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Democracy and Freedom Index

Postby Plaetopia » Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:42 pm

Introduction
There have been many similar indices, though none seem to be active at the moment. Hence, the government of Plaetopia has elaborated its very own Democracy and Freedom Index, based on several indices seen both in the Multiverse and in Real Life Earth. Nations are assessed based on 4 different categories plus an additional optional one, and classified in 5 categories based on the conduct and integrity of elections, separation of powers, the adequate functioning of the government, civil liberties enjoyed by the population, and legal equality or discrimination based on gender, religion, ethnicity or any similar grounds.

The Questionnaire
Please fill the following questionnaire to get your nation assessed:
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ELECTIONS
[b]How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?[/b]
[b]How is the national legislature selected?[/b]
[b]Are elections considered free and fair?[/b]
[b]Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?[/b]

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
[b]In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?[/b]
[b]Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?[/b]
[b]Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?[/b]
[b]From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption?[/b] [i](Small explanation appreciated)[/i]
[b]From 1-10, how transparent is government activity?[/b] [i](Small explanation appreciated)[/i]
[b]Is there an independent judiciary?[/b]

CIVIL LIBERTIES
[b]Is there an independent media?[/b]
[b]Is there freedom of religion?[/b]
[b]Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?[/b]
[b]Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?[/b]
[b]Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?[/b]
[b]Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?[/b]
[b]Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?[/b]
[b]Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?[/b]
[b]Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?[/b]

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
[b]How is citizenship determined?[/b]
[b]Who is able to vote in elections?[/b]
[b]Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?[/b]
[b]Are the above groups well represented in government?[/b]

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
[b]Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?[/b]
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[b]Any suggestions for future editions of the index?[/b]

To assess a particular country, a decimal score ranging from 0 to 1 will be assigned to every question based on the responses and then divided by the number of questions to get the average. Finally, it will be multiplied by 10 to get a score ranging from 0 to 10. In case of the optional additional question, the score assigned will range from -1 to 0.

Classification
Nations will be classified in 5 categories based on their score:

Free (score 8-10): a government truly committed to political pluralism and representative rule. Elections are free and fair, the opposition is meaningful and has realistic opportunities to gain power, the rights of minorities are guaranteed, civil rights are respected and the government is mostly transparent, able to rule as mandated by voters and is corruption-free. Any gaps on political freedom and civil liberties are minor.

Mostly Free (score 6-8): while the government is generally committed to representative rule, there are important deficiencies such as concentration of power by ruling elites, unchecked corruption, or discrimination against vulnerable groups. The government is more democratic than not and there is hope of further reform and improvement.

Partly Free (score 4-6): a regime with both democratic and authoritarian characteristics, nations in this category are generally unstable transition governments. Problems in flawed democracies are more serious, and the government is likely to slide into authoritarian rule if there is not sustained pressure from civil society and citizens to mantain and carry on with democratic reforms.

Mostly Unfree (score 2-4): the government in nations in this category are not truly committed to political pluralism and seek to consolidate power, but some democratic elements persist regardless. Corruption may be pervasive or government authority may not extend over the entire national territory. However, authorities are still willing to give the population some limited concessions, such as autonomy for minority groups or limited displays of dissent.

Not Free (score 0-2): nations in this category are authoritarian police states that allow few to no opportunities for legitimate regime change, or have descended into internal chaos and civil war. Citizens are unable to exercise basic civil rights, severe repression is routine, and the government often controls most economic activity.

A country is placed on the highest category possible, i.e. a country with a score of exactly 8 is Free, while a country with a score of exactly 4 is Partly Free.

Reports
50 Nation Report
100 Nation Report
Next planned report: 200 Nations
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LIST OF NATIONS
Ordered by score, or alphabetical order in case of a tie.

Free (score 8-10)
The Norden Utopia (9.89)
Inkopolita (9.88) [NOTE: provisional score]
Sajnur (9.85)
Nanako Island (9.84)
HUElavia (9.83)
Azlaake (9.79)
Gandoor (9.77)
Shamsiyya (9.74)
Maineiacs (9.70)
Anollasia (9.65)
Drongonia (9.63)
Terre Septentrionale (9.60)
60s Music (9.57)
Merriwhether (9.56)
The United States of Ibica (9.56)
Pavonistade (9.54)
Draycora (9.50)
The Xenopolis Confederation (9.49)
The Union of British North America (9.47)
Amuaplye (9.44)
Fairviolet Lake (9.42)
Germany (9.38) [NOTE: NS username Marxist Germany]
Saciu (9.35)
Arthropol (9.33)
Etrurica (9.30)
Mahrenbach (9.27)
Federation of the Baltics (9.20)
LiberNovusAmericae (9.20)
Narvatus (9.20)
Timuria (9.20)
Czechoslovakia and Zakarpattia (9.13)
Palmyrion (9.13)
The United Chinese Republic (9.13)
Thermodolia (9.10)
Libertas Omnium Maximus (9.04)
Bareu (9.03)
Icy Fog (9.01)
Hansdeltania (8.99)
Dagnia (8.94)
Diacersia (8.94)
New Transeurasia (8.90)
Umpus (8.89)
Ravennog (8.87)
Strahcoin (8.87)
Greater Victora (8.85)
The Andromeda Archipelago (8.80)
The Great-German Empire (8.73)
Camarder (8.72)
Fauzjhia (8.65)
Radiatia (8.65)
Ieskarios (8.64)
Cottony (8.59)
Soldeg (8.47)
Polata City (8.43)
Lillorainen (8.39)
Pacomia (8.33)
Ko-oren (8.28)
Kabzeel (8.20)
Slavakino (8.03)

Mostly Free (score 6-8)
Greater States (7.50)
Rodhesia-Zimbabwe (7.47)
Malanasia (7.41)
First American Empire (7.28)
Orange-Bourgogne (7.26)
Urban Communes (7.07)
Bulgurdia (6.97)
Dushan (6.97)
The Niben (6.81)
Nogodia (6.72)
Nocturnalis (6.57)
MineLegotia and Equestria (6.30)
Themyscia (6.02)

