Incumbent|
The Asterian Council is the central committee of ASTCOM, and is convened in ASTCOM's headquaters in Gatôn. The council has nine members - one from each member state, and the Secretary General, who chairs council meetings.
Council meetings are called, normally, once every month unless a member state petitions to the Secretary General for an extraordinary meeting.
Each country gets one vote - regardless of population size or economical power - and the Secretary General does not vote, unless the result returns a tie, normally due to an abstention. If a tie is reached, the Secretary General normally votes against, so as to retain the status quo, although the Secretary General does not have to vote against and can vote either way.
The council only votes on matters relating directly to ASTCOM, and does not intefere with international law cases brought upon one another member states, or force member states to adopt legislation internally.