Politics and the UWC
The Unified World Council is separated from national governments by a universally agreed upon division of political power. While individual nations focus on internal concerns, the UWC concentrates on global concerns such as a monetary policy, trade regulation, colonial policy, international dispute reconciliation and global security. Whereas individual nations are free to operate within the government structure of choice, the Unified World Council itself is constituted under the concept of a Federal Parliamentary Republic. The advantage is that all nations, despite their size or strength, get to have a fair and equal voice on the global stage.
The arrangement of Legislative Houses is such that one House provides stability and a check and balance over the other. The upper House is the State Council, where national governments appoint their representation. The Unified Assembly is the lower House, and its Council Representatives are chosen in a general election through an Electoral College system.
The Chancellor of the Unified World Council exercises supreme executive power. This Chancellor is selected by the ruling party of the Unified Assembly and serves a term equal to the Assembly’s election cycle, namely four years. Once elected, the Chancellor appoints his own Cabinet Ministers to execute the policies of his administration.
The modern political landscape is somewhat different than that of the previous age. National parties continue to fight for political control. However, a trans-national political arena has given rise to a new layer of politics. Global political parties now exist, and though some national parties maintain ties with their favored global party, others are fickle. Trying to maintain a strong support base for a global political party can be a dramatic challenge in and of itself. The Democratic Coalition is one of the larger global political parties. Democratic Coalitionists often stand center-left in their point of view and favor a broad spectrum of liberal ideas. To them, the health and wellbeing of all human citizens is a global responsibility. On the other hand, the Federal Conservative Party takes more of a right-wing view. They see the Unified World Council as a finite tool to foster international cooperation, but that the rights of self-government for the individual nation still stand as paramount. Other smaller parties exist as well, often swaying support between the two larger parties as leverage for their own agendas.
Pirate attacks on interplanetary trade have become an increasingly difficult issue. The UWC has increased the naval presence among many of the higher trafficked trade routes, but results have been limited. In addition, this military build-up has created a much greater strain on the defense budget. Several politicians on Earth are calling for greater financial support from the colonies in the form of higher taxes. This, of course, has outraged many citizens of the other worlds and has further served to create a greater rift between Earth and its colonies.
The age-old debate about freedom of religion has once again reared its head. A strange new breed of religion seems to be causing strains in this spiritual détente provided by the
Unified Ministry of God. Many disillusioned people, especially in poor countries, have begun to cast off the tenants of traditional religion to embrace teachings of a different sort. The
grass-roots rise of what some refer to as cults has caused certain legislators within the Unified World Council to seek a remedy to what they see as a threat. The idea of state-sponsored religion would give legality to established churches, but ban under the law the spread of these new cultist groups. Of course, such proposals have also caused heated debate from those who prefer to champion individual religious rights.
Politics At a Glance
• The UWC concentrates on global and interplanetary concerns.
• The UWC is a Federal Parliamentary Republic.
• There are two Legislative Houses – the State Council and the Unified Assembly.
• Global parties, such as the Democratic Coalition and Federal Conservative Party, dominate politics.
• There are 3 super-powers – Alliance of American States, European Federation, and the Sino-China Alliance.
• The Unified Ministry of God has brought religions together in detente.
• Fringe religions called cults arise.