Partly Free (score 4-6)
Pere Housh Alpha (5.98)
North German Realm (5.83)
Blueflarst (5.80)
Cosmicium (5.67)
Evacillian (5.57)
The Sherpa Empire (5.46)
Camelone (5.41)
Nokelon (5.41)
Sébourg (5.39)
El-Amin Caliphate (5.33)
Iciaros (5.28)
Cossack Khanate (4.91)
A m e n r i a (4.52)
Volnaya Territoriya (4.13)

Mostly Unfree (score 2-4)
The Land of the Ephyral (3.67)
New East Columbia (3.59)
Jeoloba (3.56)
Merconitonitopia (3.48)
Islaevia (3.37)
Alpes a Septentrionali imperium (3.25)
Khataiy (3.17)
Sovreign Military Order of St Peter (3.02)
Raider Clans (2.72)

Not Free (score <0-2)
Research Outpost 31 (1.85)
Victorious Decepticons (1.65)
Independent Pacific Junta (1.58)
Chricoma (1.52)
Sophistan (1.52)
Karpatakia (1.48)
Cherkasov (1.06)
Eurasian Socialist Soviet Republics (1.04)
The Great Imperator Jeffrey (0.94)
An Islamic World (0.79)
Ferlik (0.73)
K-poptopia (0.71)
Silver Commonwealth (0.58)
Apiary One (0.43)
Totalitarium (0.43)
Idoho (0.40)
Greater States of Arstotzka (0.27)
Marnady (-0.21)
Ghost Land (-0.42)
Kakistopia (-0.42)

Link to the second list

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Postby Diarcesia » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:26 pm

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? The head of state is the Monarch, the first among equals of the Archonate. The Archonate has three tiers:
1. Monarch
2. Triarchs
3. Heptarchs
4. First to Fourth Nonarchs (Senior Nonarchs)
5. Fifth to Ninth Nonarchs (Junior Nonarchs)

How is the national legislature selected? Diereses (administrative divisions) send their legislative representatives to the Monarchy's legislature. Their method of selection varies, but is usually elective.
Are elections considered free and fair? Yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? 66.10%. Voting is voluntary

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? Yes
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? The legislature has the legislative initiative
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? No
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated) 1. Corruption is relative low as diereses self-regulate. Corrupt ones tend to see emigration to other diereses or other nations.
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated) 9. Anyone can scrutinize most government activity
Is there an independent judiciary? Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? Yes
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Yes
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes in some capacity. Certain diereses only allows this in certain areas

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? By blood
Who is able to vote in elections? Adults with Diarcesian citizenship
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? Yes
Are the above groups well represented in government? No

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? No


Any suggestions for future editions of the index? No
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Anarchy

Postby Saciu » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:49 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?
Via election in 2015
How is the national legislature selected?
Legislature elections are held every four years
Are elections considered free and fair?
Yes, very much so
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?
The average turnout of eligible voters is very high, being around 90 in the 2015 election.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?
Government authority extends over the full territory, although local governments have a lot of power.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?
Most laws can be passed after a referendum. The constitution must be amended if there is a clash with new laws.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?
No
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated)
3. Corrupt politicians, a rare occurrence, are vilified, therey discouraging others to be corrupt, or encouraging them to hide it better.
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated)
9. Most government activity is easily visible.
Is there an independent judiciary?
Yes.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?
Yes, and the media is encouraged to attack the media (but not with knives)
Is there freedom of religion?
Yes. All religions are free to practise, as long as they don't interfere with others.
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?
Students are taught to research properly before accepting "facts" of every single party".
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?
Very much so
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?
Peaceful protests are encouraged
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?
Yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?
Yes, they have complete freedom of movement.
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?
They can look however they want, even if it depicts violent and dangerous groups such as Nazis and the KKK. They can have however large a family they want. Smart people are pressured into having more children, and stupid people are pressured into having fewer. Same-sex marriage is completely legal, but there is no marriage of 16 and under. Domestic violence is rare.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?
They can set up their own business freely, as long as it doesn't damage the environment. Property rights are protected.

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Being born to parents who had spent 270 of the past 365 days in the country, or who are Saquienne. A citizenship test is also available, although immigration is a long, difficult process.
Who is able to vote in elections? Anybody who pays taxes, even criminals.
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?
Men and women are treated similarly, but not identically due to biological differences. LGBT people are treated like most others, assuming they're reasonable. Ethnic minorities don't face discrimination. However, Saquianists are often recipients of discrimination, and are prejudiced themselves.
Are the above groups well represented in government?
Yes, although there are no quotas.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?
No
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Any suggestions for future editions of the index?
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Postby El-Amin Caliphate » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:06 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? Shura
How is the national legislature selected? By an exam
Are elections considered free and fair? There none at the national level. At the state level, that depends on the dhimmistan
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? Voting is not mandatory

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? There is no national legislature, only state legislature, and even then not every dhimmistan has one. But yes, those that do have one have the freedom to do so. Yes, government authority does extend over all of El-Amin Caliphate.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? They can't secede from the Sultanate, nor force Muslims to do un-Islamic stuff (vice-versa as well)
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? Yes, through legal means
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated) That depends on the dhimmistan
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated) See above
Is there an independent judiciary? At the national level, no. At the state level, see above

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? Yes
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes to an extent (as long it's not against Al-Islam, bringing down the Sultanate in exchange for a kufr government)
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yss
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes to an extent (as long as their employment doesn't violate their religion)
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Yes to an extent (as long as they don't violate their religion)
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? To the 1st question, yes to an extent (as long as they don't violate their religion). To the 2nd question, yes.

