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The Constitution is the cornerstone of law in the Yamatai Star Empire. The current constitution was adopted in YE 34.
In this document are enshrined the principles that govern the Yamatai Star Empire, a state based on promoting universal happiness, affection, and enlightenment, and the pursuit thereof.
I. The Yamatai Star Empire places humanitarian values and the welfare and security of its people above personal wealth and consumerism. We stand against slavery, torture, and other malicious behavior and against violations of basic rights of sapient beings. We are committed to maintaining an educated citizenry free from the threat of extreme poverty, discrimination, and oppression.
II. The Yamatai Star Empire seeks to be a government free of corruption and hypocrisy. All persons, particularly those in positions of power, are held accountable for their actions. Journalists, whistleblowers, and justice seekers shall not face retribution for finding and sharing the truth. Nor shall we punish anyone for seeking or viewing information, for speaking or sharing their opinions, or for peaceful public protest. No government official shall accept any bribe or perform any act for the sake of personal greed. Nor shall the government keep secrets unnecessarily or solely to save face.
III. The Yamatai Star Empire is a secular government that is founded on principles of reason and truth. Neither the Emperor or Empress or the Senate or any government official shall create laws that involve the state with, or show state favor to, any religion or mysticism.
IV. The Yamatai Star Empire is part of a universal community and seeks to coexist peacefully with other nations rather than conquer them. Any nation that joins the Yamatai Star Empire must do so based on the will of their people. While we believe in being prepared for war, we will never use it as our first option.
V. The Emperor or Empress and all other government officials are the committed servants of their citizenship and reject tyranny. To divide the power, no person shall hold more than one of the following offices at the same time: Emperor or Empress of Yamatai, Imperial Senator, Imperial Premier, and Commander of the Star Army of Yamatai.
The Emperor or Empress of Yamatai is the senior leader of the Empire and personifies the will of the state. It is his or her duty to work to keep the Empire true to the ideals of the Constitution. The Emperor or Empress serves until such time he or she sees fit to resign, or is no longer able to serve.
The powers and responsibilities of the Emperor of Empress of Yamatai are as follows:
The Senate of Yamatai consists of a representative from each Star System of the Yamatai Star Empire and represents the will of the people.
Military and senate duties are mutually exclusive: Because a senator's purpose is represent their constituency, while members of the Star Army of Yamatai may serve as senators, those senators may not be ordered to vote in a certain manner and may not be punished by the military for voting on laws.
The powers and responsibilities of the Imperial Senate are as follows:
The Imperial Premier is the executive director of the government’s various departments and moderator of the Imperial Senate, ensuring there is compromise and fairness. She is a liaison between the State and the People. The Imperial Premier is an elected position with a five year term, with elections occurring on years ending in 0 or 5.
The powers and responsibilities of the Imperial Premier of Yamatai are as follows:
The Star Army of Yamatai is the semi-autonomous military branch of the Yamatai Star Empire. The commander of the Star Army of Yamatai is the defender of the people and the state.
The powers and responsibilities of the Commander of the Star Army of Yamatai are as follows: