We, the people of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, each System acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity — invoking the favor and guidance of the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious — do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Article 1. - The Legislative Branch
Section 1 - The Legislature
1. All legislative powers herein delegated shall be vested in a Congress of the CIS, which shall consist of a Council and Senate.
Section 2 - The Council
1. The Council shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several Systems; and the electors in each System shall be citizens of the Confederacy, and have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislature; but no person of foreign birth, not a citizen of a Confederate System, shall be allowed to vote for any officer, civil or political, Provincial or Systematic.
2. No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, and be a citizen of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and who shall not when elected, be an inhabitant of that System in which he shall be chosen.
3. Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several Systems, which may be included within this Confederacy, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding undesireables not taxed, three-fifths of all slaves. The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and within every subsequent term of six years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. The number of Representatives in Congress shall not exceed one for every fifty thousand, but each System shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made.
4. When vacancies happen in the representation from any System the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.
5. The Separatist Council shall choose their Speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment; except that any judicial or other officer, resident and acting solely within the limits of any System, may be impeached by a vote of two-thirds of both branches of the Legislature thereof.
Section 3 - The Senate
1. The Senate of the Confederacy shall be composed of up to two Senators from each System, chosen for six years by the Legislature thereof, at the regular session next immediately preceding the commencement of the term of service; and each Senator shall have one vote.
2. Immediately after they shall be assembled, in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes. 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 other wise, during the recess of the Legislature of any System, the Executive thereof may make temporary appointments until the next meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such vacancies.
3. No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained the age of thirty years, and be a citizen of the Confederacy of Independent Systems; and who shall not, then elected, be an inhabitant of the System for which he shall be chosen.
4. The Head of State of the Confederacy shall preside over each session in the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided.
5. The Senate shall choose their other officers; and also a temporary speaker in the absence of the Head of State, or when he shall exercise the office of Head of State of the Confederacy.
6. 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 Head of State is tried, the Council shall preside; and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present.
7. Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit under the Confederacy of Independent Systems; but the party convicted shall, nevertheless, be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment, and punishment according to law.
Section 4 - Elections, Meetings
1. The times, places, and manner of holding elections for Senators and Council Representatives shall be prescribed in each System by the Legislature thereof, subject to the provisions of this Constitution; but the Congress may, at any time, by law, make or alter such regulations, except as to the times and places of choosing Senators.
2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year; and such meeting shall be on the first first day of the final month, unless they shall, by law, appoint a different day.
Section 5 - Membership, Rules, Journals, Adjournment
1. Each Fraction of the Legislative Branch 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 Legislative Fraction may provide.
2. Each Fraction may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds of the whole number, expel a member.
3. Each Fraction shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may in their judgment require secrecy; and the yeas and nays of the members of either Fraction, on any question, shall, at the desire of one-fifth of those present, be entered on the journal.
4. Neither Fraction, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place than that in which the two Fractions shall be sitting.
Section 6 - Compensation
1. The Senators and Council Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the Treasury of the Confederacy. They shall, in all cases, except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Fraction, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either Fraction, they shall not be questioned in any other place. No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which they were elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the Confederacy, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no person holding any Confederate office shall be a member of either Fraction during his continuance in office. But Congress may, by law, grant to the principal officer in each of the Executive Departments a seat upon the floor of either Fraction, with the privilege of discussing any measures appertaining to his department.
Section 7 - Revenue Bills, Legislative Process, Veto
1. All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the Separatist Council; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments, as on other bills.
2. Every bill which shall have passed both Fractions, shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the Confederate Head of State; if he approves, he shall sign it; but if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to that Fraction in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If, after such reconsideration, two-thirds of that Fraction shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other Fraction, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two-thirds of that Fraction, it shall become a law. But in all such cases, the votes of both Fractions shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each Fraction respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the Head of State within ten days after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress, by their adjournment, prevent its return; in which case it shall not be a law. The Head of State may approve any appropriation and disapprove any other appropriation in the same bill. In such case he shall, in signing the bill, designate the appropriations disapproved; and shall return a copy of such appropriations, with his objections, to the Fraction in which the bill shall have originated; and the same proceedings shall then be had as in case of other bills disapproved by the Head of State.
3. Every order, resolution, or vote, to which the concurrence of both Fractions may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment) shall be presented to the Head of State of the Confederacy; and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him; or, being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two-thirds of both Fractions, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in case of a bill.
Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have power -
1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises for revenue, necessary to pay the debts, provide for the common defense, and carry on the Government of the Confederacy; but no bounties shall be granted from the Treasury; nor shall any duties or taxes on importations from foreign nations be laid to promote or foster any branch of industry; and all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the Confederate Systems.
