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Democracy Index II

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Introduction
In the interests of the research and analysis of the political situations of the nations of the world, the World Democracy Index was established by the Political Research Institute of the World Financial Company to analyse nations by various criteria to determine levels of democratic freedoms. Nations are assessed on bases including but not limited to the ability for citizens to participate in government through voting and running in free and fair elections, the extent to which executive and legislative authority are dependent upon freely elected officials bound by regular election cycles and terms limits, and the accountability and separation of powers of the organs of government.

The World Democracy Index II was developed in response to the success of the first WDI, which has classified over a hundred sovereign states. It was developed to address some of the flaws of the original and its formula, so that a nation’s score could be more accurately calculated.

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[b]I. The executive branch[/b]
[b]How is the head of state selected?[/b]

[b]How is the head of government selected?[/b]

[b]How are members of the cabinet selected?[/b]

[b]II. The legislature[/b]
[b]How are members of the legislature selected?[/b]

[b]What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?[/b]

[b]Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?[/b]

[b]III. Participation[/b]
[b]What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?[/b]

[b]What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?[/b]

[b]Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?[/b]

[b]Is voting voluntary?[/b]

[b]IV. Dissent[/b]
[b]Does the state censor any media for political reasons?[/b]

[b]Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?[/b]

[b]Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?[/b]

[b]Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?[/b]

[b]V. Electoral integrity[/b]

[b]Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?[/b]
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Democratic countries
Full Democracy
While no government is perfect, this nation maintains a strong constitutional democratic government that serves well in representing the interests of the public with respect to the consent of the governed. All organs of government are beholden to the will of the people and are accountable to proper constitutional procedure, and the government guards the people's rights to free and fair participation in the political process.
10.00 Tropical Isles
10.00 Scottish Socialists
10.00 Endem
9.94 Ithreland
9.93 Democratic Deutschland
9.91 Erystan
9.89 Wunderstrafanstalt
9.88 Anollasia
9.88 Cottony
9.87 Deuderland
9.86 The English Regions
9.85 Sajnur
9.79 Laruban
9.77 Valgora
9.76 Denev-Kaitos
9.74 Gandoor
9.73 Bolderdash
9.70 Pheonisland
9.69 -San Cristobal-
9.67 Presidential Hong Kong
9.65 Marginal Territory
9.63 Fairviolet Lake
9.63 Naverria
9.57 Amaurita
9.57 Heloin
9.56 Broader Confederate States
9.55 Narland
9.54 Thermodolia
9.51 Nessin
9.50 Dabberwocky
9.49 HUElavia
9.48 Helensburgh
9.48 The United States of Ibica
9.48 Vault 93
9.40 Gualimole
9.39 New Mivango
9.36 Xmara
9.36 Hashitoro
9.33 Shiruku
9.31 Antaros
9.30 Radiatia
9.29 Aision
9.25 CMGE
9.25 RubbaDucky
9.23 Liberimery
9.22 Costabuena
9.20 Confederate Ameriwyr Leagues
9.18 Union of Sovereign States and Republics
9.18 Plaetopia
9.09 Sulwaya
9.08 Aikoland
9.03 Hansdeltania
9.00 The Seven United
8.97 The New Teutonic Order
8.96 Norskhavn
8.96 New Hocksmith
8.86 Greater Free Oceania
8.87 Kombinita Socialisma Demokratio
8.79 Stroulia
8.77 Ankuran
8.75 Allyrije
8.73 Arthropol
8.72 Lodana
8.62 Prydaun
8.47 Wawakanatote
8.44 Taliwesti
8.42 Vallermoore
8.41 Terropo
8.40 Tirint
8.27 Normund
8.25 Shrive
8.10 The Federated Soviets of North America
8.09 Bzerneleg
8.06 Union of Christian States

Flawed Democracy
This government is more democratic than not on paper and in practice, however problems exist that prevent the idea of democracy being truly realised. Reform in the areas that the country falls short on could do well to help this nation to realise its potential as a fully democratic state.
7.99 The Great-German Empire
7.94 East Graenia
7.73 Tanwirid
7.60 Breheim
7.57 Cartoonia
7.53 Polata City
7.50 Gregenia
7.46 Draycora
7.23 The Norden Utopia
7.05 Kuriyama
7.03 Frievolk
6.90 Caleonia
6.86 Hystaria
6.84 Republic of-Singapore
6.44 Likar
6.33 Old Northwest
6.32 Diarcesia
6.21 Creataris
6.20 Mangahhan Super Region
6.20 Minachia
6.15 Ryurik Rossiya



Authoritarian countries
Open Anocracy
A hybrid regime somewhere between democracy and autocracy. The prospect of democratic reform in the foreseeable future is possible in the current political climate, and the established powers do allow some dissent in the political process. This nation shows promise in realising democracy, but if the people are not careful their government may descend into tyranny.
5.76 Rectification Government
5.72 Byzconia
5.71 Samanohuwa
5.57 Kardsin
5.57 Islaevia
5.47 Belantica
5.46 Great Aletia
5.38 Soracana Islands
5.29 Vionna-Frankenlisch
5.00 The Zravvisk
4.99 Derping
4.99 The Holy Athonite State
4.95 Vyzantio
4.30 [nation]First American Empire[nation]
4.23 The North Queendom

