The Constitution of the Jeffersonian Republic:
Article III - Executive

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SECTION 1. The executive power shall be vested in a Pentamvirate of the Jeffersonian Republic. The Pentamvirate shall consist of five Councilors, elected by popular vote. Each member shall hold his office during the term of five years, and be elected as follows.

The Congress may determine the day on which elections shall be held; which day shall be the same throughout the Jeffersonian Republic.

No Person except a Full Citizen of the Jeffersonian Republic shall be eligible to the office of Councilor; neither shall any Person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained the age of fifty Monticellan years, and been forty Monticellan years a resident within the Jeffersonian Republic, and been thirty years a Full Citizen of the Jeffersonian Republic.

Five Councilors for the Pentamvirate pro-tempore having been chosen before the Declaration of Independence for the Jeffersonian Republic, upon that Declaration each shall begin a term, one each of one, two, three, four and five Monticellan years, as determined by the Board of Directors of the Long View Foundation. As each term expires an election will be held to choose a replacement Councilor, so that no Councilor shall serve more than five years without re-election, and at least one Councilor shall face election each year. No Councilor shall serve for more than three terms, only two of which may be consecutive.

Each Councilor shall be responsible for certain Departments of the government of the Jeffersonian Republic. If new Departments are created, Congress shall determine which of the five Councilors shall be responsible for each new Department. Upon the Declaration of Independence, one Councilor shall be responsible for the Department of the Treasury; one for the Department of Citizenship; one for the Department of Defense; one for the Department of State; and one Councilor shall have no such responsibility. No further Department, Bureau, Agency, or similar organization or subdivision of Government with regulatory or enforcement powers shall be created except by Amendment to this Constitution.

In case of the removal of the Councilor from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the Congress may by Law provide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, declaring what officer shall then act as Councilor pro- tempore, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a Councilor shall be elected.

Each Councilor of the Pentamvirate shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the Jeffersonian Republic. Furthermore, this compensation, in whatever forms, shall not in total exceed twice the average income of all Jeffersonian Citizens at the time of the Councilor's election.

Before he enter on the execution of his office, each Councilor shall take the following oath or affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of Councilor of the Jeffersonian Republic, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Jeffersonian Republic. I understand that violation of this oath (or affirmation) shall be considered an act of Treason which may be punishable by death."

Within one hundred hours of his election, each Councillor shall publicly read aloud, for national transmission, the entire text of this Constitution. Failure to do so shall render the Councillor ineligible for office and he shall be replaced by the candidate with the next-highest number of votes.

SECTION 2. The Councilor for Defense, Councilor for State and Councilor for Citizenship shall be the Triumvirate of the Militia, when called into the actual service of the Jeffersonian Republic; they may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and they shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the Jeffersonian Republic, except in cases of impeachment.

The Pentamvirate shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and they shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the Jeffersonian Republic, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law. But the Congress may by Law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the courts of Law, or in the Councilors of Departments.

The Pentamvirate shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.

SECTION 3. The Pentamvirate shall at least once each year give to the Congress information of the State of the Republic, and recommend to their consideration such measures as they shall judge necessary and expedient; they may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, they may adjourn them to such time as they shall think proper; they shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; they shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the Jeffersonian Republic.

SECTION 4. Any Councilor of the Pentamvirate, and any civil officer of the Jeffersonian Republic, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

SECTION 5. The Pentamvirate, or any Councilor, shall have no further power, except as specified by Amendment to this Constitution.

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