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Overview of the Fluvannian Government

The Principality of Fluvannia (sometimes abbreviated PF) is a confederation of semi-sovereign nations ruled in union by the Crown Prince, currently His Princely Highness Michael. It should be noted when discussing the Fluvannian union that even within the Principality itself it is a matter of no small debate whether PF is a real union of three essentially-sovereign monarchies who cooperate on defense, foreign relations, and some basic law, or if PF is a full-fledged political union, a single state whose federated subdivisions enjoy a large degree of autonomy.

In any event, at this time the Principality is composed of the Duchy of Rivanna (with capital at Charlottesville), the Duchy of Winnebago (with capital at Oshkosh), and the County of Monroe (with capital at Rochester). Oshkosh serves as the seat of the Principality government.

As previously noted, the Crown Prince rules the Principality itself, as well as each of its three constituent entities. Officially, he holds the following titles:

- Crown Prince of Fluvannia
- Duke of Rivanna
- Duke of Winnebago
- Count of Fluvanna (within D. Rivanna)
- Count of Albemarle (D. Rivanna)
- Count of Monroe
- Count of Winnebago (D. Winnebago)
- Lord of Lake Monticello (C. Fluvanna)
- Lord of Palmyra (C. Fluvanna)
- Baron of Charlottesville (C. Albemarle)
- Baron of Rochester (C. Monroe)
- Baron of Oshkosh (C. Winnebago)

Most of these positions have duties and powers delegated to appointed governors, supervisors, and lord mayors, who act with the Prince’s authority on all matters except those that affect their own office and the office they act in stead of.

The Fluvannian government is fairly small, and while somewhat centralized in terms of power, is limited in that power. The Prince serves as the executive, and approves legislative proposals. He also serves as the commander in chief of the Fluvannian military. The High Council and House of Delegates are the upper and lower houses of the legislature, respectively. The House of Delegates is composed of 500 members, directly elected by voters of each district. Districts are apportioned between the confederal entities proportionately to population, with each entity guaranteed at least one delegate (with only three entities to divide 500 delegates between, this is a non-issue). Each delegate is elected using the approval voting method, with a runoff election between the top two candidates should none receive a majority, and the top four candidates should none receive 25% of the vote. Write-in votes are allowed during the initial election. Delegates serve two-year terms, and are limited to five of these. The House is the origin for all spending bills. The High Council is composed of representatives elected by the legislatures of the respective confederal entities. Duchies are entitled to three Councilors, and counties two. (As per the Fluvannian Constitution, otherwise independent cities and towns are entitled to one Councilor, though none currently exist.) Councilors are elected to staggered terms, with one-fourth of Councilors up for election every two years. They serve no more than two terms of eight years each. Some Princely appointments are subject to Council approval. The Curia forms the judicial branch of the Fluvannian government. Seven Curiates are appointed by the Prince, with Council approval, to fourteen-year terms — one every two years, offset from Council/Delegate election years. Curiates serve no more than two terms, though given that this would lead to a nearly thirty-year career (excluding prior experience sufficient to merit an appointment) it is not unusual for Curiates to retire or pass away prior to the completion of their second term.