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Micronation of Strathclyde
Hail The King!
|Strathclyde Region of Scotland. |
|Government||Constitutional Monarchy/Democratic State|
|Time zone||Greenwich Meridian Time|
The head of State is an elected monarch (King Mark), whose functions are analogous to those of a constitutional monarch and who retains purely ceremonial functions as head of State. The monarch is elected for life by the Witan from among its members; the monarch must always be non-political and act in most cases in accordance with the Prime Minister's advice. Legislative power is vested in the Witan, which consists of the directly-elected Prime Minister as chairman, all members of the Privy Council and all adult citizens over 14. A quorum of only one is needed to proceed to business. Executive power is held by the Prime Minister, directly-elected every year; he is responsible to the Witan. Judicial power is held by the Quarter Court, which is the Witan in its judicial capacity; it is presided over, if there is one, by an Attorney-General, directly-elected every two years. The Government and the Judiciary are therefore directly elected. There is universal suffrage at 14. All constitutional changes must be submitted to the voters, who can force a referendum to repeal a law or recall a public official, and anyone can lay a Bill before the Witan for consideration as law. The Witan cannot create victimless crimes, define treason or delegate its power to elect the King. Strathclyde is a direct democracy.
As of now, King Mark is the Head of State as a constitutional monarch and John Powell is the current Prime Minister of Strathclyde.
Geography & Location
Strathclyde is a small country in western Europe, bordered to the north, east and south by Scotland in the United Kingdom. Strathclyde does not have any external territory. Strathclyde's climate is, for most of the year, windy and rainy; cold winters are normal with little snow, and hot summers are rare, wind and rain being more common.
The King's role is largely ceremonial and policy is dictated, as in the UK, by a directly-elected Prime Minister. The Attorney-General, who is directly-elected every two years, and if there is one, presides over the highest national court (the Quarter Court). The Witan is primarily responsible for legislative matters and is very much the centre of political attention. All Strathclyde citizens aged over 14 are entitled to vote for, and stand for election as, Prime Minister, Attorney-General or members of the Witan.
Politics are characterised by consensus and stability and voters have a large say in the political and administrative life of the country through a long-standing tradition of direct democracy. The vast majority of citizens are, however, inactive, the only real active citizen being the Prime Minister. All constitutional changes must be submitted to the vote (compulsory referendum). If a certain number of voters challenge national laws, these are put to the vote and are repealed if defeated. The government can decide to re-submit rejected legislation at a later date, but the voters always have the final say.
Strathclyde has relations with several other micronations through the various organisations of which it is a member. It is recognised by at least 18 micronations as a sovereign, independent state.