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In Selucia, a Province (Selucian: Provincia) is a first-level political and administrative division, created with the aim of guaranteeing limited autonomy of the regions that make up Selucia.

Selucia is not a federation, but a highly decentralized unitary state. While sovereignty is vested in the nation as a whole, represented in the central institutions of government, the nation has asymmetrically devolved power to the provinces, which, in turn, exercise their right to self-government within the limits set forth in the constitution and their autonomous statutes. Some scholars have referred to the resulting system as a federal system in all but name, or a "federation without federalism". There are 5 Provinces. Many important powers, including immigration or housing policies, have been devolved to the second-level administrative divisions, that is the municipalities of Selucia.

The Provinces are governed according to the constitution and their own organic laws known as Statutes of the Provinces, which contain all the competences that they assume.

ProvincesEdit

Flag Province Capital Motto Anthem Praetor Image Area (km²) Population (4502)
Kal Serathi Flag Cor Patriae Florentia Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

It is sweet and honorable to die for the fatherland

Hymnum Cor Patriae Hilaria Aureliana (FR)

Since 4526

Hilaria Aureliana 61,800 19,951,713
Uleroth Flag Insularia Victoria Unus populus, una vox, una virtus

One people, one voice, one virtue

Liberum et triumphanti Tadia Sennia Bitucus (IMCS)

Since 4526

Tadia Sennia Bitucus 59,700 19,944,753
Korgana Flag Marestella Auroria In varietate concordia, in aequalitate eruditio

United in diversity, educated in equality

Honorata es Remus Porcius (FR)

Since 4526

Remus Porcius 64,200 19,915,757
West Shadar Flag Occidentria Argona Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus

We are slaves to the laws so we may be free

Messores Iacobus Secundinus (FR)

Since 4526

Iacobus Secundinus 99,600 19,858,922
East Shadar Flag Oriensos Augusta Vigilantia pretium libertatis

Vigilance is the price of liberty

Sacrum Bellum Vestia Atronia (IMCS)

Since 4522

Vestia Atronia 84,600 19,890,846

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Selucia is a diverse country made up of several different regions with varying economic and social structures, as well as different historical, political and cultural traditions. While the entire Selucian territory was united with the creation of the First Selucian Republic in 1811 this was not a process of national homogenization or amalgamation. The constituent territories retained much of their former institutional existence, including limited legislative, judicial or fiscal autonomy. These territories also exhibited a variety of local customs, laws, languages and currencies.

Name change and regional mottos.Edit

Provinces have gone through a wide range of name change. For most of their history, their names were CalatiaOleriaCorgana, and two provinces known as Sadaria, distinguished by the name of their capital (Sadaria Argonensis with the capidal in Argona and Sadaria Nabalensis with the capital in Nabal). The provinces were often known internationally by their Qildari names, a legacy of Selucia's membership in the Cildanian Hegemony (Calatia as Kal Serathi, Oleria as Uleroth, Corgana as Korgana, and Sadaria as Shadar). Most recently the provinces were renamed under the In Marea-Civis Sinistram government of Jerzyr Laskaris in 4278, where Calatia was renamed Cor Patriae ; Oleria as Insularia ; Corgana as Marestella ; Sadaria Argonensis as Occidentria , and Sadaria Nabalensis as Oriensos , in order to give them a more nationalistic and liguistic name.

In 4460, after a proposal of Leader of the Opposition Helios Sigilis, each Praetor of the regions (Elissa Cloelia, Ioannes Maximilianus and Marcia Herminia from Factio Republicana and Anthea Galanou and Arina Vestas from In Marea-Civis Sinistram) stablished a regional motto[1].

Current state of affairsEdit

Tensions within the systemEdit

Peripheral nationalism continues to play a role, though currently not big enough, in Selucian politics. Some peripheral nationalists view that there is a vanishing practical distinction between the terms "nationalities" and "provinces", as more competences are transferred to all communities in roughly the same degree and as other communities have chosen to identify themselves as "nationalities". Many in Insularia and Marestella view their communities as "nations", not just "nationalities", and Selucia as a "plurinational state" or a "nation of nations", and they have made demands for further devolution or secession.

