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UNITED CHRONICLES TERRITORIES

Preamble

We seekers of truth, in order to engage in a more perfect Non-Partisan Pursuit Of Truth®, establish justice, insure worldwide tranquility, provide for common understanding, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty for all in perpetuity, do hereby agree to abide by the Bylaws of the United Chronicles Territories.

Article I

Section 1.

All powers of governance of US & World Chronicles, the United Chronicles Territories and Chronicles247.com (hereinafter C247) shall be vested in a Worldwide Governing Body consisting of three branches including a Registered Users’ House of Representatives of the United Chronicles Territories (hereinafter the “House”), a Registered Users’ House of Senators of the United Chronicles Territories (hereinafter the “Senate”), and an Executive Office of the United Chronicles Territories (hereinafter the “President”).

Section 2.

The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the registered users of the United Chronicles Territories websites.

No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of sixteen years and been seven months a registered user of the website of the territory they represent and who shall, when elected (and during their time of service), be an inhabitant of that territory for which chosen. All Representatives who have not attained the age of twenty-one by the date of their first term of office shall require parental or legal guardian consent in writing before engaging in the activities of a duly elected Representative.

Representatives shall be apportioned among the several territories, which may be included within the House, according to the total number of unique users registered with the respective territory.

The number of persons representing a territory shall be based upon the average number of registered users for the territory during the ninety-days immediately preceding Election Day. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand registered users. However, each territory shall have at least one Representative. Until the first election is held, every territory will have one representative appointed by the President/Publisher of the territory. Said appointment shall occur within seven days of being granted a License to Publish by the licensing body of the United Chronicles Territories.

When vacancies happen in the Representation of any territory, the licensed Publisher of the territory shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.

The House shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment. Each Representative shall have one vote. No member of the House of Representatives shall serve more then three consecutive terms.

Section 3.

The Senate shall be composed of two Senators from each territory, chosen by the registered users thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. No member of the Senate shall serve more than two consecutive terms.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes drawn by lots. The seats of the Senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year, of the second class at the expiration of the fourth year and of the third class at the expiration of the sixth year. So that one third may be chosen every second year. And if vacancies happen by resignation or otherwise during the recess of the legislature of any territory, the President/Publisher thereof may make temporary appointments until the next scheduled election.

No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of twenty-one years, and been twelve months a registered user of the territory’s website and who shall, when elected (and during their time of service), be an inhabitant of that territory for which chosen.

The Vice President of the United Chronicles Territories shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless the Senate be equally divided.

The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President Pro Tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the office of President of the United Chronicles Territories.

The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the United Chronicles Territories is tried, the Chief Executive Officer of the U. S. & World Chronicles shall preside or appoint a presiding officer: And no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members of the Senate.

Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United Chronicles Territories: but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to law where applicable.

Section 4.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by majority consent, appoint a different day or days. Meetings need not be held in a physical space.

Section 5.

Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.

Each House shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and annually publish the same, excepting such parts as may in their judgment reveal proprietary secrets or place in jeopardy any Chronicler who has provided news, information or content to the parent domain or any affiliated domain. The yeas and nays of the members of either House on any question shall, at the desire of one fifth of those present, be entered on the journal.

Neither House, during the session of the United Chronicles Territories’ Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days.

Section 6.

The Senators and Representatives shall receive compensation for their services, to be ascertained by a majority vote of all registered users and paid out of the financial resources of the United Chronicles Territories.

Section 7.

Plans effecting revenue may originate from any source and be taken up by either House. Every plan which has passed the House and the Senate, shall be presented to the President of the United Chronicles Territories. Upon the President’s signature the plan shall be implemented, but if not signed it shall be returned, with objections noted to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider the plan.

If after such reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to approve the plan, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, the plan shall be implemented. However, in all such cases the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against a plan shall be entered on the journal of each House respectively and shall be available on C247.

