Commonwealth of Democratic Nations


Commonwealth of Democratic Nations
Flag of Commonwealth of Democratic Nations
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Member states in dark green; observers in green; suspended states in light green.
Member states in dark green; observers in green; suspended states in light green.
Headquarters
Official languages
TypeIntergovernmental organization
Membership
Leaders
• President of the Council
Cuirpthe Fionn mac Néall
• Speaker of the Assembly
PLACEHOLDER
Establishment1 September 1942; 76 years ago (1942-09-01)

The Commonwealth of Democratic Nations is an intergovernmental organization of democratic nations from across Aeia created in the aftermath of the Second Great War. The Commonwealth was created as an organisation to promote democratic values, uphold the rule of international law, whilst also providing an outlet for international cooperation and friendship among like-minded nations.

The organisation was created in the aftermath of the war as a bulwark against the expanding Federation of Socialist Republics and the wider Comintern which was seen to threaten democratic nations in Aeia in general and in Asura in particular. Though the Commonwealth was initially a separate entity from the Cyningburgh Pact, the two nations have since come to be linked with the Pact seen as the interventionist enforcing arm of the organisation, a factor which has garnered much criticism from nations worldwide.

Aeian Community

Main article: Aeian Community

The Aeian Community is the political, legal, and economic arm of the Commonwealth. The Aeian Community's goal is to bring together members politically and economically in order to enrich Aeia and increase the prosperity of all members. The Aeian Community has many projects and organisations that operate under it, most notably the Aeian Parliament and the Aeian Court of Human Rights.

For acts to be passed and enforced by the community, they first must be introduced within the Parliament and receive a simple majority. Bills passed by the parliament must then by ratified by each member state of the organisation through the Aeian Council. If two-thirds of the member states of the organisation ratify a bill, it then becomes law within the Aeian Community. The Court of Human Rights is tasked with the enforcement of all passed legislation, ensuring that member states uphold it and that said legislation is within the remits of the Community's powers.

Aeian Parliament

Main article: Aeian Parliament

The Community is governed by the parliament, which is divided into two chambers. The lower chamber, the Aeian Assembly and the upper chamber, the Aeian Council. Bills need to pass through both chambers in order to become law.

The Aeian Assembly is the large lower chamber of the Aeian Parliament. Each nation popularly elects its Delegates which are assigned based on the population of the nation. By law, all bills to be considered by the Aeian Parliament originate in the Assembly. The Assembly is presided over by a Speaker which is elected from among the Delegates. The current speaker is PLACEHOLDER of PLACE.

The Aeian Council is the upper chamber of the Aeian Parliament. It is comprised of the head of government from each member-state or their appointed delegate. Each member-state gets one vote in the Aeian Council. The Council is presided over by a President which is rotated among the member-states.

Cyningburgh Pact for International Security

Main article: Cyningburgh Pact for International Security

The Cyningburgh Pact for International Security is the military alliance associated with the Commonwealth. The Pact is responsible of the collective defense of the member-states and runs various operations that range from running anti-piracy fleets to peacekeeping operations.

The Pact is governed by the Pact Council, within which each member-state sends one voting delegate. The Council is presided over by the President of the Council which is rotated among the member states every six months. The President of the Council is assisted by the Secretary-General who is the chief administrator of the Pact.

Each member state appoints a senior military officer to sit on the Military Committee of the Pact. This committee answers to the Pact Council and is responsible for advising the council on military matters. The Committee elects from among itself a Supreme Commander who is the chair of the committee and serves as the leading military official within the Pact. The current Supreme Commander of the Pact is Matteiu Mittelrand of Midrasia.

The Pact's biannual budget originates in and is approved by the Aeian Parliament.

History

The Commonwealth was formed in September of 2000 as a merger of various already existing international and intergovernmental organizations. The Aeian Community spawned from the Asuran Economic Community, which itself spawned from a merger of various smaller organizations dedicated to cooperation between the nations on the continent of Asura. The Cyningburgh Pact for International Security evolved from the Ardaimo-Newreyan Treaty and grew to enhance the security and defence of many nations, with considerable overlap of nations from the Asuran Community.

Following the political and economic fallout that struck Asura at the beginning of the Twentieth Century following the Great War, a movement to form a new political and military bloc to prevent the outbreak of a similar total war began to gain traction. In 1923 the Ardaimo-Newreyan Treaty was signed at Cyningburgh, creating a permanent alliance against the two nations. Whilst the alliance was initially aimed at curbing Midrasian influence on the continent, its attention soon turned towards the growing influence of both tir Lhaeraidd and the Federation of Socialist Republics. Over time the organisation began to attract new members from across the continent such as Chalcia. The alliance would ultimately be dragged into war with the FSR in 1927 however, along with Midrasia and West Miersa.

Following the conclusion of war with the FSR, and the beginning of the Red Scare and decolonisation movement, a number of Asuran nations began to turn to the organisation, now rebranded as the Cyningburgh Pact for International Security for support. Cuirpthe would be drawn into the block following the conclusion of its civil war, whilst Midrasia would open a co-operation agreement with the group in 1945. Additionally, with the development of the Midrasian nuclear program, the entirety of the Pact came under the protection of the Lotrič Declaration, providing a nuclear deterrent to nations seeking to make war with democratic Asura.

