Compartmentalization of the State

The state consists of a legislative infrastructure, an enforcement infrastructure, an investigative infrastructure, and a military infrastructure.   These are known as branches of state.

The legislative branch is responsible for the invention, and recommendation for enactment, of new statutes (though citizens can perform this function directly, as detailed in <Creation of Legislation>).

The enforcement branch operates all courts and all jails and prisons. It is responsible for the examination of particular instances of allegedly unlawful behavior which have been brought to its attention by the investigative branch or by a private individual.   Reports pertaining to the behavior are given and examined in formal trial, and it is determined which, if any, laws are violated by the behavior, and what corrective action will be taken to discourage and restrain the behaver from repeating the behavior, discourage the behavior among the population, and in certain cases, compensate a victim.   The highest court in the enforcement branch of a particular unit of state (as defined in § The Unit of State) is also responsible for the examination and confirmation of statutes approved by the legislature of that unit of state, and must confirm the statute unless it can provide a formal explanation for how the approved statute conflicts with applicable statutes or the constitution.   At its discretion, that court can review any instrument of state policy of the same or a contained unit of state, and suspend it if it is shown to conflict with an instrument of state policy that has priority.

The investigative branch acts to monitor compliance with law.   This consists of provision of infrastructures to implement, facilitate, and assure compliance, including state document publication, maintenance of disciplined, skilled, and coordinated investigative forces, coordination and facilitation of tax collection, etc., as authorized and mandated by this document.

The military branch is unique to the national unit of state, and deters and responds to military aggression by external forces, working in a principally indirect manner to assure the safety and integrity of the domestic economy, rule of law, culture, and quality of life.   The national legislature, acting in concert with the contained legislatures, can direct the military to assist in survival and recovery operations relating to a particular internal natural disaster.

The employees of a unit of state can appoint officers only to positions within that unit of state (as defined in <The Unit of State>).   A member of the investigative, enforcement, or military branch, can appoint officers only to positions within his own branch, and only as specified by law.   Regulations authored by agents and members of the investigative, enforcement, or military branch apply only to agents and members of the author's unit and branch of state.

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