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Monday, April 14th 2014, 1:38am

Notes and Documents

A general list of general notes and documents for general use - occasionally by the generals.


Monday, April 14th 2014, 1:40am

Tourane Convention

Option 1: Indochina shall achieve full independence as a self-governing nation state (working name: Republic of Indochina).
Option 2: Indochina shall gain status as a self-governing Special Overseas Collectivity within the French Union.

Option 1: Independence
Largely self-explanatory. Indochina would assume full independence effective January 1st 1946, operating as a republican-styled system based on that of the French government. Some military facilities (naval, air, and land) will be retained by France until a time no earlier than January 1951, at which time individual agreements shall be negotiated.

Option 2: Special Overseas Collectivity
As a Special Overseas Collectivity, Indochina would receive self-rule within the aegis of a French Union. Under this arrangement, the 50-seat Indochina Governing Council would reform into the two-chamber Indochina Parliament. The Governor-General of Indochina would be replaced as the Prime Minister of Indochina. The French government will be represented by a High Commissioner appointed by the French president and confirmed by the French and Indochinese parliaments.

The Prime Minister of Indochina shall:
- Exercise authority as the head of government of Indochina.
- Form a government through the nomination of ministers and advisors at the invitation of the High Commissioner.
- Nominate senior judiciary for confirmation by Parliament.
- Serve as commander-in-chief of the Indochina Defense Forces.
- Veto legislation of the Indochina Parliament (exception: vote of no confidence).
- Advise the French President and Parliament regarding matters relating to Indochina.
- Accept or reject the credentials of the High Commissioner.

The Indochinese Parliament shall:
- Be elected by the Indochinese people.
- Establish and enforce laws regarding taxation, labour, health, and foreign trade.
- Exercise civilian control over the Indochina Defense Forces.
- Elect special representatives to the French Parliament.
- Set elections.
- Confirm or reject the Prime Minister's nominations for senior judiciary.
- Confirm treaties of import to Indochina.
- Dismiss the President of Indochina by a vote of no confidence.

The French President shall:
- Appoint a High Commissioner for Indochina for the approval of the French and Indochina parliaments
- Serve as head of state
- Establish broad policy after consultation with the Indochinese government bodies
- Exercise emergency powers within the scope of the constitution.

The High Commissioner shall:
- Serve at the pleasure of the French President.
- Be confirmed upon nomination by the French and Indochinese parliaments.
- Acquaint the Indochinese governing bodies with the general policy of the French Union.
- Instruct a party leader of the Indochinese Parliament to form a government to ensure continual responsible government. (Note: usually goes to the largest party elected in Parliament, but coalitions may form.)
- Inform the French President and Parliament of matters relating to Indochina.
- Introduce a resolution of no-confidence against the Prime Minister to the Parliament of Indochina upon the request of the President of France.

Method of Voting:
The Indochinese territory shall vote in five regions, receiving a specific number of electoral votes based on the percentage of their population. These electoral votes shall be divided according to the voting percentages.

- Tonkin (population 8,059,426, 32 votes)
- Cochinchina (population 7,877,415, 32 votes)
- Annam (population 4,219,406, 16 votes)
- Cambodia (population 3,431,120, 14 votes)
- Laos (population 1,491,526, 6 votes)

Special Circumstances:
- If Tonkin, Cochinchina and Annam cast forty-one votes between them for independence, then the Republic of Indochina is formed. If Laos and Cambodia cast eleven votes for independence, then they join the Republic of Indochina. However, if Laos and Cambodia cast eleven votes for inclusion in the French Union while Tonkin, Cochinchina and Annam vote for independence, then sixty votes are needed between Tonkin, Cochinchina, and Annam in order to form the Republic of Indochina with Laos and Cambodia as members.
- If Laos and Cambodia cast eleven votes for inclusion in the French Union, but Tonkin, Cochinchina and Annam do not achieve sixty votes for independence, then the three coastal regions form the Republic of Vietnam, while Laos and Cambodia remain as part of the French Union.
- Conversely, if the three coastal regions cast forty-one votes for participation in the French Union, then the Special Overseas Collectivity of Indochina is formed within the French Union; if Cambodia or Laos vote for independence, they may become independent as the State of Cambodia / State of Laos. If they vote for inclusion in the French Union, then they join the Indochinese Collectivity.

Note: This means that the three states which make up Vietnam will stay together, but Cambodia and Laos may or may not achieve independence under different circumstances.