Foreign Services Corps Establishment and Certification Bill 2021
[Passed 9-0, Royal Assent December 24, 2021] A BILL to regulate the selection, training, and appointment of individuals as Ambassadors and Viceroys of Scone. BE IT ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords and Burgesses in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: 1. SHORT TITLE This bill may be cited for all purposes as “Foreign Services Corps” Bill 2. ESTABLISHMENT A. The Kingdom of Scone has, over the past several Governments, declared its intent to engage more fully with the micronational world community; B. To facilitate this engagement, it will be necessary to appoint, and maintain a corps of Ambassadors and Viceroys to represent Scone and its interests abroad and in its stated colonies; C. By this Bill, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign, Colonial, and Developmental Affairs (hereafter “the Foreign Secretary”) shall be empowered to establish and maintain such diplomatic corps to ensure quality and continuity of representation; D. The Foreign Secretary shall be further empowered to communicate with [his] colleagues to determine best practices in selecting and certifying the aforementioned Ambassadors and Viceroys, reporting such to the Ninth Parliament prior to the end of its first term, so that the codified practices may be approved in the second term of the same. 3. SELECTION CRITERIA, TRAINING, AND CERTIFICATION A. To be selected as an Ambassador, the candidate must be a fully-affirmed citizen of the Kingdom of Scone, and be nominated by the Foreign Secretary in Cabinet. Such candidates may be either Burgesses or Lords at the time of nomination. The Foreign Secretary shall not nominate a Ward in Chancery, even if said Ward was under the sponsorship of the Sovereign; B. Only fully-invested Lords with Letters Patent may be appointed by the Sovereign and hold the title and honorific of “Viceroy” in Court and in the Colony of Appointment. The Foreign Secretary shall present Viceregal nominations to the Lord High Steward, who shall then present such nominations to the Sovereign for appointment; C. Training and certification protocols, being necessary for the maintenance of a well-functioning Diplomatic Corps, shall be at the discretion of His Majesty's Government. D. Those wishing to gain final approval into the Diplomatic Corps will have to agree to a Code of Conduct. Said Code of Conduct will be developed by the Foreign Office in Consultation with the Prime Minister and the Sovereign. 4. COMMENCEMENT This legislation and all the provisions therein shall come into force upon receiving the Royal Assent.