Closed Anocracy
An authoritarian regime in every sense of the word, although with some democratic elements involved. If the state is stable, it unlikely that democratic reform is on the horizon. If the state is less stable, bloodshed is an imminent threat if the nation has not already fallen into conflict.
3.90 HerpDeDerp
3.80 Qatsiq
3.69 Polish Prussian Commonwealth
3.54 Kingdom France
3.41 Hrythingia
3.37 Socialist Union of North American States
3.37 New Freedomstan
3.13 - The German Military Government
3.04 - Asanagi
2.84 Vadterland
2.46 Cosmicium
2.32 Hamira
2.04 Ngaalxa

Autocracy
This nation has fallen into outright tyranny. The regime will almost certainly demand blood before it sees the end of its rule. All formal political process has either been given up entirely in favour of rule by way of brute force under the law of the jungle, or is jealously enforced with the sole intention of preserving a rigid social order.
1.69 Otruunsha
1.51 Toropikaru
1.32 An Islamic World
1.30 Dushan
1.12 Niedereizerland
1.08 Antolania
1.05 Idoho
0.97 Ferlik
0.81 Engleberg
0.80 DeLongtasia
0.77 The Great Imperator Jeffrey
0.70 The Tricadia Supercluster
0.68 South Yardlin
0.63 Silver Commonwealth
0.53 Cosmopolitan borovan
0.53 Free Arabian Nation
0.00 Estado Novo Portugues
0.00 Adnonia
0.00 Evil Dictators Happyland
0.00 Destructive Government Economic System
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Full Democracy
While no government is perfect, this nation maintains a strong constitutional democratic government that serves well in representing the interests of the public with respect to the consent of the governed. All organs of government are beholden to the will of the people and are accountable to proper constitutional procedure, and the government guards the people's rights to free and fair participation in the political process.
Constitutional Technocracy of Minecraft - 9.99
Dawetid - 9.98
The Akhara Islands - 9.96
Anollasia - 9.95
Swindenland - 9.95 ▲0.68
Xmara - 9.93
De Almerland - 9.91
Gandoor - 9.90
Radiatia - 9.90
Dalcarma - 9.88
Diarcesia - 9.84
Mahrenbach - 9.78
The Earth Systems Alliance - 9.75
Cottony - 9.75
Roelandia - 9.73
Skandermark - 9.71
Pino Grand Fenwick - 9.70
Alinghi Federal-Democratic Republic - 9.65
The Westphalia-Bavarian Republic - 9.63
Great-America - 9.61
Collatis - 9.60
Agarntrop - 9.59
The Galactic Liberal Democracy - 9.54
Kirav - 9.54
The Jiyu Islands - 9.54
Rhodanthian - 9.53
Mount Shavano - 9.53
Sjoest - 9.51
Republic of La Boca - 9.50
Wawakanatote - 9.49
Cartoonia - 9.49
Cecia - 9.47
Euturia - 9.45
Democratic Lykna - 9.43
The Arthurian Isles - 9.43
Vasquescas - 9.42
Zurkerx - 9.40
Valentine Z - 9.40
Eglaecia - 9.40
The United States of Ibica - 9.39
Charellia - 9.38
The Kingdoms of Jhaugher - 9.38
Blustan - 9.36
Coconut Palm Island - 9.35
Mestia - 9.34
Bellcon - 9.23
Appalachia - 9.22
Kabzeel - 9.19
Halend - 9.12
Thermodolia - 9.11
Territory of Brunei - 9.10
Republique Nouvelle Navaraise - 9.09
Saint Alban Islands - 9.03
Mumbelia - 8.99
Greater Independent Colorado - 8.90
Dormill and Stiura - 8.90
Savojarna - 8.48
Martian Alliance - 8.84
Viksberg - 8.86
Palmyrion - 8.66
United Imperial Systems - 8.84
Rejistania - 8.81
Ru- - 8.80
Yohannes - 8.79
Tinhampton - 8.78
Pan-Asiatic States - 8.75
Neu Libertalia - 8.73
Democratic Empire of Romania - 8.67
California Workers Republic - 8.40
Aikoland - 8.39
Accadia - 8.24
The Great-German Empire - 8.17
Kistan - 8.11
Gualimole - 8.00

Flawed Democracy
This government is by all means democratic on paper and in practice, however problems exist that prevent the idea of democracy being truly realised. Reform could do well to help this nation to fully realise its potential as a full democracy.
Santiland Repubilc - 7.99
Skyhooked - 7.93
New Transeurasia - 7.90
Polata City - 7.84
Kavagrad - 7.83
TURTLESHROOM II - 7.79
Norja - 7.75
Gregenia - 7.69
Fauzjhia - 7.69
The Northeastern Confederation - 7.61
Dahon - 7.58
Heloin - 7.58
Shayla - 7.58
Alenbel - 7.54
Likar - 7.51 ▲4.30
Eternal Lotharia - 7.31
Lillorainen - 7.25
Dushan - 7.24
Yelenea - 7.18
Frievolk - 7.12 ▲0.38
Kwaunisashwi - 6.96
Arkhadimia - 6.91
Lecksony - 6.77
The United Lands of Ash - 6.69
Communist Xomaniax - 6.56
Fostoria - 6.52
Mon Ling - 6.44
The Supreme Magnificent High Swaglord - 6.25
Lehi-Larsa - 6.13

