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Spring 2019 Issue of The Bay, the Government, and You!

Welcome to The Bay!

This pamphlet will familiarize you with the government of our glorious nation! It will explain, step-by-step and in understandable, bite-sized chunks, how the nation is run on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully by the end of it you will feel more confident in your knowledge of our state, more confident in your ability to participate in our politics, and more ready for life in The Bay. Alright - letís get started!

The Grand Ministry

The Grand Ministry is headed, of course, by the Grand Minister! The Grand Minister is an official who serves for ten (10) years in a term, but is only allowed to serve for one (1) term - they canít be re-elected, ever. This is to ensure not only the strength of vision of a strong leader and the willingness to act on their vision, but also to protect against the corruption of certain other ďrepublicsĒ that manage to circumvent their own re-election laws. The best part is we can always be sure the will of the Grand Minister is the will of the People - they are elected by direct democracy! Under the Grand Minister are several lesser ministers and their departments, such as Aquaculture, Education, and War. All of these ministers are appointed by the Grand Minister, approved by a simple majority of the Peopleís Council, and serve for five (5) years. Although they are up for one re-election, they must be approved by a two-thirds (⅔) majority of the Council. Remember, these ministers arenít elected directly, so in order to influence who is in government, you need to vote in the Council and Grand Ministry elections!

The Peopleís Council

The Peopleís Council is a council of 235 representatives of the People, elected through direct democracy, with 47 representatives from five distinct classes of the proletariat. These classes are the Soldiers, the Farmers, the Industrial Workers, the Creators, and the Office Workers. Together with the Grand Ministry, these people work to create and enact the laws that make up our society! It is the job of the Council to write these laws, with advisors from the Peopleís Court and the Grand Ministry. They then send it to the Grand Minister for approval, after which they vote at ⅔ majority on whether to accept or reject the Grand Ministerís decision. Itís important to remember that you can only vote for the representatives in your Run! A Run is any one of those classes mentioned before. For instance, if you are a part of the Farmersí Run, you cannot vote for a candidate running in the Creatorsí Run. This is essential to our democracy, as it makes sure the government is truly representative of as many people in our society as possible.

The Popular Court

The Popular Court is the head of the judicial system in The Bay. As the highest court in the land, it has a lot of important duties, like settling the disputes about our basic rights as humans and as Bayians. The court is made of 5 Grand Judges, who each serve for two (2) years at a time. These Judges are appointed by the Grand Minister, but must be approved by a simple majority of the Peopleís Council. This may seem like a low bar of entry, but donít worry; to be re-approved to sit on the Court, each Judge must reach a ⅔ majority approval by the Peopleís Council. This keeps each Judge beholden to the true will of the People, and makes sure a corrupt Judge never sits for very long at all. Our judicial system is just the best, isnít it? Now, the lower courts of the land are also overseen by the Popular Court. At the moment, they have determined that every jury will be comprised of three (3) randomly-drawn individuals from each of the 5 Runs. The juryís duty is to keep each court case fair and balanced, evenly representing all Runs in the decision making process. Finally, the Popular Court provides legal oversight on bills making their way through the Peopleís Council. If a bill seems like it would go against the letter or spirit of other laws, or even the previous decisions of the Court (also known as Case Law), they can lodge an official objection. This is a long and complicated process that can delay a bill for months or even years, but for the average citizen (thatís you!) the most important thing to know is that eventually the bill is brought before the Grand Minister along with a representative from the Court and the Council. After hearing arguments from both sides, the Minister decides whether to Pass, Block, or Amend the bill.

Well, thatís all!

Whew! That sure was a lot. Hopefully it wasnít too much, eh? Either way, now youíre prepared for life in The Bay! Whether youíre a prospective immigrant, new citizen, or even a long time resident, this information is essential to participation in the government and staying on the good side of the law. Keep this pamphlet around and youíll stay safe, stay healthy, and most importantly, stay happy!