International Axis and Allies Player's Association Charter of Incorporation
IAAPA officials are elected or appointed to positions in the Association government with carefully defined responsibilities and privileges. By accepting a position, members agree to perform such duties to the best of their abilities until such time as they are dismissed, a new member is voted into their position or they tender a formal resignation to the President.
Association government offices fall into five categories: Executive, Senatorial, Legislative, Judicial and Civil Servants. One individual may hold more than one position; however, the office holers of the Judiciary must all be distinct as must the office holders of the Executive.
Association elections are held every March. All IAAPA members in good standing may vote in the elections. 'Good standing' is defined as being an active member of the Association who has submitted a game finish in the last 6 months and has completed a minimum of 3 games in the Association.
In March the IAAPA President, the Legislature and the single elected Judge in the Judiciary are chosen by the membership. During this election, any special issues the currently seated President may choose to put before the members can also be placed on the ballot (a plebiscite).
The elections contain much of the fervor which accompanies any election, including postings, speeches, debates and ads (all limited to a special discussion BBS created for the period of the election on the web site). The campaign period will be exactly one month from the announcement of the election, and so will typically begin on February 1.
All members in good standing will receive one guaranteed secret ballot vote, where they will be able to cast a single non-transferable vote for each position in the Legislature, the President and the single elected judge.
Our web-based server scripts handle our electoral process, preventing any potential abuse which may occur (ballot-stuffing, multiple votes, etc.).
The structure of the Association Government is as follows:
The Executive consists of three individuals: The President, the Prime Minister, and the Chief Justice.
Elected to a one year term by popular vote, the President may run for re-election. In the event of Presidential vacancy the Senate will appoint a new President for the remainder of the term.
The President is ultimately responsible for all aspects of Association operation including:
In many cases the impetus for these functions may come from a Ministerial decision or a proposal from the Legislature. In all cases these charges are to be carried out with the involvement and support of the other members of the Executive. All decisions of the President are subject to review by the IAAPA Supreme Court providing a request is made by either a potent majority of the Legislature, a majority of the Senate or a petition by the higher of 25% of the general membership OR 75 members.
Presidents, whether elected or appointed, must be IAAPA members in good standing with a minimum of 1.5 year of current contiguous government service in the Senate (as a Minister) or 2.0 years current contiguous government service in the Legislature, and have served at least the last 6 months in their current position (i.e. a current member of the Legislature or Senate).
Current President: Eric (Raist)
Prime Minister and Chief Justice
All decisions made by the Executive arm of government including the charges above can be made only with the approval of either the most senior member of the Senate (Prime Minister) or the Chief Justice. At present these individuals are the Minister of the Internet micwil and Chief Justice JohnPin569. The Chief Justice also serves in the Senate as the Minister of Law. No individual may hold the Chief Justice position concurrently with the Prime Minister position.
Policies, decisions, and rulings made by the Executive take immediate effect upon notification of the Senate and the Legislature (and the general membership when appropriate). It is expected that the Executive will where it is possible and prudent involve the Senate and or the Legislature in the determination of policies, decisions and rulings.
The Executive Council is an attempt to spread the duties and the knowledge held by the Executive to a larger pool of government members. The Executive in its current form will continue with the addition of 1 non-voting member which will participate in all discussions involving the Executive. Currently the non-voting member of the Executive Council is Alan (Spud).
Appointed by the Executive (with the exception of the Minister of Members), Ministers oversee the smooth operation of the Association. These individuals have proven their knowledge and commitment to the Association through their past endeavours. Ministers serve an open ended term staying in office until they resign or are dismissed by the Executive, Senate and Legislature through a special motion.
Ministers, with the authorization of the Executive, may appoint official assistants called Chancellors. Chancellors serve open ended terms until they resign or are dismissed by their Minister or the Executive. After a one month probationary period, Chancellors and Deputy Ministers will be included in Senate communications and emails. At no time will Chancellors have any voting power in the Senate. Chancellors can also be directly appointed by the Executive (and have no Ministry attached to their office).
Ministers also can appoint 'Ministers-in-Training' called Deputy Ministers. This is only done when there is an intention on the part of the Minister to step down at some point or a concern that they will only be available intermittently for some period of time. Deputy Ministers will 'fill in' for Ministers when they are absent. Under special circumstances Deputy Ministers may be given the ability to vote on behalf of the Minister in his Absence should a matter arise. Often Deputy Ministers and Chancellors are also members of the Legislature.
