The main focus of the government of the Grand Order of DR is to ensure the happiness and well-being of the citizens under the rule of said government. The government achieves this through the use of the dominant rule of the benevolent authority of the SOL, as well as the interactions of small councils and governor positions at the lowest government level who directly work with the people of the GODR. This page will break down the government structure of the GODR and the details of how each government position works to fill its role, as well as how the GODR operates and pursues goals.
What Kind of Government Does the GODR Have?
The GODR is a Semi-Republic, with citizens voting local low-level officials into office to represent them and create laws at the local level, while the SOL holds the majority of power. Specifics of this government structure will be found under the Government Structure subsection below.
GODR has four levels of government officials, which make up what is known as the Pyramid of Authority. The Pyramid of Authority consists of the National (Federal) level, the Provincial (Provinces) level, the County (Counties) level, and the local (towns) level. Below, each level of government office will be explained, as well as how they are put into office, what their role in office is, who they govern over, and more. A simple graphic explaining this Pyramid of Authority can also be found.
The GODR Pyramid of Authority
The National Level is overseen by the SOL, who governs the GODR as a whole. The SOL holds the majority of power, as this role is the role of a benevolent dictator. The SOL makes all decisions for the nation as a whole in the best interests of the nation and the people. The SOL has the right to deny any decisions made by the lower-level government offices if they do not suit the needs of the nation and the people. The SOL will occasionally put controversial decisions and topics up to vote for the people to decide on a solution, with the method of voting varying depending on the subject. The voting of the people may be for the lower-level elected officials to vote on, or direct voting from the entire population on a subject or issue.
The Provincial Level is the government level representing provinces of the GODR. Each province is headed by a Governor, which must have formerly been elected to a lower office, such as at the County Level or Local Level. A Provincial Governor is appointed by the SOL based on their skills and their popularity/approval rating with the populace who originally elected them to their lower-level office. Once appointed by the SOL, the Governor is given a term of one year. Once the year-long term ends, the citizens of the Province in which the Governor served will directly vote on whether to give the incumbent Governor another term or to pull the incumbent out of office for the appointment of a new Governor. A governor may only serve two one-year terms. The responsibility of the Governor of a Province is to ensure the rules and laws of the SOL and the GODR are being enforced in the province by County Sheriffs and local town leaders, as well as to create laws or solve social issues on a Provincial level.
The County Level is the government level representing the counties that make up the Provinces of the GODR. Each county is led by a County Sheriff, who is elected directly by the citizens of the county the official is running for office in. Any citizen of a county who does not possess a criminal history and is approved to run by the Governor of the province the county is in may run for County Sheriff, however, it is preferred that the candidate knows the laws of the GODR, is good with people, and has experience as a Deputy Sheriff under a County Sheriff somewhere in the GODR. Once elected, a County Sheriff has a term of one year. After completing the first term in office, the Sheriff must run again against a new candidate. If the incumbent Sheriff wins the election or runs unopposed, the incumbent remains County Sheriff for another term until they lose an election or reach their term limits. The term limits for a GODR County Sheriff depend on the rules of the province, as the Governor decides how many terms the Sheriffs in their province may hold. The main role of the County Sheriff is civilian law enforcement in the GODR, however, sheriffs also make laws on the county level, as well as solve social issues in their county and create a sense of community. As of 2022, County Sheriffs are also responsible for gathering evidence, witnesses, a judge, and a jury for all court trials in their jurisdiction.
The Local Level of the government represents towns and small communities within counties of the GODR. Each town establishes its own form of low-level government. Some towns may have Town Councils, while others may have a Mayor. Towns choose how to select these officials. The role of the Local-Level government is to solve the most minor and local incidents or issues and to determine the rules and ordinances of the town. All citizens living outside of the town limits of a town are subjects of the county they reside in.
Additional Government Functions:
Additionally, the Government of the GODR is responsible for the safety of the citizens, the translation of government documents from English to Spanish, the management of government-owned and maintained land in the GODR, and handling diplomatic affairs and relations with other micronational governments around the world.
How Does the Grand Orderian Government Manage All This?:
As the GODR is a small nation in size and population being only one acre large with a total population of eight citizens, these tasks can be easily managed by the government of the GODR. However, the nation is set to grow in the near future and over the course of years. The GODR government will also expand and grow, overcoming any hurdles necessary to keep the nation thriving.