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? By applying, being born here
Who is able to vote in elections? Non-Muslims whose religion allows for such
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? No
Are the above groups well represented in government? Depends on the level you're talking about. And at the state level, it depends on which dhimmistan you're in

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? Does state and idividual da'wah count?
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Any suggestions for future editions of the index? No
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Postby Pavonistade » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:10 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? First-past-the-post elections
How is the national legislature selected? First-past-the-post elections
Are elections considered free and fair? Yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? 54%; no

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to successfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? Yes; yes
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? Yes. All bills must not come in violation with the Constitution or past Supreme Court rulings. The executive (president) can veto bills passed by the Parliament, though the Parliament can override any vetoes with a two-thirds supermajority. If the Constitution is to be amended, the amendment must not only be approved by the Parliament, but also approved by at least 50% of all provincial legislatures; in addition, all provinces in favor of the amendment must contain at least 50% of Pavonistade's population in total.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolution, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? No
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated) 3; though Pavonistade is a free democracy, the somewhat-centralized nature of the federal government leaves some room for corruption, although corruption is overall a rare phenomenon
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated) 7. Certain confidential or sensitive activities are concealed, and information deemed to be of no risk to national security may be released or documented freely. There are also few impediments to public access to government records and information.
Is there an independent judiciary? Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? Yes
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes; yes
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes; yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearance? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Yes, e.g. people can dress as they please, they can marry a person of their choice with consent, domestic violence is uncommon, etc.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes; yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Birthright (i.e. born in Pavonistade and to at least one parent with citizenship) or naturalization
Who is able to vote in elections? Citizens (all elections), permanent residents (local elections only, e.g. district/county elections)
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? Yes
Are the above groups well represented in government? Yes

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or non-state groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? No


Any suggestions for future editions of the index? Perhaps add a bit more questions relating to economic factors (e.g. average annual income, Gini coefficient, income [in]equality, rich-poor gap); they may be related to the amount of freedom in a certain country
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Hansdeltania
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Hansdeltania » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:39 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? The President of the Federal Union is elected through three rounds of run-off voting. In the first round, the top five candidates move onto the second round; the top two candidates of that cycle move onto the final round.
How is the national legislature selected? Both houses of the Federal United Congress of Hansdeltanian States are elected by popular vote.
Are elections considered free and fair? Yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? Approximately 78 percent of all eligible voters participate in optional but encouraged elections.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to successfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? Yes
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? Yes
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? Yes
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? 1 (Lobbying is considered bribery, and bribery to an elected official qualifies as corruption. Corruption is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty, depending on how severe and how badly such corruption affected the nation.)
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? 9 (All votes in the Federal Congress are public, all elected officials must report where donations to their campaign came from, and all elected officials must release their tax returns annually.)
Is there an independent judiciary? Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Technically, no; in practice, yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? For the most part
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes, although radicals have threatened their opponents in the past.
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes, although radical opposition activists have attacked protesters on occasion.
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearance? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? It is still illegal to participate in non-heterosexual acts, and many Hansdeltanians prefer keeping things that way. Excessive tattoos are discouraged by private citizens, but there is no law regarding markings on bodies. Domestic violence is rare.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Be born within Hansdeltanian borders (except for the children of foreign dignitaries on official business), be born to at least one Hansdeltanian parent overseas and reside in Hansdeltania for at least five years (no residence requirement for two Hansdeltanian parents), or naturalization after five years as a legal resident and passing a fifty-question civics and history multiple-choice test.
Who is able to vote in elections? All citizens aged 18 or older and not be imprisoned for insurrection or treason against the Federal Union
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? LGBT+ members are discriminated against both legally (illegal to be not heterosexual and/or be transgender) and privately.
Are the above groups well represented in government? Women make up approximately 37 percent of the Federal Congress and 24 percent of total military officers

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? By technicality, yes (homosexuality and transgender identity are criminalized)


Any suggestions for future editions of the index?
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Postby Ko-oren » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:45 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? Meritocratically appointed
How is the national legislature selected? Meritocratically appointed
Are elections considered free and fair? Yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? 60-75%, no

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? N/A
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? Yes, though every law proposal must pass through the democratically elected parliament, whose only job is to reject/approve/comment on law proposals. They are technically not part of the legislature, but a democratic element must always approve of actions taken by the meritocracy/legislature.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? No
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated) 2. There are extensive checks on whether every official acts within their normal job descriptions. This is another task for the democratic parliament: to audit, and ask explanations from, the meritocracy.
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated) 10. Very transparent. Everything done by the meritocracy must be viewable by the parliament and the media. This is one of many checks to keep the meritocracy in line.
Is there an independent judiciary? Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? Yes, as much as possible. Is it really possible to keep education 100% free of politics?
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Yes
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Nationality of parents
Who is able to vote in elections? Everyone over 18
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? Yes
Are the above groups well represented in government? There are no programmes in place to specifically represent different segments of the population. The government is meritocratic, so the best person is hired for the apt job, regardless of age, gender, race, language, sexual orientation, etc.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? No
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Any suggestions for future editions of the index? Questions about what is done to audit/check officials, bordering on the corruption questions. Also, meritocracies don't fit well in the questionnaire (though I don't really know how to fix that. Technically it's not a democracy, after all).
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Postby The Andromeda Archipelago » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:06 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? The President of the Allied States (head of state & government) is selected by a majority of the legislature from amongst their members.
How is the national legislature selected? Bi-annual elections for 200 Assembly members each elected from a constituency.
Are elections considered free and fair? Generally, yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? Average turnout is @55%. Voting is not mandatory.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?
Yes & Yes
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? Changes in our Constitution must be passed by three consecutive legislatures. Other than that, no limits.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? No
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated) 5
Under our system, several of our legislators maintain positions outside of the government. This makes them susceptible to working in the interest of said paymasters. In the past, such practice was praised as a savings for the taxpayer, but now many legislators are accused of having a conflict of interest.
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated) 7
Not everything the government does can be made public for national security reasons.
Is there an independent judiciary? No.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?
The three big media networks are independent. One leans slightly liberal while the other two lean conservative.
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? Yes
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? They enjoy basic freedoms. We don't keep national statistics on domestic violence.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined?
Birthright (born in the Allied States, born to a parent from the Allied States) & otherwise earned (passing a basic citizenship test after being a legal resident for at least 12 months)
Who is able to vote in elections? Anyone over 18.
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? For the most part.
Are the above groups well represented in government? Frankly, the LGBT community just happens to be underrepresented.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?