Insularia, under the leadership of many IMCS regional Praetors , has threatened the central government with declaring the independence of the territory, especially under the ruling of the far-right or Imperators in the central government, as the regional population is largely identified as progressist and federalist.

Marestella declared de facto the independence from Selucia during the early 4300's under the rule of the right party Factio Liberum Insulae, which advocates for Marestellan independence. The Consul at the time, Petrus Viator, had to face the declaration that almost led the country to a civil war.

Institutional organizationEdit

All provinces have a parliamentary system based on a division of powers comprising:

  • A regional Senate, whose members are elected by universal suffrage according to a system of proportional representation, in which all areas that integrate the territory are fairly represented, and where regional elections are celebrated at the same time as national ones, being the regional results of the national ones the constitution of the regional senates.
  • A Council of Government, with executive and administrative powers, headed by a Praetor, being the candidate of the most voted party in the regional elections—this system leads sometimes with a regional government with no majority in the regional senate.—
  • A High Court of Justice, hierarchically under the Supreme Court of Selucia

The majority of the communities have approved regional electoral laws within the limits set up by the laws for the entire country. Despite minor differences, all communities use proportional representation; all members of regional parliaments are elected for four-year terms.

SubdivisionsEdit

Each Province is divided in four districts, which take the name from their regional capitals.

Districts of each province
Provinces Districts
Cor Patriae Florentia, Saturnium, Minianium, Triarium
Insularia Victoria, Leona, Constantium, Naylor-Marius
Marestella Auroria, Assedo, Iovianum, Campus Verum
Occidentria Argona, Sadarium, Marisia, Augustem Burgensis
Oriensos Augusta, Augustum Nabalensis, Hyeronimium, Octaviana

Competences of the provincial governmentsEdit

The competences of the province are not homogeneous. Broadly the competences are divided into "Exclusive", "Shared", and "Executive" ("partial"). In some cases, the region may have exclusive responsibility for the administration of a policy area but may only have executive (i. e., carries out) powers as far as the policy itself is concerned, meaning it must enforce policy and laws decided at the national level.

' Cor Patriae Insularia Marestella Occidentria Oriensos
Law, Order & Justice
PolicePartial
Public Safety (Civil protection, Firearms, gambling)
Civil & Administrative Law (Justice, Registries, Judicial Appointments)
Child & Family Protection
Consumer Protection
Data protection
Civil registry & Statistics
Death penalty Exclusive
Health, Welfare & Social Policy
Social Welfare
Equality
Social Security
Employment
Health Care
Benevolent/Mutual Societies
Economy, Transport & Environment
Public Infrastructure (Road, Highways)
Public Infrastructure (Rail, Airports)
Environment (Nature, Contamination, Rivers, Weather)
Economic Planning & Development
Advertising, Regional Markets and regional controlled origin designations
Professional associations
Workplace & Industrial safety
Financial (Regional Cooperative Banks, & Financial Markets)
Press & Media
Water (Local drainage Basin)
Regional Development (Coast, Housing Rural Services)
Public Sector & Cooperative Banks
Energy & Mining
Competition
Agriculture and Animal welfare
Fisheries
Hunting & Fishing
Local Transport & Communications (Road Transport, Maritime Rescue)
Tourism
Culture & Education
Culture (libraries, museums, Film industry, Arts, & Crafts...)Shared
Culture (Language Promotion, R & D Projects)Shared
Culture (Sports, Leisure, Events)Exclusive
Education (Primary, secondary, University, Professional & Language)Shared
Religious OrganizationsShared
Cultural, Welfare, & Education Associations Regulation
International Relations (Culture & language, Cross Border relations)Partial
Resources & Spending
Own Tax resources
Allocation by Central Government
Other resources
Resources