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New Kowloon Bay is a unitary state under a parliamentary democracy. The president is the top brass and controls, with the help of the parliament, all of New Kowloon Bay's technology. NKB has a set of rules, the oldest of which could be found in records dating back to the 9th century. Currently, this set of laws is called the 'Basic Law', and it can be accessed by any citizen online on a government website. The president can change a law in the Basic Law rulebook, but this change, classified as 'constitutional reform', must be approved by at least 65% of the Parliament. Therefore, the Parliament can abolish, set or change written or unwritten rules in the Basic Law, but there are a few rules of Parliamentary Freedom, including that no Parliament can make rules that future Parliaments cannot change, but exceptions include martial law declarations, the monarchy and depositions.
NKB has a monarch, but they do not have any powers other than being able to depose another member of the royal family, being called for speeches, and relieve and withdraw titles and knighthood. The current monarch is Queen Josephine II, and upon the Queen's death or abdication, all titles and monarchial powers will be given to the current Harold, Prince of Kaikoura.
New Kowloon Bay is a parliamentary democracy. The Parliament is sovereign, and made up of two houses: The House of Patricians, and the House of Commoners. All of the business of the Parliament is held in the Kowloon Parliament House, located in Kolon.
The House of Patricians is the higher council of the Parliament. New Kowloon Bay is made out of 800 constituencies, each of which send one representative to be represented on the Council. Members of the Parliament are elected or reelected every 5 years, with representatives being able to be re-elected a maximum of three times. Currently, the Union Democratic Coalition and the Workers and Labourers Party are the largest, and the most rivalled parties in the House of Patricians. On the other hand, the House of Commoners is made up of 500 esteemed men, many from diverse areas, like medical representatives, book publishing representatives, and school board representatives. The House of Commoners can veto laws trying to be passed by the House of Patricians as long as it has 65% of both House of Commoners and House of Lords votes, and the House of Patricians can also veto like the rules stated above.
The President is the head of government. Typically, the President is a politician that has been elected by the populace in a general election. They are usually the leader of the political party with the largest representation in the House of Patricians, and are custom to be great inspirers and orators. The president is elected every 5 years, with a maximum of two terms for every reelection.
Departments are the official names NKB gives to a group of constituencies located in the same place, and there are currently 10 departments, listed below.
OOC Note: This part of the wiki is very FT. I mean very. In MT and PMT, we also own Australia.
Department of Canton
Department of Tonkin
Department of North Island
Department of South Island
Capital: New Christchurch
Department of the Pacific Islands
Capital: New Honolulu
Department of the Space Territories
Under Article 15 of the Basic Law, New Kowloon Bay has a national judiciary system, which is split into several up-to-down courts. The highest and most important branch is the Court Summum, NKB's idea of the Supreme Court, and it is usually reserved for high-profile cases like terrorist organization leaders, high treason, and dictatorship. The highest court of appeal is the Tribunal Appellationis, with these rulings changing the way a case goes. The next courts are all self-appealing and self-judging, with it going like so: House of the Senior Court, then the Consituency High Court and for smaller places, the City Court or Town Court. Each case has three possible verdicts: 'Guilty', 'Not Guilty', and 'Case Unproven'.
The diplomatic foreign relations with New Kowloon Bay are controlled by the Department of Foreign Relations, which also handles inbound immigrations, and is led by the Head Ambassador of Foreign Relations. Other departments like the Ministry of Immigration and the Parliament help with setting policies, but it is uncommon for a Prime Minister to be their own Head Ambassador.
NKB is one of the world's largest powers. During the 20th and 21st centuries, it interacted with many countries, both positively and negatively, and was, and still is one of the greatest powers on Earth, with it once being called 'toro mai i te moana ki te rangi' by the Maoris, which meant the Greater Kowloonese Empire, which once stretched throughout the Indian, Pacific Oceans, with colonies in multiple areas. While it has let go of most of these posessions, its sizeable space territories still make it a terrifying superpower to some, and has permanent membership, or helped create significant international organizations, like the Rising Sun Pact, the Indian Ocean Organization, the World United Organization, the World Medical and Food Bank, the Pacific Ocean Treaty Organization, Pan-Asian Cooperation Sphere, and the OPNC.
NKB has different relations to different countries, with the most amicable relations being Neu-Japan, Australia, and other nations which were once under the control of NKB. To Western Powers like the Union of Canada and America, the Third Aztec Republic and the Republic of England, it still mantains a friendly relation, neutral facets to most African nations like the Pan-Sahel Confederation, and with semi-hostile relations with the Confederation of Central Asia.
Currently, only registered party names can be used on ballot papers by those wishing to fight elections. Candidates who do not belong to a registered party are classified as 'independents'. As of [REDACTED], the current number of political parties registered is 1250, but only less than 15% of them have representation in Parliament.
Nowadays, there are mainly three rivalling parties, the Democratic Union Coalition, the Greater Workers' Party, and the National Centrist Organization, with them wresting power from each other continually since the 2050's. Even then, middle-sized parties are still represented, and they are still quite important, because they could potentially change a ruling. Other major parties will be listed below.
In the Basic Law Amendment: Political Representation 15, proportional representation was brought in for the change of the political system. Unfortunately, membership of political parties have dropped slightly, from 4.5% of the electorate to 4.1%.
House of Patricians Seats
Democratic Union Coalition
Center to Center-Left
Greater Worker's Party
National Centrist Organization
Center to Center-Right
New Conservative Party
Social Communist Pact
Coalist Branch of NKB
The Federal Green Party
Center-right to Center-left