No
Any suggestions for future editions of the index? No
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Postby Plaetopia » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:39 am

Updated.

Do keep in mind that the last question is intended for situations forcing a particular group to disappear, through forced expulsions of the country, mass internment in prison camps, incentives to have less children, incentives to the majority population to transfer to minority areas to dilute the minority population, outright genocide, etc.

Ko-oren wrote:Any suggestions for future editions of the index? Questions about what is done to audit/check officials, bordering on the corruption questions. Also, meritocracies don't fit well in the questionnaire (though I don't really know how to fix that. Technically it's not a democracy, after all).

Suggestions noted, thanks. Also, meritocracies score poorly in the elections department (as there are few to none), but in your particular case it is compensated by a strong civil rights record.
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Postby Iciaros » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:17 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? Selected by the previous head of state (the Empress) or other such authorised individual.
How is the national legislature selected? Unilaterally by the head of state, on the advice of her council.
Are elections considered free and fair? N/A
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? N/A

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to successfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? National representatives are not freely elected, and on the whole have great power to implement policy. Government authority nominally extends over all territories, but semi-autonomous territories and protectorates are in reality granted great freedoms in managing their internal affairs, and a few exercise democratic means of selecting their governments unimpeded by the autocratic national government.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? There is no constitution, and the passage of any law must be authorised by the head of state.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? No, both the executive and legislature are bound to the will of the head of state.
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? 2; extensive records of the behaviour and actions of authority figures, particularly senior authority figures, are kept, cataloging many facets their professional and personal lives. These include measures such as allowing them to only use authorised devices which are bugged, spy cameras and audio recorders on their person, and so on.
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? 6; much government activity is conducted out in the open, and though ultimately power to make law falls on the shoulders of a select few, the process of deliberation leading to decision-making and the justifications behind the final decision are made available to the public to peruse.
Is there an independent judiciary? The entire judiciary is appointed only by the head of state, and in practice the head of state has typically left judges to judge as they will unless serious allegations of fraud or corruption are levelled against them.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? In theory, yes; the media is free to express what opinions they want, but are kept in check by libel and fake news laws.
Is there freedom of religion? For the most part, yes, though the government is wary of organised religion.
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? While education seeks to instill in students basic values, it does not proclaim the eternal and unchallengeable correctness of the government.
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes, unless such dissent amounts to the aforementioned libel and fake news laws, or constitutes some other form of offense (like assault).
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Individuals may apply to conduct a peaceful protest, and permits are almost always allowed provided the protest stays within a certain set area so as to minimise disruptions to traffic and general movement.
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Full guarantees of due process exist and are upheld in practice.
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Not only is freedom of movement rigidly upheld by the government, it is one of its key policies to smoothen movement anywhere. No barriers exist within Iciaros' core territories, and while its semi-autonomous territories and protectorates can determine migration policy to an extent, they are bound to respect Iciaros' migration laws, which uphold the right of all persons to leave or settle in an area of their choosing. Iciaros maintains a well-funded Ministry responsible for making migration of all kinds, whether into, out of, or within Iciaros, affordable through subsidies. Shorter-term travel is not similarly subsidised, but citizens are free to move wherever they wish.
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearance? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Citizens are almost entirely free to do whatever they wish without consequence, provided all persons involved in their actions give their consent. Some 'areas of concern', such as taking drugs or smoking cigarettes, are also allowed but may result in the withdrawal of relevant medical subsidies. Children are where the greatest restrictions exist, and generally Iciaros is very stern with ensuring that only parents who have the financial capability and general responsibility may bring up children.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Any person may set up a business, but applying for limited liability or other forms of separate legal personality can carry with it some restrictions and requirements with regards to the keeping of accounts and other such matters. Citizens are free to own and hold property, naturally subject to tax.

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Any person given official citizenship status by the government is a citizen.
Who is able to vote in elections? N/A
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? All segments of the population are treated equally, and even non-citizens are on essentially the same footing as citizens and are given the opportunity to gain citizenship within a few years.
Are the above groups well represented in government? Yes.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? No.


Any suggestions for future editions of the index? Personally I'm not sure whether you want to keep the category names the way they are, because, as Ko-oren noted, non-democracies could still have high freedom scores that could conceivably see them ranked as a democracy, or vice-versa. Perhaps names that reflect the dual nature of this index as measuring both freedom and democracy might be more suitable?
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Authoritarian Democracy

Postby Research Outpost 31 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:27 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?Hereditary.
How is the national legislature selected?There is none.
Are elections considered free and fair?There are none.
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?There is no voting.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?There is no national representatives or elections. The All-Mother's power is total.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?There is no legislature.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?There is no legislature.
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption?1. We have no concept of corruption.
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity?10. We are all connected to the Mother mind.
Is there an independent judiciary?No.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?No.
Is there freedom of religion?No.
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?No.
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?No.
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?No.
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?No.
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?No.
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?It depends.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?No

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined?We are born, so we serve.
Who is able to vote in elections?No one.
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?Yes.
Are the above groups well represented in government?No.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?No.
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Any suggestions for future editions of the index?No.

