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Government and Political Parties <UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK>

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL PARTIES

Since Chancellor Woods's re-assembly of the nation's government, Skartok has unified under a single banner and instead of the former union of confederate states, it has opted for a single nation, indivisible and inseparable to the extent that the republican faction (that would later morph into the Republican Party) at the National Convention would allow.

Obviously working on this. Will update soon. Hopefully.

THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED PROVINCES

Atticus Greenway, narrowly winning over Thornton Maynard Hale, surged into the Office of the President with a crisis on his plate. After finding out that his predecessor's presidential manor, Stoddard House, lacked kitchen facilities, the Greenway Administration had to scramble to fulfill the appetite of the incoming staff. At the same time, there was also an issue as to where the official presidential palace should be located. Pickett's Crossing was an obvious choice, being the most centrally-located major city, but many northerners and southerners felt that placing the palace in the city would further consolidate the "monopoly" that citizens of Pickett's Crossing had on politics. To appease the fringes of the nation, Greenway supported the proposal of a bill to create a presidential compound about sixteen miles to the north of Pickett's Crossing, but outside of city limits. Upon hearing that the presidential palace would be in North Karimek, and not in Pickett's Crossing, and also not considering that Pickett's Crossing was located in North Karimek, the people rejoiced and Greenway's approval rating skyrocketed.

The President of the United Provinces is the de facto head of the Foreign Office, acting as chief diplomat in all of Skartokian foreign affairs, having the power to appoint ambassadors and minor diplomats, as well as propose and negotiate treaties, which then must be ratified by standard procedure in Parliament. Domestically, the President is directs the national bureaucracy and, in doing so, maintains a cabinet of advisers and determines how to implement the legislation passed by the Premier and Parliament. The President also has the power to grant pardons, national honors, and serves as commander-in-chief of the Skartokian military.

THE VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED PROVINCES

The United Provinces has two Vice Presidents: one elected popularly, as the runner-up in the presidential election, and the other appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The popular Vice President and the President manage the nation's foreign affairs, while the appointed Vice President serves as the President of the Senate.

Thornton Maynard Hale, 2016's presidential runner-up, served as the appointed Vice President under President Lloyd. Hale's own bid for the presidency, characterized by fiscal responsibility, opposition to the Independence Treaty, and support for strengthening relations with Shemiki, shared many of the virtues that he carried into the vice presidential office. Hailing from Halstonia, Hale helped bridge the divide between the northern provinces and the southern provinces after the Wallayan Rebellion, incorporating many former Wallayan officials into federal bureaucracy. Unlike many of those in his party (and perhaps, not surprisingly), Hale feels that the secessionist provinces need to be assimilated into the United Provinces, not penalized.

The popular Vice President acts as a foil to the President, often providing a contrary opinion to his viewpoints. Officially, the popular Vice President can override the President's veto with two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the National Assembly or with the support of the other vice president, the Premier and a simple majority in both houses. The simple majority in both houses can be replaced by at least a two-thirds majority in the Senate, as well. The popular Vice President is the deputy chief of the foreign office and must endorse all treaties in order for the National Assembly and the Senate to pass it.

THE PREMIER OF THE UNITED PROVINCES

Though typically elected from among the National Assembly itself, the first election was different, since there was no National Assembly to speak of. The writers of the constitution deemed it an act of good faith to open the first election to all citizens eligible to vote, with the original plan returning with the every next election. Basil Starrett, elected in a landslide victory over Benedict Quincy, Thomas Drummond, and William Frederick, took up the mantle of the first premier in a fluke. Benedict Quincy, one of the most popular men in the nation, was not particularly invested in his own campaign and seldom partook in election activities at all. Instead, his constituency managed to motivate the support of the people, securing Quincy an almost assured victory in the polls. As the tallies came in on election night, a Quincy victory seemed almost certain. His lead, however, plummeted after an attempted suicide by jumping from his hotel room and his campaign manager was forced to concede the election. Starrett, inaugurated at 72, is the oldest Premier in Skartokian history and has made only one stance clear: he will not allow Parliament to be divided by partisan differences.

The Premier serves as the Chairman of National Assembly, directing all legislative activities and presides over all sessions of the assembly. He has the power to create committees, with support of a simple majority, and the power to appoint assemblymen to those committees, again with the approval of a simple majority. The Premier can propose legislation to the assembly floor and has the power to create the assembly agenda.

THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

The Council of Ministers officially operates independently of both the President and the Premier. However, the President has the power to appoint, with Senate confirmation, cabinet members and cabinet members can be removed by vote in the Senate and approval of the Premier, or by agreement of the President and the Premier.

