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League of Sovereign States

The League of Sovereign States, abbreviated as LSS, is an intergovernmental organization which includes 101 of the 105 recognized independent countries of the world.1 Created by multilateral treaty in the aftermath of the Toulais Peace Conference, its primary purpose is to maintain world peace and security through the promotion of international cooperation and the development of friendly relationships among the nations of the world. It is the largest, most influential and arguably the most successful intergovernmental organization of its kind in history.

We, the Nations of the World in peaceful assembly convened, do hereby commit ourselves and our peoples to protect succeeding generations from the scourge of war, to defend fundamental human rights for all, to reaffirm the dignity, worth and equality of all human persons, and of nations large and small, and to promote greater freedom, social progress and higher standards of living throughout the world.
Preamble - League of Sovereign States Charter

The LSS was established at the conclusion of the Great Intercontinental War pursuant to the provisions of Article III of the Treaty of Toulais. On 3 Seachmonat 1915, representatives of thirty-one governments met at a summit conference in Ballmargath to draft a charter for the proposed international peace organization. After nearly eighteen months of negotiations, the League of Sovereign States Charter was signed at Sheenmaloe Castle south of Landara on 17 Elfmonat 1916 and took effect on 1 Erzmonat 1917 when the LSS formally commenced operations.

The official mission of the LSS , as set forth in its Charter, is as follows:

  • To promote and preserve international peace and security;
  • To protect the human rights of all people;
  • To improve global public health;
  • To marshal and deliver humanitarian aid where needed;
  • To encourage and assist sustainable development; and
  • To uphold international law.

The original temporary headquarters of the LSS was at Palais Schonbleu in Eichebourg, a location chosen because of Vorgia's longstanding tradition of international neutrality. In 1925, pursuant to a compromise agreement contained in Article VII of the Charter, permanent LSS operations were established in three separate locations. The World Security Council, Assembly of Nations and Permanent Secretariat remained in Eichebourg, moving to spacious new facilities in the historic Rues Basses District on the shores of Lake Chêneblanc. The Economic and Social Council moved into new offices in Chök’Yi, and the International Court of Justice moved its headquarters to the Weltjustizpalast in central Waldestadt.

Structure


The LSS is comprised of five constitutional organs: The Assembly of Nations, The World Security Council, the Permanent Secretariat, the Economic and Social Council and the International Court of Justice. In addition, the LSS Organization also includes numerous "LSS Specialized Directorates" such as the World Financial Development Agency, the World Health Agency, the World Nutrition Agency and the World Agency for the Promotion of Science and Education (WAPSE). The LSS also works closely with a multitude of non-governmental organizations throughout the world.

The Assembly of Nations consists of Ambassador-level representatives from each of the member countries. Each member country gets one vote on matters that come before the Assembly for deliberation. Most issues are decided by majority vote, although matters involving the deployment of armed peacekeeping forces require a two-thirds vote of the total membership.

The World Security Council currently consists of nine members - five Permanent Members and four Regular Members. The Permanent Members are the Agnomain, Érevon, Velandriault and either Bréifne or Hy Mainey, who alternate every five years, and Nemed or Noam, who likewise alternate five year terms. Currently Bréifne and Noam occupy the alternating seats. Current Regular Members of the Security Council are Cuil Marta, Egenauer, Leuphesi and Zorovia.

The Permanent Secretariat, headed by the Secretary-General with the assistance of the Deputy Secretary-General, consists of a worldwide staff of career diplomats who administer the daily operations of the LSS, providing research, information and facilities, and carrying out a variety of other tasks and functions as required by the LSS and its various constituent bodies. Defined in the LSS Charter as the "chief administrative officer" of the entire organization, the Secretary-General is nominated by the World Security Council and elected by the Assembly of Nations.

With broad powers to set the agenda of the World Security Council, the Secretary-General of the LSS enjoys a wide ranging portfolio for action on the world stage. The current Secretary-General of the League of Sovereign States is Klara Skjeggestad, a Geulian economist, politician and diplomat currently serving in her first term, which began on 1 Erzmonat 1983. Elected unanimously by the Assembly of Nations on 29 Elfmonat 1982, she is the seventh Secretary-General and the first woman to hold the position.

