He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.- Luke 10:27
“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” –Luke 11:28
“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:” –Matthew 28:19
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” –Mark 16:15
In these words the nations herein signed below promote the belief and protection of the Christian faith and the spread of the Gospel to every corner of the world. This document formally establishes the alliance of the Christian Coalition of Countries, which will be referred to as the CCC for the duration of this document.
Article I: Membership Edit
- Section I : Admission
- New applicants must agree to the Code of Conduct of the CCC, as well as ensure that their nation meets the following criteria (with exceptions allowed by unanimous vote from the High Council):
- Religion is set to Christianity
- No active aggressive wars
- No outstanding national debts
- No active membership with any other alliances
- After joining, applicants will be subject to a 14 day probationary period. During this time, the applicant can be removed for any reason. Any approved member can question the member. The High Council may choose to shorten or extend this probation period for each applicant at their discretion.
- Every non approved, probationary member is granted the full protection and support of the alliance.
- Section II: Code of Conduct
- Raising the Bar, Because the World is Watching
What makes the CCC unique from all other alliances on Planet Bob is that we are a fellowship of Christian gamers. We are believers who believe God's Words to be true. We are people of our word, because we are people of God's Word. Therefore, it is imperative that we act and behave in a manner that is becoming to our Lord and Savior. Our founder, Curtis Martin, had this goal in mind when he created the CCC. He wanted to leave a witness to the rest of the world that would draw them to Christ.
Our words have power! They will either build up and encourage others, or tear down and destroy. The world is watching us and their expectations of how we should respond to them are often higher than our own. Let us not disappoint them. This means it is vitally important that we guard our tongues and watch the words that come out of our mouths. Our behavior should be impeccable and our words kind, respectful, and forgiving. If you have a problem with anger, we ask that you do not frequent our public chat channel or any of the other alliance public chat rooms either, for you are our representative.
We realize that everyone seeking sanctuary in our alliance is not necessarily a Christian “in real life.” We do not have a problem with that, as long as you agree to the tenets of our Charter, and to abide by our high standards and rules for playing the game. If you cannot do this, then we suggest you find another alliance to make your home. We also require every diplomat who comes to our forums to sign an agreement that they too will abide by our rules in order to have an embassy here. This is no different for our own members.
I Corinthians 10:31-33 (NIV) So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God-- even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. The parable of the Good Samaritan “Go and do likewise” Luke 10:25-37
I will at all times show proper respect and honor to all people; whether CCC'ers or foreigners. This means no trolling, flaming, etc. I will NOT at any time use profanity, sexually explicit, crude or vulgar language while on the forums or on our Discord or other alliances public Chat channels. I will not engage in war with any nation unless granted permission to do so by the CCC's defense authorities. I pledge to respect the confidentiality of anyone who may confide in me, including all internal discussions and private messages not said to be public knowledge.
Members younger in their faith will necessarily make small breaches as they grow in understanding of our fellowship and their faith, and when this occurs mature members are expected to exhibit patience and clemency; however, to protect the honor of the alliance, repeat offenders or those who blatantly violate CCC ethics may be disciplined at a severity deemed appropriate for the offense by the High Council, including expulsion.
The CCC is one of the freest alliances on Planet Bob, allowing members to opt out of war, economic programs, and even basic activity obligations; but maintaining that freedom requires respect for the higher values of the alliance, and a commitment to showing yourself a true CCC'er.
Article II: Government StructureEdit
- Section I: The Church Body
- The Church Body holds ultimate authority over all proceedings and processes within the CCC.
- All approved members shall be known as “Member of the Church Body,” including those who hold more formal government positions.
- For the purpose of efficiency, the Church Body delegates execution of its authority to the High Council under the principle of good faith that they act in the best interests of the Church Body.
- The Church Body retains the ability to reclaim authority of any decision, action, or other procedure being conducted by the High Council at any point by asserting a sufficient majority overruling the proceeding.
- Nearly any action taken by the High Council may be subject to a Church Body veto, which is described in more detail in Article III, Section III.
- The Church Body reserves the right to remove any sitting member of the High Council via a Vote of No Confidence, requiring a simple 50%+1 majority.
- Section II: The High Council
- The High Council shall have 3 Ministers, each sharing the same title of Minister of the High Council, and holding no distinct position or authority over the other.
- The High Council is responsible for conducting all procedures and processes that may be considered under the purview of “government” or “politics,” including, but not limited to:
- Conducting tasks related to foreign affairs, including sending & receiving diplomats, signing, modifying, or breaking treaties, joining blocs, etc.
- Managing the internal affairs of the alliance, including in-game and Discord moderation, recruitment, etc.
- Managing the economic condition of the alliance and its members, including trade circles, tech deals, nation building guides and programs, etc.
- Organizing the military procedures of the alliance, including military preparation and wartime organization, etc.
- The High Council is given responsibility to manage all aspects of alliance operations, but all decisions are ultimately subject to the implicit approval of the Church Body, which may be converted into explicit disapproval at any time via the CB Veto procedure described in Article III, Section III. Neither the High Council nor the Chancellor has the authority to override a final veto to any decision.
- All actions made by the High Council must be made by unanimous consent among all Ministers of the High Council, with an exception listed below.
- If a council member does not actively participate in making an open decision within 7 days (barring known vacations or other circumstances agreed upon by the council), their vote must be forfeited to the Church Body membership, requiring a general plurality vote to serve as that Minister’s vote.
- Should this situation arise, the High Council may choose to reopen the position left vacant by the inactive former Minister and call an election, although the inactive council member must be a candidate so long as their nation still exists
- Subsection A: Chancellor
- The Chancellor is the head of the High Council, and serves as the figurehead for the alliance; however, also being a member of the High Council, the Chancellor serves in a Primus inter pares (“first among equals”) capacity, holding no special authority in all standard circumstances.
