Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies

Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE)
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Summary
Established:June 12th, 1983
Founder: Aziallis
Goals:Free Trade
Open Borders
Economic Growth
Members
Tier I Albithica
 Gabrielland
 Vamsier
Tier II Aziallis
 Hatstheput
 Neuewland
 Samaehroh
 Tsokeiku
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The Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies is a Free Trade Economic Association that was created on 12th June, 1983 by the Grand Duchy of Aziallis and has been joined by 9 member states in Anteria as of now.

Charter

Preface

This document is called the “Foundation Charter” for the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) which lays down the all the basic guidelines of Co-operation and all the rights and duties a member state has. IT IS MERELY AN ECONOMIC UNION The Charter would lay down three types of Rules: 1. Optional Rules which may or may not be followed by the member states of the Co-Operation, but following them would be advisable;

2. Amendable Rules which may be amended by the individual legislations of the member nations without changing the essence of the rule;

3. Strict Rules which would have to be followed may what come*.

Overview

Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) is an organization of nations that are willing to trade with other nations without heavy government regulation and allow their borders to be open to citizens of the member states. The Economic Co-Operation is open for all nations of Anteria, especially newer non aligned members who are willing to stay neutral but increase trade volume, as this is merely an economic union. The economic co-operation aims at achieving the following:

i. Open and Free Trade under a single unified market to allow free flow of goods, services and capital without heavy regulations or tariffs;

ii. Open borders to allow free movement of citizens of the member nations;

iii. Economic Support to nations who have declared bankruptcy;

iv. A Centralized Lending System (CLS) or Central Bank for fulfillment of economic deficit;


Section 1: Head Quarters and Regional Operations

1. The Headquarters of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) would be located in the capital city of Seruf in The Grand Duchy of Aziallis

2. Each member nation would have to have a headquarters of operation (called Cerac nie Olferensoc or Centre of Operation) within their nation’s sovereign territory

3. If a member nation is unable to place a centre of Operation within their nation, for any reason, the nation must share the Centre of Operation with a direct neighbor ie a with whom they share a land border and is also a part of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE)

4. A COO of a member nation from each continent, excluding independent islands, would be given the authority of Regional Operation Centre (Retsugen Cerac nie Olferensoc), which a. Would have the authority for a time period of 3 years b. Would be elected by the entire general body through a vote of simple majority c. Would have the authority to call two emergency meeting of all member nations from the continent in any given year d. Would have the responsibility to collect important economic statistical data of all member nations within their region and regularly provide an official report to the head office

5. All the island nations would come under one ROC for Island Nations, instead of coming under any continent’s ROC, though they have the permission to sit for the ROC emergency meets of their respective continents in the capacity of an observer state without having to ask for permission from the ROC state

Section 2: Summits

1. The Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) would have semi-annual summits which would be divided into

a. Reule Summits (Home Summits) which would be hosted by The Grand Duchy of Aziallis at Seruf

b. Scraal Summit (Outland Summit) which would be hosted by any member of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) except for the Grand Duchy of Aziallis

2. The venue for the Scraal Summit would be decided on the basis of alphabetical order

3. The Reule Summit would be held in the first six months of the year and the Scraal summit would be held in the latter six

4. There would have to be a gap of at least 45 days between the Reule and Scraal Summit

5. ROC States can call for Emergency meetings for member states apart from the two regular summits

6. Other Member nations can take part in the Regional Emergency Summits with due permission from the ROC state hosting the summit in the capacity of Observer nations 7. Non Member States can take part in

a. All Reule Summits in the capacity of Observer Nations without having to take permission from the host ie The Grand Duchy of Aziallis

b. The Regional Emergency of their respective continent with due permission from the ROC state

8. A full Emergency Reule Conference can be called by the Duchess only ONE time in one year, with the agreement of at least one half of the ROC states

Section 3: Membership

Depending upon the extent to which a member nation would take part in facilitating trade and liberalizing economies, the nations would be divided into the following Tiers

TIER I Nations

a. For a nation to become a Tier I Member of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) the nation must

ii. Agree with all the Strict Rules mentioned in the Coernitium of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE);

iii. Agree to promote and facilitate the free trade between member states by allowing free flow of goods, services and capital into and out of the said member nation with

• Limited or no bureaucratic restrictions on exports and imports

• No excise duties on importing of goods from member nations of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Fount ree Economies (COLFE)

iv. Agree to not level trade embargoes1 against another member state unless absolutely necessary 2

v. Agree to have either a Centre of Operation in its own sovereign territory or share it with a direct neighbor with a land border

b. A Tier I member’s vote in the Summits would count as “1”

TIER II Nations

a. For a nation to become a Tier II Member of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) the nation must

i. Agree with all the Strict Rules mentioned in the Coernitium of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE)

ii. Agree to open its sovereign borders to citizens from other member states and allow the for unhindered

• Tourism

• Work

iii. Agree to promote and facilitate the free trade between member states by allowing free flow of goods, services and capital into and out of the said member nation with

• Limited or no bureaucratic restrictions on exports and imports

• No excise duties on importing of goods from member nations of the Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) iv. Agree to not level trade embargoes1 against another member state unless absolutely necessary 2

v. Agree to have either a Centre of Operation in its own sovereign territory or share it with a direct neighbor with a land border

vi. Agree to attend all Reule Summits compulsorily

b. A Tier II Nation’s vote in the Summits would count as “2”

