Organisation for Interstellar Peace

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Organization for Interstellar Peace

General Information

Also known as the Organisation of Interstellar Peace or O.I.P. depending on which species you talk to, the Organisation for Interstellar Peace was a project launched by the Architects in their attempt to secure peace for the entire galaxy.

The ambitious Architects were able, thanks to their reputation as a peaceful, fair, and logical species, to invite and reach an agreement with the major powers of the Milky Way Galaxy to take on the O.I.P. Project.

Impact of the Second Terran-Gohorn War

The Great Experiment for Peace, as some people called it, lasted from the early 2400s until the General Peace was finally broken in 2501 when the Terrans and the Gohorns entered a state of war against one another.

Despite war having been declared by the two nations, the Organisation of Interstellar Peace is still an active organisation, it controls several neutral star ports and star bases and has several peacekeeping missions still afloat.

The war between the Terrans and the Gohorns, and the recent entrance of the Rosebourg into the war, however, has rendered the O.I.P. largely impotent in the face of its major mission statement to maintain the peace in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Structure of the OIP

The Organisation for Interstellar Peace is structured much like the old Earth United Nations. Overarching the entire structure is the O.I.P. Grand Assembly, but as part of this structure are committees, both permanent, special and temporary which is where the resolutions originate from.

Introduction

The Organisation for Interstellar Peace is structured much like the old Earth United Nations. Overarching the entire structure is the O.I.P. Grand Assembly, but as part of this structure are committees, both permanent, special and temporary which is where the resolutions originate from.

The Grand Assembly

The Grand Assembly is where all mandates and resolutions will end up for final Assembly approval of rejection. It is in this forum that the four major interstellar powers can use their veto rights depending on the type of resolution. It is in the Grand Assembly that all nations get to weigh in their thoughts on a resolution, because committees (especially those which are temporary or special) do not have representation from all of the intergalactic powers. The Grand Assembly is in constant session, debating resolutions as they come up from the committee level, and so it is the Grand Assembly which gets all of the publicity. Many resolutions which come up with unanimous votes in committee often fail in the Assembly because of nature of the committee structure.

The Committees
  • Permanent
    Permanent Committees are those which were established in the original Charter, and are an integrated part of the O.I.P. structure. These committees have full representation from all of the member races, and so the resolutions which pass here often go on, without a major power veto, to be passed. Sub-Committees ensure that more than one issue can be dealt with at the same time.

  • Temporary
    Temporary Committees are those whose work is limited to debating certain things, and so they are normally only set up with a limited life-span and a much more specific mandate. Enough time is allotted to debate the issue and possibly come to a conclusion before the committee is dissolved. Their focus tends to be more specific than the permanent committees, and they normally take the form of new sub-committees, unless there is a wholly new issue to be debated. Temporary committees sometimes have full representations, but most of the time they normally a third/half of the Grand Assembly number.

  • Special
    Special Committees are smaller groups established to look at a single, specific issue. They are tasked with producing a resolution or mandate about the issue in question for the Grand Assembly to debate. The resolutions that come from Special Committees are most likely to fail, as Special Committees are often established for the purpose of investigating a single issue within a member state or in regards to relations between member states. Special Committees can be established either within the Permanent Committee framework or independent of it. Special Committees normally comprise 30 representatives.

List of the Permanent Committees

  • The Committee on Intergalactic Peace and Security
    • Sub-Committee on Good Governance
    • Sub-Committee on Countering the Threat of Piracy
    • Sub-Committee on the Second Terran/Gohorn War (Special)
  • The Committee on the Rights of Sentient Life
    • Sub-Committee on the Rights of Humanoid Sentient Life
    • Sub-Committee on the Rights of Non-Humanoid Sentient Life
  • The Committee on the Environment
    • Sub-Committee on Protecting the Environment of Mining Planets
    • The Sub-Committee on Reducing Pollution in all its Forms
  • The PeaceForce Governing Council and Appropriations Committee
  • The Committee on the Fight Against Poverty
  • The Committee on Disease Control
  • The Committee on Sustainable Development

The Legal Tools of the OIP: Mandates

General Mandates are binding documents passed through committees but able to be overturned by the OIP Grand Assembly. With numbers 0000.000, General Mandates can only be issued by the so-called permanent committees of the Organisation for Interstellar Peace. The Permanent committees by the dawn of the 26th Century were the Committees on the Rights of Sentient Life, the Environment, the PeaceForce Governing Council, the Committee on the fight against Poverty, the Committee on Disease Control, and the Committee on Sustainable Development.