2. To borrow money on the credit of the Confederacy of Independedt Systems.
3. To regulate commerce with foreign systems of no formal affiliation, and among the several Systems, and with any uncivilized tribes; but neither this, nor any other clause contained in the Constitution, shall ever be construed to delegate the power to Congress to appropriate money for any internal improvement intended to facilitate commerce; except for the purpose of furnishing lights, beacons, and buoys, and other aids to navigation upon the borders, and the improvement of harbors and the removing of obstructions in space navigation; in all which cases such duties shall be laid on the navigation facilitated thereby as may be necessary to pay the costs and expenses thereof.
4. To establish uniform laws of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies, throughout the Confederacy; but no law of Congress shall discharge any debt contracted before the passage of the same.
5. To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures.
6. To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the Confederate States.
7. To establish post offices and post routes; but the expenses of the Post Office Department, after the first day of the third month in the Lothal Year of thirty-two thousand and fifty-six, shall be paid out of its own revenues.
8. To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.
9. To constitute tribunals inferior to the Separatist Council.
10. To define and punish piracies and felonies committed in the far reaches of space, and offenses against the law of nations.
11. To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
12. To raise and support armies; but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years.
13. To provide and maintain a navy.
14. To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.
15. To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Confederacy, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions.
16. To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the Confederacy; reserving to the Systems, respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.
17. To exercise exclusive legislation, in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten parsecs square) as may, by cession of one or more Systems and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the Government of the Confederacy; and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the Legislature of the System in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings; and
18. To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the Confederacy, or in any department or officer thereof.
Section 9 - Limits on Congress, Bill of Rights
1. The importation of slaves of any specific race from any foreign system other than the slaveholding Systems or Territories of the Known Galaxy, is hereby forbidden; and Congress is required to pass such laws as shall effectually prevent the same.
2. Congress shall also have power to prohibit the introduction of slaves from any System not a member of, or Territory not belonging to, this Confederacy.
3. The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.
4. No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.
5. No capitation or other direct tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration hereinbefore directed to be taken.
6. No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any System, except by a vote of two-thirds of both Fractions.
7. No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one State over those of another.
8. No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.
9. Congress shall appropriate no money from the Treasury except by a vote of two-thirds of both Fractions, taken by yeas and nays, unless it be asked and estimated for by some one of the heads of departments and submitted to Congress by the Head of State; or for the purpose of paying its own expenses and contingencies; or for the payment of claims against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the justice of which shall have been judicially declared by a tribunal for the investigation of claims against the Government, which it is hereby made the duty of Congress to establish.
10. All bills appropriating money shall specify in Federal currency the exact amount of each appropriation and the purposes for which it is made; and Congress shall grant no extra compensation to any public contractor, officer, agent, or servant, after such contract shall have been made or such service rendered.
11. No title of nobility shall be granted by the Confederacy; and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.
12. Congress shall make law respecting an establishment of a religion, and the forced exercise thereof; and prohibiting the freedom of speech, or of the press; but not the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
13. A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free Systems, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall never be infringed.
14. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner; with the exception of if in times of war, in a manner to be prescribed by law.
15. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.
16. No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor be compelled, in any criminal case, to be a witness against himself; nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
17. In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the System and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
18. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty Confederacy Credits, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved; and no fact so tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the Confederacy, than according to the rules of common law.
19. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted for any other reasons not relating to treason.
20. Every law, or resolution having the force of law, shall relate to but one subject, and that shall be expressed in the title.
21. Congress cannot prohibit a System’s individual right to grant a citizen of that System a title of nobility, as long as the title held by the individual is outranked by the rank or title of their Representative on the Council.
Section 10 - Powers prohibited of States
1. No System shall enter into any other treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, or ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts; or grant any title of nobility.
2. No System shall, without the consent of the Congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws; and the net produce of all duties and imposts, laid by any System on imports, or exports, shall be for the use of the Treasury of the Confederacy; and all such laws shall be subject to the revision and control of Congress.
3. No System shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty on tonnage, except on spacegoing vessels, for the improvement of its hyperspace lanes and harbors navigated by the said vessels; but such duties shall not conflict with any treaties of the Confederacy with foreign system; and any surplus revenue thus derived shall, after making such improvement, be paid into the common treasury. Nor shall any System keep troops or ships of war in time of peace (for any reason other than times of need for troops or ships, but only when threatened to fight in an upcoming war), enter into any agreement or compact with another System, or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay. But when any lane divides or flows through two or more Systems they may enter into compacts with each other to improve the navigation thereof.
