People's Assemblies of the United Communes
The People's Assemblies (Mavibi: Montash) are the foundational governmental bodies of the United Communes. People's Assemblies exist on all levels of governance, ranging from the district assemblies (Kenatash) on the local level to the Union Assembly of the United Communes (Ulustash) on the federal level. Combined, the People's Assemblies constitute one of the five Federal Organs of the Union, as described in the United Communes Charter.
The 20,000 district assemblies (Kenatash) are directly democratic in nature, with participation open to all resident citizens. Kenatash are the most basic legislative unit in the Union, and are ultimately responsible for setting the legislative agenda not only on their own local level, but also in all superior levels of government. Assembly Legislation always begins in the form of a petition, which can be proposed by any citizen at any time. Since the advent of the galactic internet, however, the assemblies themselves rarely meet in-person as a legislative body. Petitions are posted online, and are then circulated throughout the Unified Legislative Network, an internet app that all citizens are encouraged to install on their mobile devices. Given the extremely large number of petitions in circulation at any one time, the ULN possesses an artificial intelligence which is able to sort and present the most relevant petitions to each citizen. Citizens then vote on petitions, and all votes within a district are tallied to calculate the district's collective decision. That decision is then translated into an affirmative or negative vote in the relevant superior assembly.
A number of designations exist for the levels of government that exist between the district and communal levels. On Darya, for example, there are national (Milus) and continental (Rozdam) authorities; on the other hand, Brihesh possesses county and planetary levels. In any case, subcommunal assemblies, like all levels superior to districts, are populated through the election of a delegate from each district assembly. Delegates are charged with the responsibility of representing the collective voice of their home district, and are by convention bound to vote in line with their home district's decisions. There are more than 6,000 subcommunal assemblies across the Union, though their realms of jurisdiction vary depending on the relevant communal charters. Subcommunal assembly members are typically elected to one-year terms.
Communal assemblies (Rasatash) are empowered with legislative authority over their respective communes. Communal assembly members are elected by the district assemblies to represent them in similar fashion as in the subcommunal assemblies. However, unlike the subcommunal assemblies, rasatash have the ability to effect changes to the communal charter, and are able to create and abolish subcommunal authorities with the consent of the relevant district assemblies. Communal assemblies form the foundation of communal governments, whose other bodies also have analogues on the federal level. Like on the subcommunal level, communal assembly members are commonly elected to one-year terms.
- Main article: Ulustash
The Union Assembly (Ulustash) is the highest level of Montash in the Union. Each district assembly elects one delegate to represent them in the Union Assembly, making for a total of 20,000 members as of 544 TE. The Union Assembly is arguably de facto the most powerful body in the United Communes, as it has the authority to amend the United Communes Charter, approve Toplanta judicial nominations, and elect secretaries. However, with this immense power comes a strong tradition of conventions and rules with which members of the Ulustash must comply, or else face severe criticism and public shaming. Members of the Union Assembly are elected to two-year terms.