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Planetary Constitutional Convention Gets Underway

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Crafting a terrestrial constitution became the sacred responsibility of the elected delegates to the Planetary Constitutional Convention. Meeting on the Hawaiian island that would eventually become the seat of the new global government the delegates had been busy for more than a month. They were anticipating that their task might take an additional five more months.

Already settling on a draft of some sections the business block was requesting a rewrite because they were seeking special privileges consistent with how they currently locked-down nation state governments using lobbyist constituent proxies. The majority of delegates weren’t going to agree to the watering down of their hard fought liberty. No amount of slimy interference by these experts at subversion was going to be successful. The business block would have to be resigned to the eventuality that they would be sharing power in an entirely separate non-legislative governmental entity. Labor, government, and business were to have an equal power base that would never interfere in the legislative process controlled directly by all citizens of the planet through their duly elected members of parliament.

In this early evolutionary stage the structure of government was already firmly decided. There would be a single parliamentary body called the Earth Planetary Parliament. So that no single existing nation-state government or governments would unduly dominate or influence their neighbors’ participatory status or requisite power within the new planetary body it was determined that the Earth would be divided into bipartite districts unrelated to country boundaries. On one-side of the planet would be found a district’s first pool of constituents. Directly on the other side of the world would be the district’s second pool of constituents. All attempts would be made to purposely situate the boundaries of a district on either side of the planet between nation-state boundaries. In addition, where possible, each and every district would be a well-defined size not easily gerrymandered by any powerful party, or influential group in an effort to increase their MP representation.

Delegates to this Planetary Constitutional Convention had one vexing problem to overcome. How would they equitably compose a bipartite district? By what means would they add all the blue planet’s citizens who resided on isolated islands or barren expanses of sparely populated land into a district?

Many ideas were still being considered. Possibly on the other side of the sphere a ‘sibling’ of the binary district may be in a densely populated region. Some of the delegates were of the opinion that adding a yet to be determined number of islands to this type of district’s sibling on the other side of the globe would solve this problem of disparate population concentrations unique to water worlds. Others were concerned that they were already making exceptions to the fixed territorial size of districts. Another group of delegates to the Planetary Constitutional Convention felt that a singular exception to the district size restriction could be made when the other part of a district fell on the opposite side of the planet within a sparely or unpopulated region. It was determined that a district’s binary piece didn’t have to fall directly on the other side of the globe – this just wasn’t a feasible requirement on a planet without a contiguous planetary land mass.

Obvious to all causal observers and members of the press was the effort expended at insuring that each citizen regardless of what country they found themselves living within would have an equal undiluted constituent voice in the Earth Planetary Parliament. This meant that the delegates were determined to ensure that an abundance of fairness was always applied to every decision that they made regarding how citizens would be represented.

In this interest of fairness, some of the delegates were unwavering in their support of an earlier resolution. So that smaller districts didn’t dilute the votes of larger districts these delegates decided it was best to use the proportional representation formula of the United States of America. Each district would be allocated a specific number of MPs proportional to their total population. There was also a block of delegates that thought that district population disparities could be eliminated by just requiring that each district be comprised of a specified number of resident citizens.

Another problem that had surfaced in current democracies was the disconnect that occurred between large numbers of constituents and their legislative representative. This situation typically had the negative outcome of isolating representatives from their constituents especially during legislative sessions in a remote capital. When so many citizens were represented by so few lawmakers the elected officials didn’t have an up close and personal bond with their constituents. This loss of community association that the legislator lost when representing an overly large number of citizens was a precipitating factor in the undue influence peddling that had transformed some democracies into lobbyist infested big-business plutocracies. It was therefore determined that an important lesson learned over thousands of years of human governmental designs was that democracy worked best when a feeling of close community was maintained between the constituents and their legislative representatives.

Ultimately the block in favor of specifying a predetermined number of resident citizens per district won out. So in the spirit of preserving a small to medium sized town feeling of community each district would have no more than 160,000 citizens. With the current population of the Earth that meant each district comprised of 160,000 resident voters would elect a single Member of Parliament (MP). With the burgeoning population of this planet in the many billions it was estimated that there would be approximately 50,000 to 60,000 MPs in the Earth Planetary Parliament. Given the historical context of this planet, that would be an unprecedented number requiring a mammoth capitol just to support all the legislators while in session. That is why a very large island in the Hawaiian chain was suggested to be the planetary capital.

With so many details to be ironed out given the size of this unfathomable undertaking, the representation of an entire planet’s population, is it any wonder that it will conceivably take longer to craft this government than any other created over the entire span of human civilization. This will entail the labors of many elected People’s Movement constitutional delegates over many months in at times frustrating deliberations. To craft a democracy that represents every planetary resident equally and fairly will be a monumental enterprise involving the entire planet’s sentient population.

Any Earth Planetary Parliament that is created from this future constitutional convention must have primacy over every single existing governmental entity on this socially fractured planet. Being the glue, the abstraction layer that ‘lives’ above the existing nation states it will stabilize and maintain a framework of fairness in an otherwise conflict ridden world.