The Grand Federal Imperium of Adaptus
Maximo Regnum Foederatum Adaptus
Motto: "Vi veri universum vivus vici"
Map of Adaptus
|Official languages||Adapton Romance|
|Government||Federal Parliamentary Monarchy|
• Grand Consul
• 2018 census
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|Time zone||UTC +5|
The Grand Federal Imperium of Adaptus, more commonly referred to as Grand Adaptus, Adaptus or the Federal Imperium, is a sovereign state of Eurth.
Adaptus uses a Federal Monarchy system of government, in conjunction with a very complex parliamentary system. The Monarchy is elected upon the death, abdication or expulsion of the previous Monarch. The ruling Monarch delegates leadership of the Government to the Grand Consul, who will also head the leading Parliament in Adaptus, The Federal Assembly. The capital of Adaptus is located in Novumcastrum. The current head of state is Ceasar Augustus III. The Federal Imperium consists of five Federal Provinces: Causicrussia, Phalkridge, Bonesis, Atulia, and Thessapolis each having their own devolved administrations.
Adaptus itself is a remnant of the Aroman Empire, which encompassed several modern-day nations, as well as Hellenistic Hegemony prior to the rise of Aroma. This legacy can still be seen today in Adaptus, in terms of its language, culture, and legal systems.
The 1654 Treaty of Hessallas established the Kingdom of Adaptus, from the merging of the smaller hegemonic states of Atulia, Thessapolis, and Bonesis. Since then the region has been known as Adaptus, to both Adaptons, and the rest of the world. During this time the term Kingdom of Adaptus, or simply Adaptus was used.
Later the addition of Phalkridge island, a historically Adaption influenced island, and Causicrussia to the northeast in the late 19th century lead to the term Grand Adaptus being coined. It is from this time on we see the use of Grand Adaptus more commonly informal documentation, as well as in informal and common usage. However, it was not until the early 2000's that the official name of the sovereign state incorporated the addition, Grand. To many, the nation is simply referred to as Adaptus.
Ancient and Classical Periods
Adaptus is home to one of the first advanced civilization on Eurth and is considered the birthplace of Thessalistic Civilization. Which is thought to have begun with the Phaloan civilization, in what is modern-day Phalkridge, and Ayecenean civilization on the Adapton mainland, around what is today Tellakois. Both of these civilizations possessed writing, an early form of Adapton Romance. The two peoples lived in relative harmony, with the two groups eventually absorbing one another towards the late bronze age. During which there was great disruption, and what is thought to be very violent upheaval int the region. A period which would later become known as the Adapton Dark Age, as the civilizations around the region transitioned from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age. The end of this Dark Age is generally dated to somewhere between 800BC and 770BC. It's at this time we see the organization of unified sporting events between the developing peoples' int he area. These events have become known as the Thessalistic Games. We also see the advent of works of literature arising around this time. Most predominantly, we see the emergence of the first City States, which also lead to the colonizing of the region, from the modern-day Thessapolis coast to the northern frontiers of Causicrussia, and across to Phalkridge. The boom in civilization saw many advances in the regions culture, literature, architecture, science, mathematics, and philosophy. In around the year 500BC we see the Philosopher Kleisthenes establish the first modern functioning democracy in Atulia, with the City-State of Blythenae.
The lack of any political unity in Adthens, lead to frequent conflict between City-States.
The government in Adaptus is very much a unique affair and is considered rather complex. The main legislative structure if that of a three-tier system, one level being a devolved local government, the remaining two being a grassroots branch and a wider Federal branch. The main head of the government is the Grand Consul, who has delegated the task of day-to-day running of the nation on behalf of the King. The King in modern Adaptus has no de facto authority to create legislation or to make decisions. The main purpose of the King is to act as a veto power in order to veto any legislation put through government that steps out of line with the democratic process.
In order to delegate government duties, the Grand Consul will form a formal Cabinet of Ministers from Praetors (Ministers) that sit in the Foederati Contione (Federal Assembly). The Consul can create as many Cabinet positions as they see fit, and can delegate accordingly. Some common examples are; Cancellarius Scaccarii (Chancellor of the Exchequer) or Scriba Defensionis. This Cabinet of Praetors forms the effective government of Adaptus.
As said above there are three legislative branches within Adapton government. The top tier is that of the Foederati Contione. The FC is where all Federal-wide issues and legislation is discussed and ratified. Things such as national level internal policy, foreign policy, defense matters, etc. The FC is unique beyond the other two branches in that it is the only branch with a Vote of No Confidence veto against both the Grand Consul and the King. Although an incredibly rare occurrence.
The second tier of Adapton legislature is the Magistrate Curia. This is a more grassroots version of the FC. As such the Curia deals almost exclusively with “Civil” (Explained in full later one). These matters are often things that don’t have the same importance as Federal matters and include such things as family law, civil dispute laws, business regulation laws, etc. Members of the Curia are called Magistrates and are elected using a different system to those of the FC. Magistrates are elected based on local community boundaries, as opposed to equally represented boundaries like the FC.
