Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Goddess Land Empire - Lexa Moon


"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion." - Alexander the Great

Last week in my AP Human Geography class, we were assigned a project that would involve creating a country. We all drew papers from a hat to see what type of state we would create. I drew “Empire,” so I created an Empire that I called Goddess Land, in tribute to my pagan beliefs. We were given the liberty to construct the government, create the people, and wildlife, and all other creative rights. I shared my project with Kent, the Founder of Refuse to Cooperate, and he thought the actual way I constructed the government was interesting, so I decided to share it with the blog readers. So, without further a due, this is the Goddess Land Empire.

The Government

The Goddess Land Empire is a Democratic Socialist empire. It has three branches of government; a Parliament, which makes the laws; a Judiciary, which interprets these laws; and an Executive, which is democratically elected to serve a life long term as Emperor/Empress. They are responsible for the lawful execution of the laws passed by the Parliament.

The Goddess Land Empire is made up of sovereign States, each with a standing High Court. Each High Court is made up of a certain amount of democratically elected nobles (depending on the population of the state) and each has a Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is democratically appointed by the High Court. Once a year all Prime Ministers meet up and form the imperial Judiciary, which is led by an appointed Speaker.

Each high court has the right to make laws regarding its own state. However, the Imperial Court has the right to make laws that govern the whole of the empire. Further, its rulings are expected to trump those of the lower courts.

In order for a proposition to become law, the proposition must have at least two noble sponsors and be approved by the appropriate standing committee in the Parliament. When the proposition is on the High Court floor, the court, with the exception of the Prime Minister will vote on the proposition. A simple majority will make the proposition law; however, if the proposition is split evenly on votes, the Prime Minister will serve as a tie-breaker.

The Executive branch is made up of the Emperor/Empress and his/her counsel of advisers. The job of the Emperor/Empress is to lead the empire on the right path, representing the Empire. The Emperor/Empress lawfully executes the laws passed by the Parliament and approved by the Judiciary. Further, they are to be the Commander-in-Chief of both the domestic and foreign arms of the empire's defense forces.

The Judiciary interprets cases and laws that come before it based on the concept of Legal Precedent. However, when, in their good judgement, precedent does not apply to a given case, they are authorized to rule in a case according to their good reasoning. They are also responsible for building a system of civil courts to adjudicate minor matters between citizens that do not require the full attention of the state authority.

However, none of these branches can change the unalienable rights of the people. The people are guaranteed the rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, education, work, food, housing, and health care.

The People of the Goddess Land 
Empire


The Empire's society is a highly developed society which mirrors a Victorian steampunk style of fashion, architecture, mode of energy, transportation, and much more.

The people of the Goddess Land Empire are very open minded to most everything, such as sexuality, magic, religion, style, and much more.

The major religion of the people is Paganism. However, there is no official imperial religion. People who practice magic are looked upon favorably, so much so that there is even a whole museum dedicated to magic, and its practitioners, located in the capital of the Goddess Land Empire, Moon City.


Imperial Nature 

The Goddess Land Empire's wildlife mostly consists of magical creatures such as unicorns, fairies, mermaids, trolls, and much more.

All intelligent life, such as trolls or fairies, is given citizenship and allowed to vote in elections that affect the lands that they inhabit; however, they are not allowed to run for office.

Wildlife that is not intelligent is given imperial protection from sport hunting.

The plant life is also very magical. A lot of plants are used by the defense forces for their magical properties.

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