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Government | Federal Council, Parliaments and Elections

Post by aranho » August 28th 2018, 5:33 pm

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Federal Council of Caroline and Ontong Java

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Federal Council The Federal Council holds both the executive and legislative powers of the federation. The council comprises of 52 members: the 4 local presidents and 12 representatives from each of the 4 local parliaments. The system is designed in a way whereby the all countries hold an equal power in the federation, regardless of cultural and/or economical status. The number of representatives from each country is adjusted accordingly to the number of federal ministries. The Federal Council also handle the affairs of the Federal Capital Territory.

The 4 local presidents collectively is the head of the federation and leads the Federal Council. The ceremonial position of Federal President is rotated between the 4 local presidents. After serving a mandatory two years, the Federal President becomes Federal Vice President for the next two years.

The Cabinet of Ca'onja holds the executive power of the federation. The 12-members Cabinet comprise of federal ministers elected by the Federal Council. The 12 Federal Ministries are:
  • Commerce and Industry
  • Communications, Infrastructure and Transport
  • Culture and Social Development
  • Defence
  • Education, Science and Future Techologies
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Finance
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Health
  • Home Affairs and Justice
  • Manpower
  • Resources and Food Security
Each ministry have multiple agencies, each in-charge of a specific matter.

Local Parliaments The 4 countries have its own parliament elected by the people. The parliament then elects a president and cabinet to lead the country. In practice, the leader of the ruling party becomes the president. The local parliaments must abide by the laws and policies set forth by the Federal Council, though there are some degree of autonomy.

According to the constitution, the country's parliament dissolves once its president had served one-term as the Federal President. In practice, a parliamentary term lasts 8 years, given that there are 4 local presidents rotationally serving as Federal President. The current practice is that the president serves as Federal President on its 3rd year, then as Federal Vice President on its 5th year, before dissolving the parliament at the end of the 8th year.

Current Local Presidents
  • Bwanaba: TBA
  • Eauripik: Vacant
  • Nukuoro: Martina Rande-Olea
  • Sorol: Lucius Hoffman
The size of parliament is dependent on the number of electoral districts. Each electoral district must govern 250,000 citizens, with a 20% allowed deviation. Electoral districts are redrawn prior to a general election.

Current Size of Parliament
  • Bwanaba: TBA
  • Eauripik: 98 seats
  • Nukuoro: TBA
  • Sorol: TBA
General Elections General Elections are held once the Writ of Elections is issued by the local President but not before the electoral districts are redrawn to account for the change in population. Publication of opinion polls of any kind are also forbidden federation-wide once the Writ is issued till Polling Day. The parliament dissolves on the same day the Writ is issued. A parliamentary term generally lasts 8 years.

Nomination Day is then held on the second Friday after the Writ issuance, allowing eligible electors and political parties to nominate himself/herself/a candidate to an electoral district it would like to contest for. At the end of Nomination Day, any districts with only 1 candidate will have no contest and is elected. Districts with more than 1 candidates will have a contest to determine the winner. Campaigning typically begins a day after Nomination Day, lasting till Polling Day. Polling Day takes place on the sixth Friday after the Writ issuance. As Polling Day falls on a Friday, the day will be declared a public holiday.

Recent General Elections Upcoming General Elections
  • 2020 - Bwanaba General Elections
  • 2020 - Sorol General Elections
  • 2024 - Nukuoro General Elections
  • 2026 - Sorol General Elections
  • 2028 - Bwanaba General Elections
  • 2030 - Eauripik General Elections
Major Political Parties Major political parties of Ca'onja usually cover several, if not all, countries. The largest political party is the United Alliance (UA) coalition, which holds a supermajority in all local parliaments. The United Alliance was forged between the Conservative Party and Social Democrats Party, the two largest party of the time, in the 1950s as a gesture to work together for independence.

From independence onwards, the UA achieved a simple majority in most general elections. It is not until the early 1970s that the UA achieved eventually supermajority (two-thirds majority), largely due to more major parties joining the alliance, at the beginning of the Sorol Civil War. The 70s and 80s also saw a period where walkovers are common due to a lack of contest in favour of the federation.

The Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 led to the emergence of small independence movements across the country. It is not until the Great Recession of the late 2000s that the independence movements gained small political victories in the general elections. The 2000s also saw the rise of Islamism in both Sorol and Eauripik, gaining small political victories in the 2010s. Nonetheless, the UA still retains the supermajority across the federation.

