Politics of Kotcija

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The politics of the Kotcijan Confederation takes place in a framework of a federal directorial representative constitutional monarchy, whereby the Cabinet of the Kotcijan Diet is the head of government and government itself. Kotcija does not officially observe a party political system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Diet of Montenegro. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

Governance

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Constitution

Kotcija has no codified constitution as all the modern day Kotcijan state has not emerged from one single event but has evolved over many centuries. A certain few Constitutional laws such as the ??? Federalisation Act and the ??? Reforms Act are regarded as part of the constitution along with other works of authority such as ????'s writings on Diet traditions and Treaties such as the founding Treaty of ???. Traditions and Conventions are not part of the constitution however if there have been noted in a work of authority they do become part of.

Executive Branch

Cabinet

There is no true separation of powers in Kotcija thus the Cabinet is directly elected from the Kotcijan Diet through a first past the post system with the top 8 scoring candidates of which the Cabinet can then choose to take on further ministers (those serving on cabinet) with a majority agreement of the cabinet. This was introduced after the Great Adonian War after it was deemed there was too much for 8 people. The chair is the candidate with the highest votes who thus chairs all cabinet debates and resolves issues. They do not have any greater authority over other cabinet. Cabinets may choose to define what areas a minister is responsible for of which the current government led by ???? as chairman has appointed all ministers to a government department.

The Cabinet has the power to pass Cabinet legislation (legislation powers granted to the cabinet in the ??? Emergency Powers Act by the Diet) and propose Bills for the Diet to discuss and pass. The cabinet is accountable to the diet through question time debates in the Diet. Also if the diet is dissatisfied a negative resolution over cabinet legislation can be initialed with the support of 2 or more MEDs and if a majority vote the cabinet legislation incorrect it will be nullified with immediate effect.

Legislative

The remainder of the Diet forms the Legislative of Kotcija made of members called royal appointed envoys (MED, derived from the ?Albanian? Mbretërore emëruar të Dërguarit) followed from their Banate of origin. The name originates from the time when the MEDs were appointed by the Banate monarch which ceremonially they still are in many cases. MEDs have the right to veto Acts of the Diet if they have ⅖ support which has blocked many laws from being passed. MEDs sit on different benches dependent on which Nation the MED's Banate/Municipality/Township is located. These benches hold little significance in the Diet apart from the ability to block any Diet action with the support of an entire bench which was emplaced to prevent issues regarding tyranny of the majority.

Regional Governance

Kotcija is divided in a number of different ways primarily into two groups, national and subnational. The first tier, national, is the regional breakup of the different nations that form Kotcija. This nation division is represented in the Diet as benches and thus officially these national divisions are officially referred to as Benches yet in modern tong they are more often called Regions or Nations. The Bench will not only sit on the Kotcijan Diet but it will also sit on the Regional Diet for example the Diet of ???? in which all representatives from ???? sit on. These regional diets hold sovereign powers over its region. However all Banates are immediate to the Diet so Regional Diets hold no power over them. Townships also have some protected sovereign powers thus the Regional Diets do not hold full sovereignty over them. Municipalities are fully subject to the Regional Diet. All representatives from the region's Banates/Municipalities/townships must sit on the regional diet however is legislation does not apply to said representative, for example an education policy which Banates and Townships have the rights to decide independently, will not be able to vote thus not affecting the region's municipalities.

The second tier of division, the subnational division, are Banates/Municipalities/townships. Banates are the largest and are sovereign up to the point of the Kotcijan Diet, these are historic states of the historic confederation and make up of most of the Kotcijan population. Banates are normally themselves monarchies (a few being republics) which is why Kotcija is regarded as a Monarchy officially however the ???? Democratisation Act forced all monarchs to devolve power to elected bodies which turned Kotcija into a constitutional federal monarchy. Kotcija does have a number of free cities however these areregarded as Banates just named differently. Free cities are not to be confused with Townships which are towns/cities/villages that are subject to the Regional diet however heve many powers independent over the Regional Diet. Townships are headed by an elected mayor and a council. Municipalities are full subordinated to the Regional diet often being rural areas. They are administered by a local authority.

Kotcija can also be divided into ceremonial states of which all Banates are and certain Townships and Municipalities join also create. They hold no administrational being in the modern day however pre federalisation were the states that made up the Kotcijan Confederation and had similar powers as modern day Banates have. Historically the State leader would appoint a representative to sit on the Diet however in the years running up to federalisation many states employed basic elections. Other than for ceremonial purposes (as all State ruling titles are still held by a person) at events such as the opening of the Diet states have no modern function nor any official sovereignty.

Political Parties and Ideologies

Kotcijan Diet 2014 election results
Party Popular Votes % Total Seats +/–
     Pragmatic Party (PRAG) ???,??? 19.70 366 +2
     Aristocratic-Communalist Party (A-C) ???,??? 18.53 102 +2
     Liberal Fascist Party (PP) ???,??? 16.52 76 +2
     Democratic Party (DMC) ???,??? 11.34 25 -2
     Sassia Party ???,??? 10.29 20 -1
     Legnio Peoples Party (IST) ???,??? 8.76 8 0
     Renewal Party (REW) ???,??? 6.29 2 +1
     United Movement (UMV) ???,??? 4.73 1 -1
     National Party (KNP) ???,??? 1.35 0 0
     Socialist Party (SOC) ???,??? 0.58 0 -5
     Liberal Party (LPV) ???,??? 0.52 0 -1
     Imperial Party (IVP) ???,??? 0.36 0 0
     Breakup (BKP) ???,??? 0.28 0 0
     Blank votes ???,??? 0.75
     Invalid votes ???,???
Total ?,???,??? 100 600
Registered voters/turnout ?,???,??? ??%
Source: Independent Statistics Institute (Kotcija)

Kotcijan Ideology

Kotcijan Ideology follows a hard line belief of (con)federalism owing to the massively cultural diversity of Kotcija of which all have similar status in law. This is directly translated into the 2014 results where we can see the United Movement, a party which wants to see a more unitary government, only getting 1 seat, 1 less than the previous elections. Kotcija generally follows a more traditional line in politics tending towards conservatism shown by the dominant position of the mainly conservative Pragmatic Party which currently holds a huge 366 seats and majority control over the cabinet. Since the 2004 Varkanan Revolution aristocratic communalism has seen a sharp rise in popularity effectively wiping out all support for older left wing parties most notably the Democratic party. This rise of Aristocratic Communalism has also had the effect of reducing the prominence of the Peoples party as voters have been swayed towards the Pragmatic party in reaction to the growth of the anti-neoliberal A-C party.

In 2010 the breakaway of the Sassia party from the A-C party, the A-C party lost a vast number of seats resulting in vast wins for the Pragmatic Party in Sassia despite being traditionally a stronghold for left-wing parties. The Sassia party split from the A-C party just 10 years after they split from the Democratic party to join the A-C party in 2000 during the initial rise of aristocratic communalism. Speculation is high that the Sassia party could re-join the Democratic party that would see a surprising return to social democratic politics which has not been significant since the 1990s.

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