Open Anocracy
A hybrid regime somewhere between democracy and autocracy. The prospect of democratic reform in the foreseeable future is possible in the current political climate, and the established powers do allow some dissent in the political process. This nation shows promise in realising democracy, but if the people are not careful their government may descend into outright tyranny.
Kaita Islands - 5.89
Qanarayya - 5.87
The Andromeda Archipelago - 5.69
Grosser Kaisertum Osterreich - 5.41
Vionna-Frankenlisch - 5.38
Ah-eh-ioh-uh - 5.36
Dacian Horde - 5.18
Vidor - 5.09
Nocturnalis - 4.86
The Land of the Ephyral - 4.83
Second Empire of America - 4.80
Jeoguk - 4.50
Transwell - 4.42
Musk - 4.37

Closed Anocracy
An authoritarian regime in every sense of the word, although with some democratic elements involved. If the state is stable, it unlikely that democratic reform is on the horizon. If the state is less stable, bloodshed is an imminent threat if the nation has not already fallen into conflict.
Western-Ukraine - 3.95
Van Hool Islands - 3.69
Die PreuBen Kaiserreich - 3.64
Rakdai - 3.61
Garden at 6th Mile Road - 3.13
Magyarija - 2.69
Isla de Flores - 2.61
Pensalum - 2.25
The Black Party - 2.49
Western Technates - 2.41
Idoho - 2.23
Cosmicium - 2.17
Entreum - 2.14
The Grand Duchy Of Nova Capile - 2.10

Autocracy
This nation has fallen into outright tyranny. The regime will almost certainly demand blood before it sees the end of its rule. All formal political process has either been given up entirely in favour of rule by way of brute force under the law of the jungle, or is jealously enforced with the sole intention of preserving a rigid social order.
Isisisil - 1.86
Uque - 1.74
Destructive Government Economic System - 1.56
Ex Patrian SSR - 1.35
Gladom Newion - 1.28
Vsyerossiya - 1.12
N27 - 0.88
Cruciland - 0.58
Bithastria - 0.57
Tlerzhenvoa - 0.50
Donnegall - 0.47
Rolancia - 0.42
Sin Desert - 0.16
Vozh - 0.06
The Polish Lithuanian Union - 0.00
Marnady - 0.00
Swiabar - 0.00
The Unknown Master - 0.00
The Godly Kingdom - 0.00
Kanadorika - 0.00
Medwedian Democratic Federation - 0.00
13 Necropolis 13 - 0.00
Hyrulean Provinces - 0.00
Imperial United Systems - 0.00
Belshekistan - 0.00
Hazukenia - 0.00
Yan Dynasty - 0.00
Russo-Austria - 0.00
Communist Zombie Horde - 0.00
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Postby Destructive Government Economic System » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:13 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? He's always been there, and will remain there for the rest of eternity.

How is the head of government selected? He's always been there, and will remain there for the rest of eternity.

How are members of the cabinet selected? Head of government selects them.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? Head of government selects, with other members of the government (including the legislature) advising him on who to pick, including voting to assess each member's approval of a potential candidate.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? The head of state and government, the Great Uniter and Beast, ultimately decides everything, but due to lack of overall time, the legislature is free to create laws that will serve to further our country's interests, and the Great Uniter and Beast must approve of the potential statute (which is sent to him by a 75% majority vote at the moment) before it is made law. Note that no law may be created to limit the power of the Great Uniter and Beast, and disapproved laws may not be overridden by a 2/3rds vote or anything like that. If a potential law is rejected by the head, then it immediately dies.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? The Great Uniter and Beast is officially disconnected with the legislature, but he de facto leads it due to having 100% power over everything within the DGES, so I guess that the ability to set public policy is not solely dependent on the legislature and bureaucracy.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? 0% if you're talking about an average citizen.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? 0%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? No.

Is voting voluntary? Voting is illegal.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? Yes.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? No.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? No.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? Political parties don't exist here. The media is owned by the government.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? What elections?
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Postby Silver Commonwealth » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:28 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? ''By Party's members, not citizens. It is elected either after death, or if they have left office before death.''

How is the head of government selected? ''See above.''

How are members of the cabinet selected? ''By Party's members, obviously.''

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? ''Appointed by upper Party members, or President themselves.''

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? ''In order for legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation, more than 50% of the Party's members have to vote in favor of it. So, if 51% of Party's members would vote in favor of decision, it would still pass.''

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? ''No, President theoretically could pass a law on their own, but nowadays bureaucrats and party members usually decide, what to do, and President's power is not that big, actually.''

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? ''0%. Only Party's members themselves can vote.''

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? ''0%, because we don't have elections.''

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? ''No, it is required to be a Party's member to run for the office.''

Is voting voluntary? ''There is no voting in the first place. Only Party votes the new leader in, and only after either their death, or if they leave office before death.''

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? ''Yes, it does. In fact, state controls almost all of the media.''

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? ''No, they aren't.''

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? ''No.''

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? ''No, it is highly biased in favor towards the ruling party, or parties.''

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? ''No, there aren't elections in the first place. Although Party members vote the dictator in office after they have died, or have left for reasons, and also take decisions by voting, it is far from elections, as only Party can vote.''
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Postby Frievolk » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:40 am

Answering this again, if only so I can see where I'll fit here:

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? The Head of State, the Kaiser, is the King of the Nederstjille (Nederstjilles Konig), a hereditary title. If there are no candidates for the throne, a general "Race for the Throne" is held where any person can run for the office of the King.