The Economic and Social Council (ESC), based in Chök’Yi, works with the Assembly of Nations to promote economic and social cooperation and development. It consists of twenty-five members who are elected by the Assembly of Nations. Its primary functions include oversight of its numerous constituent directorates, international economic, health and social research, and providing recommendations and assistance to member nations.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) sits in Waldestadt and consists of twenty-one judges who are appointed for staggered nine-year terms by the Assembly of Nations. Each appointed judge must be from a different member country. Its primary purpose is to adjudicate disputes between member states and to provide advisory opinions on International Law to other organs of the LSS.

History


BACKGROUND

The concept of a peaceful fraternity of nations has been explored by political philosophers almost from the time the first nation states emerged. In his 1789 treatise On Achieving and Maintaining International Peace, Salizean philosopher Rupert Jundt envisioned a "federation of nations" (Völkerbund) to mediate conflict and foster international peace.

The experience of the nineteenth century Wars of Unification led to several international conferences to address ways to reduce the suffering caused by "modern" warfare. The result was a series of multilateral treaties known collectively as the Eichebourg Conventions of 1873, which established the first "International Law" regarding the humanitarian treatment of combatants, prisoners and civilians during wartime. These were followed by the Roosenveen Conventions of 1888 and 1896, which established the "Rules of War" and a framework for the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

FORMATION

At the conclusion of the Great Intercontinental War, the Treaty of Toulais included within the provisions of Article III a commitment to the formation of a permanent forum for intergovernmental cooperation and the mediation of international disputes. The first meeting of the World Conference on International Organization was convened in Ballmargath on 3 Seachmonat 1915 and after five separate negotiating sessions over the next sixteen months the League of Sovereign States Charter was signed by the original thirty-nine2 member states.

The original World Security Council consisted of the five principal nations of the Heremonian Alliance, each of which would become a "permanent" member:


PEACEKEEPING

Since its formation, the League of Sovereign States has authorized the use of force as part of six peace-keeping missions, beginning in 1942 with the Diethic Civil War, followed by the 1953 Geulia Crisis, the 1956 Fomorian Interdiction and subsequently in Rionnagan (1958 – 59), Faughnan (1963) and Swanlinbar (1977-1980).

See also:

1 Estonagua, Fomor, the Neander Lands and Sancta Sedes are the only independent countries which are not currently members of the LSS. Sancta Sedes has traditionally declined to seek membership, on the grounds that the Archcoarb should not involve himself in matters of international politics. The Neander Lands have likewise never sought membership, preferring to maintain their traditional isolationist policy. Fomor, although admitted as a member in 1923, was expelled for ongoing civil rights violations in 1956. Estonagua resigned the same year under duress from the Fomorian government.

2 During the course of the negotiations, eight additional countries joined the World Conference on International Organization and were included among the original members of the League.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION


USN Flag.jpg

Official Flag of the LSS

Motto:
Dignity, Equality, Peace

Headquarters:
Eichebourg, Vorgia
(Security Council, Assembly of Nations, Permanent Secretariat)

Chök’Yi, Capacyront
(Economic and Social Council)

Waldestadt, Agnomain
(International Court of Justice)

Membership:

Leadership:
Secretary-General
Klara Skjeggestad

Deputy Secretary-General

Paul van Aarle

Security Council President
Jean-Christophe Beaufort

Assembly of Nations President
Udo Mwenye

Economic and Social Council President
Mongkut Somboon

International Court of Justice President
Barnaby Stainthorpe

Establishment:
Declaration of United Purpose
7 Naoimonat 1908

Treaty of Toulais
5 Siamonat 1915

Conference on International Organization
3 Seachmonat 1915

League of Sovereign States Charter
17 Elfmonat 1916

Commencement of Activities
1 Erzmonat 1917


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    Naoimonat

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