Current Ruling Parties
  • Bwanaba: United Alliance, Bwanaba (supermajority)
  • Eauripik: Solidarity Alliance (minority government)
  • Nukuoro: United Alliance, Nukuoro (supermajority)
  • Sorol: United Alliance, Sorol (supermajority)
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Re: Government | Federal Council, Parliaments and Elections

Post by kendallhart808 » August 28th 2018, 8:39 pm

I should really do something like this for Carolina and the Cape, it looks cool :)
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Post by Michael » August 29th 2018, 7:20 pm

Really lovely overview!
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Eauripik General Election, 2018

Post by aranho » August 30th 2018, 4:26 am

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Eauripik General Election, 2018 | Master Post

Key Dates Results
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Major Political Parties
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About the Election
Eauripik will hold its 11th General Election (GE) since the formation of the Federation. All 98 seats are up for grabs. The previous GE was held in 2016. What makes the 2018 GE special is that it is the first snap election of the Federation. The GE was declared after a significant number of Members of Parliament (MP) resigned which consequentially affected the Cabinet of Eauripik. It also affected the Federal Council of Caroline and Ontong Java as a few of the resigned MPs are also representatives of the Council. With an unstable government, the parliament is dissolved and a snap election is then declared for Eauripik.

The mass resignation of MPs was due to the formation of a federal committee to investigate alleged tax evasion of Ca'onjaian citizens. Specifically, the Committee is tasked to investigate the names that appeared on the Panama and Paradise Papers. Most of the people named on the papers have links to high profile citizens, including political leaders. Former President of Eauripik Jameson Davani is the highest profile citizen with links to the people named in the papers. Though Davani denied any wrong-doings, mass protests eventually led to his resignation. His action also affected the rotational cycle of the Federal Presidency as Davani was due to take up the role in 2018, effectively marking the first time a parliament dissolves without its President taking up the role of the Federal President. In short, 2018 is the year that Ca'onja experienced a major governmental shakeup for the first time since independence.

It is worth noting that these events occurred during the United Alliance's (UA) 60th reign of the Federation. The UA has been in power since independence but the recent events caused a huge dent to its image. There are unconfirmed rumours that the UA encouraged named members in the Panama-Paradise papers to resign in an attempt to "mend the dent". It also comes in a time when both the independence and the Islamist movements threaten the UA's supermajority status across the Federation. Nonetheless, despite the situation in Eauripik, the UA still receives widespread approval as the vast majority of the population still support the Federation, though the lack of viable pro-federation major-party alternative could explain the high approval for the UA.

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Re: Government | Federal Council, Parliaments and Elections

Post by InvaderNat » August 30th 2018, 5:50 am

I like your graphics style, very clean. :up: Also cool that you have a small number of MPs like Neu Westfalen does (small governments ftw). :P

I hope to see an overview of the different candidates. :)
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Re: Government | Federal Council, Parliaments and Elections

Post by Michael » August 30th 2018, 9:59 am

InvaderNat wrote:
August 30th 2018, 5:50 am
I like your graphics style, very clean. :up: Also cool that you have a small number of MPs like Neu Westfalen does (small governments ftw). :P

I hope to see an overview of the different candidates. :)
Oh goodness. 650 MPs and 800+ Lords ftw :lol: :P
But agreed - love the graphics!
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Re: Government | Federal Council, Parliaments and Elections

Post by aranho » August 30th 2018, 11:32 am

You know, I actually wanted a larger parliament size but the nightmare of drawing every single district makes me decide to go for a smaller number. :angel:
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Eauripik General Election, 2018 - Nomination Day

Post by aranho » September 7th 2018, 1:53 pm

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Eauripik General Election, 2018 | Nomination Day
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Nomination Day for the 2018 Eauripik General Election took place today on 7 September. All 98 seats of the Eauripik Parliament will be contested; there are no walkovers.

There are 4 political parties contesting in more than 1 provinces. The major political parties are Eauripik Independence Party (EIP), Islamic Liberal Party (ILP), Solidarity Alliance (SA) and Togetherness Alliance (TA).
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The SA and TA are new political parties contesting in this year's general election. Both parties were formed following the split-up of the ruling party United Alliance. The two parties will be contesting in all 98 seats each.

As for the EIP and ILP, the map below shows the seats that both parties will be contesting for.
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All 98 seats will also be contested by smaller political parties and candidates running as independent.

