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The Tampanian Republic, sometimes called simply Tampania, is a large Caribbean trading nation based from the city of Tampa but extending north to the Suwannee River, across the Floridian Peninsula to St. Augustine, and south to encompass the remainder of the Peninsula.
One of the four primary Caribbean maritime republics (with Mobile, New Orleans, and Galveston), the Tampanian Republic has a vivid history of growth and is noted for its greater contact with northern nations like Annapolis while the other Republics focus solely on the Great Sea.
Government and PoliticsTampania's government is a hereditary republic, led by the Director who inherits his post from his father. The Director oversees the Board of Administrators, which are appointed officials to represent each district.
Based upon the Common Law of Tampania, which is supposedly derived from the time before the Chaos, the Director and the Board are co-equal. In reality, based upon the composition of the Board (two per district, and members are elected for life terms) and the competency of the Director one or the other tends to lead national governance.
The Tampanian Republic is divided into four basic administrative divisions. The first is the Republic, which encompasses all territories under Tampania. The second administrative division is the District, which is composed of many smaller counties. Each county is home to at least one municipality.
The following table shows the four administrative divisions, with the name of the legislature and head of state for each administrative divisions.
|Division||Legislature||Head of State|
|Republic||Board of Administrators||Director|
PoliticsIn the Tampanian Republic, voting rights are very highly prized, and publicly traded. Originally, only the 1,000 richest patriarchs were allowed to vote in Republic-wide elections, however after the death of a patriarch his vote would be doubled, provided that he had two or more sons.
The votes are also publicly traded to ensure that the wealthiest citizens have a say in national politics. Currently, the rights to a vote sell for approxiamately
Voting at the local level operates quite similarly, but each administrative division has its own across the board regulations. This limits the mobility of trade empires because patriarchs stay in the same region to preserve their voting rights.
As for political parties, there are two primary parties: the Conservatives and the Liberals. The Conservatives, the older of the two parties, represent the most wealthy Tampanians while the Liberals tend to represent the second sons of major patriarchs that retain some wealth but fail to truly amass great wealth.
The Liberals favor looser voting rights, the abolition of the hereditary nature of the Director, as well as kinder regulation of Counties by the Republic. Meanwhile Conservatives are for a more oligarchic system, and greater powers for the Director.