Overview of Europeia

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When was Europeia created?

Europeia was founded on the 6th of March 2007 by King HEM. Originally it was a monarchy and briefly an empire, but eventually it became a republic.

What do you mean by "Republic"?

The region is divided into three groups; the Executive (the President and Cabinet), the Legislature (the Senate and Citizens' Assembly) and the Judiciary (the High Court). All of the main positions in these groups are elected from the people, by the people, and generally for the people (although not necessarily, Democracy being a messy thing).

So who's in charge?

The Head of State is the Supreme Chancellor, Lethen, while the Head of Government is the President, who acts as the head of the Executive. The Senate Speaker acts as the head of the Senate, the Assembly Chairman acts as the head of the Citizens' Assembly, and the Chief Justice is the head of the Judiciary. The President holds the most authority in the region, with the power over the executive branch, and the ability to legislate through Executive Orders.

What exactly is the Executive?

The executive is made up of the President, Vice President and the Ministers. The President is elected every 70 days with the Vice President. The President and Vice President run together on the same ticket. The Ministers are chosen by the President, and then approved by the Senate.

The Ministers are the heads of their own departments in the region, such Foreign Affairs, the Navy, Culture, Communication, Interior, and the like. The President has broad authority to structure the Executive as he sees fit, so while the role played by the Executive remains consistent, the particular names and roles of the Ministries change from President to President.

For a more detailed description on the general activities of the Executive and it's Ministries, please read the Guide to the Executive

What is the Legislature?

There are currently two legislative bodies in Europeia: the Senate and the Citizens' Assembly.

The Senate is the higher legislative body in the region, and typically is made up of 5-7 Senators. Senators are elected by the public 35 days after a Presidential election, and the Senate term lasts 70 days. The Senate is ultimately responsible for all legislation that becomes law in Europeia. The Senate is a complex body, and thus there is a separate Guide for people to understand it, which is located here: Guide to the Legislature.

The Citizens Assembly is a legislative body of which membership is concurrent with citizenship. This means that when one becomes a citizen, one automatically also 'joins' the Citizens' Assembly. Any citizen may propose a bill within the Assembly, and if a bill is approved by a majority vote from citizens, it is sent to the Senate for further inspection and debate. To go to the Citizens' Assembly, click here.

What is the Judiciary?

The Judicial Branch of the region comprises of the Chief Justice, three Associate Justices and the Attorney General. When a law is broken, either the Attorney General or any concerned citizen may bring charges against the offender(s) and a trial may begin at the discretion of the Chief Justice. For more details, read the Guide to the Courts.

Every now and then, if laws come in conflict with each other, citizens may also request for interpretations of the law from the Justices.

The Navy, what's that all about?

In Nationstates, individual nations can not go to war with each other (except through role-play), but regions can engage in war against each other. If a group of WA nations move into a region, they can attempt to endorse each other and seize the Delegate's position. If this region is founder-less, the delegate has complete control of the region.

The Europeian Navy is a mercenary force, for the most part. This means that we will fight alongside our allies when we are needed, and we will both defend regions from attacks or invade them if necessary. The sign-up details for the navy is located here: Join the Navy!

I'm still a little confused about how I as a nation can fit into all of this.

Don't worry, it takes some people months to get used to how things work. You won't figure it all out straight away, but everyone here will be willing to help you on your way in making you experience in Europeia what you want it to be. All you have to do is ask. Send a Personal Message to any member of the cabinet, or the President or the Supreme Chancellor and they will be more than delighted to answer your questions and find something for you.
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