Structure of the Legislatures
An elected, proportionally representative legislature can be
associated with each unit of state. Each eligible voter can vote for
any one candidate in the election of representatives.
Each legislature is characterized by the number of voters eligible to
vote in elections for that legislature (definitionally, the weight of
the legislature), and by the minimum proportion of votes necessary for
a candidate to become an office holder. The proportion determines the
absolute maximum size of the legislature, and is furthermore such that
the legislature tends in practice to have the desired size, which in
practice is far smaller than what is theoretically possible. The
proportion must be at most 5%.
Legislative elections last for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks,
the candidates who remain unelected cease to be candidates, and the
remaining candidates become legislators.
In parliamentary voting, the vote a representative casts in a
particular quorum is given as an integral percentage expressing degree
of agreement with the bill at issue. A representative's vote is
assigned a weight proportional to the number of voters who voted for
him. The unrounded (precise to within one part in one billion)
product of the agreement index and the weight of that representative
is the definition of a vote-weight.
The national legislature is characterized by a minimum proportion for
election of .2%, subject to amendment.
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