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Corporate Bordello

Postby Marxist Germany » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:42 am

Note: please use the name Germany instead of Marxist Germany

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? an election is held every 5 years where the President is elected by FPTP system.
How is the national legislature selected? An election is held every year to determine the representatives in the Bundestag, the representatives are elected using a method of proportional representation in each local constituency, there are 600 constituencis and representatives.
Are elections considered free and fair?Yes they are. The ballot is secret as well.
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?The average turnout for the past 10 years was 73.1%. No.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?National representatives are unable to propose new policies, that is done by the executive, however, they are able to vote on and make amendments to proposals made by the executive.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?No. Any law needs to get a legislature majority to pass, constitutional amendments are done via referenda.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?No.
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated)2, corruption is very rare and low in Germany due to a ban on donations that make up more than 5% of a candidate's campaign. Bribing representatives to pass laws is completely prohibited
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated)8, all meetings are recorded and can be viewed by the public, only top military secrets and documents are not released to the public until 30 years have passed since their publishing.
Is there an independent judiciary?Yes.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?Yes.
Is there freedom of religion?Yes.
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?Yes.
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?Dissent is encouraged in Germany.
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?Yes of course, it is a constitutional right alongside the mentioned above.
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?Yes.
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes.
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Polygamy is prohibited in Germany, otherwise, same sex marriage and divorce are legal.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?Yes.

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined?By birth to at least one Citizen, or through naturalisation which requires a 6 year period of continued residency and a clean criminal record.
Who is able to vote in elections?All citizens over 18 who have registered to vote at least once.
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?Yes.
Are the above groups well represented in government?No, women only make up 20% of the Bundestag and there has never been a woman president. There are no LGBT persons who have ever served in the Bundestag. This is due to choice and not systemic oppression.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?Nope.
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Any suggestions for future editions of the index?This looks great so I'd say no.
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Chricoma » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:13 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?: Selected by the last one
How is the national legislature selected?: There is no national legislature
Are elections considered free and fair? No
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? The only elections involve the Mayors of towns and District Representatives who have no political power.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?: The authority of the government extends over all national territory, they would like be able to develop legislation.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? There is no legislature
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? The Fuhrer and the King have absolute power, however the King has more power than the Fuhrer
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? 8, Vast, many members of the government are loyal only by how much the Fuhrer pays them
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? 7, the government is open about corruption but will selective change things
Is there an independent judiciary?: There is a Judiciary but the Fuhrer and the King may overrule outcomes at anytime.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? No, there are approved religions.
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? No
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? No
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? No
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Somewhat, there is an idea of due process but is not upheld.
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes absolutely
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? No somewhat, there are strict modesty laws, marriage is heavily regulated, married couples are heavily pushed to have children, domestic violence is not very common in the country.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Race, Age
Who is able to vote in elections? Landowning Citizen Men
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? Non Heterosexual relationships is prohibited and Transgenders are not allowed to dress as the gender they identify as, only white Europeans are permitted to be citizens, only men can vote or participate in government/military.
Are the above groups well represented in government? No

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? Yes, the government is trying to Germanify the huge Greek, Serbian, and Albanian populations in the Southeast of the country.
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Postby Orange-Bourgogne » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:29 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?
The Head of State was selected by hereditary right. Upon the abdication of his father, the incumbent (His Majesty King Henry of Orange-Bourgogne), took over the "office" of Sovereign and Monarch.
The Head of Government (Prime Minister Nichola Pankhurst MP) was first selected by her party as their leader. She was then subsequently elected by her constituency and appointed by the Head of State to the office fo Prime Minister, after her party won the General Election.
How is the national legislature selected?
The legislature consists of three parts: 1) the Sovereign, who is by default a member of the Crown-in-Parliament but is limited to a ceremonial role; 2) the Upper House of Parliament consists of various Peers and Prelates upon either hereditary right or appointment on the request of the Prime Minister; 3) the Lower House of Parliament, which is made up by elected members for each constituency they then represent.
Are elections considered free and fair? The general population does see them as fair. However, de facto they are overseen by the politically biassed Electoral Commission (members of which are appointed by the Prime Minister).
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? The average turnout is about 80% in a General Election. Voting is not mandatory.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? On both counts, yes.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? Each member of either House of Parliament can initiate draft legislation. Bills must be approved by a majority in both Houses respectively, after which they will receive Royal Assent from the Sovereign.
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? No.
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? 2/10 Corruption does exist, but only on a minor scale. Most politicans frown upon "offers they cannot refuse".[/i]
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? 6/10 The government is required to submit all of their documents to the Legislature if it is asked for. An exception can be made for state secrets, unless it is called for by the Standing Oversight Committee on Confidential Affairs. This does not say, however, that the government is willing to actively inform the legislature that such documents do in fact exist, so that the legislature has to be very active if they want to find such documents.
Is there an independent judiciary? Yes, independence is acknowledged by both statutory law and constitutional convention.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes.
Is there freedom of religion? De jure, no; de facto, yes.
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? De jure, yes; de facto, no.
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Generally, yes
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Generally, yes.
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes.
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes on a national level. It depends on various treaties whether or not they can also freely move to or from a foreign state.
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Yes.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Generally, yes. Though some businesses are prohibited (like those in the weapons' sector).

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? By birth only. Spouses get a permanent permission to live and work, but do not get citizenship. (De facto, they are fully protected by the rights and liberties that citizens also enjoy.)
Who is able to vote in elections? Citizens (and their spouses who have lived in the country for more than five years), not detained in prison for a felony (or the first election after their release from prison) who are older than 21 years.
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? Yes, with the exception of sodomites. In fact, some minority groups have de jure some privileges.
Are the above groups well represented in government? Yes, with the exception of sodomites.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? No.
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Plaetopia » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:11 am

Updated.

Iciaros wrote:Any suggestions for future editions of the index? Personally I'm not sure whether you want to keep the category names the way they are, because, as Ko-oren noted, non-democracies could still have high freedom scores that could conceivably see them ranked as a democracy, or vice-versa. Perhaps names that reflect the dual nature of this index as measuring both freedom and democracy might be more suitable?[/spoiler]

Thanks for the suggestions. As they do not affect the integrity of the score itself, they have been implemented immediately.