Finally Ministers may appoint assistants at any time to aid in the performance of their duties, with or without government title, role or email address. However, assistants like this will be scrutinized as it is usually preferable to have them be assigned as Deputy Ministers or Chancellors.
Ministers can propose changes in policy and these will be effected with the approval of the Executive and notification to the Senate and the Legislature and when appropriate, the membership.
Ministers must be IAAPA members in good standing and are appointed by the Executive. They cannot be on the executive, management, governing board or hold any position in any other Axis and Allies Association or Club due to potential conflicts of interest.
The current leader of the Senate (Prime Minister) is responsible for ensuring that the Senate is an organized effective body which effectively acts as a responsible chamber of sober second thought for the Legislature and the Executive. The Prime Minister is the Minister who has been in the Senate for the longest period of time, or alternatively any Minister can serve as Prime Minister if the entire Senate reaches a consensus. In the event the Prime Minister steps down, the Minister with the most remaining seniority will assume this position. The Prime Minister's Office may not be held by the Chief Justice.
Deputy Minister and Chancellors must meet the same requirements as their respective Ministers.
List of Ministers
Prime MinisterMinister of Internet Operations
Responsible for all aspects of IAAPA internet operations -- coordinating and overseeing all projects and maintaining content and continuity throughout the web site -- responsible for handling all government communications. Serves as Postmaster General for IAAPA, receiving all mass mailings for government members and sending them out to the membership -- Michael (micwil)
Chief JusticeMinister of Law
Is the coordinator of all rules and regulations that IAAPA uses to handle game play, rankings, statistics -- John (Johnpin569)
Minister of Help Desk
Minister of Statistics and Logs
Minister of the Members
Minister of Recruiting
Minister of Tournaments
Errant Squire (Havoc Editor)
List of Chancellors and Deputy Ministers
Chancellor of BBS Operations & AAMC Liason Officer
IAAPA Team Super League (ITSL) Coordinator
The role of the Judiciary is to determine rules, laws, and regulations for obligations, standards, conduct, and methods of play within the IAAPA. The structure of this portion of the IAAPA administration is very simple --- it consists of one body, the IAAPA Supreme Court which rules on all matters by a simple majority. The judiciary is also responsible for calling elections and acting as the court of last resort within the IAAPA. The judiciary is intended to make policy and act as a appellate branch whereas day to day rulings will be made by the Minister of Law.
The IAAPA Supreme Court is composed of the Chief Justice, 2 elected members (one by the general membership, the other by the Legislature), and 2 appointed members. The members are appointed by the currently seated Chief Justice, and can be replaced at the time of the IAAPA election. The President may not sit on the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice selects his successor from the current Supreme Court when he steps down. In the event that the Chief Justice does not select a successor, it will be the member of the current IAAPA Supreme Court with the greatest continuous service.
Should an elected judge prove to be unresponsive or failing to serve in his capacity in any way, the Chief Justice can appoint any serving Legislator or Minister to fill the vacancy until the next election.
All members regardless of office must agree to abide by the rulings of the IAAPA Supreme Court, and members of government must ensure that their rulings and activities are in accord with rulings from the IAAPA Supreme Court. All rulings of the Supreme Court will be maintained for future reference by members of the Supreme Court.
Any aspect of the Association Charter or Standards of Conduct can be challenged by any member in the Association. In order to bring a matter to the Supreme Court it must first be heard by the appropriate Minister, Chancellor or Deputy Minister. If the response or result of this inquiry is not to the liking of the Member, he can bring the matter to the Supreme Court.
In order to bring this challenge to the Judiciary, a petition challenging the ruling or policy must be made by the higher of 25% of the general membership OR 75 members. The Court will hear both sides of the issue, the government side and the members' side, and decide on a ruling.
Any member accused of a violation of the IAAPA Standards of Conduct may elect to have their case heard by the IAAPA Supreme Court rather than the respective Minister, Chancellor, or Deputy Minister. If a government member is accused of a violation of the IAAPA Standards of Conduct, then it MUST be heard by the IAAPA Supreme Court. Any member who brings a matter to the IAAPA Supreme Court may not initiate game starts, GM, or submit game finishes while in the process of adjudication by the IAAPA Supreme Court.
