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PACT Agreement

Powers Against Common Threats (PACT) Initiative Agreement
Terra - 01.01.2943

The Parties to this Treaty affirm their faith in cordial relations over reactionary conflict, and the principles enshrined in UEE conflict law declarations relating to identification of peaceful or hostile intent among space-faring organizations.

They are committed to safeguarding the interests of their organizations through declarations of intentions and respect of assets, as well as affirming their desires to coordinate their actions in a mutually beneficial manner.

They resolve to work in unity to maintain the peaceful relations between their organizations for the preservation of stability, relations, and coordination of actions against mutual threats, whether they are stellar or terrestrial.

They further resolve to, whenever feasible and desirable, come to the aid of the other in pursuit of defensive or offensive aims, with the understanding that inaction on the part of the other is not detrimental to the relationship between them. They therefore agree to this Powers Against Common Threats Initiative Agreement:

Article I - Renunciation of Threat or Use of Force

The Signatories to this treaty hereby renounce the threat or use of force in dealing with all relations with one another including, but not limited to: space-borne interactions, terrestrial interactions, trade or transit related actions, or any other related combat, and commit to settle all disputes through peaceful and diplomatic means.

Article II - Notification of Members

The Signatories will foster peaceful coexistence by informing all members within their organizations of the status of the others, and instruct their members to modify their habits and practices accordingly.

Article III - Signatory Membership Requirements and Obligations

Organizations wishing to become PACT Signatories are required to comply, or make changes to their existing practices and structures in order to comply, with the following prerequisites:

  1. Signatories must employ a policy of exclusive membership. "Exclusive membership" can be defined by each organization; however Signatories must inform the PACT Council of said definition or changes in the definition of "exclusive membership" in order to determine if such definition is acceptable to the Council.

  2. Each Signatory shall be accorded a single vote that can be cast by the Council Representative or their Deputy.

  3. Signatories are forbidden to allow, permit, engage in, employ, or support piracy of any kind as described in Appendix I.

  4. Signatories must prove they have the capability and desire to contribute to the overall function of PACT and PACT missions. PACT Signatories must also adhere to attendance requirements, which stand as minimum attendance at one meeting every three months.

  5. Prospective Signatories must achieve a positive vote of 75% or higher of votes cast in order to be accepted as a Signatory.

  6. All PACT Signatories will observe information security and use proper discretion when relaying shared information to the leadership of their organizations, and all organizations shall observe confidential information practices as defined in Appendix I when using this information.

  7. Any statements, protocols, procedures, or documentation passed to the Administrator shall be considered as freely given and for use by the PACT Initiative and its Signatories.

Article IV - Structure and Procedures

The PACT Initiative will create and maintain the following structure and protocols for the effective running of PACT:

  1. The PACT Council will be the only decision-making body for the PACT Initiative.

  2. The PACT Council shall endeavor to meet on a monthly basis, with the understanding that additional sessions may be necessary in order to handle specific threats.

  3. Signatories must appoint a single member to be their Council Representative and a single member to be their Deputy Representative, to act in the stead of the Council Representative in the event of the Representative's absence. The Representative and Deputy Representative may be changed at any time by a Signatory, after informing the PACT Council of such changes.

  4. A PACT Administrator will be selected from among the Representatives to the PACT Council.
    1. The Administrator must be nominated by a Representative from an organization other than that of the nominee, and will be confirmed by a 75% tally of Council Members' cast votes after a period of one month has passed.
    2. The Administrator is encouraged, but not required, to appoint their deputy as the Representative for their organization.
    3. The Administrator is free to resign and nominate a replacement, may be removed by a vote of no-confidence by the Summit Council that meets a 51% or greater number, or may be replaced by a competing Representative following a vote of the Summit Council to replace a sitting Administrator.
    4. The Administrator will serve as the caretaker of records and communications, serve as the Chair of the Council, organize and add to meeting agendas, and serve as the primary point of contact for prospective Signatory organizations and for community relations. Any questions regarding PACT structure, processes or procedures should be addressed to the Administrator for clarification.
    5. The Administrator is barred from entering into any agreements, unilaterally modifying or interpreting the PACT Agreement, and must bring forward any proposed changes or agreements to a vote of the Council.
    6. At the end of tenure of an Administrator, they are required to pass all documents, records, and privileges to their successor.
  5. In the event that the PACT Initiative Agreement is required to be amended, changes and amendments must pass a 75% vote threshold of cast votes tallied by both voice and written forms.

