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Government Structure of Overthinkers
As laid out by its founding document, the Aurum Charter, the government of Overthinkers follows the structure of a democratic republic. Decisions are made by representatives of the people, elected by popular vote. The head of government is similarly elected.
Three branches, one government
The government of Overthinkers is divided into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
Overthinkers' most unique trait is its legislature. The bicameral system consists of the Congress, 99 representatives elected every three years by individual population-based districts, and the Council, an upper house chosen every six by proportional representation. The vast majority of legislation originates in Congress. Once it passes Congress it goes to the Council, and from there to the President. The Council can also propose legislation, which goes through Congress and the President, but it has more oversight duties and tends to focus more on those.
See also: List of legislators
The President is the face of Overthinkers and is the chief executive, elected by instant runoff every six years. Their Cabinet is composed of appointed Ministers, which must be confirmed by the legislature, and which can be recalled by the Council (with 2/3 Congressional approval). They may issue executive orders, but these orders can only affect the operations of the executive branch. The current President is Dr. George Auguste, PhD.
See also: List of Cabinet members
The High Court is composed of seven justices, appointed by the Council with Congressional confirmation. When petitioned they review the legality of any actions by lower courts or by other government branches.
See also: List of High Court justices
Parties of Overthinkers
Since the founding of Overthinkers, policymakers with similar priorities have come together to form parties. Congress and Presidential elections are non-partisan—candidacy is not party-based, though candidates will have their party affiliation listed next to their name on a typical ballot. In Council elections, each party puts forward a list of Council candidates, and are awarded seats proportional to the number of votes their lists receive.
Below is a table of notable parties in Overthinkers.
New Liberal Party (NLP)
Angela Dyer (Cangham)
More or less the establishment party, but losing ground. Has a fair amount of faith in government for social issues and welfare but is very free-market.
Alexander Wesson (Aurum)
A somewhat established but still young party that has recently seized majority control with RDP. Seeking more government control of industry.
One Direction Party (ODP)
Bryan Callahan (Cargill)
A recent movement that is outspokenly against democracy, gaining popularity in rural areas in particular.
Radical Equality Party (REP)
Chelsea Quinn (Brunnes)
Nicknamed “Brunettes” because of their headquarters in Brunnes and brown branding, the RDP is only relevant because of their coalition with the POP. Their explicit goal is to gain control, establish a communist economy, and then abolish government.
The current majority in the legislature is an informal coalition of the POP and REP. However, for most of the last 50 years the NLP has held a comfortable majority. President Auguste is a member of the NLP, but has a history of working well with the POP.
Categories: Overviews, Government, Parties, Politics.
Last updated 17.04.1420 at 21:19.