Basic Information Short Name: Rhodes Full Name: Republic of Rhodes Capital: Rhodes (City) Flag: Spoiler : Color: Brownish red Provinces: Description With the collapse of Greece since the disaster, Rhodes had to fend off on its own. Mayor Alexandros Papanastasiou declared himself President of the new-found Republic of Rhodes. A radical liberal, he moved to liberalize Rhodes politically, economically and socially. Since then, Rhodes has been at peace, living off mainly through its fishing industry. Civil Aspects Politics: The head of state is the Premier (current: Georgios Papandreou). The Premier is elected by a two-thirds majority of the legislature for a period of six years. The Premier has a ceremonial role only, being the nominal commander of the armed forces and signing laws into effect. The executive branch of the Republic is led by a President (current: Alexandros Papanastasiou), elected directly every four years. The President is the head of government. The President leads a Cabinet, comprised of six ministers. The President is responsible for directing domestic and foreign policy, appointing judges (though they have to be approved by the legislature) and introducing legislation. The legislative branch of the Republic is the Vouli, which has twenty members. The legislature is responsible for drafting and voting legislation, and for confirming judicial appointments. The President can veto legislation, but if 2/3 of the Vouli support the bill, then the veto can be overturned. The Vouli can also impeach the President. The Vouleutes (MPs) are elected every two years, in single-constituency electoral districts with a first-past-the-post-system. This means that the President may have to deal with an opposition-majority Vouli. The judicial branch of government is the High Court of Justice. The six judges, appointed for ten years by the President (unless they retire earlier due a variety of reasons, such as health or legal issues), have the right to rule a bill unconstitutional if they deem that it violates the word or spirit of the constitution. They are also the supreme judges of the country. Rhodes has a two-party system; the center-right People's Party and the center-left Liberal Party alternate to power. The People's Party is fiscally and socially conservative, while the Liberal Party is fiscally moderate and socially liberal. Both parties are broadly committed to capitalism and liberal democracy. Economy: The economy of Rhodes is broadly liberalized, with low tax rates, limited bureaucracy and a business friendly environment. The economy is largely dependent on fishing, agriculture, stock-breeding and winery. As Rhodes was spared from the destruction, its population and economy were left untouched. Diplomacy: Rhodes, owning to its small size, is little known, and prefers to keep it that way by remaining neutral on world affairs. Research: Rhodes was untouched by the disaster and had no contact with the machines. As such, it lacks the technology to control machinery and doesn't own any. Military Aspects Army: The army is made up of WWI-equipped human soldiers, with no machinery. Nevertheless, Rhodes has plenty of good, old artillery. Navy: Four frigates, from the Balkan Wars and formerly owned by Greece. It mostly uses them for policing actions. Air Force: Rhodes lacks an air force. Intel: Rhodes' intelligence service is under the command of the President and is mostly used to prevent infiltration and foreign espionage rather than conduction espionage of its own.