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Pavonistade wrote:Any suggestions for future editions of the index? Perhaps add a bit more questions relating to economic factors (e.g. average annual income, Gini coefficient, income [in]equality, rich-poor gap); they may be related to the amount of freedom in a certain country

Noted too, thanks. They could be implemented in future editions under a score for equality of opportunity and social mobility, or similar.
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Capitalist Paradise

Postby Drongonia » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:27 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?
Via a democratic election.

How is the national legislature selected?
Individuals vote for their preferred candidate from their local electorate. There are 120 seats, and once one party or party bloc gains 61 or more seats, they may form a government.

Are elections considered free and fair?
Yes

Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?
The 2016 voter turnout was 75.5% of eligible registered voters. Voting is not mandatory.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to successfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?
Yes, as long as the legislation gains the vote of at least 61 of the Members of Parliament, it passes.

Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?
Amendements to the Drongonian Bill of Rights Act must pass by a 75% majority in parliament (90 seats) and a national referendum.

Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolution, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?
No

From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated)
1.5 - There is a Ministry for State Services which (among other things) has the task of enforcing strong anti-corruption legislation and is fully accountable to the public.

From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated)
10 - All government spending, legislative changes, non-security-related meeting memos and full parliamentary transcripts are accessible via the websites of the respective Ministries. The Official Information Act allows members of the public, organisations, or the press to probe government Ministers regarding non-classified information.

Is there an independent judiciary?
Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? Yes
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? Yes
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? Yes
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearance? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?
Yes, and domestic violence is an issue in Drongonia, however, it is punished harshly by the government.
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined?
Anyone born within the borders is a citizen, and any immigrants who have gained a Permanent Residency Visa and lived in Drongonia for more than 10 years may apply for Citizenship.

Who is able to vote in elections?
All citizens over the age of 18 who are not in prison.

Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?
By the government, yes. However, many citizens have prejudices towards Middle Eastern and African individuals
Are the above groups well represented in government?
There are LGBT and minority MPs in parliament, as well as a large amount of LGBT and minority civil servants.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or non-state groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?
There are a few pro-diversity groups who would like to reduce the white population and stop the flow of White South African farmers into the country, however they have no sway on politics.

Any suggestions for future editions of the index?
Perhaps ask what the voting age is, and whether prisoners get to vote. Also, perhaps include something regarding term limits for both politicians and the leader. Oh one more thing, maybe ask about whether a country and/or its leader has ties to other less democratic nations.
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Anti: Crony capitalism, communism, socialism, high taxes, gun control, government intervention, overseas conflicts, identity politics, sexualisation of society

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(Keep in mind this is only accurate for 1908. I will apply again when my canon reaches modern age)

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? Federally, the Head of State is the North German Emperor (Norddeutscher Kaiser), also known as Federal President (Bundespräsident), a hereditary office belonging to the King of Prussia, while the Head of Government is the Realm's Chancellor (Reichskanzler), who is chosen by the Emperor from the Bundesrat or Reichstag representatives of the Winning Coalition of an election. Regionally, it depends. Some states are Parliamentarian Republics (Where both HoS and HoG are elected via legislature), while some are parliamentarian monarchies (where the HoS is a hereditary office and the HoG is elected)
How is the national legislature selected? The Reichstag's representatives are elected by popular vote in elections. The Bundesrat members are chosen by every North German member-state's government.
Are elections considered free and fair? Yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? The last Reichstag Election (1908) had a turnout of 84.7%. Voting is not mandatory.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to successfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? Yes to both.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? The legislature's laws have to be assented by the Bundesrat and the Emperor, and it can not make laws going against the Constitution, though it takes part in amending the constitution (the Reichstag's assent is required for a constitutional amendment, and the Reichstag is the body that usually proposes any such amendment)
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? Yes. The Emperor can dissolve the Reichstag under certain circumstances.
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated)2.5/10
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated) 6.5/10
Is there an independent judiciary? Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? No
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? No
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes, though exceptions may apply
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes, and they are normally upheld in practice, though exceptions may apply
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? As a general rule of law, Yes. Exceptions may apply.
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Yes. Domestic violence is not common, though that may be because most victims do not report abuse
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Blood.
Who is able to vote in elections? Male citizens of 25 years or high. (1908)
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? No. LGBT+ are generally prosecuted and legally discriminated, while ethnic minorities are legally equal.
Are the above groups well represented in government? No.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? Yes.


Any suggestions for future editions of the index? N/A
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Postby Thermodolia » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:08 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?
As Thermodolia is a semi-Presidential republic the president is both the head of state and head of government. Now with that out of the way the head of state is chosen by a two round system.

The head of government, the Prime Minister, is appointed by the President and must be a member of the National Assembly and must have majority support of the same

How is the national legislature selected?
The Federal Parliament is bicameral. The Federal Senate numbers 488 senators and is chosen by STV, while the National Assembly numbers 1,000 and is chosen by closed-list Proportional Representation in a single nationwide district.

Are elections considered free and fair?
Yes

Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?
The most recent turnout was around 73%. Voting is not mandatory

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?
Yes

Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?
Bills regarding constitutional amendments, referendums, or overturning vetoes must have at 3/5ths in both chambers. The National Assembly has the power to overturn some Federal Senate decisions if 3/5ths of the chamber vote in favor of overturning a senate decision.

Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?
The president can dissolve the National Assembly. However the president can only dissolve the National Assembly if no election has taken place in the last 6 months or will take place in the next 6 months or if the parties in the National Assembly cannot form a government.

Dissolving the National Assembly automatically means that new elections are called and a caretaker government is installed. The National Assembly can contest the dissolution by filling a lawsuit in the Constitutional Court.

