Community of Nations
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|Map showing the members of the Community of Nations|
Map showing the members of the Community of Nations
|Headquarters||Kesselbourg City (International territory)|
|Membership||74 member states|
3 observer states
• Deputy Secretary-General for Personnel
|Máirtín Ó Conaill|
• Deputy Secretary-General for Logistics
• CoN Charter signed
|12 February 1935|
• Charter entered into force
|12 May 1935|
The Community of Nations is an international organisation established in the wake of the Great War to foster intergovernmental cooperation and prevent another major war. The headquarters of the Community is in Kesselbourg City, and enjoys a status as international territory. The organisation is financed by voluntary contributions by its member states, and its objectives include ensuring international peace and security, as well as promoting human rights and social development, protecting the environment, and organising international aid.
The International Assembly is the main body of delegates to the Community of Nations; all countries recognised by majority vote in the International Assembly are entitled to send a single voting delegate to the International Assembly. The International Assembly is able to move and pass motions on anything, but nothing it passes is binding but for motions on whether to recognise or not recognise certain regimes or governments as legitimate states, to decide on appointments of members of its Committees, and to impeach Secretary-Generals. The state in question, if already a member, is excluded from the voting on itself. The strict formula for motions to be passed is half of the total number of non-abstaining delegates plus one, rounded down; this remains the same no matter how many delegates are actually present, thus the quorum number is a simple majority of non-abstaining delegates. Draws on simple motions mean the motion fails.
General and Administrative Committee
The General and Administrative Committee effectively manages the operation of the Community of Nations; it arranges security, materials, interpreters, identification, and so forth for Committees and Commissions within the CN. It also deals with budgetary issues and oversees the bureaucracy of the CN. In its appointment, the International Assembly generally follows the recommendation of the Secretary-General and the Councils, as the roles are formally purely administrative.
The General and Administrative Council is chaired by the Secretary-General, which is officially the chief bureaucrat of the Community of Nations. However they are often seen as the face of the organisation and so have an important diplomatic role. The Sec-Gen is elected every five years and rotates by region. The Secretary General has two deputies - the Deputy-Secretary General for Logistics and the Deputy Secretary-General for Personnel. Under these are several under-secretary generals.
There are five International Committees which have formal legislative powers. They make decisions by their delegates voting through simple majorities. All International Committees have permanent representatives from Estmere, Nuxica, Narozalica, Senria, Swetania and Werania and a representative from each of the eight regions. These members would be elected by their regional peers and serve terms of three years with no re-election allowed, unless the Secretary-General approves it as a measure of last resort (i.e a deadlock between nations fails to produce a candidate) .
If abstention (which is allowed) causes a draw, the Secretary-General acts as tiebreaker. If the Secretary-General abstains, the decision does not pass. Councillors from those members with non-permanent seats are elected by their region, but cannot serve another term until all other members of that region have served. They serve a three year terms. Councillors from permanent members serve according to rules set by the members themselves.
The aim of the Security Committee is the preservation of peace. Its mission is to decide on such matters as intervention, peacekeeping and active observation of threats to the global order. The SC oversees peacekeeping missions as well as approving Community of Nations mandates and economic sanctions as measures to maintain global peace.
The Security Committee unlike others allows members (both permanent and non-permanent) to veto motions. Vetoes can be overridden by the International Assembly under the following quorums
- Non-permanent member veto - 50% of IA votes.
- Permanent member veto - 75% of IA votes.
- Two-member veto - Unable to be overrode.
|Region served||Nation||Delegate name||Term began||Term ends|
|Permanent seat||Estmere||Margaret Roxton||2016||2021|
|Permanent seat||Nuxica||Josuè Magriñà||2016||2021|
|Permanent seat||Narozalica||Jan Jarabinec||2016||2021|
|Permanent seat||Senria||Hiroyosi Haruna||2018||2023|
|Permanent seat||Swetania||Kaspars Zeidmanis||2015||2020|
|Permanent seat||Werania||Helmuth Abshagen||2017||2021|
|Asteria South||Satucin||Josué Nee||2017||2020|
|Coius South||Yi||Ĭgua Zöwóxie (f)||2017||2020|
|Euclea East||Gaullica||Iseult Berlioz||2017||2020|
|Southern Group||Valentir||Josephine Montilyet||2017||2020|
The Economic Council decides on economic and international financial matters.
The Social Council rules on social, cultural, religious, humanitarian, and increasingly environmental matters.
The Legal Council interprets, negotiates and occasionally writes international law, and helps to solve disputes and develop legal systems.
The Trusteeship Council helps states rebuild, aids decolonisation, and promotes self-determination and the legitimacy and stability of the nation-state.
The Community of Nations has 15 commissions designed to act as specialised agencies in executing the CN's aims and missions abroad.
- Commission for Human Rights - Founded in 1935 with a wide range of responsibilities in the promotion and protection of human rights abroad as defined in the Declaration of Universal Natural Rights.
- Commission for Commerce and Trade Law - Focuses on “harmonising international trade law” and solving trade disputes.
- Commission for Refugees and Displaced Peoples - Deals with refugee management.
- Commission for Labour Standards - Deals with the advancement of social justice and promote decent work by setting international labour standards. Unlike other bodies includes representation from trade unions as well.
- Commission for Disarmament - Deals with arms control and the prevention of arms proliferation.
- Commission for Cultural and Scientific Development - Deals with the promotion of cooperation within cultural and scientific spheres as well as the preservation of cultural landmarks.
- Commission for Agriculture and Food Security - Intended to eradicate world hunger. Later expanded to also include agricultural development.
- Commission for Disease Prevention and Health - Intended to combat epidemics and promote the development of good health.
- Commission for Water Sanitation and Security - Deals with the promotion of water sanitation and provides relief in droughts.
- Commission for Economic and Social Development - Deals with helping development of countries and the eradication of poverty.
- Commission for Habitation and Shelter - Focuses on providing housing and dealing with issues such as overpopulation.
- Commission for Maritime Boundaries - Governs international sea boundary law.
- Commission for the Protection of Women - Deals with women's issues.
- Commission for the Affairs of Indigenous People’s - Deals with indigenous issues. Created in 2001.
- Commission for Climate Action - Deals with climate change issues. Created in 2014.