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Old August 12 2012, 08:54 PM   #79
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Re: Is the Federation a True Democracy? And How Did It Reach That Poin

The Overlord wrote: View Post
If the Federation was run by an oligarchy, how would it be a utopia?
Between a well run oligarchy, and a badly run representative government, which would be the utopia?

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I'll never understand why this is such a popular hypothesis when it stands in defiance of basic nomenclature.
The "President" could simply be the president of the council, appointed (elected) by the council itself, without the input of the populace. Similar to Herman Van Rompuy, who is the President of the European Council.

Jaresh-Inyo's full formal title could be President of the Federation Council.

It's a lot simpler to presume that the Federation President is a president than that the Federation President is actually a prime minister who is called a president.
But isn't it presumptuous to assume that a governing body composed of a conglomeration of several dozen members governing systems would pull it's nomenclature rules solely from a single member? When it come right down to it, Jaresh-Inyo was the "leader of the governing body," that's all. As you went from planet to planet, his job title could have changed wildly.

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