IAAPA Supreme Court rulings with regard to the interpretation of the Code of Conduct are considered FINAL pending an appeal by members. This is distinct from a rehearing of an issue (see below).
A petition can be made requesting an appeal of a specific decision on an interpretation of the Code of Conduct and will result in an appeal if it is made by the higher of 25% of the general membership OR 75 members.
Once a policy or interpretation has been decided by the Supreme Court it can only be heard again if it is made by the higher of 50% of the general membership OR 150 members. If this occurs, the previous decision of the Supreme Court can only be overturned by a unanimous ruling of the current IAAPA Supreme Court. This is distinct from case appeals which apply only to a specific case. If a non-unanimous decision is reached, then the previous ruling stands but all future incidents are governed by the new ruling of the Court.
Any concerns that proper procedures or protocols were not followed by ANYONE in the Association are also heard by the IAAPA Supreme Court. This includes (but is not limited to) violations of the IAAPA Standards of Conduct, claims of abuse of power by government officials, incidents of cheating or falsifying records, etc.
Players in any sanctioned IAAPA game may appeal to the Chief Justice [Minister of Law] for a ruling on certain aspects of a game.
All claims of violations of the IAAPA Standards of Conduct will first be heard by the Minister of Law and Conduct. If the member(s) are unhappy with the result, they may bring the matter on appeal to the IAAPA Supreme Court if they can garner enough signatories for their petition. The findings of this court are final except as noted above.
If an accused member is one of the currently seated members of the IAAPA Supreme Court, he may not participate in hearing the case. In this event the most senior member of the Senate not presently sitting on the Court will temporarily assume the position of Judge for that case only.
Chief Justice: John (JohnPin569)
The role of the Legislature is to ensure that the general membership has a voice in the operation of the IAAPA. It is elected every 12 months in a open plurality election. The Legislature is currently composed of 8 Legislative offices and one Senatorial representative. Note: the Legislature was originally designed to have a minimum of 13 offices.
All Legislators must be members in good standing of the IAAPA. They may not be on the executives, board or administration of any other Axis and Allies Club, Association or Organization. They must run for a given position and receive a plurality of the votes in the bi-annual election to hold that office for the next 12 month period. 'Good standing' has been defined earlier in this Charter. While an individual may occupy more than one Legislative Office, he receives only a single vote in the Legislature and his other office will not count towards meeting quorum requirements.
Any individual who has previously been dismissed, suspended or impeached from any role in the IAAPA government is estopped from running for a position in the Legislature. Individuals who have resigned or voluntarily stepped down may run for legislative postions with the support of any 3 members of the Senate. This is to prevent people with a history of accepting responsibility and then shirking it from continuing to abuse the electoral process. Having sponsors effectively indicates that despite past actions, there are individuals willing to vouch for the authenticity and integrity of the individual's desire to run for office.
At the conclusion of the following election, all Legislators elected in the previous election (and the corresponding Minister of Members and Legislative elected justice) are removed from office and replaced by the new slate of elected members, and the first job of this new Legislature will be to appoint a Minister of Members and a 5th Justice on the IAAPA Supreme Court.
Legislative Offices:New Member Counsellor
Ensures new members are welcomed into the Association and are playing games, contacts new members who are not active to find out why they aren't playing and helps those unsure of what to do or how to interact with the membership -- Doug (warmonger)
Member at Large
IAAPA Draft Officer
Quality Control Manager IAAPA
TV Anchorman IAAPA Herald Tracks the movements
of members through the ranks and identifies promotions, demotions and
other interesting occurrences. Seeks to enhance the sense of community,
and present an entertaining commentary to the community in the monthly
Revue -- Dan
Strategy and Bid Package Development Coordinator Senate Representation
Quality Control Manager
Tracks the movements of members through the ranks and identifies promotions, demotions and other interesting occurrences. Seeks to enhance the sense of community, and present an entertaining commentary to the community in the monthly Revue -- Dan (daninja)
Strategy and Bid Package Development Coordinator
Civil ServiceThe Civil Service recognizes roles that are performed (bureaucratic or other duties) to which individuals are assigned. These offices are non-voting, and individuals holding these offices are not party to the regular discussions of government as they are not a part of any House.
