Part 5 Section II in the Series
A social contract is a voluntary agreement between individuals by which organized society is brought into being and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare or to regulate the relations among its members. By entering into a social contract, the people surrender some of the freedoms they would have in the state of nature in exchange for the protection a sovereign leader can provide.
A large geographical area and an abundant populace advocates for some form of centralized government authority on a National, Regional, and Community level. While the administrative functions of government may best be carried out through this type of structure, the authority for legislative passage can feasibly be decentralized to the citizen body.
This premise is incorporated into the following governance structural design:
National Governing Body Composition –
- An Executive Branch comprised of 9 Departments
- Department of Ecosystems
- Wilderness and Biodiversity Stewardship Agency
- Land and Water Body Use Planning and Development Agency
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Domestic Animal Protection Agency
- Endangered and At-Risk Species Protection Agency
- Department of Commerce
- Circular and Localized Economic Planning and Development
- Office of Cottage Industry Affairs
- Office of Commercial Industry Affairs
- Office of Industrial Associations
- Import/Export Agency
- Market Price Regulation Agency
- Preserved Perishable and Non-Perishable Goods Resilience Reserves Program Management
- Department of Social Benefits
- Homestead Land Allocation Agency
- Office of Healthcare Affairs
- Office of Educational Affairs
- Guaranteed Basic Income Program
- Department of Justice
- Internal Peacekeeping and Law Enforcement Agency
- Government Official Security
- Court System
- Detention and Acculturation System
- Department of Hard Infrastructure
- Transportation Management Agency
- Energy Management Agency
- Water Management Agency
- Communication Management Agency
- Waste Management Agency
- Earth Monitoring and Measurement Networks Agency
- Department of Foreign Relations
- Ambassador to Global Governance Consortium
- Embassy and Diplomatic Core Agency
- International Treaties Agency
- Passport and Visa Agency
- Immigration and Emigration Agency
- Department of Society and Culture
- Office of Labor Affairs
- Craft Unions
- Guaranteed Job Program
- Occupational Safety and Health Agency
- National Self-Sufficiency Standard and Wage Structure Program
- Labor Regulations Management Agency
- Office of Historical and Cultural Structures and Artifacts
- Sustainable Population Program Agency
- National Independent Media Agency
- National Independent Internet and Communication Privacy Agency
- Office of Labor Affairs
- Department of the Treasury
- Office of Public Banking Affairs
- Office of Budget and Finance
- Internal Revenue Service (Taxation Agency)
- Central Bank Management
- Department of Defense
- Military Branches
- Foreign Intelligence Agency
- Extra-Atmospheric Exploration Agency
- Department of Ecosystems
The Executive Branch is responsible for carrying out the daily operations of each Department in accordance with the laws of the Nation’s Constitution and functional mandates. Each of the 9 Departments will have one Minister elected by the citizens for a term of five years with a two term maximum. The Executive Branch may sponsor legislation that is National in its impact; sponsored legislation is submitted to the People’s Advisory Branch for expert analysis and ballot initiative formation. The Executive Branch is authorized to initiate and enact policies (not laws) relative to internal Department operations; policies are valid for the elected term of its Minister. Each Minister is responsible for appointing adequate staff for the operations of their respective Departments including the appointment of the Regional (Province) Minister. Each Department will present the People’s Advisory Branch with their annual Discretionary Spending Budget for review and approval. The Executive Branch may Veto legislation passed by the Citizens with a two-thirds majority (6 to 3) vote of its nine Elected Department Ministers.
- A People’s Advisory Branch comprised of 9 Departments mirroring the Executive Branch with each of the Departments headed by an elected Advisor; each Advisor is elected for a term of five years with a two term maximum. The People’s Advisory Branch is responsible for Executive Branch oversight at the National and Regional levels and conducting investigations into potentially unlawful activities as prudent and sponsoring Executive Department elected official recall initiatives as investigations indicate are appropriate, and approving discretionary spending budgets proposed by Executive Branch Departments. Each elected Advisor is responsible for appointing adequate staff for the operations of their respective Departments including the appointment of the Regional (Province) Advisor. Additionally, the People’s Advisory Branch Department of Society and Culture oversees and administers the Voting and Liquid Democracy Petition Systems. The People’s Advisory Branch may override an Executive Branch legislation Veto with a two-thirds majority (6 to 3) vote of its nine Elected Department Ministers.
- A Citizens Legislative Body comprised of all Citizens over the age of 18 in good legal standing. All National legislation shall be voted on by the Nation’s voting eligible citizens; except as otherwise required, legislation shall pass into law with an affirmative vote tally of 51% or greater. Declarations of War (economic, cyber, or military), Constitutional Amendments, Statutory Spending changes, and the recall of elected officials may only be authorized by a vote of at least 51% of the voting eligible citizens with an affirmative ballot vote of at least 51%. Citizens may sponsor legislation or initiate the recall of elected officials through the Petition System.
