by The Joyful Republic of Liberdon. . 25 reads.

Government of Liberdon! (World-Building Contest)

Although Liberdon is a republic in name, its government hardly resembles the democratic ideal. At first, Liberdon was much like the United States in nature. Its constitution, the Penguinax Par Republicum, divided the government into the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The legislative branch consisted of a House with 2 directly elected representatives from each Division of Liberdon. The executive branch consisted of the President, who was directly elected by the people. However, In 1985, Squall Arctic was elected to the presidential office. He narrowly beat his opponent, winning 50.1% of the popular vote. His first act as president of Liberdon was to abolish the term limit and outlaw public voting, effectively cementing himself as Liberdon’s ruler. Immediately following the elimination of popular sovereignty, Arctic issued a decree requiring every citizen to address him as “Supreme Overlord.” It was a fitting title for the all-powerful role he had assumed.

While elections are still held for the national legislature, the power of the legislative branch is flimsy at best. Arctic does not have to do much more than listen to the opinions of Congress and even that he rarely does. As originally stated in the Penguinax, the judicial branch is controlled by the president. Having altered the laws to his liking, Arctic now acts as the sole judge of the Supreme Court and oversees the appointment of the state and local judges. Surprisingly, trials by jury are still quite popular and prevalent in Liberdon. It is generally assumed that Arctic tired of electing every single judge, figuring it was better to just let juries do most of the work. Besides, no one would dare to vote against Arctic’s political beliefs. One of Arctic’s favorite pastimes is to terrorize local jurors. As a result, watching criminal trials has become a popular Liberdonian form of entertainment.

Liberdon is sectioned into 13 Divisions, each with their own state government that mimics the legislative branch of the national government. The state governments operate mostly independent of Arctic and are technically allowed to overrule any national law. However, the congressmen—mostly business people—elected to the state legislature are normally supportive of Arctic. If, by chance, a corrupt politician is elected, he or she is soon jailed due to Black Market financial dealings or some other illegal activity. In the case of one Andrew Billton, it was discovered that he had rigged the election by mailing in an unprecedented number of fake ballots—all voting for him—overnight. As a result, Arctic has since ceased to count mail-in ballots and has implemented strict voter ID policies.

Arctic has yet to suffer from any serious ailment or injury that impairs his ability to act as Supreme Overlord, and the laws of succession in Liberdon are nonexistent. To this day, anyone who dares to question Arctic’s age is thrown into the medieval dungeon that he had installed underneath his palace shortly after taking office. It is generally believed that a power vacuum will develop following Arctic’s death and that Liberdon will dissolve into complete anarchy. Having received favorable treatment under Arctic, however, the citizens of Liberdon are quite content living their lives and waiting for the next dictator to arrive to crush their rights.

In hindsight, the creators of Liberdon’s constitution should probably have fashioned a system of checks and balances to prevent Arctic from abusing his powers, but then Liberdon would not have the glorious dictatorship it has today. After all, everyone is quite content living under the strict but well-intentioned rule of Arctic.