Special Mandates are different entities. These are produced by specially established committees (Known as Special Committees) of inquiry that look in to a certain issue. The veto power can be exercised, however overwhelming majority decision can see that the veto is overturned. The last example of an OIP Mandate was Mandate 4169, passed by a committee set up to investigate the Terran colonisation program, "Project: Atlas." Mandates are different from resolutions in that the committee they come from is smaller than the Grand Assembly, only the four major powers and 15 smaller states can sit on this committee. These mandates do not require approval by the Grand Assembly. Abstentions are not entertained in the special committees.


Previous OIP Mandates

  • OIPSC14-9/501/TDR/4169
    Organisation for Interstellar Special Committee 14-9 2501 Terran Democratic Republic-Related Mandate 4169 - This mandate was the one that sparked off the Second Terran/Gohorn War. Passed through a Special Committee, 18 votes in favour, one against (the TDR, whose veto was overturned) the mandate called for an immediate halt to "Project: Atlas" pending a full inquiry to be carried out by the O.I.P Judicial department.

  • OIPPC-E/484/OIP/1777.111
    Permanent Organisation for Interstellar Peace Committee on the Environment. This mandate was passed in order to extend greatly the list of OIP protected species. The protection of the Delibian Moth was particularly documented as a result of this mandate.

  • OIPPC-RSL/484/OIP/2734.323
    Permanent Organisation for Interstellar Peace Committee on the Rights of Sentient Life. This mandate authorised the deployment of PeaceForce forces on Jul II as part of a peacekeeping mission to calm differences between the Dividian majority and the Rosebourg-Terran minority present on the planet. The General Assembly ended the mandate when it was clear that the peacekeeping mission wasn't helping to alleviate the situation.

The Champion of Interstellar Social Progress

Although charged primarily with the maintenance of peace amongst the major powers, the Organisation for Interstellar Peace also occupied itself with other projects, such as major intra-species research and development projects (The Cure for Advanced Interspecies Cancer, vortex-capable sensors), standardization protects (The Hover-Highway Markings Initiative), refugee camps, the fight against poverty, the galaxy economic fund, and more.

The Organisation for Interstellar Peace viewed its role as not being only the champion of peace, but also the champion of social progress. Many of the O.I.P's projects were highly successful including its creation of several neutral star ports whose task were to provide marketplaces for civilians: the biggest of which Starport Nuribis.

For a time, the Organisation even benefited from an independent peacekeeping force, though it was never strong enough to compete with any of the major powers' armed forces and was dependent on these major powers to contribute the necessary funds to keep the force afloat. Since the beginning of the war, these funds have disappeared and the peacekeeping force has been dismantled.

The Legal Tools of the OIP: Resolutions

O.I.P. Resolutions are similar to the ones produced by the United Nations in the 20th century. There are two types of O.I.P. resolution: binding resolutions (over which a veto power can be exercised by the four veto-holding powers), and non-binding mandates (over which vetoes can be overturned if the majority of the Grand Assembly feel that it is an unjust veto) that affect member nations to the extent authorized by the Treaty on Interstellar Peace that formed the O.I.P.

Binding resolutions must be implemented by all member states and/or the member state it specifically addresses, while non-binding mandates can be implemented optionally by member states. Most resolutions tend to be non-binding due to the many political views that exist within the O.I.P. Resolutions are passed either by committees (such as the Committee on Intergalactic Peace and Security, the Committee on the Rights of Sentient Life) or by the O.I.P Grand Assembly.

Resolutions can be proposed by any member state of the O.I.P. Depending on the type of issue, the specificity of the issue, and the parties affected by the issue, the resolution will be tagged onto the discussion schedule of either a committee or the Grand Assembly.

Resolutions with numbers 0000 are passed by the O.I.P Grand Assembly and resolutions with numbers 000.000 are passed by the Committees.


Previous OIP Mandates

  • OIPC/132/414/234.234
    Organisation for Interstellar Peace Committee 132 (Committee to Discuss Rights of Power in the OIP Assembly by Way of Population/Economic Strength/Military Size) 2414 Resolution 234.234 - A committee produced resolution, later adopted in the O.I.P Grand Assembly (unbeknownst to the smaller systems of the consequences) which weakened the voting powers of many star systems, whilst promoting those of a select few organisations. Any attempts to change back have been vetoed by the major powers.

  • OIPC/132/414/234.234A
    Organisation for Interstellar Peace Committee 132 (Committee to Discuss Rights of Power in the OIP Assembly by Way of Population/Economic Strength/Military Size) 2414 Resolution 234.234 (Amendments) - The original resolution was expanded to include more issues, further enraging the smaller systems as this time they had very little means of stopping the major powers from getting away with it.

  • OIPA/430/IM/4999
    Organisation for Interstellar Peace Assembly 2430 Individual Member-Related Resolution 4999 - Called for the Dividian Nation to grant self-determination to the outpost of Gor III. This outpost elected to join the Rosebourg Monarchy.
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