Other efforts to disincentive war between Asuran states also took place throughout the 1950s, with the development of the Asuran Coal and Steel Union in 1957, this would later develop into the Asuran Economic Community in 1972 with the integration of other organisations such as ASURATOM and the development of a common market. The economic benefits of this agreement drew in a number of new states seeking to benefit from the favourable economic ties, with the Arzvan Republic, Glanodel, Midrasia and Navack all joining in subsequent years.

Due to an overlap in membership and similar goals and objectives between both the Economic Community and Cyningburgh Pact, negotiations opened to merge the two organizations together. Although a long and arduous process which faced considerable opposition in a number of states, an agreement was finally hashed out in November 1998 in the city of Berghelling. The new organisation would merge both the Cyningburgh Pact and Asuran Economic Community, whilst also expanding its remit beyond Asura and creating a supranational parliament and supreme court capable of drafting and enforcing legislation on economic and social matters. In September 2000, the Treaty of Berghelling was ratified by all existing members of both the Pact and Economic Community, giving rise to the Commonwealth of Democratic Nations.

In the following years, the Commonwealth expanded its borders, both in Asura and overseas, with Ajerrin, Crylante, Ústekia and Dýnaria, Isolaprugna, and the Mardin Isles soon joining the organisation either as full members or observer states. Since its foundation in 2000, the Commonwealth has also seen considerable developments, with the single-market developing a number of worldwide trade deals, the development of a joint space-project and the creation of a number of global task forces to deal with issues such as piracy and terrorism.

Membership

There are three different types of membership within the Commonwealth. Each one has different duties and privileges associated with them.

Member

Members or full members is the membership type of nations that are fully apart of both sides of the Commonwealth, the Cyningburgh Pact and the Aeian Community. Members are represented by voting members in all parts of the Commonwealth and have the right to fully participate in every event, operation, and project overseen by the Commonwealth.

To become a member a prospective state must get the unanimous approval of every member of the Aeian Council. Abstentions are not counted as votes against a prospective member and are disregarded in the final tally.

Member Head of Government Assembly Seats Pact Council Representative
 Ajerrin Noelan Kaliona 53 Alana Iwanali
 Ardaima Francesco Melzi d'Eril 89 Alfonso Parini
 Arzvan Republic Robertus Brēdžias 12 Artūras Matis
 Chalcia Dimitris Argiros 29 Andreas Vasiliades
 Cuirpthe Aidan Henderson 42 Kieran Rodenberg
 Glanodel Nikolaj Svendsen 18 Anna Storgaard
 Liiduria Kaljo Harmaajärvi 27 Merilin Raud
 Midrasia Melcion Portas 110 Jean de Luc
 Navack Helle Schanke 25 Karen Waad
 Onza Mustapha Ihejirika 18 Kollen al-Din Khalifa
 Ústekia and Dýnaria Elizabeta Ban 46 Antun Kowalski

Associate

An Associate of the Commonwealth is allowed speaking rights in the Pact Council and allows the associate nation to participate in every operation, project, and event conducted by the Cyningburgh Pact. Associates pay dues to the Pact. Associates do not participate with the Aeian Community and its respective programs. Though not explicitly stated, associates are considered by many to be under the protection of the defensive parts of the Commonwealth.

To become an associate a nation has to receive the unanimous support of the Pact Council. Abstentions are not counted as votes against a prospective associate.

Observer

An Observer of the Commonwealth is allowed to have speaking rights for one delegate within both chambers of the Aeian Parliament, the Council and the Assembly. Observer delegates can submit proposals in both chambers but do not get to vote. Observers get preferential trading status with the members in the single market but are not in the single market. Observers can participate in Aeian Community events, operations, and projects if the Aeian Parliament allows. Observers must also pay some dues to the Aeian Community.

To become an observer a nation must get 2/3 of the votes in the Aeian Council. Abstentions are not counted as votes against and nations that abstain are taken out of the total needed to reach a 2/3 majority.

Observer Head of Government Council Representative Assembly Representative
 Crylante Liana Vescovi (Chief Director)
Jenný Anadottir (Foreign Affairs)
Mylene De Raya Helle Solberg
 Isolaprugna Emanuela Amatore (President)
Federico Cho (Prime Minister)
Nico di Torden Adele Sartini
 Mardin Isles Aongus Ó Lunaigh Ailill Ó hAllúráin Dearbhla Nic Aoidh
 Mascylla Thomas Falkner Fabian Brielow Andreas Redlitz

Suspended members

Under Article V of the Treaty of Berghelling member states of the Commonwealth of Democratic Nations may be suspended from the organisation if they are found to have committed any act which "undermines the integrity of the Commonwealth, its goals, or any individual member state or associate state of the organisation". A nation found to have broken the terms of the treaty must then be voted into suspension through a two-thirds majority among the Commonwealths other member states. Only one nation has ever been suspended from the organisation, what being Newrey, which was suspended in mid-2017 after it was revealed that the Newreyan government had sold banned chemical weapons to the Alydian Republic of Aramas in early 2005.

Nation Head of Government Date of suspension Reason
 Newrey Sir Raymond Holt 2017 Sale of banned chemical weaponry (Sarin gas) to an enemy of the Commonwealth of Democratic Nations (Alydian Republic of Aramas).