Federal Government of Whestcorea
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The Federal Government of Whestcorea is the federal government of the republic of four states that constitute the Federal Republic of Whestcorea, as well as one capital district, RGS, D.B. The government is composed of three distinct branches, executive, legislative and judicial, though given the government's deficit of staff, the nominally distinct branches can - and do - overlap. The powers of these branches are vested by the Whestcorean Constitution in the Mememaster-General, the Congress and Sen8, and the Supreme Court respectively, though further powers of these branches are defined by acts passed by the government at large.
The full name of the country is the "Federal Republic of Whestcorea". No other name is mentioned in the Constitution, and this is the name that appears on the country's currency, treaties with other microstates and in cases it is a party to. However, the terms "Federal Government of Whestcorea", "Government of Whestcorea" and "Whestcorean Government" are all used interchangeably, though legislation passed by the government at large refers to the government by the latter term. Further, the term "National" is occasionally, though not that often, used to imply the term "Federal", or, more specifically, affiliation with the government at large.
The Constitutional and federal system of governance employed in the Federal Republic of Whestcorea is largely reminiscent of that utilized in the United States, borrowing heavily from both its legislative process and in terms of its presidential system in general.
The government itself was formed following the ratification of the Constitution in September 2015 and is, as above stated, based on the principles of federalism and republicanism in the same way as the United States is; nominally speaking, power is shared between the governments at state and federal level, though the lack of people to staff the legislatures at state level mean that the federal government has sweeping legislative powers at both state and national level.
The legislature of the government is bicameral, composed of the Congress and the Senate. The powers of Congress are explicitly defined, though the Senate was not; instead, the Senate was created as a subsequent body of government through the Senate House Act.
Powers of the legislature
The Constitution grants the government numerous powers. Enumerated in Article I, Subarticle III of the Constitution, these powers include the ability to pass any form of income tax, corporation tax, sales tax or value-added tax "of any level" (though the government is specifically debarred from passing capital gains tax or from placing tariffs on foreign goods).
Furthermore, the government is also given the power to mint its own currency, the Snoop Dollar, establish interest rates, and "bailout nationally important institutions". It can also, as per Chapter III of Article I, Subarticle III:
- Make declarations of war with other nations;
- Formulate foreign relations with other nations;
- Formulate legislation that affects every state of the Republic (or, more specifically, federal law);
- Administer specifically to the Republic's capital district, the District of Brittania;
- Borrow on the Republic's credit;
- Raise a national army;
- Charge individuals with federal crime.
All other competencies of government are, nominally, delegated to the states; however, since the state legislatures do not have people to staff them, the Constitution allows the federal government to legislate on their behalf until such a time as the legislatures are staffed.
Limitations of the legislature
The government is specifically debarred in the Constitution from, primarily, passing any bill that contravenes the Constitution. In the Whestcorean system, as in the US system, the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of whether a law is unconstitutional.