Permanent Observer States (PO States)

a. The Co-Operation of Liberal and Free Economies (COLFE) would recognize all major power blocs and at the time of formation of the charter the main power blocs recognized are

i. Dokodo Union

ii. Anteria Triumvirate

iii. Zhengan- Russatrova Pact

iv Commonwealth of Independent Nations

b. The recognized Economic and Political Power Blocs (as a whole and not individual members)4 would have automatic Permanent Observer Membership in the COLFE

c. The Permanent Observer Organisations can participate in the General Summits (Reule and Scraal) and the Emergency Summits in the capacity of an observer member

d. To participate in a Regional Emergency Summits

i. The Bloc must have a nation in the said continent

ii. Must ask for permission from the ROC State

e. The Vote of a Permanent Observer would count as “0”

f. PO States can participate in the debate freely without restrictions like any other member state

Observer Nations

a. Non Member nations can either be called to participate in the debate as Observer Nations due to their essential involvement or contribution to the issue or can ask to participate in the debate in the capacity of Observer Nations due to aligned interests

b. Non Member nations can take part in Reule Summits as an observer without prior permission of the host nation- Aziallis 5

c. To participate in a Scraal Summit, the observer must have a unanimous agreement of

i. All Member Nations on the continent of the requesting nation

ii. All Member Nations on the Continent of the host nation

d. A non member nation can participate in Regional Emergency Meeting of their respective continents with the prior permission of the ROC state

Special Observer Nations

a. All members of the Dokodo Union would automatically become Permanent Observer Nation States for an indefinite period

b. In exchange, the Dokodo Union would provide all Tier I and TIER II member states with limited military protection if

i. The said member state is not the first aggressor

ii. The Dokodo Union deems it fit to intervene militarily

Section 4: Exemption Rules

Illegal Substances

The COLFE Protects nations that have declared certain goods or services illegal by prohibiting other member nations from selling the same in the said nation, given they maintain and share the list of illegal goods and services in their nation with COLFE


Section 5: The Review Committee

Setting up

If nations believe that a particular nation is violating any international agreement, especially ones affecting Trade, a nation can propose to set up a Review Committee and it has to be voted upon by member states without abstentions and the right to change vote till all members have voted.

If the motion passes with a simple majority, a Review Committee has to be set up within 7 days of the passage of motion but the nation must get at least 5 days to prepare their case.


Rules

Rules for the Review Committee are as follows

1. The accused gets 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to present their case

2. All Member Nations would be present. Observers can be called

3. After 15 minutes, the floor would be open to civilized debate, moderated by the nation hosting the Committee

4. The debate shall last half an hour and Observer nations would be allowed to participate in debate

5. After the debate is over, each nation, including the accused would get 5 minutes of uninterrupted time to give concluding statements

6. There shall be voting to decide if the accused nation is guilty

7. Observer nations shall not have a vote

8. A simple majority would decide the verdict

9. If proved guilty, the accused nation would lose its voting rights and protection from sanctions as they would become indefinite permanent Observers

10. All nations get 1 Vote. Nations have the right to abstain. But Abstaining would change the base vote. (ie; if a nation abstains, the majority shall be out of 19 and not 20)

11. Absence to present argument or case within 24 hours of the scheduled time shall be treated as acceptance of defeat and admission of guilt

12. The Committee sits for 24 hours to involve every member states and entertain their points of view

13. After 24 hours, the voting starts and no discussion is allowed during voting


Outcomes

The outcomes of the Review Committee are:

A) If the Review Committee finds the Nation "NOT GUILTY", no action is taken against the nation

B) If the Review Committee finds the Nation "GUILTY" then- B1) The Nation's right to vote is taken away and the nation is treated as a permanent observer B2) The Nation's COLFE Protection from Sanctions by Members is stripped off and the nation and member nations can level sanctions against the said Nation


Section 6: Puppets

Recognition

The COLFE Charter recognizes all Puppet nations as legitimate nations as well. In order to keep the spirit of free trade, Puppet Nations can also be a part of the COLFE Free Trading Market and Open Borders Agreement.

Powers and Duties of a Puppet Nation

A Puppet Nation:

1. Can take part actively in debate going on and put forward the views of their In Character Nations

2. Can view all channels of the COLFE just like any other nation

3. Has all the protections of a COLFE Member (as they are recognized as legitimate nations having views of their own)

4. Cannot vote on any resolution to avoid multiple counting

5. A Puppet nation in the COLFE would have to follow all the basic strict rules of the COLFE without exceptions

6. A puppet nation can still specify what the classification of their nation is (T1, T2 or any other) as that would help in Role Play, but this would not mean they would have a vote.


Section NE: Right to Leave

Every Member Nation of the COLFE has the Right to leave the Organisation, at any given point.

Procedure

1. The Nation has to Officially evoke the Section NE of the COLFE Charter

2. The National Parliament would have to pass the Bill to exit the COLFE (For nations with no parliaments or democracy, the word if the Administrator shall be taken as passage)

3. A Commission shall be set up to decide the following:

a) What happens to National of other Member Nations who started working in you nation after it joined COLFE (for T2 Nations)

b) What would happen to goods and services being traded presently, at the point the Section is evoked

c) What would happen to business deals made by merchants and business men before the article was evoked and to the goods and services which would be delivered from the point one, which was being made under the assumption that delivery and shipping shall have no charge

d) What would the Future Trade Agreements with COLFE Nations be?

e) The cost the nation would have to bear in order to remain in the COLFE Economic Co-operation Zone (Limited Free Trading Zone)

f) The cost the nation would have to bear in order to exit (depending upon National Balance of Trade Statistics)

4. When the Commission closes, the leaving nation would be stripped of its COLFE protections and would not be a member anymore

5. If the nation gets a referendum done in the nation, evoking Section NB would be easier, but a referendum would not be necessary or compulsory.

Section NB: Right to Return