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We have this class group project

Posted September 18th, 2013 at 11:45 AM by Echidna

So in my Government class, our professor put us in groups of 6 and gave us each some parameters for a country that we had to create. Although this isn't included in the assignment, I spent some time yesterday drawing up a map of our country, Vessa:
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The state names are derived from the Greek Gods of Olympus, and the state capitols are derived from the phonetic translation of 'North', 'South', 'East', 'West', 'Center', 'New World', and 'Forgotten' in Greek.

I am currently in the process of listing the states alongside their areas and populations. Tomorrow, out group is gonna meet at the library where we'll draft out constitution and turn it in along with all this stuff.

This has to be the most fun I've had in a group project ever.
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  1. Old Comment
    Esper's Avatar
    I remember doing something like this in one of my classes. Most people came up with constitutions that were like something you'd see out of North Korea. Wonder what that said about us.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 12:10 PM by Esper Esper is offline
  2. Old Comment
    I love these projects.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 12:13 PM by Kanzler Kanzler is offline
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    Echidna's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Scarf View Comment
    I remember doing something like this in one of my classes. Most people came up with constitutions that were like something you'd see out of North Korea. Wonder what that said about us.
    Heh, I can imagine how the professor must have felt about that.
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    Originally Posted by BlahISuck View Comment
    I love these projects.
    This, basically.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 02:13 PM by Echidna Echidna is offline
  4. Old Comment
    So... do you have any ideas for a constitution? The history of Vessa? It seems to be a smaller country, surrounded by many neighbours.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 02:33 PM by Kanzler Kanzler is offline
  5. Old Comment
    Echidna's Avatar
    ONE OF OUR PARAMETERS IS THAT OUR POPULATION IS 1 BILLION

    It's like, impossible ;;

    And the map is on a fictional continent, the country is 1.5 times the size of the US. [sigh]

    save me
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 02:37 PM by Echidna Echidna is offline
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    HackDeoxys's Avatar
    How is your country gonna support 1 billion people?
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 02:50 PM by HackDeoxys HackDeoxys is offline
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    Echidna's Avatar
    That's exactly what we're wondering at the moment. We'll figure something out, providing for them is hard, but the real challenge is building a force of government that can both represent everyone in the most democratic way possible, as well as keep everyone satisfied and in-line.

    Another problem with this size of country is the manner of cooperation and interstate commerce.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 03:32 PM by Echidna Echidna is offline
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    Echidna's Avatar
    Alright here's what we have so far:

    Each state will, of course, have its own police system and what we're calling 'State Rangers'. The rangers are the investigative branch of law enforcement, separate to each state, and are kinda similar to the FBI. The rangers from each state will cooperate in a manner of inter-agency cooperation. Judicial systems are separate to accommodate the separate constitutions and laws set by each state.

    Any crime that crosses state borders will be handled by the supreme court. Each state is ruled by a plural executive that includes a Governor of a 3 year term. Terms are rotational within the states, so 2 terms end every three years. Demetra's Governor terms end after the other 6 states.

    Each state will have a document listing its own statutory laws, with a national constitution covering the major constitutional laws.

    The Governors are elected by the people of each state, same as the judges and police chiefs. The Governors together form a sort of council that together rules the country in order to preserve balance and equality between all the states in rights, resources, and representation.

    The nation as a whole has a unique form of a mixed government, due to the massive population. The Governors, as mentioned, will rule together, aided by a supreme court and a national congress that will handle external affairs.

    Seeing as how Demetra is the only state overlooking the ocean, all forms of overseas trade and naval military will be focused on its shores.

    Remaining responsibilities are divided upon the remaining 6 states based on their natural resources and geography. This is why interstate commerce plays a huge role in the well-being of the nation as a whole.

    I know its all pretty weird, but come on, we have 1 billion people. Come on...

    Oh and national congress is also chosen by the people, 7 from each state forming a total of 49.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 03:55 PM by Echidna Echidna is offline
  9. Old Comment
    Holy crap, 1 billion people but 7 subnational divisions? Could be a case of federalism - but how do you make a federation of 7 large powers? It sounds like it would have broken up a long time ago - each division would have a population of hundreds of millions and would probably be self-sufficient. If there's relatively little shoreline, it could be an incredibly self-sufficient country that can shelter itself from international trade.

    And if Vessa is 1.5 times the size of the US, that continent must be huuuge. Like hemispherical.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 05:31 PM by Kanzler Kanzler is offline
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    Echidna's Avatar
    I know. Problem is, we were only given 4 days to do all of this.
    And the population & area were forced upon us in the parameters of our assignment. The only way we thought of that could fix that was dependability. We're trying to build the country around the concept of cooperation while kinda dividing responsibilities among them.

    Interstate commerce is crucial here. None of the states will be able to go on its own.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 05:55 PM by Echidna Echidna is offline
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    Is that so? But the population and geography seems to speak otherwise. There'll be plenty of natural resources over that huge territory, as well as huge markets to consume domestic and foreign products and investments. Were you given parameters for the country's development? Like GDP per capita and inequality?
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 07:17 PM by Kanzler Kanzler is offline
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    Echidna's Avatar
    This is true, but we only have 2 more hours tomorrow morning, so I think whatever we come up with will have to do. No one should be asked to create a country in 4 days. :(
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 07:26 PM by Echidna Echidna is offline
  13. Old Comment
    You should have a coup d'etat over tomorrow's proceedings. North Korea-esque totalitarian state that builds your statues everywhere. Nao.
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 07:56 PM by Kanzler Kanzler is offline
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    Echidna's Avatar
    No thanks I wanna pass this project. :p
    Posted September 18th, 2013 at 08:50 PM by Echidna Echidna is offline
 

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