A BROAD POLITICAL SUMMARY
Law & Order
Succession occurs when the incumbent Emperor dies, with the successor, termed the Ascendant, either being designated beforehand, or selected immediately after the Emperor's death - this occurs if the Emperor dies without a currently selected Ascendant, or if said Emperor, and by extension their chosen Ascendant, is considered disgraced and invalid. Abdication is not counted as a separate cause from death, as Emperors who leave their position are offered as blood sacrifices to the Elder Titans. The Ascendant is elected by the Supreme Council, composed of the highest leaders of both geographic regions and state organisations, along with the Emperor and his cabinet of Ministers. The latter two form the Inner Circle, while the rest is termed the Outer Circle, and both have equal collective voting power. Each member of the Supreme Council is additionally advised by a hand-picked aide staff, though they do not take part in the Ascendant election.
The rest of the government is selected through a mixture of top-down appointment and election from below in a wide and intricate hierarchical system; elections are very compartmentalised, only being held by members of a certain level of a specific branch of the state apparatus, over matters pertaining to their field. Election results may be overridden by higher-level decisions, but only rarely from outside of their respective field - to do so requires special authorisation from higher positions as well as from the Ministry of Order's Department of Loyalty, which additionally serves to carry out punishment for acting without authorisation. Each "voting group" is referred to as a Council, is made up of workers and officials of a certain rank within a given field, and has administrative power over lower-level Councils and non-political workers in its field. Citizens are categorised into two broad classes, with class-P being the political class and class-M being the non-political class; as of 2327, 76% of the citizenry is class-M. Class assignment is mutable over the course of a citizen's life, based on "Rank Credits" or ZK, accumulated and stored under the Akhelos network.
The legality of public protests depends largely on what exactly is being protested. Complaints over living conditions and infrastructure development are mostly legal, though this rarely happens as regional overseers who don't keep their jurisdiction's infrastructure up to date are punished, with neglect towards one's duties being seen as a mark of disloyalty. Ideological dissent, on the other hand, is only permitted within the upper echelons of the government, as they are considered to have earned the privilege of substantial political influence - even then, the degree of deviation allowed is rather limited by most standards. Protesting for illegal reasons can be charged with subversion and public disruption, resulting in forced labour and reeducation. This is not often enforced, however, as Khoronzonites tend to focus on fulfilling their own duties to the nation rather than concerning themselves with decisions beyond their level. Some call this the result of oppressive brainwashing, to which the government's typical response is that as long as the masses are adequately provided for, there is nothing wrong with planting patriotism and obedience in them - indeed, it is the right thing to do, and they are happier for it.
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