These individuals may have an @axisandallies.net address if it is deemed necessary, but it is not a requirement.
Graphic Design Specialist
Current Office Holder (Appointed April 2002) -- Jochen (Groefaz)
IAAPA HQ RECEIVERS
IAAPA HQ Europe - Jochen Gippert, Minister of Tournaments
IAAPA HQ US - John Pinero, Chief Justice
IAAPA HQ Canada - Alan McMahon, Minister of Recruiting
In order for a position to be filled, the individual must either receive a minimum of 20% of the total voting membership's vote or 50% of the membership had to vote for that position.
E.g. There are 150 active members in the IAAPA eligible to vote. Six individuals run for the IAAPA Promoter position.
Situation A: Candidate 1 gets 20 votes, Candidate 2 gets 10 votes, Candidate 3 gets 5 votes, Candidate 4 gets 4 votes, Candidate 5 & 6 get 0 votes. This position is not filled and a second election for this position (along with any others not filled) must be held.
Situation B: Candidate 1 gets 15 votes, Candidate 2 gets 14 votes, Candidate 3 gets 13 votes, Candidate 4 gets 13 votes, Candidate 5 gets 12 votes, Candidate 6 gets 12 votes. Candidate 1 is elected as the total number of votes cast is 79 which is more than half of the eligible voters.
Situation C (most common): Candidate 1 gets 31 votes, Candidate 2 gets 20 votes, Candidate 3,4,5 get 3 votes each. Candidate 1 is elected as the number of votes he received is 31 which is greater than the minimum required of 30.
In the event that there is not sufficient quorum, any candidate with less than 10% of the votes will be dropped off the ballot for the second vote or if there are no candidates with less than 10% of the vote, the candidate who received the lowest number of votes will be removed. The second votes for positions not filled will occur 1 week after the release of election results.
This process will continue until quorum is reached.
If an individual runs for more than one office and succeeds in winning more than one position, he can choose which position he wishes to hold.
No individual may run for more than 3 positions.
How Do Decisions Get Made by Government?
If the Executive makes a decision, it can be challenged if either the Legislature or Senate votes with a simple majority to challenge it. It then goes back to the Executive. If a unanimous decision is made by the Executive, then a potent majority (7) in both the Senate and the Legislature is needed to overturn that decision.
If the Senate makes a decision by simple majority, it can be challenged by a simple majority of the Executive or the Legislature. If it is then affirmed by a potent majority of the Senate (7), a potent majority of both the Executive (3) and the Legislature (7) is required to overturn the decision.
If the Legislature makes a decision by simple majority, it can be challenged by a simple majority of the Executive (2) or the Senate (5). If it is then affirmed by a potent majority of the Legislature (7), a potent majority of the Senate (7) or the Executive (3) is required to overturn the decision.
Note that decisions made by the Executive need not be formally ratified by Senate or the Legislature, similarly decisions made by the Senate (or individual Ministers in the Senate) need not be formally ratified by the Executive or the Legislature. Finally bills proposed by the Legislature must be ratified by both the Senate and the Executive.
There is one important exception to this - any ruling which requires an expenditure of Association funds must be ratified by all three houses, and be submitted through the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The key to understanding this process is jurisdiction - any body can only make rulings or decisions on areas which they have control over.
The role of the Executive is to oversee all aspects of the Association, and as such they have jurisdiction over pretty well everything. The Senate plays a much smaller role, and typically only makes rulings on matters involving the structure of government and offices. The Legislature has jurisdiction over itself, and has the ability to propose bills on any other topic (subject to ratification by the appropriate bodies).
Most issues fall under the jurisdiction of a specific office (Ministry, Chancellry or Legislator). For example, if someone wanted to add a new BBS forum, the decision would be made by the Chancellor of BBS Operations. If someone wanted to have a specialty tournament (double elimination, etc.) it would fall under the Minister of Tournaments. If a contentious topic for a seminar was suggested, it would be up to the Assembly Coordinator to rule whether it would go ahead. Typically major issues which cover more than one office will presented to all government members for comment.
SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP VOTE
If the general membership signs a petition containing 66% +1 of the current active membership in good standing to sign the petition, only a unanimous decision by the Senate (9) and the Executive (3) and a potent majority in the Legislature (7) will result in the petition being overturned.