How is the head of government selected? The Imperial Chancellor is elected democratically. Each Political Party presents its own candidate for the Chancellery, and at the end of the election, the Candidate of the Ruling party of the Ruling coalition becomes the Chancellor.

How are members of the cabinet selected? The Chancellor presents their choice of six Secretaries (for the six secretariats) to the Reiksdiät, who votes whether or not to approve them.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? A total number of 64 members of the Fursthaus are chosen for life among the nobility, the other 474 members of the Legislature are elected for 4 years long terms by public and general election.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? Any piece of legislation needs to be given assent by the Frievolker Kaiser, while Constitutional amendments need to face a 75% majority vote in a Referendum (without a need for Imperial Assent)

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? No. The crown can also declare an Imperial Decree, though that decree can not be against the Constitution of the Reik.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? Everyone is. Disenfranchisement is not legal.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? 65%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? Yes.

Is voting voluntary? Yes.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? No.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? Yes.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? Yes.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? The state does not own media apart from the National Frievolker Broadcast (which is only a newsletter providing articles and newspieces from various private news networks, as well as provide National Dispatches), and it is impartial and non-partisan.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? Yes. There is no governmental voter intimidation, and the government tries to encourage people to participate in the politics.
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Postby The North Queendom » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:46 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
The Queen remains constitutionally head of state until the demise of the Crown is confirmed. The Crown demises by primogeniture, regardless of sex.

How is the head of government selected?
When the monarchy is restored, The Queen will appoint a prime minister. Until that time, the Privy Council selects from amongst its number a Secretary of State, who is de facto head of government.

How are members of the cabinet selected?
Members of the Cabinet are appointed by the Secretary of State.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
The legislative body is the Privy Council. These are original Privy Counsellors of the Old Country and new members, co-opted from time to time by the Council.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
The authority to pass, repeal or amend law is vested in the Secretary of State, who must take into account the views of the Privy Council and the public.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
No.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
Once elections are held again, all adults who are citizens and not subject to mental incapacity will be eligible to vote.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
N/A

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Yes, save that members of the Royal Family, current prisoners and the mentally incapacitated may not stand.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
No.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes.


Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
N/A - The State does not own or fund the media.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
When elections are restored, this will be the case. Elections will be overseen by an independent commission.

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Postby Norskhavn » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:17 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
The Monarchy of Norskhavn is a lifelong office, but a democratically elected one nonetheless. An election is held whenever the reigning monarch dies or voluntarily steps down. There does exist a Line of Hereditary Succession to the Throne, but this only guarantees the Monarch's Heirs Candidacy in each Monarchial Election; Ultimately, the people decide, by simple majority popular vote, whether to continue the current dynasty, or bring a new one into power. Monarchial Elections are carried out by a Preferential Voting system,

How is the head of government selected?
The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth is elected by simple majority popular vote, via a Preferential Voting system.

How are members of the cabinet selected?
Cabinet Ministers are elected my simple majority popular vote, via a Preferential Voting system, but are subject to eligibility restrictions to ensure that each is an expert in their field.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
Parliament Ministers are elected on a Proportional Representation basis via Preferential Voting.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
If any Statutory Issue passes Parliament by less than a 2/3 majority, or any Constitutional Issue by less than a Unanimous Vote,said issue is decided by a simple majority popular vote Public Referendum, of which the result is final. Any Issue that passes Parliament without triggering public referendum can be vetoed by either the Prime Minister or the Reigning Monarch, however, a 2/3 majority of Parliament can initiate a simple majority popular vote Public Referendum to overturn a veto from either office.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
The reigning Monarch has power to issue Executive Orders, and the State Budget is subject to his approval, however, Executive Orders can be overturned by a 2/3 majority of Parliament, or by simple majority popular vote Public Referendum initiated either by Public Petition, or by a simple majority of Parliament. The Monarch's power over the State Budget, let it be noted, is absolute and final.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
In principle, 100%. In practice, eligibility restrictions mean that not 100% of votes are counted on all ballot issues; In Norskhavn, we practice a form of Athenian Democracy in which, in the process of registering to vote, one must take a multi-subject General Knowledge Test. Everyone who registers receives the same ballot, regardless of which subjects they passed, or of whether they passed at all, but which subjects you pass within the Voter Test determine which ballot issues your votes will be counted on. Voters are notified of their test results after each election, so that they can pursue relevant areas of study, if they wish.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
Approximately 93%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Partisan loyalties are a non-factor, however, in order to run for Parliament Minister or Prime Minister, a citizen must pass all of the subjects on the Voter Test.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
No.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Yes.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes.

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Capitalist Paradise

Postby Vadterland » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:26 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
The Head of State, the Kaizerina, rules by virtue of holding the hereditary title of Vadterlandisch Kaizerina (Empress of the Fatherland). This title is inherited by absolute primogeniture.

How is the head of government selected?
The Reichskanzler is appointed directly by the Kaizerina, and are solely responsible to the Kaizerina.

How are members of the cabinet selected?
The members of the Imperial Council are similarly appointed directly by the Kaizerina.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
The Reichsenat, the upper house of the Imperial legislature, is a chamber elected proportionally by universal adult male suffrage every 5 years, with citizens being able to vote at 20 years of age. The lower house of the Imperial legislature, known as the Reichsrat, is elected similarly every 3 years.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
The ability to pass, repeal, and amend legislation and amend the Imperial Constitution relies mostly on the Reichsenat, however the Kaizerina has the ultimate authority regarding what laws are passed and whether any changes will be made to the Constitution.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
No, public policy is dependent on the Kaizerina and the Reichskanzler as well as the legislature.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
Roughly 50 percent of the Empire's population is eligible to register to vote.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
In the last election in 1918, voter turnout was 84 percent.