Article 2. - The Executive Fraction
Section 1 - The Head of State
1. The executive power shall be vested in a President of the Confederate States of America. They shall hold their office until untimely death, impeachment, or resignation; but they shall not be eligible again. The Head of State shall be elected as follows:
2. Each System shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the System may be entitled in the Congress; but no Senator or Representative or person holding an office of trust or profit under the Confederate Systems shall be appointed an elector.
3. The electors shall meet in their respective Systems and vote by ballot for Head of State, whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same System with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as Head of State, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as said official, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit, sealed, to the seat of the Government of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, directed to the the Senate; the Senate shall, in the presence of itself and the Council, open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted; the person having the greatest number of votes for Head of State shall be the Head of State, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers, not exceeding three, on the list of those voted for as Head of State, the Separatist Council shall choose immediately, by ballot, the Head of State. But in choosing said office the votes shall be taken by System ~ the representation from each System having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the Systems, and a majority of all the Systems shall be necessary to a choice. And if the Council shall not choose a Head of State, whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of the third month next following, then, by a three-fifths vote, a representative on the Council shall act as Head of State, as in case of the death, resignation, or other constitutional disability of the Head of State.
4. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of Head of State shall be counted as eligible.
5. The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the Confederate Systems.
6. No person except a natural-born citizen of the Confederacy, or a citizen thereof at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, or a citizen thereof born in the Galaxy prior to the fifteenth day of of the final month of 3255, shall be eligible to the office of Head of State; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained the age of thirty-five standard years, and been fourteen years a resident within the limits of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, as they may exist at the time of his election.
8. In case of the removal of the Head of State from office, or of their death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of said office, the same shall devolve on the Acting Head of State, who is chosen by the Separatist Council; and Congress may, by law, provide for the case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, of the Head of State, declaring which Council official shall then act as Head of State; and such officer shall act accordingly until the disability be removed or a new Head of State shall be elected.
9. The Head of State shall, at stated times, receive for his services a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected; and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the Confederacy, or any of them.
10. Before they enter on the execution of their office they shall take the following: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution thereof."
Section 2 - Civilian Power over Military, Pardon Power, Appointments
1. The Head of State, shall be Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate Armed Forces, and of the militia of the several Systems, when called into the actual service of the Confederacy; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the Executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices; and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the Confederacy, except in cases of impeachment.
2. He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties; provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint, ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls, recommend Representatives of the Separatist Council to certain people of a certain faction, and all other officers of the Confederacy whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law; but the Congress may, by law, vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the Head of State alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.
3. The principal officer in each of the Executive Departments, and all persons connected with the diplomatic service, may be removed from office at the pleasure of the Head of State. All other civil officers of the Executive Departments may be removed at any time by the Head of State, or other appointing power, when their services are unnecessary, or for dishonesty, incapacity. inefficiency, misconduct, or neglect of duty; and when so removed, the removal shall be reported to the Senate, together with the reasons therefor.
4. The Head of State shall have power to fill all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session; but no person rejected by the Senate shall be reappointed to the same office during their ensuing recess.
Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress
1. The Head of State shall, from time to time, give to the Congress information of the state of the Confederacy, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Fractions, or either of them; and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the Confederacy.
Section 4 - Disqualification
1. The Head of State and all civil officers of the Confederacy shall be removed from office on impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Article 3. - The Separatist Council
Section 1 - Judicial powers
1. The judicial power of the Confederacy of Independent Systems shall be vested in the Representatives on one Separatist Council, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may, from time to time, ordain and establish. The judges, of both classes of courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.
Section 2 - Trial by Jury, Original Jurisdiction, Jury Trials
1. The judicial power shall extend to all cases arising under this Constitution, the laws of the Confederate Systems, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority; to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls; to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to controversies to which the Confederacy shall be a party; to controversies between two or more Systems; between a System and citizens of another System, where the System is plaintiff; between citizens claiming lands under grants of different Systems; and between a System or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens, or subjects; but no System or faction represented by the Council shall be sued by a citizen or subject of any foreign government.
2. In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a System shall be a party, the Separatist Council shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Separatist Council shall have appellate jurisdiction both as to law and fact, with such exceptions and under such regulations as the Separatist Senate shall make.
3. The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury, and such trial shall be held in the State where the said crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any System, the trial shall be at such place or places as the Congress may by law have directed.
Section 3 - Treason
1. Treason against the Confederacy shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
2. The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason; but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture, except during the life of the person attainted.