- The Chancellor holds the following responsibilities in addition to those of their position in the High Council:
- The Chancellor shall chair all High Council meetings
- The Chancellor may serve certain representational functions that are traditionally expected to be performed by a single Head of State, although they may also choose to delegate these functions at will.
- In urgent situations where a High Council decision cannot be made in time, the Chancellor is empowered to act on behalf of the High Council.
- Upon conclusion of an election, the High Council shall publicly choose the Chancellor from among the newly-elected Ministers of the High Council.
- This decision cannot be vetoed by the Church Body when made as part of a standard election cycle, as they are assumed to have provided their explicit consent to this decision during the outcome of the elections.
- A sitting Chancellor reserves the right to resign from their position at any time, upon which time they must declare a successor from among the existing High Council.
- The passing of the title of Chancellor by means of succession must take place over a transition period of 72 hours, during which time the Church Body reserves the right to veto the successor.
- A veto of a succession of Chancellor will follow the standard veto procedures described in Article III, Section III.
- If the succession is fully vetoed, or the successor resigns from the High Council, the High Council seat held by the successor must be vacated, and an election held to determine a new Minister. Upon conclusion, the standard appointment procedure may occur.
- Section III: Deacons
- In times of hardship, the three Ministers of the High Council may be all that keeps our culture living and progressing. However, in times of plenty, the CCC may be fortunate enough to have more tasks than the three Ministers can feasibly accommodate. To aid in these times, the Ministers may appoint Deacons to serve as deputies, delegating them specific responsibilities.
- The Council may choose to appoint as many or as few Deacons as they feel are appropriate for the time, including adding or removing filled Deaconship positions at their own discretion.
- Deacons must serve a specific role within one of the standard four sections of government: internal affairs, foreign affairs, defense, and economics. They must be given titles specific to their function.
- The appointment of a Deacon cannot be vetoed, as it is not a fully recognized position and simply a delegation of the authority already rightfully given to the High Council.
- Section IV: Elders
- The CCC is blessed to have had many great leaders during its existence, and wishes to denote a special rank to denote the wisdom they carry and the respect they have earned.
- Any ruler who has led the CCC for at least one full term will, upon retirement, be granted the role of Elder.
- All former rulers who previously held the title of Chancellor Emeritus under the previous Charter will be grandfathered into the role of Elder automatically.
- The role of Elder will be automatically granted to any Minister of the High Council upon the end of their tenure in the High Council, provided that it is not terminated via a vote of no confidence or succession veto.
- The status of Elder cannot be revoked once earned.
- An Elder holds no authority in government beyond that granted to them by their current membership status. Instead, an Elder shall serve in a purely advisory role to the High Council. To this end, an Elder must be granted the same level of permissions and access within intra-alliance forums and channels that the High Council is privy to.
This does not include forums and channels external to the alliance.
Article III: Governance Edit
- Section I: Elections
- Should a seat for Minister of the High Council become vacant, an election may be called to determine who shall fill the position.
- Upon ratification of this charter, all seats shall be vacant, requiring the Church Body to elect three Ministers.
- Once the seat has been made vacant, a period of nomination and platforming will immediately take place, lasting no less than 72 hours and no more than 1 week. Remaining Ministers and the Church Body may determine the exact length of time as necessary.
- Any full member of the Church Body may nominate another full Church Body member to fill the position.
- For an election to succeed, one nominee must receive a simple majority (50% + 1) of the total vote. Additionally, the vote total must be no less than either one-fifth of membership or 5 members, whichever is greater.
- Section II: Amending the Charter
- Any full member in good standing may propose an amendment to the charter. The amendment must receive a second within three days or it will be considered dead.
- Once a proposal has been seconded, it shall be brought to a public vote by the High Council, requiring unanimous approval in order to pass.
- If an amendment passes the vote of the High Council, it must then be presented to the Church Body for a vote. The amendment must receive a two-thirds majority from those voting in order to be approved.
- The proposed amendment shall receive discussion by the CB for at least 24 hours before a vote.
- Voting on an amendment shall last no less than 24 hours and no more than 72 hours.
- Section III: Vetoes
- Any member of the CB can choose to challenge a decision made by the Council. Once a challenge has been made, it requires three fellow CB members to stand behind the challenge, which constitutes a formal veto of the decision.
- Once a decision has been vetoed, the decision can not be brought back to the table for 7 days. Once the length of time has passed, the Council can choose to make the same decision again unanimously, at which point it can only be vetoed by a 50%+1 majority CB vote.
- If a decision is vetoed a second time, it cannot be made again for at least a period of 1 calendar year.
Article IV: Military Edit
- Section I: Alliance War
- The CCC is a non-interventionist alliance, and will not interfere in wars that do not involve alliances to which it is directly tied.
- The CCC is mindful of the fact that we are called to defend the weak, the oppressed, defend those unjustly accused and other actions justified by Holy Scripture. To that end, the Christian Coalition of Countries will seek to use every diplomatic (and as a last resort, military) means to fulfill this calling, consistent with the previous war provision.
- CCC members, once engaged in a war authorized by the High Council, are authorized to use any and all lawful game mechanics, including nuclear and spy.
- Section II: Personal War
- Members of the CCC are not permitted to raid nations (unaligned or otherwise) without the unanimous consent of the High Council, which may be provided for exceptions such as known spy, rogue or raider nations.
- Anyone wishing to get experience with the mechanics of war is encouraged to participate in Tournament Edition, without restriction to any alliance banner there. This exception to Article II section 3 does not suspend any of the other codes of conduct.
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