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Provided that the aforementioned has not committed a felony or anything on those lines, yes.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
As Vadterland is currently operating on wartime law, the Imperial government has indeed taken to censoring certain anti-government as well as anti-capitalist news outlets such as newspapers or radio stations. The majority of the media is already under Imperial control, and military administrators appointed by the government are charged with ensuring the public decency of printed material within the Empire and mobilizing support for the war effort. Given the material shortages common in wartime, censorship has become far stricter for outlets deemed not useful enough or a waste of resources.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
No, however this is more a symptom of wartime law than anything else. Prior to the war, speech and press were considerably more free and generally more tolerant of more diverse political opinions with the exception of hard-left or communist ideologies.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
No, see above.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Given the aforementioned focus on support for the war effort, the Empire's state owned media is anything but impartial and non-partisan, almost exclusively providing nationalistic reports and propaganda that vilify anti-government movements or those sympathetic to the Empire's foreign enemies.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Despite the heavy censorship surrounding the media, Imperial elections are comparably free and fair, with secret ballots guaranteed. This is due to the fact that most popular candidates and parties within the legislature are willing to support the Empire's war effort.
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Postby Great Aletia » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:39 am

I. The Executive Branch:
How is the head of state selected? The Emperor appoints his own successor. The Imperial Council has the final word on whether or not an emperor succeeds, however. Valid reasons for blocking the ascension of a new emperor are insanity, physical disability, and a lack of suitable skills for the role.

How is the head of government selected? The Emperor acts as de jure head of government, and so is appointed by their predecessor. The Lord Chancellor acts as de facto head of government, and is appointed by the emperor.

How are members of the cabinet selected? All cabinet ministers are appointed by the emperor, typically for a life term.

II. The Legislature:
How are members of the legislature selected? Members of the Imperial Senate and the regional assemblies are elected by direct vote every four years.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? The Emperor may veto legislation at will, and may issue legislative decrees that posses the full backing of Imperial law. Only the Emperor may change the constitution, but the Supreme Court may rule on issues involving constitutional law.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? No, public policy is largely set by the Emperor. The Emperor, however, generally works with the Imperial Senate and the populace when deciding matters of policy.

III. Participation:
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? The exact percentage is unknown. All lawful citizens above the age of majority (18) are permitted to vote, however, and all votes are of equal value.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? The voter turnout for the 3839 general election was 53.8%.

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? That depends on several factors. Communism is banned within the Aletian Empire, and all candidates must run as independent. Political parties and voting blocs are not permitted.

Is voting voluntary? Yes, although it is encouraged.

IV. Dissent:
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? Generally, no, although the state does have a great deal of power over the media. Private media is generally not permitted. All media platforms are organised under the state-owned Voice of Aletia corporation.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? Yes, free speech is a constitutional right.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? Yes, the right to protest is a constitutional right.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? Generally, yes. Debate is encouraged in Imperial society, and the right to make one's opinion known is protected by law.

V. Electoral Integrity:
Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? Generally, yes. Elections are overseen by the Supreme Court and the regional courts, who may order recounts if necessary.
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Erystan
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Posts: 32
Founded: Aug 07, 2018
Ex-Nation

Postby Erystan » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:14 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? There is a direct election, every 3 years, using Instant Run-Off Voting. Candidates must be nominated by a popular initiative of at least 50,000 citizens supporting the candidate before they can participate in the election.

How is the head of government selected? The Prime Minister is elected by the legislature (Federal Chamber).

How are members of the cabinet selected? Appointed by the Prime Minister, with approval of the Federal Chamber required for the entire Cabinet.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? The Federal Chamber is elected by party-list proportional representation every two years.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? The Constitution can only be amended through a referendum, which can be proposed by a majority of the legislature. All other can happen with majority vote.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? Yes.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? 100%

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? 90.57%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? Yes, although the offices of President of the Federal Republic and of Governor of the Provinces require a popular initiative backing them.

Is voting voluntary? Yes.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? No.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? Yes.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? Yes.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? Yes.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? Yes.
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The English Regions
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Founded: Jun 13, 2012
Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby The English Regions » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:30 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? By Presidential election.

How is the head of government selected? Prime minister, by parliament, must be member of lower-house (Usually Party Leader).

How are members of the cabinet selected? By Parliament, can be member of senate.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
By regularly held elections held at intervals for Senate and House of Deputies every four years under proportional representation.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? The requirement of a referendum for constitutional change, with Supreme Court able to review votes.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? Yes, besides federally designated de-centralised powers granted to the regions.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
98.7% of those over 16, including those in detention (only group not permitted to are immigrants living in the country for less than 24 months)

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
88.9%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Yes

Is voting voluntary?
Yes

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
No, not at all.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes, 100%.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes.
Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Yes, strict separation to prevent state editorial control, even funding is controlled by independent body.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes, no accusations of major voter intimidation since late 1950s.

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Prydaun
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Posts: 2
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Left-wing Utopia

Postby Prydaun » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:40 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
There is no head of state.

