CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
DEPARTMENT OF STATE MISSION STATEMENT
|First and foremost, to negotiate a peace treaty between the Confederate States of America and the United States of America in order to facilitate and end the occupation of the Confederate States and its territories by the United States of America. Confederate diplomacy in the 21st century is based on fundamental beliefs: our Confederate government has never surrendered to the occupational government of the United States. Our freedom and prosperity rely on a peaceful transition of power to restore our sovereignty and independence. Our freedom is best protected by ensuring that our states are guaranteed a republican form of government and that we form no entangling alliances. In this moment in history, the Secretary of State recognizes that the Confederate States have an immense responsibility to use its power constructively to defend its security and culture at home and to advance free and fair trade between ourselves and other nations.
Globalization is endangering our sovereignty, our laws, our work force, our security, our culture, our monetary system, and our rights as freemen. In the coming years, the principal aims of the Department of State are clear. These aims are anchored in three underlying and interdependent components – diplomacy, development, and defense.
First, the Secretary of State shall strive to build and maintain strong relations with our neighbors and other nations of good will in pursuit of our mission. Our foreign policy suggests that we will increase our chances of success abroad by exerting principled leadership while seeking to work with others to achieve our goals. The Secretary of State will receive instructions and authorizations from the President*and will keep the President* informed about Confederate States foreign policy actions and relations with other countries.
Second, the Secretary of State will promote freedom of speech, conscience, religion, and the rule of law according to the Constitution of the Confederate States of America and the laws of Congress. The Secretary of State will assist and provide support for international activities of other Confederate States agencies, official visits overseas and at home, and other diplomatic efforts.
Third, the Secretary of State must work to protect our Confederacy against enemies, both domestic and foreign. The Secretary of State will work to protect and assist Confederate States citizens living and traveling abroad. The Secretary of State shall function in these duties under the direction of the President*
The Executive Branch and the Confederate States Congress have constitutional responsibilities for Confederate States foreign policy. Within the Executive Branch, the Department of State is the lead Confederate States foreign affairs agency, and its head, the Secretary of State, is the President’s* principal foreign policy advisor, though other officials or individuals may have influence on his foreign policy decisions. The Department of State shall attempt to advance Confederate States objectives and interests in the world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President’s* foreign policy.
*The Chairman of the representative body shall serve as the chief executive (President) in the interim until a President Pro Tempore of the Senate has been elected.
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No. 24.] AN ACT - To organize the Department of State
SECTION 1. The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That there shall be an Executive Department to be denominated the Department of State; and there shall be a principal officer therein to be called the Secretary of State, who shall perform and execute such duties as shall, from time to time, be enjoined on or entrusted to him by the President* of the Confederate States, agreeably to the Constitution, relative to correspondences, commissions or instructions to or with public ministers or consuls from the Confederate States, or to negotiations with public ministers from Foreign States, or princes, or to memorials or other applications from foreign public ministers, and other foreigners, or to such other matters respecting foreign affairs as the President* of the Confederate States shall assign to the said department; and furthermore the said principal officer shall conduct the business of the said department in such manner as the President* of the Confederate States shall from time to time order or instruct. Said Secretary shall be appointed by the President*, by and with the advice and consent of the Congress, and shall receive a compensation to be ascertained and regulated by law.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to keep and preserve all bills and resolutions of the Congress having been approved or signed by the President* or otherwise become laws, and he shall carefully preserve the originals, and shall, as soon as conveniently may be after he shall receive the same, cause every such law, order and resolution to be published in at least three public newspapers, published within the Confederate States, and shall also cause two printed copies, duly authenticated, to be sent to the executive authority of each State. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the great seal of the Confederate States, and to make out and record and affix said seal to all civil commissions to officers of the Confederate States, to be appointed by the President* , by and with the advice of the Congress, or by the President* alone: Provided, That said seal shall not be affixed to any commission before it is signed by the President*, nor to any other instrument or act without the special warrant of the President*, therefore. The said Secretary shall also cause a seal of office to be made for said department, of such device as the President* shall approve, and all copies of records and papers in said office, authenticated under the said seal, shall be evidence equally as the original record or paper.
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That there shall be in the said department a chief clerk to be appointed by the Secretary, and such other clerks as from time to time may be found necessary, and authorized by the Congress, who shall receive a compensation for their services to be fixed by law; and the Secretary of State and every other person to be appointed or employed in said department shall, before he enters on the execution of his office or employment, take an oath or affirmation well and faithfully to execute the trust committed to him.
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, There shall be paid to the Secretary, for the use of the Confederate States, the following fees of office by the persons requiring the services to be performed, except when they are performed for any officer of the Confederate States in a matter relating to the duties of his office, to wit: for making out and authenticating copies of records, ten cents for each hundred words; for authenticating a copy of a record or paper, under the seal of office, one dollar.
SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, This act shall be in force and take effect from and after its passage. – APPROVED February 21, 1861.
* The chairman of the representative body shall serve as the chief executive (President) in the interim until a President Pro Tempore of the Senate has been elected.
Oath of Office
I do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will, while serving in the office of The Secretary of State for the Confederate States of America, without respect or regard to any and all persons, governmental agencies or departments, guard and protect the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, as is or as amended, from all enemies domestic or foreign, and shall impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, so help me God. I recognize that the Confederated Republican Government of the Confederate States of America has never surrendered. I also recognize that the Confederated Republican Government of the Confederate States of America can never be surrendered.
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