For reference, this table shows the party's performance since the 2008 Eauripik General Elections.
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The campaigning period will last for 4 weeks beginning tonight. Polling Day shall take place on 5 October 2018.
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Eauripik General Election, 2018 - Results

Post by aranho » October 6th 2018, 12:05 pm

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Polling Day was conducted on 5 October, as voters from all 98 electoral districts queue up to vote from 8am to 8pm yesterday. Voter turnout is approximately 61% of the total number of eligible voters. The counting of the votes began shortly after the closing of the polls. However, due to an unprecedented high amount of vote recounts due to many close battles, all counting are only completed at around 5pm on October 6. The overall results are as follows:
  • Eauripik Independence Party, 5 seats
  • Islamic Liberal Party, 9 seats
  • Solidarity Alliance, 32 seats
  • Togetherness Alliance, 31 seats
  • [Local] Christian Democratic Party, 3 seats
  • [Local] New Labour Party, 5 seats
  • [Local] True Islamic Party, 3 seats
  • [Local] Other political parties, 8 seats
  • Independent candidates, 2 seats
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Per with the results, the Solidarity Alliance is hereby declared as the winner of the Eauripik General Election, 2018. However, as it did not achieve an absolute majority of the seats in the Eauripik Parliament, the Government of Eauripik shall be a minority government. The Solidarity Alliance or any other parties may form a coalition if they so chooses.

For reference, this table shows the party's performance since the 2008 Eauripik General Elections.
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Post by Michael » October 6th 2018, 9:49 pm

I really do like the presentation of these results. Great job!
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Eauripik Parliament, Federal Council and Next Election

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Eauripik Parliament Following the Eauripik General Election 2018, both the Solidarity Alliance and Togetherness Alliance have agreed to form the United Coalition, effectively forming a majority government of Eauripik, having 63 of 98 seats in parliament. It is, however, 3 seats short from forming a two-thirds supermajority after none of the other political parties and independents agreed to join the coalition, marking the first time in Ca'onjaian history that a political party failed to achieve a supermajority.

Several opposition parties expressed anger and disappointment over the decision of forming the Coalition, voicing out that the two ruling parties fought with each other during GE2018 over nothing. Anti-federation parties add on to say that such in-fighting within the United Alliance have made the Federal Council and the Federation, as a whole, weak and claimed that it no longer have the power to manage four countries as one entity.

After gaining a two-thirds majority vote from the newly appointed 10th Parliament of Eauripik, Hayden Tela of the United Coalition is appointed as the President of Eauripik. Tela was nominated by the United Coalition as he was the leader of the Coalition and seen as the moderate voice of the divided opinions between the Solidarity Alliance and Togetherness Alliance. Except Tela, all 62 United Coalition members of parliament (MPs) voted for him, with an additional 13 opposition MPs voting for him too. Most anti-federation opposition MPs voted for Islamic Liberal Party nominee Andika Prayogo. The remaining anti-federation MPs, the True Islamic Party MPs, voted for their own nominee Rashid Ibrahim.

Federal Council Upon being appointed as the 10th President of Eauripik, Hayden Tela chose his 12 representatives for the Federal Council. Traditionally, all United Alliance local presidents have appointed at most 3 opposition MPs as representatives in order to safely maintain the party's supermajority over the Federal Council yet allowing the voices of anti-federationalists to be heard. Instead, Tela decided to appoint 4 opposition MPs into his representatives in proportion to the number of seats won by the various parties to "respect the wishes of the people". Amongst his 12 representatives, 3 of them will be appointed as Federal Ministers, in which the roles will be decided by the Federal Council.

However, a few pro-federation MPs within the United Coalition, mostly the old guards of the United Alliance, were understandably upset at his decision to break the tradition. Several anti-federation MPs were also upset at Tela for holding onto the supermajority of 8 seats when it should have 7 seats in the Eauripik's section of the Federal Council.

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Next Election The next countries to hold general elections on Ca'onja are Bwanaba and Sorol, both to be held concurrently by 2020. The Federal Council have decided to push forward the general election of Bwanaba by 2 years from 2022 due to adjustments to the Federal President rotation schedule following the early appointment of Nukuoroan President Martina Rande-Olea as Federal President. To reflect population changes, the redrawing of the electoral districts for both countries will be announced in due time.
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