In the event of a budget crisis, last years budget is used until a new one can be made

From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption?
3 Thermodolia has its own independent anti-corruption Agency that helps in rooting out corruption

From 1-10, how transparent is government activity?
5 Some things are considered a national security issue and therefore not open to public eyes

Is there an independent judiciary?
Yes, an extremely independent judiciary. In Thermodolia the members of the Constitutional Court are appointed by the president and approved by the senate. However all other federal judges are appointed by the Constitutional Court and approved by the senate.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?
Yes

Is there freedom of religion?
Yes, however religions that are declared a cult are banned. Religious garments are illegal to be worn in public.

Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?
Yes

Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?
Yes

Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?
Yes

Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?
Yes

Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?
Yes

Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?
Yes, Domestic Violence depends on a variety of factors however for the most part it’s not common.

Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?
Yes. The Government has the right to eminent domain, however this can be fought in federal or provincial court. Otherwise yes.

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined?
Citizenship is determined as any child who is born to at least one Thermodolian citizen is an automatic citizen. Those who are adopted from a foreign nation also automatically become a citizen at 18 of both of their parents are Thermodolian citizens.

Those who are born in Thermodolia to non-citizens are granted Thermodolian National status.

Who is able to vote in elections?
Only citizens above the age of 18 and those who aren’t in prison can vote. Except in the Republic of Krâthístan where those in prison can vote and in the Commonwealth of Isla de Flores where Thermodolian Nationals and those who are citizens of The Commonwealth can also vote

Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?
Yes. Though assimilation programs are in practice

Are the above groups well represented in government?
Yes

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?
No



Any suggestions for future editions of the index?
N/A
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Postby Polata City » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:26 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?
The head of state is the ruling prince/princess. They are the oldest son/daughter of the current ruling monarch.

The Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch and serves at the monarchs pleasure. By convention the prime Minister is always the leader of the largest party.

How is the national legislature selected?
The People’s Assembly is elected by STV

Are elections considered free and fair?
Yes

Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?
99% Yes voting in all elections is mandatory

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?
Yes

Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?
Parliament may not overturn a royal veto and they must have 2/3rds in favor of changing the constitution plus royal assent.

Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?
The monarch can dissolve the People’s Assembly at any time and call for new elections. Polata City doesn’t have a set Election date nor do we have a set term.

From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption?
3 not very

From 1-10, how transparent is government activity?
7 very open and transparent

Is there an independent judiciary?
Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?
Yes

Is there freedom of religion?
Yes

Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?
Yes

Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?
Yes

Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?
Yes

Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?
Yes

Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?
Yes

Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?
Yes. DV is uncommon

Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?
Yes.

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined?
All persons who are born in Polata City or to Polatan citizens are automatically citizens. The monarch can also declared persons to be citizens of Polata City.

Who is able to vote in elections?
All Citizens.

Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?
Yes

Are the above groups well represented in government?
Yes

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?
No


Any suggestions for future editions of the index?
N/A
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Postby Idoho » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:47 am

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?
The head of government and head of state are one in the same. The candidates for president are selected by the Central Election Committee and then one of those candidates are voted in by White, Male, Christian, Idohoans.

How is the national legislature selected?
Congress is selected by voters who are White, Male, Christian, idohoans and a member of the Christian Republicans or Liberal Democrats

Are elections considered free and fair?
Hardly. All elections are supervised by the Central Election Committee, who alone has the power to approve or deny candidates.

Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?
30% No

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?
No only the Central Governance Committee has the authority to change or develop or implement new policies. Congress is just a rubber stamp.

The Idohoan government has control over all of their claimed territory.

Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?
See above. Congress is just a rubber stamp

Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?
Yes. The president or the CGC can at any time dissolve congress or rule by decree

From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption?
6 Bribes to government officials is common

From 1-10, how transparent is government activity?
Near zero. All meetings of congress, the CGC, the CEC, or the Central Religious Committee are off limits to the public

Is there an independent judiciary?
No. The judiciary is controlled by the CRC

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?
No

Is there freedom of religion?
Nominally yes. However it’s only for religions that are approved by the CRC.

Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?
Education is required to have political indoctrination

Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?
No. Those who do are shot on site.

Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?
See above

Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?
No. Only the ruling class or those who are White, Male, Christian and Idohoan can get those.

Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?
Travel outside of the nation is prohibited. Movement inside the nation is strictly controlled.

Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?
Only heterosexual marriage is legal. Abortion, homosexuality, and other social ills are illegal. DV is extremely common as women are considered to not have rights.

Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?
Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined?
Only those who are White, Christian, Male are allowed to be citizens.

Who is able to vote in elections?
Only those who are White, Male, Christian, and Idohoan Citizens are allowed to vote

Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?
Only White, Christian, men have any rights.

Are the above groups well represented in government?
See above.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group?
Yes.

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Postby Plaetopia » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:30 pm

Updated.
Drongonia wrote:Any suggestions for future editions of the index?
Perhaps ask what the voting age is, and whether prisoners get to vote. Also, perhaps include something regarding term limits for both politicians and the leader. Oh one more thing, maybe ask about whether a country and/or its leader has ties to other less democratic nations.

The former is already asked under question 21, "Who is able to vote in elections?". Term limits may help avoid a concentration of power, but might not be needed in certain countries that are already consolidated democracies, even if it generally does never do harm. As for international ties, they are irrelevant unless said other nations are willing to unduly influence the country's politics - which admittedly, may happen. Noted.

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ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? Federally, the Head of State is the North German Emperor (Norddeutscher Kaiser), also known as Federal President (Bundespräsident), a hereditary office belonging to the King of Prussia, while the Head of Government is the Realm's Chancellor (Reichskanzler), who is chosen by the Emperor from the Bundesrat or Reichstag representatives of the Winning Coalition of an election. Regionally, it depends. Some states are Parliamentarian Republics (Where both HoS and HoG are elected via legislature), while some are parliamentarian monarchies (where the HoS is a hereditary office and the HoG is elected)
How is the national legislature selected? The Reichstag's representatives are elected by popular vote in elections. The Bundesrat members are chosen by every North German member-state's government.
Are elections considered free and fair? Yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? The last Reichstag Election (1908) had a turnout of 84.7%. Voting is not mandatory.

