Granularities of State

The country is officially delineated generally into the following regions, in order of increasing size: towns, counties amounting to groups of towns plus adjacent unincorporated regions, provinces consisting of groups of counties, and the whole country consisting of all the provinces.   All regions are geographically contiguous, except for islands less than 20 miles distant from other land within the region, and the whole country which can consist of regions separated by arbitrary distance.

Additionally, where appropriate and desirable because of logical (geological/ecological or cultural) divisibility/separability, or paucity or abundance of population, regions within towns (known as boroughs), groups of counties smaller than a province (known as divisions), and groups of provinces smaller than the country (known as departments), can be officially delineated, named, and endowed with state institutions including those described in § Compartmentalization of the State.

Regions must be delineated such that if one region overlaps a second, either the first fully contains the second, or the second fully contains the first, but not neither and not both.

Any region that is completely surrounded by territory of one nation, is part of that nation and is, with its residents, subject, minimally, to the national constitution and statutes of the surrounding nation.

Associated with each official region is a unit of state.   A unit of state can have a legislature, and the country and each province must have legislatures.   Any region with a legislature must have an investigative branch and an enforcement branch.

The scope of the legislature or enforcement branch is the region to which it corresponds as explained above.   The above also clarifies the precise import of § Hierarchical Applicability of Legislation.

Regions can be officially identified and optionally endowed with investigative and enforcement branches and, optionally, legislature, only by the legislature of the smallest legislature-endowed region which fully contains the region to be identified and optionally endowed, or by the usual mechanism of direct citizen vote by the citizens of the smallest region which fully contains the region to be identified and optionally endowed.

A region with a legislature can be officially dissolved only through passage of a statute to that effect by that legislature, or by the usual mechanism of direct citizen vote by the citizens of the region to be dissolved.

Except as specified in this document, the agents of a unit of state cannot involve themselves in the internal and local affairs of a unit of state whose geographic extent is contained by that of the former unit of state.   A description of any arrangement of cooperation or coordination between two distinct units of state must be published, and except as specified in this document, the personnel of one unit of state cannot be placed under the command of personnel of another unit of state.

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