THE CHIEF OF STAFF AND DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF
Chief of Staff: William Frederick
Deputy Chief of Staff: Fenton Giles

THE MINISTRY OF STATE
Minister of State: Arthur Tobias

THE HOME DEPARTMENT
Director: Clement Trimble

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Director: James Spencer

THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Director: William George

THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE
Director: Clinton Camp

SPECIAL OPERATIONS BUREAU
Director: Frederick Solomon

THE MINISTRY OF ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS
Minister of Administrative Affairs: James Hackett

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Director: Arthur Tobias
Paymaster General: Eustace Lambert

THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE
INSPECTOR GENERAL: Henry Pressman

THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Henry Winfield

THE FOREIGN COMMERCE DEPARTMENT
Director: Erwilian Enfield

THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE
Minister of Defense: Harold Barclay
Senior Paymaster: Arthur Grey

THE WAR DEPARTMENT
Director: Hollis Preston

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Director: Gregory Keith
Ranking Officer: General Horatio Townsend

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
Director: Raphael Causey
Ranking Officer: Admiral Ernest Jefferson

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
Director: William Preston
Ranking Officer: Marshal Grover Darby

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE HOME GUARD
Director: Henry Brigham
Ranking Officer: General Willard Walden

THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE
Minister of Commerce: Francis Fleetwood

THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Director: Gerald Pemberton

THE MINISTRY OF THE PEACE
Minister of the Peace: Stirling Graham

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE CONSTABULARY
Director: Milo Frith
Executive Commissioner: Thomas Hammer

THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
Minister of the Peace: William Glass

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
Attorney General: Willoughby Thornton

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE UNITED PROVINCES

Despite being named "Parliament," the legislature actually operates using a congressional system. Why the Woods's convention chose to name the legislature is beyond me -- I wasn't there; they just hired me to write this outline.

Simple majority in Parliament and a signature of either the President, the Premier, or both Vice Presidents
Simple majority in popular referendum
2/3 majority in Parliament and one Vice President signature
3/4 majority in Parliament

THE SENATE
The Upper House

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY (C)
Current Seats: 20/53
Leader in Senate: Senator William Stacey Padmore
Party Chairman: Humphrey Lloyd

Current sitting members by province:
Carisborough: Theodore Donovan
Chersa: Oliver Rutledge, Alexander Sherman
Croswaria: Jasper Truman, Timothy Sutler
Eastbridge: Anthony Heathfield, Charles Mountbatten, Bernard Samuelson
Granmont: Daniel Dashwood
Halstonia: William Wallay, Alexander Sedgwick, Nicholas Franklin, Darby Claremont
North Karimek: William Stacey Padmore, Eugene Reynolds
Pevensey: Gary Draper, Francis Woodheart
Ravensfield:
Safloria: Ambrose Perry
Shoreditch: Thomas Granby
South Karimek:
Valthamia: George Nicholson
Pickett's Crossing

THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY (PG)
Current Seats: 10/53
Leader in Senate: Senator Jefferson Hepburn
Party Chairman: Senator Jefferson Hepburn

Current sitting members by province:
Carisborough: Abram Mulligan, Edward Somerset
Chersa: Toby Knight
Croswaria: Jonas Russell
Eastbridge:
Granmont: David Fleetwood, Johnson Stafford
Halstonia:
North Karimek:
Pevensey:
Ravensfield:
Safloria: Jefferson Hepburn, Franklin Mycroft, Ernest Elmer
Shoreditch:
South Karimek: Johnson Hubbard
Valthamia:
Pickett's Crossing

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY (RP)
Current Seats: 22/53
Leader in Senate: Senator George Preston
Party Chairman: Vice President Atticus Greenway

The Republican Party currently controls the Skartokian Senate, standing firmly on its platform of "letting the people consent." The slogan itself was derived from a speech delivered by Senator George Preston during the Constitutional Convention, who was criticizing the plans of Humphrey Lloyd's royal-conservative faction to automatically adopt the Constitution of the United Provinces without sending it to the provinces for ratification.

Current sitting members by province:
Carisborough: Lincoln Bloomer
Chersa: Ambrose Ledford
Croswaria: Quinton Crowley
Eastbridge: Alfred Baines
Granmont: Solomon Parish
Halstonia:
North Karimek: Gregory Underhill, George Preston
Pevensey: Chester Fleming, Glenn Garfield
Ravensfield: Richard Livingston, Henry Yates, **
Safloria:
Shoreditch: Laurence Murray, Luther Howe, Israel Grant, *
South Karimek: Henry Chester Harding, Reginald Baskerville, Joseph Florence, Winston Woodward
Valthamia: ***
Pickett's Crossing Charles Meriwether Holt

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
The Lower House
Speaker of the National Assembly: Silas Stapleton (RP)

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY (C)
Current Seats: 132/400
Leader in Assembly: Assemblyman Benjamin Hodge
Party Chairman:

THE NATIONALIST PARTY (N)
Current Seats: 14/400
Leader in Assembly: Assemblyman James Cornell
Party Chairman: Claude Harlech

Progressives? 15/400

THE PURPLE PARROT PARTY (PP)
Current Seats: 8/400
Leader in Assembly: Assemblyman Truman Everett
Party Chairman:

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY (RP)
Current Seats: 229/400
Leader in Assembly: Assemblyman Silas Stapleton
Party Chairman: Assemblyman Silas Stapleton

