Citizenship Act

Citizenship Act

An act to establish procedures for managing citizenship eligibility

1. Citizenship Committee

(1) The Citizenship Committee is responsible for granting and revoking the citizenship of members.

(2) The Citizenship Committee is comprised of up to four citizens, each appointed by the Prime Minister and approved by the Assembly via a simple majority vote.

(3) A member of the Citizenship Committee is removed from the committee if the member:

  1. resigns,
  2. loses citizenship, or
  3. is recalled by the Assembly through regular order.

(4) If no member of the Citizenship Committee is available due to vacancy or leave, and there are outstanding duties to be performed, the Prime Minister may appoint an emergency member to handle any urgent matters of the committee. The Council on Regional Security may, on security grounds only, rescind the Prime Minister’s appointment. The emergency member’s tenure will last until the Prime Minister rescinds the appointment or until one week after a regular committee member is available, whichever happens sooner.

(5) The Citizenship Committee may conduct additional security checks on citizens at the request of other government officials.

2. Citizenship Requirements

(1) Members of the Coalition are eligible to become citizens if:

  1. the Citizenship Committee does not opine that they are seeking citizenship in bad faith;
  2. they are not attempting to join with multiple nations or identities; and
  3. they are not considered by the Council on Regional Security to be a significant risk to regional security.

(2) To retain citizenship status once granted, citizens of the Coalition must:

  1. remain members of the Coalition; and
  2. cast a ballot in all elections in which they are eligible to vote and are not on a leave of absence, provided that such review must take place no later than seven days after the end of said election, and for that purpose, the election commissioner must provide a list of voters who cast votes.

3. Citizenship Registrations

(1) Members of the Coalition may register for citizenship through an application with the Citizenship Committee, including at least the following:

  1. the members’s current nation in the South Pacific;
  2. a list of any colloquial aliases of the member in use within the last year or in prominent use longer than year ago;
  3. a list of regions with which the member has been affiliated within the last year or in which the member has ever held an elected or appointed governmental position;
  4. the current World Assembly nation of the individual, should one exist. In case of a floating World Assembly membership, the applicant may list multiple nations such that World Assembly membership can be traced throughout the application process; and
  5. a pledge to uphold the laws of the Coalition of the South Pacific.

(2) The Citizenship Committee will strive to confirm the reception of each application and then will determine the eligibility of the applicant in consultation with any other institutions of the Coalition as needed and accept or deny each applicant based on that determination.

(3) The Citizenship Committee may request additional information as needed from applicants.

(4) Upon acceptance or denial of an application, the Citizenship Committee shall post the result (including a sufficient reason in case of denial) both in response to the application as well as per telegram to the applicant nation, if possible.

4. Citizenship Checks

(1) Citizens retain their citizenship until resignation or removal by the appropriate authority, the latter upon the determination that the citizen:

  1. No longer meets the requirements prescribed in Article 2, Section 2, provided that no unlawful expulsion from the region may be used to support a conclusion of failure to meet the qualifications; or
  2. Has been proscribed in accordance with the Proscription Act.

(2) Citizens may request a leave of absence for a non-indefinite period, specifying the end date of such leave, which will be subject to discretionary approval from the Citizenship Committee before the voting period for each election. Citizens shall not have their status removed if they fail to cast a ballot in an election for which the majority of the voting period is contained within their leave of absence.

  1. An otherwise active citizen can be granted leniency for failing to vote during an election at the discretion of the Citizenship Committee.

(3) At least monthly, the Citizenship Committee will revoke the citizenship of all citizens who are no longer eligible.

5. Constitutional Law

(1) The Citizenship Act is a constitutional law, and further amendments to it must meet constitutional amendment requirements.

A2309.01 | Amended Voter Registration Bill Passed

The Amended Voter Registration Bill included the Citizenship Act as a law to establish and maintain a Citizenship Committee, which governs citizenship of its members and maintaining certain provisions with regards to citizenship registration, checks and requirements.

(Debate topic | Voting topic)

A2310.01 | Amendment to the Citizenship Act Passed

This bill proposed the following amendment to the Citizenship Act, to clarify the handling of citizenship applications which lack valid contact information. It was passed and adopted by the Assembly on 3rd November 2023.

(Debate thread | Voting thread)