How is the head of government selected?
Annual Direct Democratic Election (All eligible citizens may vote), then confirmed by the Senate (Formality)

How are members of the cabinet selected?
Dependent upon the office:
Chairman of the Republican Senate - See Head of Government
Commissary of the Exchequer - See Head of Government
Chairman of the National Farmer's Union - Annual Direct Democratic Elections (Members of the National Farmer's Union may vote)
Chairman of the Public Service Union - Annual Direct Democratic Elections (Members of the Public Service Union may vote)
Chairman of the Trades Union Congress - Annual Direct Democratic Elections (Members of the Trades Union Congress may vote)
Commissary of the Republican Navy - Annual Direct Democratic Elections (Civilian members of the Republican Navy, i.e. Merchant Navy, may vote)
Commissary of the People - Annual Direct Democratic Election (All eligible citizens may vote)
Admiral of the Republican Navy - Annual Direct Democratic Elections (Military members of the Republican Navy may vote)
Marshal of the Republican Air Force - Annual Direct Democratic Elections (Members of the Republican Air Force may vote)
Marshal of the Republican Militia - Annual Direct Democratic Elections (Members of the Republican Militia may vote)

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
Annual Direct Democratic Elections for Senatorial Organisations (Political Party), which then are allocated a number of seats based upon voter number. 5 year term limit per 10 years

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
Legislature must be passed in both the Senate and by the people's vote. However temporary legislation may be passed by solely the cabinet, but cannot be enacted for more than 1 month, and will be grounds for a official investigation of abuse of power.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
No, legislature must receive a majority vote in a people's vote. Communes may also choose to amend legislature to fit local circumstances as long as it still receives a majority in a people's vote in the commune.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
97.4%

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
88.5%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Cannot have been convicted of voter fraud within the last 10 years and cannot be fascist.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
Illegal to advocate for fascism due to being classified as inherently violent.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Yes

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes
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Presidential Hong Kong
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Ex-Nation

Postby Presidential Hong Kong » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:57 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
The President is selected by presidential elections every 5 years.

How is the head of government selected?
The Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the President.

How are members of the cabinet selected?
The Cabinet is appointed by the President.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
The Upper House (House of Elders) consists of 51 seats, 17 are selected from district elections every 5 years, 17 are selected from provincial elections every 5 years, and 17 are appointed by the President. The Lower House (House of the People) consists of 125 seats, all are selected from parliamentary elections every 5 years.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
For legislative decisions to pass, they should be first debated in the House of the People, accumulate at least 75 affirmative votes, pass the House of Elders with 34 affirmative votes and be approved by the President (though blocking a legislation will need the President reasoning with the House of the People).

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
Yes.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
100%.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
68%.

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Yes.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
No.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Yes.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes.
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Deuderland
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Deuderland » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:22 am

I. The executive branch

How is the head of state selected?
The head of state and government is the same person. They are elected by a parliamentary majority, usually after a general election.

How is the head of government selected?
See above answer.

How are members of the cabinet selected?
They are selected by the head of state, and are usually elected members of Parliament and members of parties in government, but exceptions has happened.

II. The legislature

How are members of the legislature selected?
By proportional representation in multimember consituencies.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
Any legislation, including repeals and amendments to current law, requires a simple majority in the legislature.
Any consitutional amendment must achieve a supermajority of 67% in the legislature and be put to a nation-wide referendum with a turnout of at least 50% to come into effect.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
Any piece legislation has to be put to a vote. A simple majority is required for policies to be written into law

III. Participation

What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
Everyone, unless you've been legally incapacitated (i.e. unable to manage your own finances).

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
89,4%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Yes.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes.

IV. Dissent


Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
No.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Yes.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes. The voting laws guarantee complete anonymity when casting your vote.
On top of that, there's no registration process for being able to vote. If you are a citizen, the moment you become of legal voting age, you are automatically registered to vote, and you receive a message 1 month prior to election day with information about where to cast a vote, opening and closing times for the polling station, and such.

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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Dushan » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:35 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? The Ruler is in theory choosen by the Great Council, usually for lifetime sometimes also a number of year. In practice the position has often but not always been held by various sucessive dynasties.

How is the head of government selected? The Chancellor (sometimes also called the Prime Minister/First Minister) is officially appointed by the ruler, but in practice choosen by the Great Council.

How are members of the cabinet selected? Appointed by the Prime Minister.

II. The legislature

How are members of the legislature selected? The Great Council is the legislative body of the Dushani Realm, its members are direct representatives of it's various estates with imperative mandates.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? Very little, the Ruler and the Keeper of the Seal have some veto rights however.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? No. There are various other insitutions at lower level involved.

III. Participation

What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? N/A

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? N/A

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? Yes, however it depends on the kind of office. Since some offices are specifically restricted to members of the respective guilds and institutions. (Dans)

Is voting voluntary? Yes, usually it is.

IV. Dissent

Does the state censor any media for political reasons? Rarely but it happens in some subdivisions

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? Mostly yes

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? Yes, but this varies from area to area

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? Fairly so

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? Yes, theres a fair degree of transparency.
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Bolderdash
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Founded: Jul 03, 2018
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

Postby Bolderdash » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:47 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
The Executive Council is selected by a party vote, where all parties put out a list of who they would add for each position. The people then vote for a party, not an individual, in the election. Seats are given to each party in proportion to the vote (there are five seats), with parties selecting the seats they get, starting with the party who had the largest share. State Minister is a position on this council.