  6. In the event that aspects of the PACT Initiative other than the treaty are in need of modification, a vote of a simple majority of 51% is required.

  7. In the event of disputes between Signatory organizations that are unable to be rectified in a private fashion, the following protocols shall apply:
    1. The Administrator or a Mediation Group of up to four Council Representatives agreed upon by the disputing organizations will act as a mediating body to work toward dispute resolution.
    2. If the Mediator(s) are unable to reach an amicable resolution between disputing parties, the matter will be brought before the full Council for input and dispute resolution.
    3. If the full Council are unable to reach an amicable resolution, all disputing parties will be brought forward for a vote of expulsion or retention. If a disputing party receives 51% or more of a vote for expulsion, that organization shall be expelled from the PACT Initiative, and all privileges granted shall be nullified.
    4. In the event that all parties to a dispute are able to receive retention votes, all parties to the dispute shall be expelled with the understanding that they may attempt to re-apply to PACT once the dispute has been resolved.
  8. In the event that a Signatory does not meet the minimum attendance at one meeting in a three-month period, then the Signatory will be contacted by the PACT Administrator and placed on-notice for non-attendance.
    1. If the Signatory does not attend the PACT Council Summit following being placed on-notice, then they will be moved into an inactive pool, removed from the Signatory list, and have access to the PACT Forum suspended for their Representatives until such time they are able to reestablish meeting attendance.
    2. If a Signatory hasn't responded within three months after having been placed on inactive status, then the PACT Administrator shall inform the Council and Representatives can put forward any objections to removal. If there is no objection, then there will be removal. If there are objections, then resolution will move to a vote for expulsion per Section 9.
  9. In the event that a Signatory is unable to fulfill its obligations under Article III, or is found to be in violation of Article I, or Section 3 of the present Article, the Administrator or a Council Member may call for a vote of expulsion and, if seconded, shall adhere to the following procedures:
    1. The called vote must have a minimum of 75% of votes in favor of expulsion.
    2. The expelled Signatory must be notified by all best possible means by the Administrator, with a second appointed Representative acting as a verifying source.
    3. If the expelled Signatory believes their actions have been improperly represented, or wishes to contest the expulsion, they are able to request a specific Session with which to plead their case and present information relevant to the situation. Reinstatement can occur if a 75% approval vote is cast.
  10. A Signatory may terminate their membership in PACT by providing notification to the PACT Administrator, which will lead to the immediate termination of that Signatory’s membership status.

  11. In the event that a Signatory terminates their membership, but wishes to reapply to PACT, they must follow the same procedures and provide additional answers to questions in order to prove their intentions are to remain in PACT.

  12. In the event of multiple terminations and reapplications by the same organization, a vote shall be held in relation to permanent expulsion from PACT. The vote will require a 75% majority of cast votes in order to pass a permanent expulsion.

  13. At no time shall the PACT Council or Administrator dictate internal policy to Signatory organizations.

Article V - Joint Operations and Intelligence Collaboration Protocols

Joint Operations may be engaged in by the Signatories of the PACT Initiative. These operations can be aimed at hostile organizations, pirate groups, hostile races, and any further targets that PACT Signatories wish to propose a Joint Operation against and will follow the protocols outlined:

  1. In the event that a Signatory wishes to propose a Joint Operation, the proposal must put forward for consideration and seconded by a Representative other than the Administrator.

  2. Joint Operation proposals that are seconded shall be bound by the following protocols.
    1. A vote of at least 51% of the Representatives is required to approve a Joint Operation.
    2. Joint Operations are not required to be engaged in by dissenting Signatories, but they are of the understanding that their association with PACT may lead to actions against their organization by targets of Joint Operations.
    3. Approving Signatories are required to provide manpower and materiel toward the Joint Operation.
    4. A command structure for the Joint Operation shall be agreed upon by the Approving Signatories.
    5. Once a Joint Operational command structure has been approved, the Signatories involved may be afforded proportional votes in relation to specific Primary and Secondary goals of the Joint Operation, as well as the cessation of the operation. These proportional votes shall be tallied based off of the relative contribution of the organization.
  3. In the event that Intelligence information is gathered that is relevant to Joint Operations or the safety of Signatories to PACT, Intelligence groups within the Signatory organizations agree to communicate this information if they can do so without compromising themselves or their assets.