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to successfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? Yes to both.
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? The legislature's laws have to be assented by the Bundesrat and the Emperor, and it can not make laws going against the Constitution, though it takes part in amending the constitution (the Reichstag's assent is required for a constitutional amendment, and the Reichstag is the body that usually proposes any such amendment)
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? Yes. The Emperor can dissolve the Reichstag under certain circumstances.
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated)2.5/10
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated) 6.5/10
Is there an independent judiciary? Yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? Yes
Is there freedom of religion? Yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? No
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? No
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? Yes, though exceptions may apply
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? Yes, and they are normally upheld in practice, though exceptions may apply
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? Yes. Domestic violence is not common, though that may be because most victims do not report abuse
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? Yes

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? Blood.
Who is able to vote in elections? Male citizens of 25 years or high. (1908)
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? No. LGBT+ are generally prosecuted and legally discriminated, while ethnic minorities are legally equal.
Are the above groups well represented in government? No.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? Yes.


Any suggestions for future editions of the index? N/A

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There's a problem with your application: Q17 "Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?" is unreplied. Provisionally, the North German Realm will be assigned the maximum possible score, based on all other replies and assuming a score of 1 in Q17.
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Postby North German Realm » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:32 pm

Plaetopia wrote:There's a problem with your application: Q17 "Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?" is unreplied. Provisionally, the North German Realm will be assigned the maximum possible score, based on all other replies and assuming a score of 1 in Q17.
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Postby Narvatus » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:46 pm

ELECTIONS
How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected? elected by the Grand Council, the national legislature
How is the national legislature selected? partially directly elected by citizens in local districts, and partially selected as the most elected party in each state
Are elections considered free and fair? yes
Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory? about 70%, voting not mandatory

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT
In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory? yes
Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments? the legislature may independently pass laws, but constitutional amendments muss pass a referendum
Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)? no
From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated) 3.5 (it was constitutionally illegal to accept money for elections that did not derive from the candidates' own labor, but it was legalised to accept direct donations)
From 1-10, how transparent is government activity?[/b (Small explanation appreciated) 8 (all legislative activity except when declared secret is televised, or at least written down and released.
[b]Is there an independent judiciary?
yes

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media? yes
Is there freedom of religion? yes
Is education free of political interference or indoctrination? mostly (there is some bias against forms of extremism)
Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution? yes
Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice? yes
Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice? yes
Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment? yes
Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)? yes (yes, yes, uncommon but existent)
Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected? yes and yes, but businesses are strongly regulated

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY
How is citizenship determined? one must work for 4 years (non-consecutively) in a Narvatus-based organisation or businesses
Who is able to vote in elections? citizens who are not due for completion of legal punishment
Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally? yes
Are the above groups well represented in government? yes, but are usually only elected in urban areas

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are the government or nonstate groups deliberately and systematically changing the demographics of the country so as to dilute or eliminate a particular group? no
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Postby Totalitarium » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:50 pm

ELECTIONS

How was the head of state and the head of government (or other chief national authority) selected?
Selected and promoted by the higher ranking government body.

How is the national legislature selected?
There is no national legislature.

Are elections considered free and fair?
There are no elections.

Which was the average turnout in recent elections? Is voting mandatory?
There are no elections

SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FUNCTIONING OF GOVERNMENT

In case national representatives were freely elected, are they able to succesfully develop and implement new policies? Does government authority extend over the full national territory?
No. And yes, government authority is absolute over the entire territory under its control.

Does the legislature have the legislative initiative? What restrictions are placed on its ability to pass laws, including constitutional amendments?
No legislature.

Is the executive able to subvert the legislature through legal or extralegal means (such as arbitrary dissolutions, lack of an adequate budget, or strong limits on legislature's powers)?
The executive is absolute, there is no legislature.

From 1-10, how pervasive is corruption? (Small explanation appreciated)
1 - Corruption is penalised harshly, as the state is absolute, and everything that damages the state is treason.

From 1-10, how transparent is government activity? (Small explanation appreciated)
1 - Human Units receive information that they need, not what they want. The state is absolute and does not need to explain itself to the human units.

Is there an independent judiciary?
There is no judiciary as there are no laws. The existence of laws would imply that human units have rights, which implies that the state is limited it what it can do. The state has absolute power to do what is necessary.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Is there an independent media?
No, the state is absolute and controls the flow of information in society.

Is there freedom of religion?
No. Religion is treason. People must only love the state.

Is education free of political interference or indoctrination?
No. All human units must learn to respect and love the state.

Are citizens able to express dissent in practice, without fearing retribution?
Dissent is treason. Human units that practice dissent are akin to a disease in the body that is the state and, like a cancer, must be removed.

Is there freedom of assembly? Are peaceful protests allowed, and are they able to proceed in practice?
Protests are dissent, and dissent is treason. Human units will only gather where the state tells them to gather, and to engage in state sanctioned activities.

Are there basic guarantees of due process, and are they upheld in practice?
Due process is treason.

Do individuals enjoy freedom of movement inside the country and of international travel, including in education, residence or employment?
No. Human units go where the state orders them. Anything other than that is treason.

Do individuals enjoy basic social freedoms (do they have control over appearence? are they able to freely choose marriage partners and size of family? how common is domestic violence?)?
No. Human units way of life is controlled by the state to ensure a harmonious and productive society.

Are individuals able to freely set up their own business? Are property rights adequately protected?
No. The state manages the economy, and rights are treason.

PARTICIPATION AND GUARANTEES OF EQUALITY

How is citizenship determined?
There is no citizenship. Human units belong, and are a part, of the State.

Who is able to vote in elections?
No elections.

Are different segments of the population (men, women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities...) treated equally?
No. The State ensures absolute normality, and all deviations are expunged.

Are the above groups well represented in government?
No.

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