The Chiss Constitution has its roots in the Chiss Charter, which led to the first modern Chiss Senate.The Charter was criticized for allowing House Sabosen to rule over Chiss
In the name of the Chiss, the Houses of the Ascendancy redefine ourselves to be true to the past and strong for the future. We pledge to be an Ascendancy that acts and succeeds in line with this new constitution, to seek the improvement of the Chiss as a race distinct from any other. We shall uphold our prosperous heritage whilst working with the means left to us after the downfall of the original Ascendancy. We ratify this constitution for growth, stability and prosperity of all Chiss colonies .
Article I) Council of Families
1) The Council of Families (COF) shall consist of the Aristocra of each House, assisted by up to two aides. These aides must be approved by the COF.
2) All decisions concerning House governance must be unanimous, with the exception of disciplinary proceedings against a house, where said House is excluded.
3) The COF makes the following decisions regarding Houses: The expulsion/condemnation/acceptance of a House and the application/implementation/collection/modification/conclusion of a levy on all Houses.
4) The COF governs by assigning a House to oversee each vital aspect of the Ascendancy. In most cases, the House will make all decisions for these ‘aspects’ of Chiss society, with exceptions described in 5).
5) The COF sets rank and salary information, approves all major contracts, treaties and declarations regarding outside parties. It enforces and adds to the criminal code. It approves funding and appropriate timing relative to CEDF Operations and Colonisation projects. The COF may amend and approve Constitutional Amendments by unanimous vote.
6) The COF is the supreme judicial body of the Ascendancy and adjudicates on all matters where the House in question is not capable of resolving the infraction of crime. In the event of a disputed verdict within a House, the COF will make a final ruling on the subject, without interfering in the normal proceedings of the Houses.
7) COF decisions are known as Decrees.
Article II) Houses
1) Houses are the organizational foundation of the Chiss Ascendancy. Joining a House is not an obligation and may only be achieved by fulfilling the criteria of the House in question. These House have a place in the COF and are committed to the Ascendancy. The Aristocra of any House is a committed member of the Ascendancy over a reasonable period of time.
2) Houses may have Subhouses affiliated with them. Subhouses may only affiliate with one House at a time and if they meet the appropriate conditions in time, may petition the COF for acceptance as a House.
3) Houses are accepted or rejected by the COF based on their Merit of Power and Virtue of Service.
4) Merit of Power is defined as assets, wealth, and holdings obtained for the benefit of the Ascendancy and Virtue of Service is the recruitment of willing and active members of the Ascendancy and the accomplishments of the same. A House with less assets may be more respected than a richer House if their members accomplish more for the Ascendancy.
5) Aristocras are the leaders of Houses and are responsible for the citizens they represent. His/her assets form the core of the Household Phalanx. An Aristocra is designated in the initial petition to the COF. An Aristocra may be changed in the event of a challenger demonstrating equal or greater power and having enough popular support to consider a House vote. The COF makes determinations of the power between the challenger and the incumbent and certifies to the House that the challenger is equal, thus validating the vote. An Aristocra is always Chiss.
6) Blood Born are heirs of the House that are recognised as blood relatives by the Aristocra and must be Chiss. Trial Born are those who pass the rites of the House in question. Houses conduct their own trials without reference to the COF. Merit Adoptives demonstrate exceptional devotion and ability, leading to this transitory rank being conferred by the House in question.Larger Houses appoint Syndics to serve as a deputy and command the Household Phalanx.
7) Each House is obliged to fund, acquire and develop their own Household Phalanx , a multi-role military force that may be called upon in time of need. . The Admiral of the CEDF is regularly updated on the composition of all Household Phalanxes in case of need.
8) Each House will have a base of operations and become self-sufficient in order to aid the Ascendancy.
Article IV) Defence (CEDF)
1) The Chiss Expansionary Defense Force (CEDF) is primarily a defensive force that may only engage in spontaneously when proven aggressive actions have been demonstrated by an opponent.
2) All Citizens of the Ascendancy are considered reservists of the CEDF unless in active service.
3) The CEDF consists of fleets and Colonial Phalanxes assigned to Ascendancy colonies.
4) The CEDF shall be responsible for the apprehension of all criminals and prisoner transport.
5) CEDF training is mandatory for every Citizen prior to progressing into other aspects of the Ascendancy.
6) The CEDF is overseen by a House chosen by the COF, the Aristocra or Syndic of this House is given the rank of Admiral within the CEDF.
Article V) Citizenship
1) Sentients of any race within the Ascendancy are Citizens.
2) Chiss and non-Chiss that have an allegiance, citizenship or membership outside of the Ascendancy to a neutral or friendly individual or organisation, are granted Dual Citizenship.
3) Chiss affiliated with enemy groups are considered Expatriates
4) Exiled citizens have been convicted of violating the laws of the Ascendancy. A breach of exile is grounds for immediate detention
5) Freedom of Religion: All citizens have the right to practice their religion as they see fit as long as it does not undermine the laws of the Ascendancy or infringe on the rights of other citizens
6) Freedom of Speech and Public Assembly: All citizens have the freedom of speech and assembly as long as it does not undermine the authority of the Ascendancy or the rights of other citizens.
7) Freedom of Property: The property of a citizen may not be seized without due process.
8) Right to Fair Trial: All citizens have the right to due process and fair trial under Chiss Law. No citizen can be mistreated or coerced under duress barring the involvement of a military court martial.
9) Right of Petition: All citizens have the right of petition. They are eligible to request material and immaterial aid from their House or the COF itself for Houseless Citizens.