Republic of Providence

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Republic of Providence

Post by AllenMares » Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:55 pm

Hey. I used an old Government template I had on hand for the sections.

Kingdom name: The Republic of Providence

Territories: France, some of eastern spain, northern Italy (Or a significant chunk of Central Eyrop, however you want to call it)

Government:

Type: Strong presidential republic. The Republic of Providence is composed of seven territories, four of which are still politically designated as kingdoms, two of which are functioning republics in and of themselves, while one contains the presidential city, and is under a special political designation. Each of the territories maintains their own military, police, and local executive powers, but a council appointed by the central parliament handles the legislative process in each territory, and the judiciary is handled by the central government as well, appointed by the president’s cabinet, a collection of advisors formally known as Potentates. There are currently three potentates.

Potentate of Justice-Widely recognized as the second most powerful position, (according to some, the most powerful), under the president. Head of the courts and commander in chief of the police forces, it is interesting to note that the police chain of command ends with the Potentate of Justice, not extending to the President. The only position in government to combine both judiciary and executive powers.

Military Potentate-The civilian command of the central government’s military, the military Potentate can, at the declaration of the president during officially declared war, assume ‘Extraordinary Powers’, which includes the ability to bring the local militaries of the territories under central control, the ability to impose martial law and curfew, and the ability to take control of prisoners from the Potentate of Justice, if he deems it necessary. In this case, all prisoners can be considered ‘prisoners of war’, with far fewer rights than normal.

Potentate of Trade- Head of internal market regulations and foreign trade deals, his job is largely to appoint advisors to each of the seven territories to coordinate embargoes and tariffs between them, and to report on economic downturn and request intervention if he deems it necessary.

The President and his Cabinet are sometimes called ‘The Masked’ for their penchant for appearing in public in disguise beneath elaborate masks.

The central government is, nominally, democratic and has separation of powers, the president being the executive, parliament the legislative, and the vast justice system the judicial. However, there is only one popular election, every ten years, for President, who then appoints parliament and a Potentate of Justice, who is head of the judiciary system, who appoints a Supreme Justice for each territory, who then appoint the heads of the next lower level of courts, who do the same, until the lowest court position is fulfilled.

The Republic has a unique war making ability, in that any of the leaders of the seven territories can declare war for their individual territory, using their own troops. Central government troops, in a situation like this, will not join in on the offensive, but will defend territorial integrity. Two of the seven territories in The Republic have been acquired in wars like this since its inception.

The central (also referred to as presidential) government, should it formally declare war, can place local militaries from each of the seven territories under command of the Military Potentate.

Population: (Not sure what would be appropriate for number and composition of minorities here, so I'm leaving it blank for now.)

Military: (Left blank for now)

History: The Republic of Providence evolved from what was first a collection of prudent, well-educated nobles in four kingdoms in Central Eyrop, ruled beneath despotic dynasties and feeling pressure from discontent peasantry revolting in their country. Wanting to escape from the rule of their harsh kings as well as hold off a peasant revolt against the rich, the nobles organized in secret, used their wealth to hire private militias and undermine the king’s authority, and presented themselves to the peasantry as democratic reform. The first president was chosen in a popular election, and they named their fledgling government the Republic of Providence, and it would prove to be an apt name.

They slowly sapped power from the kings, while avoiding direct confrontation-which is why the dynasties still exist today, though with severely curtailed powers. They infiltrated the courts and took over the police, who promptly began to simply refuse to enforce some of the King’s laws. They formed a central parliament, and while it had no technical legal authority to begin with, the decrees from the Kings were routinely ignored while parliament passed many laws.

Though the nobles were content to let their alternative government simply grow and gain influence without the use of violence, the dynasties in the four kingdoms were not so willing to sit back and lose power. The first president was assassinated five years into his first reign, and the next president elected was assassinated after a few months, along with his Potentate of Justice. Because of this, the Potentates and the President adapted a tradition that remains to this day, of going masked whenever in public, surrounded by people in identical masks, so public assassination would be very difficult. Future administrations would take this a step further-while everyone, by necessity of the vote, knew the President’s identity, the Potentates would be anonymously appointed, and the masks would become a badge of their office.

Because of their violent response to the new government and the general public outcry over the assassinations, the nobles were able to maneuver the Kings into issuing a decree declaring the Republic of Providence’s legislature and judiciary the official legal entities of the land. However, they kept the right to executive power and still refused to recognize the President as the overarching executive authority of a new republic.

It was now that the nobles founded the new Presidential City, which they declared a separate entity from the four kingdoms, which was strategically located along trade routes so that caravans and merchants would have to pay merely one, low tariff for moving through the Presidential City as opposed to four high tariffs for moving through the four kingdoms, and began recruiting a central army.

The four kings, fearful of the new, powerful central government and the new military loyal to the President, now recognized the President as the overarching executive authority. In a bid to cripple the new government, though, two of the kings launched wars on neighboring republics, hoping to stretch the presidential government beyond its limit. However, the presidential government survived, and these two republics were eventually conquered and offered favorable political deals to join the republic, since the noble houses of these republics had many familial ties, after all, to the noble houses of these four kingdoms.

The Republic of Providence is, today, on its tenth president. Politics at a national level are still dominated by the same noble houses that initiated democratic reform-in fact, all the presidents have come from one of these houses. The rulers of the Republic of Providence are masters at managing discontent and maintaining their own political stability.

Culture: The Republic of Providence is run by a prudent and mostly benign political aristocracy, so they tend to enjoy, in general, greater livelihood and more basic rights than their neighbors. Painters are known for their exacting realism in Providence, and their works of art are highly appreciated throughout Eyrop. They also produce a high number of great composers. They also have a distinctive brand of architecture, exemplified in the Presidential Palace, a building of high, pointed arches, marble, and gold leafing.

The government, for the most part, has an interest in keeping everyone happy, so they take care to make sure they always produce enough food. As a result, Providence has a massive agricultural community. There are some discontented minorities, but nothing that could yet threaten the established political power, so the rulers of Providence aren’t that worried about it.

Magic is, of course, illegal in Providence, and the penalty for its practice ranges from heavy fines to execution for repeat offenders. There are rumors that some of the aristocracy dabble in magic without nearly so much consequence, but no one really knows for sure.

Very notable is the fact that Providence has developed a printing press, and there are several different organizations distributing primitive newspapers on a monthly basis.

Relation with Thar Shaddin: The Republic of Providence has traded with Marn fairly consistently, and the Potentate of Trade has made a visit to the city in the past.

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