Rough Draft of the Constitution of Georgetown

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Rough Draft of the Constitution of Georgetown
« on: January 20, 2019, 12:35:20 PM »
The Constitution of Georgetown

Preamble
We the people of Georgetown, in order to establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, protect diplomacy and neutrality, and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for The United People of Georgetown.

Article I
The name of this town shall be known as the Union of Georgetown, hereafter referred to as Georgetown.

Article II
The Government of Georgetown will be composed of an executive branch, a judicial branch, and a civil protection branch. The executive branch will be allowed to supercede decisions within the civil protection branch as well as the judicial branch, however the executive branch will not be allowed to supercede judicial decisions on the matter of judicial review. The judicial branch will be allowed the right of judicial review, in which the judicial branch may invalidate a law or otherwise decision on the basis of unconstitutionality.

Article III
The Executive Branch will be composed of a Mayor elected in 4 year terms, with no preset limit on amount of terms. The election will be decided by democratic vote of the People of Georgetown, and the votes automatically tallied by an automatic machine located in a locked room tallied by the Judge. In the event that the Judge is running for Mayor, any other member of the judicial branch will be required to tally the votes instead. The machine tallying will be monitored via wired connection by the Police Chief in order to insure that no tampering is possible. Any complaint regarding the Mayor may be brought up to the Judge. The Mayor is allowed at any time to remove the Judge or the Police Chief under reasonable grounds. Objections to this may be brought up in federal court under a interim judge elected by the people. The Mayor has the exclusive right to create and remove laws.

Article IV
The Judicial Branch will be composed of a Judge appointed by the Mayor, as well as one prosecutor and one attorney, whom are appointed by the Judge. Court will be held in the church during hours in which the church is not active. The right to a jury will be granted when, and only when, the population of the town reaches at least 20. Before such a event occurs, all court decisions will be decided upon by the Judge. Any complaints regarding the Judge may be brought up to the Mayor. The Judge has the right to conduct the removal of the Mayor if the people democratically decide, with a three-fifths majority, to remove the Mayor. Members of the government are not allowed to participate in this voting.

Article V
The Civil Protection Branch will be composed of a Police Chief appointed by the Mayor. The police department will consist of the Police chief as well as a minimum of one deputy, and a maximum of four deputies, and a minimum of one detective and a maximum of three detectives. The Civil Protection Branch is not allowed to use lethal force except in the case of immediate life-threatening danger to a resident of Georgetown. All law-breakers are to be directed to the Judge, who will receive a fair trial and be sentenced by the Judge depending on the verdict.

Article VI
All residents of Georgetown are guaranteed the right of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. The residents of Georgetown are also guaranteed the right to bear arms, but will require a license from the Mayoral office. No member of the Georgetown Government may be quartered within the home of a Georgetown resident without the resident’s consent. The government of Georgetown must observe the right of the people to be secure in their person, home, papers, and effects and their right against unreasonable search and seizure. Warrants may only be authorized by the Judge, or in the case of a emergency where the Judge cannot be reached, the Mayor or Police Chief. Probable cause is authorized to members of the Civil Protection Branch, and includes but is not limited to, the auditory indicators of money printing and/or the production of methamphetamine. Once the number of 20 residents has been reached within the town of Georgetown, no one shall be forced to answer to a capital crime unless by indictment by a grand jury. The Judicial Branch must respect the right of the people against excessive bail and fines, as well as cruel and/or unusual punishment. Any action of the Georgetown Government may be criticized by the people, and may be reversed by the people by a majority vote of the people. All votes are to be conducted using the same method as mentioned in Article III. Any elections may be viewed in real time by the people via an television broadcast facilitated by the antenna in town hall. The Mayor also reserves the right to take necessary measures to protect the validity of votes.

Article VII
In the case of a militaristic emergency, such as a rise in crime or war with another state, the Mayor or Police Chief is authorized to temporarily remove the limit on the number of deputies and, if necessary, limit on detectives.. Any right that is not enumerated in this Constitution is reserved to the Mayor, though it may be removed by the people using a majority vote. War can only be declared via agreement of the Police Chief and Mayor collectively to declare war. During wartime the Police Chief may declare martial law if necessary.


Andrew Taylor
First Mayor of Georgetown

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