Monday, February 21, 2011

You and Your World: Government

In America, today is Presidents' Day – a holiday that commemorates the country's former and present leaders. So, in honor of this federal holiday, I thought it might be interesting to discuss the concept of government as it relates to your world – wherever that may be.

Is there a government in your homeland or on your home planet? If not, why not? And if so, what's it like? Is it harsh and restrictive – or free and democratic? Do your rulers wear costumes, have lavish balls, and do magic tricks – or are they boring and stuffy? If you could change your current government, what would you do?

Let's explore our varied governments – and, if possible, celebrate our leaders' accomplishments!

And in the meantime, Happy Presidents' Day to my fellow Americans!

23 comments:

Olivia Harper said...

Well, for better or worse, I live in America - which is supposedly a republic. Specifically, I live on South Padre Island in southern Texas - and yes, today is indeed a holiday. Not that SPI needs Presidents' Day as an excuse to take off from work. It is a year-round beach community, after all.

Devi Marconi said...

I live in America, too - albeit in a very different place than my daughter. Unlike her brightly lit beach town, my home is a secret underground community in southern Kentucky... so we don't exactly adhere to the policies of any local, county, state, or federal governments. In fact, we have a very egalitarian system - with a duly elected mayor and council that helps to guide (but does not make) decisions. Nothing down here (and I mean nothing) is passed without the entire town voting on it. A true democracy, one could say.

Olivia Harper said...

Oh, stop bragging, Mom.

Devi Marconi said...

Sorry, sweetie. I wasn't bragging exactly - just explaining how it works in Ruby Hollow.

Olivia Harper said...

I know. I was just kidding anyway. ;-)

No matter how much I envy your system, you know I could never trade my sunshine, breezes, and ocean views for a lifetime underground. So, I guess I'll just have to learn to live with the imperfections of America's political system.

Abigail said...

Government? We have our own little communities where most people take care of themselves. We are under a King, but he isn't just a ruler; he is also God.

Aidan said...

I'm actually in the government of Sentinel. It's the Guiding Council, which is seven rangers. What we say pretty much goes, so it's not a democracy at all.

I'm 2nd in command, (that's why they're always calling me a prince) though I can't inherit the Lord Prince's chair because that belongs to the Arond Legacy. I guess they fought with the other legacies and won it a long time ago. And they're pretty decent, the Aronds.

I'm Lord Seer and my sister, Lucy, is Lady Augur, sort of my better half. We're equal in rank and our inheriting depends on if we get our Talent (my ken, and Auguring is like making sense of my ken). Usually it's the firstborn child who gets the Talent, but it sometimes skips a generation.

The rest of the four Council members are Senators, elected to really long terms, like a hundred years or something.

Most rangers really don't like me being on the Council. Rangers usually inherit after they're a hundred years old or something. It depends on when your mom or in my case, my dad, dies. I happened to be 22 at the time. So no one really pays much attention to anything I say.

Marc said...

It's not true, mate. The ladies tend to hang on your every word.

Aww, look, the lad is blushing. Adorable--OW.

Jason said...

Interesting, Abigail. Have you ever met this king-god?

Marc said...

Aidan forgot to mention the alliances that bind the legacies. It's a much a part of our government as the Council; break a formal alliance and you're subject to all sorts of nasty things.

And the legacies themselves are like mini-governments. Each one has a Head of House that has absolute power. My father is Head of House, and when it comes to legacy matters, he outranks even Aidan.

It's usually the eldest living member who is Head of House.

Abigail said...

At the current point of editing, I haven't yet.

(Author's note. She will soon. After all, she was just carried home by her world's equivelent of an angel.)

Jason said...

Ah, I look forward to learning more about him, then. Good fortune to you, Abigail.

Aidan said...

Hey Marc, is Jay, like, flirting?

Marc said...

Nah. He's just a curious bloke, our Jason.

Candy said...

I don't know much about American government except that no one ever seems to agree with anyone else, but in England where I come from we have the royal fami;y (though they're not really government as they haven't much say in anything.) I do like them They always dress nicely and are polite.Royalty is romantic so long as they can't lop of your head.

I wouldn't want to be one though.

Devi, what is the population of Ruby Hollow? It must be a lot easier to rule a small place like that than the US.

Devi Marconi said...

Yeah, you nailed it, Candy. I admit that it's probably a LOT easier to govern a small community like Ruby Hollow (with little more than 600 residents) than to run a country as big as America.

Abigail said...

So, things happened today (Author had a snow day) and I met the King! It was the most peaceful time I've ever had, even though the events just before that were decidedly not peaceful. (In fact, she was dying)

Jason said...

What's he like, Abigail?

Devi Marconi said...

Ooh, good question, Jason. I'm an atheist, and even I'm intrigued.

Abigail said...

Devi and Jason, you want to know who the King is? He created the world, and he he sustains it against the blows of his enemy. While he is firm against wrong, he offers love and redemption to any who turn from their evil ways. He does not always protect his followers from pain, but he is always with them

Jason said...

Better than Asmodai as a Creator, then.

Glenna Noland Spengler said...

America is ours.
22 percent of the U.S. Congress are Acolyticans - 28 Senators and 59 Representatives (unlike the house on C Street, we're happy to disclose our numbers.)

10 percent of U.S. law enforcement personnel are Acolyticans

The Reverend Perseus Cade preaches five services every Sunday to audiences overflowing the 2,400 seat Cathedral. Average Sunday attendance at the Catherdral is 13,666. Another 4 to 7 million watch at least one service via satellite every week.

One fifth of military officers above the rank of captain are Acolyticans.

---Glenna Noland Spengler, The Church for the Third Millenium

Rev. Perseus Cade said...

America is grieving, but not for long.

Two hours ago, a tragedy befell our President on the MIT campus.

Our man took the oath of office exactly one hour later.

America is ours.