Article VI - Protocols Involving Interactions Outside of PACT Operations

It is expected that PACT Signatories will have interactions outside of the realm of the PACT Council. The following guidelines shall govern interactions between Signatories, and shall provide suggestions on practices to be followed in specific cases:

  1. Article I must be followed at all times.

  2. Members of PACT Signatories are bound to provide relief to fellow PACT Signatory members in distress or grave danger when encountered as such, if able to do so without subjecting themselves to serious injury. Should this requirement be abused, or PACT members in distress later found to have acted consistently in the wrong, sanctions may be brought against the respective PACT Signatory.

  3. In the event of actions in which PACT Signatories find themselves aligned with organizations on opposite sides of a conflict, the affected Signatories shall follow the protocols in Article IV (7) in its entirety.

  4. In the event that an organization takes a contract out on a known ally or partner of a PACT Signatory, the contract-bound Signatory is required to inform the affected Signatory and attempt to come to an agreement regarding said situation. In the event that an amicable understanding cannot be reached, Article IV (7) shall be invoked.

  5. In order to minimize the number of possible incidents related to sections 3 and 4 of the current Article, PACT Signatories are encouraged to keep a comprehensive list of agreements that can be made accessible by other PACT Signatories. The method of presentation of this information shall be individually decided by the Signatories.

  6. It shall be accepted that all Signatories may choose to send aid to the others, and should follow the following protocols:
    1. Aid can take the form of economic or military aid, but organizations are not permitted to attempt to influence the internal or external politics of Singatories through the use of political aid.
    2. Unless otherwise specified in agreements between Singatories, it is understood that aid is to be considered given freely, with no expectations of later compensation.
  7. In the event of interactions where Signatories may find themselves involved in non-Joint Operation actions against the same target, or in competition for specific resources, they are encouraged to deal with such situations cordially. The expectation of following of "my target", "my kill", or "my site" claims is not required under the PACT Initiative and any disputes of this nature shall fall under Article IV (7).

Appendix I - Definitions of Terms

  1. PACT has determined and will recognize the definition of piracy as referring to a person, persons, group, or organization that meet one or more of the following criteria unless otherwise accounted for:
    1. Committing an unsolicited act of force, intimidation, theft, coercion, or extortion toward individuals, property, and other assets without relevant legitimate cause.
    2. Actively declaring themselves to be an organization or individual in support of piracy, that engages in piracy, or engages in activities that are exclusively piratical in nature.
    3. Actively declared by the UEE Advocacy or other governmental law enforcement agency to be guilty of engaging in piracy.
    4. Engaging in actions, contracted or otherwise, against PACT Signatories or members without notification and provision of relevant legitimate documentation.
  2. Signatories are organizations which have signed the PACT Initiative Agreement and are in good standing, abiding by the rules and protocols of the agreement.

  3. The PACT Administrator is a Council Representative that has been elected to hold the position of Chairman of the Council.

  4. Council Representatives are the appointed representative of each Signatory Member.

  5. Council Representative Deputies are the appointed seconds to their organization's Council Representative, and may cast votes on behalf of their organization if their Council Representative is not present.

  6. Joint Operations are combined actions of a generally military nature that will involve two or more Signatories working together under a PACT-approved mission.

  7. Command Structure is a leadership body created for the purposes of coordinating and running PACT Joint Operations.

  8. Aid is assistance given or requested from one organization to another, and generally takes the form of monetary or material assistance.

  9. Confidential Information Practices are practices of securing information and ensuring that it is not disseminated to organizations or individuals who are not given a level of clearance. This includes passing along confidential information related to: selection proceedings, internal debates on topics for discussion, information regarding operations or movements of fleets, multimedia recordings of PACT communications, or any other information that would not be placed on a public forum.

Appendix II - List of Signatories Past and Present

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