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Government and Politics
Political Bodies, Figures and Departments

Monitored and maintained by the Alteran Council for National Statistics,
Alteran Council of Information and Secretary for the Curia Council, this
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services relating to political bodies, important figures and departments.


"Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes.
Of all the so-called human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost."
- Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
Author and Political Essayist


Organisation

Legislative

Executive

Judicial


Curia
Primary Roles
- Creates and Designs New Laws
Represents
- The Will of the Majority
- The Confederate Bill of Rights


Strategos
Primary Roles
- Signing Bills into Law
- Proposing new laws
Represents
- The Nation
- The Majority


Confederal Court
Primary Roles
- Upholds the Law
- Scrutinizes Legal Decisions
Represents
- The Rule of Law


Assembly of the Commons
Primary Roles
- Scrutinizes and Approves Laws
- Acts as a Safeguard
Represents
- The Will of the Citizens
- The Confederate Bill of Rights


Deputy Strategos
Primary Roles
- Signing Bills into Law
- Proposing new laws
Represents
- The Nation
- The Majority


District Courts
Primary Roles
- Upholds the Law
Represents
- The Rule of Law


Curia Council


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    The Curia Council is, aside from the Strategos, the highest ranking political body in Altera, making the majority of the key decisions relating to laws, defence, the economy and foreign political and trade affairs,

    The Curia is made up of appointed members, known as Consuls and Praetors. A Praetor is usually a civil servant who, haven risen through the ranks of the civil service, leads and represents their particular Council. Consols are appointed by the Straegos and are generally considered the equivalent of a Special Advisor.

    Both Praetors and Consols generally are Technocrats, as they usually have work for the government in some capacity, but some Consols are increasingly selected from the Private Sector in a bid to further appease and represent the power of the corporations.


Strategos
Keith Ryansan (M)

@keithryansan


Deputy Strategos
Jacob Harrison (M)


Praetor for Foreign Affairs
Ginny Yi-Nu (F)

@itsginnyoclock


Praetor for Industry and Infrastructure
Myong Bedrose (F)

@bedrosemyong


Praetor for International Trade and Investment
Alexander Ross (M)


Praetor for Culture and Education
David Smithe (M)

@itsmedave


Praetor for Information
Harold Stonewall (M)


Praetor for Defence
Marcelo Q'Long (M)

@marceloqlong


Praetor for Agriculture and the Environment
Sylvia Covington (F)

@sylviacovington


Praetor for Welfare
Noel Klein (M)

@kleinster


Praetor for Customs and Commerce
Brinley Shaw (M)

@brinleyshaw


Assembly of the Commons


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    The Assembly of the Commons - also known as the Commons Assembly - is the second ranking political body in Altera, second only to the collective powers of the Curia. In its actions, it acts as a de-facto Parliament within the nation, overseeing numerous responsibilities within the running of the nation.

    The Assembly of the Commons has two primary roles in its day-to-day functions. First and foremost, it is the responsibility of the Commons to scrutinize and approves laws which are made by the Curia. Secondly, it is the duty of the Commons to act as a safeguard against unlawful or "unnationalistic" actions of the Curia; to prevent the exploitation of the people it represents; the "Commoners" (i.e. the voters and inhabitants of the Confederation). The Commons Assembly's duty is to continue to represent the "Will of the Citizens" - which is represented by the elected members of the Assembly - as well as the Confederate Bill of Rights.

    The Assembly is made up of elected members, known as Delegates. A Delegate is usually a civil servant who, haven risen through the ranks of the civil service, deems themselves to be responsible and intelligent enough to represent the people. Although technically it does not need to be a civil servant, potential delegates usual come from a professional background, such as doctors, lawyers or academics. Similar to other democracies, Delegates are chosen to represent a local region every five years. During these elections, Delegates can choose to stand as a member of a democratic party, or as an independent. If successfully elected, their sole responsibility is to represent the people of their elected region - usually foregoing their previous employment.

    Only Citizens can vote or stand for election.


Government Departments


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    Nearly every aspect of Government control is monitored and controlled by bureaucratic bodies known as Councils. Many nations consider their "Department for ..." or "Ministry for ..." as their equivalent.

    Some of the most notable Councils include:

  • The Council for Defence
    In charge of bureaucratic matters regarding military equipment, expenditure and costings

  • The Council for Information
    Maintains and controls information produced and published by the government, such as awareness campaigns and minutes of government meetings

  • The Council for National Statistics
    Collects, sorts and maintains a variety of statistics regarding all aspects of domestic, corporate and governmental life

  • The Council for Culture and Educations
    Oversees the implementation of educational policies and programmes to celebrate and boost cultural awareness

  • The Council for Trade and Investment
    Negociates and maintains trade policies, laws and customs for both domestic and international trade

  • The Council for Industry and Infrastructure
    Supports and allocates resources for the sponsoring of important industries and infrastructure projects; including water, communications, power and transportation

  • The Council for Foreign Affairs
    Maintains embassies and consulates across the region and oversees the day-to-day activities of communications with foreign governments

    The most senior person in charge of each department is known as a Praetor. To become a Praetor, you must have served the department for a minimum of ten years, successfully apply and be selected for the role.