How is the head of government selected?
Same as above, except there is no one “Head of Government,” per-se. This duty is split between the other four Council seats.

How are members of the cabinet selected?
Um, see above, I guess? The Executive Council is a set of advisors to each other. In addition, we hold elections for high-level positions within the Ministries, so these advisorial positions also are elected by the people.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
It’s bicameral and complicated. The Upper House has representatives voted on by the people, divided into regions with each region giving an amount proportional to population, calculated and calibrated by a census every five years. There is anywhere from 240-300 legislators in this house.
The Lower House is all citizens who are aged fifteen years or older and citizen-styled AIs and participates in a monthly Election Holiday, where businesses are required to operate either closed for a half-day (most businesses) or half-staffed for a full day, with a staff rotation halfway through the day (usually food stores and other important shops who need to stay open)

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
While there are very few restrictions, the High Court can strike down unconstitutional laws, and the Executive Council can reject a bill (the Lower House can override with a 2/3 supermajority). While amendment of the Constitution is possible by a similar process to all laws, a repeal thereof requires a 3/4 supermajority of the Lower House, after the replacement has been drawn up. Citizens vote for “Keep” or “Change” and unless “Change” has triple what “Keep” has, the old remains. Voter turnout under 3/4 also strikes this null and void.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
As is above stated, the Judicial and Executive Branches can interfere, and while most government interaction is with the legislature, some powers are delegated to Judicial and Executive departments.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
100%+AI voters.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
Last Executive Election Turnout (Three Year Interval): 98.65%
Last Legislative Election Turnout (One Year Interval): 96.47%
Last Election Holiday Turnout (Monthly): 94.92%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
They may run for legislative or judicial office regardless of anything. The Executive Council, however, requires a party membership OR COALITION TEAM (A group of five independents running together) to run.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes, but a few smaller fringe parties have been known to kick nonvoting members. However, no state-mandation.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
Not political, though there is some censoring of pornography for children’s protection.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes, unless there are specific motions in the High Court (these have been uncommon but not unheard of).

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
All nonviolent protest is legal. This even includes certain forms of obstruction.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
The Bolderdashique Citizen, our largest state-funded newspaper, as well as most other state-funded papers, is completely nonpartisan. There are also state-funded papers for each political party over 1% of the last vote. Since these all recieve equal funding and distribution, they are often counted as “the Party Paper” and, while they are distinct and partisan, citizens look at it as one and only with partisan areas, so I guess it’s up to interpretation.

V. Electoral integrity
Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes, we have strong measures in place against voter intimidation and there have been no reported cases since the Bolderdashique Restoration of Democracy.
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Ex-Nation

Postby Democratic Deutschland » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:52 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?: Via open, Voluntary elections every four years.

How is the head of government selected?: Via open, Voluntary elections every four years.

How are members of the cabinet selected?: Appointed but need to pass 2/3rd Majority of Senate Vote and 2/3rd Majority of House Vote

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?: Senate: Voted in during state elections every 4 years in between Presidential elections

Representative: Voted in every 2 years during Presidential Elections and Midterm elections

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?: Must have 51% or higher approval to pass/repeal/amend. 2/3rds Majority needed to bypass Presidential Veto.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?: Required to pass through Senate and House. If accused of being Unconstitutional, the Bill must pass through the Judiciary Branch. Soo.... Yes.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?: 96-98%

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?: 99% of Eligible Population.

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?: Only allowed to run if they do not have a major criminal offense (Such as Murder)

Is voting voluntary?: Yes

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?: No, in fact there are laws set in place to prevent censorship unless it involves Classified information.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?: Yes

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?: Yes

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?: Yes

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?: Yes

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Postby Fairviolet Lake » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:18 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? The President is elected by the people.

How is the head of government selected? The President is elected by the people.

How are members of the cabinet selected? They are appointed by the President, confirmed by the National Assembly, and/or confirmed by the people if a petition demands it.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? They are elected by the people.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? To pass, repeal, or amend legislation, a simple majority in both houses is required. To override a presidential veto, a 3/4ths vote in one house is required and a simple majority in the other. To amend the constitution, the national legislature must pass the amendment with a 3/4ths supermajority and a 60% majority in a referendum by the people.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? Yes, but the President may issue executive orders (but not create laws) and the Supreme Court may unilaterally strike down laws and executive orders.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? 100% of all citizens may register to vote.

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? 88%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? Yes

Is voting voluntary? Yes

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? No.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? Yes. Hate speech is treated as incitement to violent crime, however.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? Yes.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? Yes

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? Yes

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Postby Thermodolia » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:30 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
The President is elected by a two round system. If no candidate reaches 51% in the first round then the top two candidates go to a second round. If neither candidate gets 51% then the National Assembly decides. The president then serves for a 6 year term, with a limit of four terms. The president is elected by all Thermodolian citizens who are not in prison and are 18 years of age or older.

How is the head of government selected?
The Prime Minister is appointed by the President with the approval of the National Assembly. The Prime Minister must be an elected representative to the National Assembly.

How are members of the cabinet selected?
The cabinet is appointed both by the prime minister and by the president. The prime minister appoints all ministers to their ministries while the president appoints three secretaries to the Departments of Defense, State, and National Security.

