Cold and Dark / The Big Empty
GIC (Governmental Industrial Complex)
Structure of the GIC
The GIC is the organization which runs things in the world of C&D. They legislate, uphold laws and regulate space and grant mining and planet harvesting licenses to corporations. The GIC is a democratic institution which consists of a senate led by a chairman. Every ten years a new chairman is elected by the people and every forth year the people get to elect new members of the senate, of which there are six. Most decisions are discussed and voted on in the senate and they have monthly meetings. The vote of the chairman counts as two, which grants him a bit of leverage. The chairman is also considered to be the commander in any war situation and have the power to command the entire Consolidated Fleet and Marine Corps.
Voting for proposals and legislations is the norm but in war times the chairman has complete control and the senate acts as a supportive think tank. Half of the senate is always positioned in Mondus City while the other half spends most of its time in Claret City, as does the chairman. One of the senators have the position of vice chairman and he is by law required to live and work out of Mondus City, as are his two other senators . This is done so that if one of the planets is attacked, and the chairman or vice chairman is killed, the other can hold together a functioning government and military structure. Vice chairmen are elected every forth year in conjunction with the senate election. Of course, there are hundreds of other positions and people involved in the senate such as vice senators, resource management division, military
strategy unit, the justice board and many others.
The current chairman is the thirty nine year old Miaku D´Charnas. She has been in office for two years and is the youngest person in history to have been elected leader of the galaxy.
Senators and Departments
There are six major organs of the GIC: Resource Management Division, Military Strategy Unit, Medical Research Group, The Justice Board, Bureau of Interstellar Exploration and Office of Mining and Core Purification. Each senator that goes up for election comes from a background (or at least tries to convince the voters of this) that makes him suitable for one of the six institutions. Each senator acts as the chief supervisor over one of the six governmental branches. They oversee the dispersal of resources, argue for increased budget if needed and keep up the structure of their branch. At the monthly meetings they report to the rest of the senate and the chairmen. These organizations are massive and a senator naturally delegates most of the work and only handles the key issues and the most important bits that needs to be taken care of.
Every month the so-called Forum is convened. Here the senators (or their representatives) convene and meet up with three hundred representatives of the people. Forum delegates vote on issues and legislations and argue for their needs and demands. They have no direct power as such, but how they vote and what they say act as a guide for what the common man on the street thinks, wants and needs. The forum election is done in clusters, several local delegates run for the position, six are chosen by the people and these six then hand picks forty nine (often predetermined already) forum members.