The third tier is the Provincial Assemblies. There are five Provincial Assemblies representing each of the five Federal Provinces. These Assemblies each deal with their own localized issues and legislation in keeping with the guidelines on devolution set by the FC, a unique aspect of the PAs are that they have their own localized Consuls known as Rector Provincae. The Rectors are able to pass and certify Local issues. The most important job for the PAs, however, as the first point of any legislation within Adaptus is the classification of legislation, which is known within Adaptus as Partitio Iuris. This is an extremely important part of the Federal legislation process.
There are three different classifications of legislation within Adaptus. The first and simplest are Local Legislations. These are legislation that affects only people within that province. Therefore these legislations are not forwarded onto the Curia or the FC. They are dealt with at the local level and are certified by the Rectors of each province. The second type of Legislation is Civil. These are more personal matters relating to the Citizenry of Adaptus, and as described above include things such as family law and civil disputes. These are forwarded onto the Curia where they are dealt with. The final type is Federal Legislation. These are issues that concern the nation as a whole, things such as defense, budgets, taxation, foreign policy, federal level home policy, etc. These will be forwarded onto the FC upon classification and passing the PA.
This classification is conducted by the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly. The Speaker is a non-voting member of the PA who both categorizes legislation and chairs the debates within the PAs. Both Curia and FC also have their own Speakers. However in addition to the Speaker PAs also have Observers. Each Speaker has an Observer colleague. The Observers are former Speakers of a different Province. They act as objective second opinions for the Speaker when classifying legislation.
In most nations, this is where the government process stops. However in Adaptus there an entirely different section of government. While this additional hierarchy does not actively take part in the process of lawmaking, it is still a highly important role within the government structure of Adaptus. The first part we have described is known as the “Political Route” into power. This second area is known as the “Academic Route” into power. And it is this route that directly decides who will be King. As in Adaptus the King is elected.
For this tree of government, it is more efficient to begin from the bottom. The bottom tier for the Academic Route is through what our own as Professional Societies. For each profession one can pursue, there exist one or more professional societies. These are akin to something like a Chartered Insitute for Accounting or Engineering in other nations, but society exists for almost all professions. The societies are public organizations, run by the public, but funded privately. This allows societies to self-regulate and form and reduces the money the government has to spend. The main purpose of these societies is exactly the same as chartered engineering or accounting institutes of other nations, to regulate the professionals working within those fields. These societies are the first rung on the academic route because it is a requirement for a person to be a member of one of these societies before they can progress to the next tier.
The next stage is the Altiora Academica Societatis or Higher Academic Society. This is a publicly funded official Society and is the first real step towards becoming King. The AAS itself is comprised of anywhere between 10,000 to 100,000 members at a time. The highest amount of members at one time was 161,291 in 1995. The AAS is essentially the top professionals from across Adaptus. In order to become a member, you must first be a member of a PS, then after 5 years of being a member, you can submit an application. After which, if your application is successful you be asked to sit an introductory interview. A series of academic and vocational exams related to your profession as well as other key subjects. Then upon passing those exams pass a second more rigorous interview by a committee of professional members of the AAS who are experts in your profession. Once successfully negotiating all of these stages a professional will be inducted as an AAS member.
The AAS serves the purposes of supplying Adaptus with its key public officials. Barristers, Judges, Key Medical leaders, top Generals, top university professors, etc. The AAS is also the first society which begins to push on extremely stringent guidelines and codes of conduct on its members.
Exceptional members of the AAS who have shown true skill in their profession can then be elevated further. By invitation, only AAS members can be asked to join the Collegium Principals (College of Principals). This is the highest Academic accolade, within the professional meritocracy of Adapton society, besides being elected King.
The College is a full-time position, in which a member will be expected to become a full-time tutor and lecture to the next generation of their profession. At any given time where are around 100 to 300 College Principals. The highest membership was 502 in 2009.
The College has an incredibly strict code of conduct which is designed to ensure Principals both nurture the Citizenry for the future generation and also protect the Citizenry’s fundamental rights to democracy. It is from the College Principals that the King is elected.
Upon the death, abdication, or expulsions of the previous King, the Principals are required to gather at the College in order to elect a new Head of State. Elections normally take place within a week of the former monarchy relinquishing their position. The process is much the same as when a new Pope is elected. The Principals are locked within the main hall of the College until a new Monarch is elected.
The process for the election is completely anonymous. The Grand Consul chairs the election and is also locked within the College. Each principal is required to write a formal declaration of their interest, or lack of interest on an anonymous sheet of paper, those interested in being put forward as a successor must write a small manifesto no more than 500 words as to why they should be King. Each Principal then takes turns to hand in their declaration to the Grand Consul. Who then sorts through those that have put themselves forward, and distributes their rationales for Monarchy. After a period of deliberation voting being on which declaration is most in line with the Monarchy position, until a clear majority is formed. This person is then announced to the Principals. Who then formally acknowledge the position.
It is worth noting at this point, the title of King within Adaptus is devoid of gender. Both males and females can assume the position of King. It is also worth noting the spouse of the King does not gain any form of title.