Article 4. - The Systems
Section 1 - Each System to Honour all others
1. Full faith and credit shall be given in each System to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other System; and the Congress may, by general laws, prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.
Section 2 - System citizens, Extradition
1. The citizens of each System shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the numerous Systems; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any System of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.
2. A person charged in any System with treason, felony, or other crime against the laws of such System, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another System, shall, on demand of the executive authority of the System from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the System having jurisdiction of the crime.
3. No slave or other person held to service or labor in any System or Territory of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, under the laws thereof, escaping or lawfully carried into the jurisdiction of another government, shall be discharged from such service or labor; but, if at all possible, shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such slave belongs; or to whom such service or labor may be due.
Section 3 - New Systems
1. Other Systems may be admitted into this Confederacy by a vote of three-fifths of the whole Separatist Council and two-thirds of the Senate, the Senate voting by System; but no new System shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other System, nor any System be formed by the junction of two or more Systems, or parts of Systems, without the consent of the individual Legislatures of the Systems concerned, as well as of the Congress.
2. The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations concerning the property of the Confederate Systems, including the coordinates thereof.
3. The Confederacy may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederacy, lying without the limits of the several Systems; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form Systems to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory the institution of slavery, as it now exists in the Confederacy, shall be recognized and protected by Congress and by the Territorial government; and the inhabitants of the several Confederate Systems and Territories shall have the right to take to such Territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the Systems or Territories of the Confederacy.
4. The Confederacy shall guarantee to every System that now is, or hereafter may become, a member of this Confederacy, a republican form of government; and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the Legislature or of the Executive (when the Legislature is not in session) against domestic violence.
Article 5. - Amendments
Upon the demand of any three Systems, legally assembled in their several conventions, the Congress shall summon a convention of all the Systems, to take into consideration such amendments to the Constitution as the said States shall concur in suggesting at the time when the said demand is made; and should any of the proposed amendments to the Constitution be agreed on by the said convention ~ voting by Systems ~ and the same be ratified by the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several Systems, or by conventions in two-thirds thereof ~ as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the general convention ~ they shall thenceforward form a part of this Constitution. But no System shall, without its consent, be deprived of its equal representation in the Senate.
Article 6. - The Confederacy
Section 1 - Transition from the Provisional Government
1. The Government established by this Constitution is the successor of the Provisional Government of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and all the laws passed by the latter shall continue in force until the same shall be repealed or modified; and all the officers appointed by the same shall remain in office until their successors are appointed and qualified, or the offices abolished.
Section 2 - Debts of the Provisional Government
2. All debts contracted and engagements entered into before the adoption of this Constitution shall be as valid against the Confederacy under this Constitution, as under the Provisional Government.
Section 3 - Supremacy of the Constitution
3. This Constitution, and the laws of the Confederacy of Independent Systems made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the Confederacy, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every System shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any System to the contrary notwithstanding.
Section 4 - Oaths of Office
4. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several System Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the Confederacy and of the numerous Systems, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the Confederate Systems.
Section 5 - Reservation of unenumerated rights
5. The enumeration, in the Constitution, of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people of the several Systems.
Section 6 - System powers
6. The powers not delegated to the Confederacy by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the Systems, are reserved to the System, respectively, or to the people thereof.
Article 7. - Ratification
1. The ratification of the conventions of five Systems shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the Systems so ratifying the same.
2. When five Systems shall have ratified this Constitution, in the manner before specified, the Congress under the Provisional Constitution shall prescribe the time for holding the election of Head of State; and for the meeting of the Electoral College; and for counting the votes, and inaugurating the Head of State. They shall, also, prescribe the time for holding the first election of members of Congress under this Constitution, and the time for assembling the same. Until the assembling of such Congress, the Congress under the Provisional Constitution shall continue to exercise the legislative powers granted them; not extending beyond the time limited by the Constitution of the Provisional Government.
Adopted unanimously by the Congress of the Confederate Systems of Serenno, Cato Neimoidia, Scipio, Geonosis, and Murkhana, sitting in Convention at Geonosis, on the eleventh day of the third month, in the year thirty-two thousand and fifty-five.
Leader of the Separatist Movement.
1. Murkhana: Magistrate Passel Argente of the Corporate Alliance, Senator Voe Atell.
2. Scipio: Chairman San Hill of the Intergalactic Banking Clan, Senator Rush Clovis.
3. Skako: Emir Wat Tambor, Foreman of the Techno Union.
4. Mooga: President Shu Mai of the Commerce Guild.
5. Geonosis: Archduke, Lord Poggle the Lesser.
6. Cato Neimoidia: Viceroy Nute Gunray of the Trade Federation.