Antares: Mission Charter

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During the early planning of the mission to Antares, the three corporations involved realised they would need to draw up a legal document to both establish their own roles and responsibilities to the mission, as well as to lay legal claim to any technology or resources discovered. This led to the creation of the Mission Charter which establishes their claim over the planet Antares, grants the colonists habitation rights, and serves as a form of constitution by which the colony may operate.

The AI ODIN-3 has been programmed to uphold the Charter which can hinder attempts to bypass it.
The Charter can be altered through political ballot, as detailed within the Charter itself.

The Mission Charter

The Mission Charter is a complicated legal document, which for roleplaying purposes is simplified to the following rules:

1. Antares:

1a) Antares is the joint property of Drax Corp Industries Incorporated, SolTech Engineering, and the Meridian Group, hereafter referred to as the member corporations.
1b) Antares is claimed by the member corporations in accordance with the Earth-Nekkar Colonisation Treaty of 2109.
1c) Ownership begins when the first Colonist walks upon the surface.
1d) Ownership lasts in perpetuity.
1e) The Colonists are hereby empowered to act as custodians of Antares in accordance with the rules and limitations outlined in this Charter.


2. Exploitation:

2a) Drax Corp Industries Inc. claims all mining rights to the planet's geological resources, and retains 70% of all profits acquired from these sources. The remainder is split between the other member corporations.
2b) SolTech Engineering claims all technology patents developed by the colony or discovered through study of the precursor ruins, however license to use these technologies is granted to the other member corporations for the lifetime of the colony.
2c) The Merdidian Group claims the genetic patents and lifeform ownership rights for all native lifeforms discovered on the planet, however license to use these patents is granted to the other member corporations for the lifetime of the colony.


3. Colony government consists of:

3a) One Director.
3b) An advising council containing multiple Consuls.
3c) One Delegate for each of the member corporations and each department.
3d) No colonist may hold two positions within government simultaneously.
3e) Colonists in Hibernation may not hold positions of government.


4. The Director:

4a) Leads the colony and should be accorded due respect.
4b) Should be obeyed so long as their orders do not contradict the wording of this Charter or existing Policies.
4c) Is appointed through Electoral Ballot for a term of 4 years.
4d) The Director can veto any ballot that they judge to not be in the best interests of the colony, except the election to appoint a Director listed in section (4c).
4e) The Director holds all the powers and privileges accorded a Consul in section (5) and may sit in on all Consul meetings.
4f) Commander Robert Hodson will serve as initial Director of the colony for a term of 4 years. In the event of his death, Lieutenant James Grant will take his place for the remainder of that term.


5. The Consul:

5a) Act in an advisory capacity to the Director and should be accorded due respect.
5b) Should be obeyed so long as their orders do not contradict the wording of the Charter, existing Policies, or the orders of the Director.
5c) Is appointed by Corporate management on Earth until rescinded by the same.
5d) May propose Policies and Amendments to the council.
5e) May cast votes in Ballots.
5f) Will act as magistrates in any disputes or criminal cases that arise and may empower security forces to carry out arrests and sentences as the need arises.


6. Delegates:

6a) Corporate Delegates represent the interests of their corporation.
6b) Department Delegates represent the interests of their department.
6c) May request an audience before the Consul council and must be granted it within a fortnight.
6d) A Corporation's Delegate is appointed by the colonist with the highest rank in that corporation's business structure.
6e) A Department's Delegate is appointed by democratic vote by all members of that department.


7. Policies:

7a) Are long term standing rules governing the operations of the colony. All Colonists are expected to uphold Policies.
7b) May not contradict the wording of this Charter.
7c) Are enacted through Majority Ballot.
7d) Are rescinded through Majority Ballot.


8. Amendments:

8a) Are alterations to this Charter.
8b) May add, change, or remove any part of this Charter except for (8b), and all of sections (1) and (2) which are inviolate to change.
8c) May not be put in place if doing so would create contradictions within the resulting wording of this Charter.
8d) Are enacted through Two Thirds Majority Ballot.


9. Ballots:

9a) Are a democratic process involving the open casting of votes to determine the outcome of a proposal.
9b) Best effort must be made to notify all Consuls of an upcoming Ballot and they must be given at least 1 hour to attend. If they do not attend then the Ballot may continue without them,
9c) May only be voted on by Consuls or by their appointed representative.
9d) Colonists in Hibernation may not take part in Ballots.
9e) Majority Ballots are successful if the number of votes cast for the proposal exceeds half the total number of votes cast in the Ballot.
9f) Two Thirds Majority Ballots are successful if the number of votes cast for the proposal exceeds two thirds the total number of votes cast in the Ballot.
9g) Electoral Ballots are successful for whichever candidate receives the most votes.


10. Votes:

10a) Are granted to each Consul based on the size of their constituency (OOC: their Politics skill).
10b) Two votes are granted to each Delegate.
10c) Votes may be given by one member of the colony to another.
10d) Colonists in Hibernation may not hold Votes.
10e) May be cast in Majority and Two Thirds Majority Ballots as For, Against, or Abstain.
10f) May be cast in Electoral Ballots in favour of a specific candidate.


11. Serious Misconduct:

11a) Any member of the colony may bring an accusation of misconduct by another member before the Consuls.
11b) Misdeeds are broken into three categories: Harm against personnel, Harm against property, and Harm against profits.
11c) Harm against personnel includes any crime that brings physical or psychological harm to an employee of one of the member corporations.
11d) Harm against property includes the damage, theft, or destruction of company and/or employee property.
11e) Harm against profits includes any act in violation of orders from a senior employee that results in loss of corporate profit.
11f) All crimes are judged by the Consul council with decreed sentence carried our by designated security forces.