TRADE FEDERATION PROTECTORATE ACT
The Government of the Trade Federation was founded on the principles of honor, integrity and profit.
In accordance with all of these principles, the following act defines the default terms under which an independent faction, government or other entity may submit to Trade Federation Protectorate Status.
This Act may be complemented by other laws and regulations enacted by the Trade Federation, and is subject to amendment according to Trade Federation procedures.
- Protectorate Defined
A protectorate is defined as, and protectorate status is extended to, a political entity that formally agrees by treaty to enter into a relationship the Trade Federation, called the protector, which engages to protect the protectorate diplomatically or, if needed, militarily against third parties, in exchange for which the protectorate accepts specified obligations, as set forth within said treaty.
- Authority to Enter into Treaty
Only the Trade Federation Viceroy may enter into a protectorate treaty, and no protectorate treaty is binding upon the Federation unless executed by the Viceroy. Protectorate treaties shall be binding upon Trade Federation successor administrations, unless and until such time as the Federation formally terminates said treaty. The Trade Federation shall be empowered to rely upon the apparent authority of the individual executing the treaty on behalf of the protected entity. The requirements of this paragraph may not be altered by terms of a protectorate treaty.
- Protectorate Treaty
Every protectorate agreement shall be governed by the terms of a protectorate treaty setting forth the obligations of both the protected entity and the protector. Said treaty may modify the terms of this Act as set forth herein. Where the treaty does not address the subject matter governed by the Default Terms set forth herein, the Default Terms shall be deemed to be implied by and therefore part of the protectorate treaty.
- Default Terms
- The protected entity shall grant the Trade Federation full access to the protected entity’s geographical territory. The protected entity shall not, merely by nature of the protectorate treaty, have access to Trade Federation or Confederate territory.
- The protected entity shall allow the Trade Federation to place a base upon every planet controlled by the protected entity, at the discretion of the Trade Federation. That discretion shall include the choice of where, when and in what form to install such base(s), and whether to make such installation.
- The protected entity shall not interfere with nor impede the members of the Trade Federation and/or its Confederates in the performance of their duties within the protectorate territory or elsewhere.
- The protected entity shall retain control over its territory, the governance thereof, and the governance and operation of its day-to-day functioning, with the exception of foreign relations, which shall be ceded to the control of the Trade Federation.
- The protected entity shall remain responsible for its own financial wherewithal and meeting its financial and organizational responsibilities.
- “Foreign relations” are deemed to include all interaction with foreign entities at an entity-to-entity level, including but not limited to trade agreements, non-aggression pacts, military engagements, and technology/intelligence partnerships.
- Members of the protected entity shall retain their identity as members thereof, and shall not be deemed to be members of the Trade Federation nor its Confederates. Neither shall Trade Federation nor Confederate members be deemed to be members of the protected entity. The privileges of membership shall not be extended from either entity to the members of the other entity merely by nature of the protectorate treaty.
In the name of the Federation,