If any plan shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be implemented, in like manner as if the President had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be implemented.

Section 8.

The Congress shall have the power to set and collect Territorial License Fees, Edition Fees and Ancillary Service Fees from the several Publisher territories. Further to pay the debts and provide for the common legal defense and general promotional and public relations costs of the United Chronicles Territories. All fees and rates shall be uniformly apportioned throughout the several territories of the United Chronicles Territories based upon the Population and Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) of each territory.

Further, the Congress shall have the power:

1) To dialogue with any individual, corporation, organization, or governmental agency whether foreign or domestic in pursuit of its responsibilities;
2) To establish uniform rules of conduct for territories within the United Chronicles Territories and affiliated website users;
3) To provide for the punishment of behavior on the part of any Publisher or any paid employee thereof that is inconsistent with the high standards set for Publishers and their paid and non-monetary members;
4) To establish standards of content and content delivery;
5) To establish standards of Privacy Protection and Terms of Service policies;
6) To promote the inclusion of valuable Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Source content by implementing appropriate protections for property rights of authors and other holders of intellectual property;
7) To make all rules and regulations which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by these Bylaws in the governance of the United Chronicles Territories, or in any department or officer thereof.

Section 9.

No territorial License to Publish shall be revoked without due cause and a two-thirds majority vote of both Houses of Congress. No fees or levies shall be imposed on the profits of any territory. No preference shall be given at the parent C247 website toward content of one territory over that of another. All content preferences and ratings shall be governed by website users

Except in the case of US & World Chronicles, the price of content created by one territory and featured at another territory’s domain is subject to negotiation between the parties involved. It is expressly understood any territory may link to the content of another territory at no cost providing the source territory is given attribution. Any territory that violates the intellectual property rights of any content creator is subject to fines or loss of its License to Publish or both.

Section 10.

No territory shall enter into any alliance, confederation, letters of intent or agreement with any third party that would bind any other territory without prior written consent of all territories involved including the consent of U. S. & World Chronicles.

Article II

Section 1.

The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United Chronicles Territories. The President shall hold office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected by a majority vote of all United Chronicles Territories’ registered users.

No person except a registered user of a United Chronicles Territory website shall be eligible to fill the office of President. Neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of twenty-five years, and been two years a registered user in good standing when filling that office.

In case of the removal of the President from office, or the death of the President, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by these bylaws provide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

The President shall, at stated times, receive for services, a compensation, which shall be set by a majority vote of all registered users of United Chronicles Territories’ websites.

Before engaging in the activities of the office, the President shall take the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United Chronicles Territories, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Bylaws of the United Chronicles Territories.”

Section 2.

The President of the United Chronicles Territories shall appoint and remove all Senior Executives including the Chief Executive Officer of the US & World Chronicles. The Chief Executive Officer of the US & World Chronicles shall serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Chronicles Territories

The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the United Chronicles Territories Governing Body, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.

Section 3.

At least once a year the President shall give to both Houses information about the United Chronicles Territories’ success in its Non Partisan Pursuit of Truth® in news gathering and reporting, and recommend to their consideration such content creation and revenue plans as the President shall judge necessary and expedient; the President, may on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, the President may adjourn them to such time as the President shall think proper.

The United Chronicles Territories President shall receive Publishers of any individual Territory, Countrywide Publishers or their emissaries. The President shall maintain cordial relations and function as an “ambassador-at-large” with civic, corporate, governmental, and religious leaders within the territory. The President shall take care that the Terms of the License to Publish are faithfully executed.

Section 4.

The President or Vice President of the United Chronicles Territories, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, lack of fealty to Non Partisan Pursuit of Truth® in news gathering and reporting, crimes against the criminal statutes of the United States of America, intentional breach of the Terms of the License to Publish or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Article III

Section 1.

The adjudicating power of the United Chronicles Territories shall be vested in the United Chronicles Territories Board of Directors and in such subordinated Committees as the United Chronicles Territories Governing Body may from time to time ordain and establish.