THE TEMPERANCE UNION (T)
Current Seats: 2/400
Leader in the Assembly: Assemblyman David Catherine Lawrence
Party Chairman: Victoria Glass

THE NATIONAL TRIBUNAL

THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED PROVINCES

Chief Justice Alistair Granville

PROVINCIAL OFFICES

CARISBOROUGH

Governor: So and so

CHERSA

CROSWARIA

EASTBRIDGE

GRANMONT

HALSTONIA

Governor: George Wallay

NORTH KARIMEK

Governor: Lowell Bennett

PEVENSEY

RAVENSFIELD

SAFLORIA

Governor: Victor Fields

SHOREDITCH

SOUTH KARIMEK

VALTHAMIA

BORING CIVICS STUFF

President is popularly elected, appoints cabinet and gives premier candidates "the nod."
Premier is elected from among Parliament
Premier heads cabinet + bureaucracy

TO PASS A BILL

Simple majority in Parliament and a signature of either the President, the Premier, or both Vice Presidents
Simple majority in popular referendum
2/3 majority in Parliament and one Vice President signature
3/4 majority in Parliament

ARCHIVES

PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVE ARCHIVE

2015

Humphrey Lloyd

Elected in late 2014 on account of his record as the "Hero of Pickett's Crossing", although his lead can also be attributed to the electoral divide between Republican favorite Atticus Greenway and Nationalist favorite Bertram Forrest, both parties drawing upon similar demographics, President Humphrey Lloyd asserted in his inaugural address that he plans to revitalize the nation by working from the government outward, starting with reconstruction the northern provinces. Fortunately, unlike other reconstructions in history, Skartok's was more reliant on rebuilding an economy and not rewriting the social norms of the region, although the election of Marcus Wallay's more conservative cousin as Governor of Halstonia certainly eased the process. Elected on the heels of Chancellor Morris's interim term, Lloyd began his term on shaky ground. Building off of Morris's reconstruction plan, he faced the a nation caught between its agrarian past and its industrial future. Lloyd did not inherit one nation from Morris; rather, he inherited two nations that had been stitched together by the needle of war and they were now unified, a vast cycle of economic interdependence arising between northern agriculture and southern manufacturing. Three elements have composed the stance of the Lloyd Administration: laissez-faire economics, preservation of the Grago-Skartokian alliance, and promoting the solidarity of the Skartokian people.

Thornton Maynard Hale

Appointed by President Lloyd during his first week in office, Thornton Maynard Hale was an unlikely choice for the Vice Presidency. Hailing from the epicenter of the Rebellion, Halstonia, critics often attribute Hale's appointment as a political move to overturn concerns about the new government, particularly the concern that it would be dominated by the Loyalist south.

Atticus Greenway

Atticus Greenway, the runner-up in the first national primary, has always been an opponent of Lloyd's conservatism, starting at the National Convention where Greenway led his faction of Republicans to stem the tide of authoritarianism. Although he cannot be declared as a man of the people, his support for the common man has won him a considerable amount of popularity, despite the electoral split with the Nationalist Party's candidate, Bertram Forrest.

2016

Atticus Greenway

PREMIERIAL ARCHIVE

POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

POSITION

OCCUPANT

PARTY (if applicable)

HOME PROVINCE

Patriarch of Skartok

Cyrus Woods

N/A

North Karimek

President of the United Provinces

William Stacey Padmore

Conservative

North Karimek

Vice President of the United Provinces

Henry Preston (elective)
T. Maynard Hale (appointed)

Republican

Conservative

Pevensey

South Karimek

Premier

Basil Starrett

Independent

South Karimek

First Senator

George Preston

Republican

North Karimek

Chairman of the Assembly

Silas Stapleton

Republican

Shoreditch

Senate Minority Leader

Bernard Samuelson

Conservative

Eastbridge

Assembly Minority Leader

Ambrose Quincy

Conservative

Pickett's Crossing

Political Parties

PARTY NAME

CHAIRMAN

ASSEMBLY LEADER

ASSEMBLY SEATS

SENATE LEADER

SENATE SEATS

IDEOLOGY

Republican Party

Atticus Greenway

Silas Stapleton

192/400

George Preston

22/53

Conservative libertarianism

Conservative Party

Humphrey Lloyd

Benjamin Hodge

163/400

Bernard Samuelson

20/53

Modern republicanism

Progressive Party

Jefferson Hepburn

Hugh Wright

28/400

Jefferson Hepburn

10/53

Social liberalism

Nationalist Party

Claude Harlech

James Cornell

9/400

N/A

0/53

Conservative populism

Purple Parrot Party

Ethan Bates

Truman Everett

5/400

N/A

0/53

Polatilian conservatism

Temperance Union

Victoria Glass

Peter Lawrence

1/400

N/A

0/53

Polatilian moralism

Independence Front

Edward Douglas

N/A

0/400

N/A

0/53

Anarchism

Workers' Alliance

Richard Morgan

N/A

0/400

N/A

0/53

Democratic socialism

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