Law is the sole authority in the Ascendancy. The Constitution
makes no provision for new legislation save by amending the
Constitution itsself. The Constitution provides for the absolute
freedom of the individual save where that freedom would unduly
deprive him of his property or freedom. The Constitution
also make provision for an Ascendant as head of state, and a
Ascendant is Mazrim II Velkor, recently having succeded his
father, Madog I. The Andrean Constitution empowers the Ascendant
to "Represent the Ascendancy in foriegn matters and conduct
relations with foriegn entities, to ensure the rights of the
populous, and to lead the nation in matters martial. Furthurmore
he may appoint others to aid him in this edeavour." To this
end, the Ascendant has created four ministries to help him manage
the growing nation.
of War: The chief duty of the War Ministry is to provide
for the logistical and strategic needs of the military.
of Standards: This ministry keeps track of all national
standards (weights, measures, etc.) and proposes voluntary
standards when no industry consensus is met.
of Foriegn Affairs: Conducts all diplomatic relations
with foriegn powers. Treaties are approved by the Ascendant
but may not violate Consitutional Law.
of Public Works: Added by Section 9, Article 6; the MPW
oversees the concientous objecters who choose 3 years of state
service over 2 years of Military. Also manages Ascendancy
Shareholder Services and the Investment Division.
Magistry is the panel for selecting Magistrates and ruling on
cares remanded to them by the courts of individual Magistrates.
It is comprised of seven Lord Magistrates and presided over
by an eighth member, the Chief Magistrate. All Lord Magistrates
are selected by the Ascendant from the general pool of Magistrates
and serve for life. The Chief Magistrate is elected by the Lord
Magistrates from thier own number and serves for ten years.
A portion of all court fees go toward the running of the governemt.
Each Magistrate is selected by the Grand Magistry based on merit.
The Applicant submits his aplication to the Office of the Grand
Magisrty. Once a Magistrate is selected, he runs his court as
a freelance operation, taking cases and collecting payment as
he sees fit.
When a Magistrate accepts the responsiblity of adjudicating
a suit, he randomly selects four Adjunct Magistrates from
the adult population of the locality. Adjunct Magistrates
are payed the same amout as the Magistrate for thier services.
After hearing the case, the Magistrate and Adjunct Magistrates
vote on the outcome, then the Magistrate renders on the penalty
and fees. This entire process is voluntary however, and both
parties may seek the services of a private adjudicator utilizing
basic Andrean contract provisions in the Constitution rather
than judicial provisions.
of the citizenship obligation, all Andrean citizens are granted
one share in the Ascendancy itself. This share entitles the
holder to a portion of the yearly surplus of funds generated
by the government's investments.
a shortage of funds, due to the lack of taxes and droping revenue
from court fees and fines, the Ministry of Public Works was
given a directive in 1409 to sell off many state-run industries
and projects, and to reinvest the resulting funds. The Investment
Division was set up to handle this. Over the past decades the
growing revenue from these investments has helped propel the
Ascendancy to power, making it one of the most powerful nations
in Scandia without requiring non-voluntary taxation. In addition,
the past decade has seen large surpluses, resulting in the creation
of Ascendancy Shareholder Services to distrubute the surplus
among the public.