The majority of day to day inquiries will be handled by the Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Chancellors, and Legislators. It is hoped that Legislators and Chancellors will take an active role in learning how the Association operates so that there are a pool of experienced individuals to draw upon to appoint Deputy Ministers and Ministers.
Any Legislator can be dismissed by a simple majority of the Legislature, as long as it is confirmed by a simple majority of the Senate and a simple majority of the Executive. A by-election will then be held to replace the individual. Note that if the Executive dismisses a Legislator, it need not be confirmed but can be overturned by a Legislative or Senatorial veto.
Ministers can only be dismissed by a potent majority of the Legislature and a potent majority of the Senate and the Executive.
Deputy Ministers and Chancellors can only be dismissed by a majority of the Senate or the Executive, or the Ministry which created the Chancellorship or Deputy Ministry.
The President can only be dismissed by a potent majority of the Senate, a potent majority of the Legislature, and a single member of the Executive.
The Chief Justice can only be dismissed by either a special membership vote (50% +1) or a potent majority of the Senate, a unanimous decision of the Legislature and a majority of the Executive.
In the event that any IAAPA member of government is found guilty of a violation of IAAPA's Standards of Conduct sufficient to warrant suspension, that individual must immediately resign from the IAAPA government and is estopped from holding any government office in the IAAPA.
In addition it should be noted that IAAPA members of government are held to a higher standard of duty to follow the Standards of Conduct than regular members.
In all cases the majorities are determined assuming full quorum: i.e. if 6 people vote in favour of a motion and 3 people fail to vote at all, it is not considered a unanimous decision or even a potent majority, but only a simple majority. This is why it is critical that disinterested or unreliable members of government are swiftly replaced.
In order to prevent the improper use of the mass mailer, only the Minister
of Internet and Minister of Communication will have access to the mass
mailer. In addition, the Executive is to be notified of all mass mailings
a minimum of 24 hours prior to the issuance of the mass mailing.
In order to prevent the improper use of the mass mailer, only the Minister of Internet and Minister of Communication will have access to the mass mailer. In addition, the Executive is to be notified of all mass mailings a minimum of 24 hours prior to the issuance of the mass mailing.
All funds received (donations, dues, etc.) are received by an officially
appointed (by the Executive) IAAPA HQ receiver (currently we have an American
and a Canadian receiver), or by IAAPA's Paypal account. All donations
and dues payments are reported promptly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer,
and marked as line items on the IAAPA
Budget Page by the IAAPA Treasurer.
All expenditures must be approved by all three houses, and the application
must be made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, following which the houses
have 2 weeks to ratify the budget line item. If any house fails to ratify
a budget line item, they must clearly state why they refuse to ratify
it, and should a deadlock occur, the standard procedure (as how outlined
under 'How do decisions get made by government?') will be employed to
break the deadlock.
All funds received (donations, dues, etc.) are received by an officially appointed (by the Executive) IAAPA HQ receiver (currently we have an American and a Canadian receiver), or by IAAPA's Paypal account. All donations and dues payments are reported promptly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and marked as line items on the IAAPA Budget Page by the IAAPA Treasurer.
All expenditures must be approved by all three houses, and the application must be made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, following which the houses have 2 weeks to ratify the budget line item. If any house fails to ratify a budget line item, they must clearly state why they refuse to ratify it, and should a deadlock occur, the standard procedure (as how outlined under 'How do decisions get made by government?') will be employed to break the deadlock.
The Charter can be altered by a potent majority of the Executive. The
changes will be highlighted in bold for a minimum period of one month
during which a motion to annul the changes can be performed and the procedure
under How Do Decisions Get Made by Government can be followed. Minor changes
including updating grammar and wording, and changes in positions or office
holders will be made without the above process.
In addition, the Executive must notify all members of the Senate and
the Legislature whenever changes are made to the Charter by email (to
prevent alterations from being missed).
The Charter can be altered by a potent majority of the Executive. The changes will be highlighted in bold for a minimum period of one month during which a motion to annul the changes can be performed and the procedure under How Do Decisions Get Made by Government can be followed. Minor changes including updating grammar and wording, and changes in positions or office holders will be made without the above process.
In addition, the Executive must notify all members of the Senate and the Legislature whenever changes are made to the Charter by email (to prevent alterations from being missed).
This page last updated January 18th, 2004 by micwil.
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