    Praetors oversee each department and decides the braod actions, decisions and focuses of their department.


Civilian and Citizenship


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    Since the Meritocracy Act in 1808, many aspects of life in the Alteran Confederacy, particularly in political life, have been based upon an increasing complex system of merit; which, in summary, amounts to any service to the state being rewarded with political status and political rights. In fact, the Confederation often referred to as a limited democracy, with aspects of a full-meritocracy in regard to full citizenship. Anyone born, living and/or working in the Confederation belong to one of two statuses: Civilian or Citizen.

    Right from birth or emigration to the Confederation, one automatically claims the rights of a Civilian. All Civilians are protected by, and subject to, Confederation Law and is protected by these rights both at home and abroad. All Civilians have the right to free speech, to live and work in the Confederation, are subject to taxation and are eligible to claim some suffrage; the Universal Basic Income. In order to be able to contribute to political life (which to most people, means the ability to vote and claim full/wider levels of suffrage), one has to contribute to the state and service to the country. However, Civilians are not permitted to take part in political life, are unable to vote or stand in elections. In recent years, laws have been passed to forbid Civilians from participating in political rallies, demonstrations and petitions to parliament, in a bid to further encourage civilians to seek citizenship. Whilst this has been seem as an unpopular move by political rights activists (mainly from abroad), many independent polls have indicated being seen as fair and just.

    In order to claim further political rights, one would have to gain full citizenship. Claiming full citizenship does not gain further civil rights - as everyone in the Confederation enjoys the same rights of free speech, religious freedoms and rights to assembly. Gaining full citizenship only technically grants access to political aspects of Confederation life. However, right from early childhood in schools, Citizenship is often referred to as the ultimate goal in life - to truly serve and contribute to the growth and prosperity of the nation. For many, gaining full citizenship is a highly sort after aspiration. In order to claim full citizenship, one has to have contributed greatly to the nation. For most, this usually means being employed in certain jobs and careers within the state system - usually in the Civil Service, Foreign Ministry, Military or state-run aspects of the Health and Education sectors. Civilians who pay Ͼ5,000 or more in taxation (which usual means anyone who earns beyond Ͼ75,000 per year) are able to claim Citizenship from 1982. Up until 2007, being a leader or holding a position in a prominent Union or corporation would also grant citizenship - however, this was halted as it was seen as an 'easy-way-in' for some more scrupulous members of society who would effectively be buying their Citizenship without truly contributing to the state.

    Whilst some nations criticise this style of political system, many in Altera are not persuaded by foreign media articles, which often focus on the 'negative' aspects of the system. For many, other forms of democracy are seen as inferior and encourage sloth-like behaviour. Universal Suffrage is deeply unpopular in the Confederation, with both Civilians and Citizens seeing such systems as enemies of motivation and national pride, whilst emboldening the "something-for-nothing" culture. As health insurance and education rates are relatively cheap throughout the nation, thanks to competition and laws preventing exploitation, Universal Suffrage is seen as an unnecessary aspect to Confederation life.

    Enforced since 1973, the 'Pre-Civilian' status was enacted by the Assembly after several petitions by hundreds of thousands of signatories. When one wishes to claim asylum in the Confederation, particularly for those fleeing political persecution or violence, potential civilians have to live and work (albeit whilst strictly and regularly monitored) in the Confederation for a year before being able to claim Civilian status for themselves and their family. During this period, they would only have the rights of refugee status - barring them from many jobs and basic suffrage. Civil rights activists claimed that it was degrading and did not encourage emigration to the country, particularly those who were wealthy and skilled. From 1973, successful refugees were given that new status during their initial 'trial' period in the Confederation, enabling them access to Civilian-status healthcare, education and assistance in finding employment.

    Only applied to exiled citizens/civilians and prisoners, the Civilian/Citizen Void status was introduced in 1891 and has changed little over the past century. This status grants no political rights to its holders and severely restricts civil rights. Holders of this status (commonly known as 'Void Status' or the 'Voids') are still protected and subject to Confederation Law, protecting their rights to a fair trial. However, their freedoms of speech, rights of assembly and similar rights are reduced or cut entirely. The void status has been carefully changed and moulded over the years in order to protect the prisoner's rights to a fair trial in a court of law. Once the prisoner has served their time, or has been issued with a Pardon (either Judicial, Assembly or Strategos Pardon), they are returned to Civilian status. Some terms-of-release usually bar ex-cons from being able to claim citizenship, either indefinitely or for a set period of times.


Merito non pareret. | By merit, not birth.



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