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Politics

an excerpt from Civics and Government, 4th edition

The Second Constitutional Convention was held in 2054, just after the close of the Bleeding Years, and it was here that the rebels and the Trust were able to iron out their differences and create a more stable, better government. These are the key pieces of the Second Constitution:

  • The two-party system that caused the failure of the American Experiment was abolished.
  • Term limits were put into place. No man may serve more than three terms.
  • To eliminate the corruption that had plagued the old system, only men who work in a government department are eligible to run for office, and those men would be handpicked by the Election Board to run.
  • In the rare event that no men who work for the government are eligible to run (being too young, too old, or having reached their term limits), the Election Board will choose an exemplary man to run for office.

Let’s take some time to read about each of these, directly from the Second Constitution:

On Elections

We are all one people, and as such there can be only one party. The old way tore our great nation apart, and only unity can rebuild it.

Each Federal Region shall establish an election board for the purpose of choosing upstanding men to run for office. In local elections, these men may be as young as twenty, however to be eligible for federal elections, men may not be younger than thirty-five. Men over the age of sixty are not eligible for office.

Only men who work within one of the Trust’s departments or agencies will be chosen to run for office, unless there are no eligible men in any department--either because they are too young or too old. In that case, the Election Board will choose a man of good character to run.

Elections will be held on the last Friday of March, every four years for local and district elections and every ten for federal elections.

Local and District elections shall be for the following: City Mayor, City Council (if a town has over five thousand residents), and District heads.

Federal Elections shall be for the following: President, Federal Region Head.


On Suffrage

Any man age twenty and older is eligible to vote. A woman’s place is in the home--politics are outside her domain--and therefore, women mustn’t trouble themselves with the vote. They are needed elsewhere.

On Terms and Term Limits

It is hereby decided by the Second Constitutional Convention that the terms of office and limits thereof are established as follows:

I. Mayors, City Councils, and District Heads:

The term will begin on July 1 and end on June 30, and shall last for four years. There shall be a maximum limit of three terms.

II. Presidents and Federal Region Heads:

The term will begin on July 1 and end on June 30, and shall last for ten years. There shall be a maximum limit of three terms.

On the Election Board

The Election Boards shall be summoned on December first of an election year. Each election board will consist of twelve men of good character, chosen from their local community by the Trust. They will be given dossiers about the men the Trust is considering running, and choose their candidates from those dossiers. Their final choices will be announced on December thirtieth, with campaigns to begin on the first of January.


Questions:

  • Why would the Trust abolish the old two-party system?
  • Why would the Trust limit the number of terms a politician can serve?
  • Why have an Election Board choose candidates instead of letting anyone throw their hat in?