posted on May, 14 2009 @ 03:53 PM
To be fair…I will start…
No larger than, say, the average European nation. I think that when you have a larger nation in regards to physical size and population,
subsequently, a larger government and more bureaucracy has the tendency to follow, and rightly so, because the complexities of modern society demand
it to maintain justice and order.
Electoral System: Proportionally Representative
Legislature: The Lawgivers
ELECTION: Once every 2 years, replacing 1/3 of the legislative body.
1.) Elections should be based on proportional voting of the nation as a whole, as this nation is going to be kept at a small to moderate size, though
I don’t see the problem with this on a larger scale. Additionally, elections should not be based on candidates, but rather parties and their
2.) When a party wins a percent of the electoral vote, they should be granted that percent of the seats available in the legislative body of the
nation. Who exactly fills that seat should be, I believe, determined by the party, and only the party. So, for instance, “Party A” wins 5% of
the electorate, they get to choose, from within their party, which of their best and brightest will fill that 5 % of the legislative body.
3.a) Additionally, parties should be allowed to, formally, form coalitions with one another in order to create a majority/plurality coalition.
3.b) If a majority holding coalition formally disbands their coalition, then the newly arrived at majority or, if a majority is not met, plurality
party reforms the Executive Branch of the Government
TERM LIMITS: After each term, an individual must be reselected by their party to remain in office. After two terms, the individual must wait two
years before being selected again for placement in the legislature.
DUTIES: Responsible for the passing of legislation. Also responsible for protecting the publics interest. Can call for a “No Contest Vote” which
calls for a public vote on the removal of the Prime Minister/President from office before the end of his term
Executive: The Chief
ELECTION: The party, or coalition, that gains the majority/plurality of seats in the legislature then has the responsibility to select a Prime
Minister/President who then selects their cabinet. The Opposition party/parties have the responsibility to, if they should choose, form a Shadow
Cabinet to counter the majority’s cabinet and put forward their agenda/platform.
TERM LIMITS: 4 year term, 2 term limit in succession, one term “out of circulation”…(Cannot be elected to Legislature or Judicial) …unless
the party/coalition loses majority/plurality, or calls for a “No Contest” Vote..
DUTIES: Acts as political figurehead of the nation. Is intricately involved in, personally and through his cabinet, the national and international
policymaking decisions. Has the sole authority to establish and abolish treaties with foreign nations. Holds the authority, with ratification of the
Legislature, to declare war.
Judicial: The Law
ELECTION: Chosen by the acting Prime Minister/President, as necessary.
TERM LIMIT: 10 year term, 5 years off…then allowed to serve again.
DUTIES: Judges make sure that the law is applied justly, equally, and fairly. Their role is both to interpret and maintain the law, in reference to
the cases that are brought before them….They cannot act in a pro-active manner, in the sense of re-interpreting new legislation and laws, only that
which is brought before their counsel.
The Counsel: Watchmen
ELECTION: 25 Individuals selected, randomly, from a pool of candidates, 1/3 of which are replaced every 2 years. Individuals added to this pool of
candidates are deemed qualified by meeting certain criteria; individuals must be professionals and academics from both the social and hard science
realms, as well as business and industry. Individuals in the pool must possess at least a Master’s level, or equivalent, education, or combination
of education and experience. Individuals chosen for this position may, at any time, decline or retire from the position.
TERM LIMIT: 6 Year term, two year gap between terms. Maximum of 3 terms per person.
DUTIES: Charged with analyzing whether the other branches of the government are properly doing their jobs…IE, if is a discrepancy between the
Legislative and Executive branch, it is up to the Counsel to decide if there is sufficient enough cause to launch an investigation into possible
wrongdoing, or overreaching of authority, or in extreme cases, the Counsel can prompt a case to go to the Judiciary. BUT they do not have authority
to enact legislation, remove leaders, etc…
OVERVIEW: What is not explicitly stated in the brief descriptions of each branch is that obviously, many of the details would be arranged to minimize
overlapping duties, but this is just a general idea…The ability of the Majority/Coalition of the Legislature to choose the Executive, as in a
Parlimentary system, was decided upon because I find it to be a much more politically expedient process…I think that a lot of time and money is
wasted when we have a president of one party and a congress of another, or two houses of congress with differing majorities for that matter, who spend
more time bickering amongst one another, filibustering, vetoing, etc. than they do actually creating and enacting useful legislation and policy…the
threat of holding a “No Contest” vote seems to work well enough in England to get things back in line….in essence…My thought on that is that
the public at large should have the ability to “unelect” officials if they are not doing a good job...lets say for instance, you have an elected
official in the “Executive branch” who’s administration’s approval rating is in the high-teens to low-twenties…they can be removed because
obviously they are not satisfying their constituents, IE their public…also, if an Administration signs off on an action that is simply unfathomable
by the public…lets say, they OK torture or pass a multi-trillion dollar bail-out, that the public is really upset about…they can possibly be
removed from office…
The Fourth Branch, “The Counsel” as I deem it…is more like a Judicial Branch 2.0…or maybe 1.5...they are essentially a think-tank designed to
make sure that people in government are doing what they are supposed to be doing…
[edit on 14/5/09 by madhatr137]