Regional Governing Body Composition –
The Regional Governing Body is an extension of the National Executive and People’s Advisory Branches whose purpose is to carry out the responsibilities of the National Branch Departments at the Regional level. The Regional Branch Departments shall mirror the National Branches. There are four Regions (Provinces) in the United States; one for each of the Time Zones – Pacific (includes Alaska and Hawaii), Mountain, Central, and Eastern (includes Puerto Rico). Each appointed Regional Department Minister and Advisor is responsible for appointing adequate staff for the operations of their respective Departments.
Community Governing Body Composition –
The Community Governing Body will reflect the National Governing Body except its Executive and People’s Advisory Branches will have 7 Departments versus the National nine; it will not include the Departments of Foreign Relations and Defense.
A Community may petition to form a Governing Body when its geographical citizen population reaches at least 0.0001% of the Nation’s Total Population (Example: 360 million x 0.0001% = 360). The Regional Governing Body pertinent to the Community’s geographical location is responsible for aiding the Community in the formation of its governing body. Communities whose population falls below the 0.0001% of the Nation’s Total Population for a consecutive period of 5 years will dissolve their Community’s Governing Body and be included in an adjacent Community Governing Body as determined by a 51% affirmative vote of its citizens and a 51% approval vote of the citizens of the Community selected for integration.
Community Government operations and legislation adoption are constrained to the Community for which it serves and must be in alignment and compliance with National Regulations and the Nation’s Constitution.
Steering Committee: All of the Elected Ministers or Advisors of a Branch form the Steering Committee for that Branch. It will be necessary for Departments to cooperate and collaborate on a regular basis to accomplish their respective mandates. When collective decisions need to be made, Steering Committee members may choose to meet as a committee to discuss and vote on matters. Any one Minister or Advisor may call a committee meeting. Members have the option to vote yes, no, or abstain on a resolution. Resolutions are passed with a minimum 5 to 4 vote at the National level and a 4 to 3 vote at the Community level.
Eligibility Criteria for Candidates of Elected Offices: All Candidates must have been a legal Citizen of the Nation for at least 10 years and shall have achieved at least a Baccalaureate Degree (related Master and Doctorate Degrees are authorized for compensation in accordance with the National Wage Structure) directly relevant to the Departmental Office they seek.
A Candidate seeking a National Minister or Advisor Office shall have served at least one previous term as an elected official, shall have at least 10 years of working experience in a field relevant to their Degree, and shall not have been convicted of any Moderate or Severe civil or criminal offense during the prior 10 years.
A Candidate seeking a Community Minister or Advisor Office shall have been a resident in the Community of the Office they seek for at least 5 consecutive years immediately prior to submitting their candidacy, shall have at least 5 years of working experience in a field relevant to their Degree, and shall not have been convicted of any Moderate or Severe civil or criminal offense during the prior 10 years.
Campaign Funding for Legislative Initiatives may come from any domestic private legal entity or voting eligible Citizen. Unique contributions are restricted to a minimum equivalent to 25% of one hour at the National Minimum Wage and to a maximum equivalent to the annualized National Minimum Wage. There are no government matching funds allowed for legislative initiatives; however, the People’s Advisory Branch Steering Committee may vote to form a Citizens’ Assembly and gather appropriate experts to flesh out sponsored legislation that has qualified for Voting Ballot inclusion when they deem it prudent to do so.
Campaign Funding for Elected Office may only come from voting eligible Citizens. Unique contributions are restricted to a minimum equivalent to 25% of one hour at the National Minimum Wage and a maximum equivalent to the annualized National Minimum Wage. Once a Candidate passes the first petition phase and has been vetted by the People’s Advisory Branch, the relevant government level will, after a Candidate’s campaign has received donations equal to the National Minimum Wage, match future donations up to the equivalent of one hour at the National Minimum Wage per unique donor with a maximum match per Candidate of unique donors totaling up to 25% of the population of the relevant community for Community Offices and totaling up to 1% of the population of the Candidate’s Home Region for National Offices.
Ballot Voting Process:
- Voting may begin two weeks in advance of the official voting date. Votes may be submitted by mail or in person. Votes are tallied and published after all polls close at 9:00PM local time.
- Voting Booths will be located in public access buildings approved by the Elections Administrator. There will be at least one Voting Booth site for every one square kilometer. Public transportation to and from Voting Booths will be Free to all Registered Voters on the official Voting Day. Funding for Voting Booths and Free Public Transportation is provided by each Community.
- Voting Ballots are cast on a Nationally Standardized Paper Ballot which is scanned into the Vote Tallying computer terminals for expedient tallying. Paper Ballots are retained for 1 year following the official voting date. Paper Ballots may be manually counted for purposes of disputed election results and electronic tallying glitches.
Ballot Voting Schedule: Voting for Minister and Advisor Offices will take place once every 5 years. Candidates will be elected through a Ranked-choice voting system. Voting on Proposed Legislation will take place once each year. The day of voting will be the first Tuesday in the month of November for National matters and on the first Tuesday in the month of May for Community matters. Special Voting Days may be scheduled by the People’s Advisory Branch when a Declaration of War, Recall of an Elected Official or other similarly important time-sensitive matter is at issue.
The next section will cover taxation and budgets.