The ministers must be representatives to the National Assembly while the secretaries must only be Thermodolian citizens

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
All 1000 representatives of the National Assembly are elected by IRV for 3 year terms.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
No restrictions are placed when it comes to passing legislation. However constitutional amendments are a different matter. A bill to amend the constitution must have the approval of 60% of the National Assembly, be approved by the president, and then approved by 60% of the people.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
Yes

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
88%

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
78%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Yes as long as they aren’t in prison.

Is voting voluntary?
Yes

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
No

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Yes

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes
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Postby Hamira » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:11 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? The President is nominated by the people through their representatives in the National Congress. The representatives in the National Congress are elected by the representatives in the People's Local Committees, who are elected by the representatives in the People's Neighborhood Forums, who are elected by the people and approved by the Party. After the nomination process, the people of our nation excitedly gather at polling stations to cast their ballot in the general election.

How is the head of government selected? The Prime Minister is appointed by the Party Congress.

How are members of the cabinet selected? The President appoints the cabinet to be approved by the Party Congress.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? Half are appointed by the Party Congress, the other half are appointed by the People's Local Committees.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? The National Congress must pass legislation that is compatible with the teachings of the National Worker's Party.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? No, the Party Congress may dissolve the legislature and issue decrees.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? 100%

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? 100%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? No, all candidates must be approved by the Party Congress.

Is voting voluntary? No.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? Yes.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? No.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? No.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? State-owned media reports objectively and allows a platform for the positions of all of the people of Hamira - the positions of the National Worker's Party.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? Yes, Hamirans cast their votes for whomever they choose! A sample ballot can be found below.

FOR PRESIDENT

[ ] CANDIDATE #1: PRESIDENT JOHN LINKO, OF THE NATIONAL WORKER'S PARTY

[ ] I VOTE AGAINST ALL CANDIDATES AND BY CHECKING THIS BOX I AM DECLARING WAR ON THE NATION OF HAMIRA AND COMMITTING AN ACT OF TREASON

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Postby Cosmicium » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:47 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? The president is selected by the parliament, which chooses the candidates and also votes for them.

How is the head of government selected? The prime minister is directly appointed by the President, who chooses someone in the parliament to elevate.

How are members of the cabinet selected? Members of the Presidential Cabinet are also directly appointed by the President, but unlike the prime minister they may be any Cosmician citizen over the age of 18.

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? All 300 members of Parliament are elected through a (highly rigged) vote.

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? Only legislation that is considered acceptable by the President may be voted on and passed.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? No, the President can also pass bills, completely bypassing the Parliament. The Parliament is now a puppet legislature anyways, only following the President's orders.

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? 95.13%

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? 91.13%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? Supposedly yes, but in reality only highly privileged people can even hope to run for office.

Is voting voluntary? Yes.

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? All media that opposes the current President or the Cosmician Ideology is censored.

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? Technically yes, but in practice no.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? Yes, but they are generally ignored by the government.

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? No, it's blatantly right-wing and pro-Cosmician Ideology.

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? One quick look at the 2032 elections should tell volumes the answer is NO!
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Postby Tropical Isles » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:40 am

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? election every 5 years

How is the head of government selected? election every 5 years

How are members of the cabinet selected? election every 5 years

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? election every 5 years

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? any change to the constitution requires a vote of at least 63%.

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? yes

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? 100%

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election? 100%

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? yes

Is voting voluntary? yes

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? no

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? yes, just no swearing.

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? yes

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? yes

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate? yes
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Postby Free Arabian Nation » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:07 pm

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected?
The people directly elect the leader via FPTP

How is the head of government selected?
Is the Head of State

How are members of the cabinet selected?
Appointed by Head of State

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected?
Is the Head of State

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote?
No restrictions

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature?
Yes?
III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote?
All are allowed to vote, even children

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?
N/A, Leader took power in coup

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions?
Yes

Is voting voluntary?
Yes

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons?
Only Eurasian/Eastasian/Oceanian owned media

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime?
Yes

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution?
Yes

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters?
Sometimes

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?
Yes
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Postby Cosmopolitan borovan » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:48 pm

I. The executive branch
How is the head of state selected? dictatorship, previous government was couped, successive leaders are appointed by current leader

How is the head of government selected? same as above

How are members of the cabinet selected? appointment by leader

II. The legislature
How are members of the legislature selected? no legislature

What restrictions are placed upon the ability of the legislature to pass, repeal, or amend legislation or the Constitution with majority vote? none

Does the ability to set public policy rest solely within the legislature and departments dependent upon the legislature? no

III. Participation
What percent of the population above the age of majority is eligible to register to vote? no elections

What was the voter turnout among the eligible population for last election?no elections

Are all eligible citizens of age allowed to run for office regardless of their partisan loyalties or other conditions? no

Is voting voluntary? no

IV. Dissent
Does the state censor any media for political reasons? yes

Are residents allowed to express any speech free from censorship or persecution from state institutions, exempting fraud, libel, and incitement to violent crime? yes

Are residents allowed to form non-violent and non-obstructive demonstrations against the government without fear of persecution? yes

Is state-owned or publicly funded media impartial and non-partisan, reporting objectively and allowing a platform for popular dissenting positions when discussing political matters? state own no but private yes as long as excessive criticism of government does not take place

V. Electoral integrity

Are elections fair, with results reported objectively and without the use of voter intimidation or other means of preventing eligible citizens from voting for their preferred candidate?no

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