The Board and any subordinated Committee shall consist of two members chosen by the United Chronicles Territories House, two members chosen by the Senate, two members chosen by the United Chronicles Territories President (one of which shall be the Chief Executive Officer of US & World Chronicles) and a seventh member chosen by the first six members of the Board or, where applicable the subordinated Committee.

Board Members shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation to be determined by a majority vote of the United Chronicles Territories’ registered users and paid out of the financial resources of the United Chronicles Territories.

Section 2.

The adjudicating power shall extend to all cases governing the issuance of licenses to Publish within the United Chronicles Territories, to controversies between two or more licensees, to controversies between two or more registered users of any United Chronicles Territories website and to contracts and agreements made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United Chronicles Territories License to Publish.

The evaluation of all offenses, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by a jury of not less than seven registered users of the territory. Such evaluation shall be held in the territory where the said offenses are alleged to have been committed; but when the territory of commission of said offenses cannot be determined, the evaluation shall be at such place or places selected by the Territorial Governing Body which uncovered said offenses.

Section 3.

Betrayal of the tenets of the United Chronicles Territories’ License to Publish shall consist of willfully obstructing Non Partisan Pursuit of Truth® or knowingly giving aid and comfort to those engaged in promoting or fomenting untruths.

No person shall be convicted of betrayal unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or upon public confession. The Houses of the United Chronicles Territories Governing Body shall have power to declare the punishment of betrayal.

Article IV

Section 1.

It is expressly understood any territory may link to the content of another territory at no cost providing the source territory is given attribution. When a territory wishes to display content natively at its territorial website, it must give full faith, credit and a reuse fee to any content creator who has elected to store said content in the Chronicles News Repository. The price of content created by one territory and featured at another territory’s domain is subject to negotiation between the parties involved. Any territory that willfully violates the intellectual property rights of any content creator is subject to fine(s), impeachment of the President of the offending territory, or both.

Section 2.

The registered users of each territory shall be entitled to all privileges and resources of registered users in the several territories.

A person charged in any territory with betrayal, felony, or other crimes, who has been barred from registration and use of content from one territory shall be so barred from all territories.

Section 3.

Upon a simple majority vote by the members of the two houses of any duly authorized holder of a Chronicles Territorial license, the President thereof may sub-license others within the territory to use the Chronicles publishing platform.

No new territories or sub-licensees shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other territory; nor any territory be formed by the junction of two or more territories, or parts of territories, without the consent of the Territorial Governing Bodies of the territories concerned as well as consent of the United Chronicles Territories Governing Body.

Section 4.

The United Chronicles Territories Governing Body shall guarantee to every Licensed Publisher full and unfettered access to the publishing tools and platform(s) created by United Chronicles Territories.

Article V

The United Chronicles Territories Governing Body, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to these Bylaws. Alternatively, on the application of two thirds of the United Chronicles Territories’ registered users, the United Chronicles Territories Governing Body shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of these Bylaws, when ratified by affirmative vote of three fourths of the United Chronicles Territories’ registered users.

Article VI

All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the ratification of these Bylaws, shall be as valid against United Chronicles Territories under these Bylaws after ratification.

These Bylaws and any modifications which shall be made in pursuance thereof shall be the supreme bylaws of the United Chronicles Territories; and the Board Members of the United Chronicles Territories shall be bound thereby, anything in these Bylaws or laws of any Territory to the contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators, Representatives, President/Publisher and all Executives and Board Members of the United Chronicles Territories before mentioned, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support these Bylaws; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under any Territory.

Article VII

The ratification of these Bylaws by a majority vote of the United Chronicles Territories’ registered users once the total number of registered users reaches thirty (30,000) thousand shall be sufficient for the establishment of these Bylaws. Until such ratification, the United Chronicles Territories shall operate as if these Bylaws had been ratified.