Ransenar Royal Decree XIII

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Territorial Organization Act
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Palace of Termarth
Subject Home affairs, local governance
Decreed by Queen Salome I
Regent: Ruadh Aldric
Extent Kingdom of Ransenar
Royal Assent 2.VIII.1677 AN
Commencement 3.VIII.1677 AN
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RD-XIII, or Ransenari Royal Decree XII, is the thirteenth royal decree issued by the Queen of Ransenar, in ##.VIII.1677 AN. It was issued from the Palace of Termarth in Goldfield, Ransenar.

This Royal Decree originated with the integration of Verionist Elsenar and the need to integrate it into Ransenar. The decree aims to promote democracy and efficiency of local autonomous administration, in order to ensure balanced development of local areas. The decree prescribes matters concerning types, organization, and operation of local governments, and basic relations between the national and local governments in Ransenar.

Background

Countersignature

RD-XIII was countersigned by the Regent, the Lord High Steward, and the Minister of State.

Regent and Lord Protector

Transitional Government

  • Lord Chief Steward and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sean O'Callaghan
  • Minister of State

Text

WHEREAS We wish to establish a law that prescribes the important rules and matters concerning the types, organization, and operation of local governments, and basic relations between the national and local governments in Ransenar, among other purposes;

Article 1. Categories of Local Governments.

1. Administrative subdivisions in the Kingdom of Ransenar shall be classified in the following categories:

  • Counties;
  • Special Capital District;
  • City;
  • Village;
  • Local Authority.

2. The County shall be the first-level administrative unit of sub-national government in the Kingdom of Ransenar.

3. The Special Capital District shall be considered a County, containing within it the capital of the Kingdom, the city of Goldfield, and its environs as defined by Royal Decree, Ordinance from the Lord High Steward, or an Act from the Ransenari Congress.

4. The City shall be a second-level municipal administrative unit of sub-national government in the Kingdom of Ransenar as part of a County. An urban unit that reaches a population of at least 150,000 citizens shall automatically constitute a City.

5. The Village shall be a third-level municipal administrative unit of sub-national government in the Kingdom of Ransenar as part of a County that has a population of fewer than 150,000 citizens, is less densely populated than a City, and is more rural in character.

6. The Local Authority shall be a fourth-level municipal administrative unit of sub-national government in the Kingdom of Ransenar as part of a County. It is largely rural in character and meant to cover larger and less densely populated unorganized areas of a County.

7. The Ransenari Congress shall have the power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the Kingdom of Ransenar; and nothing in this Decree shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the Kingdom of Ransenar, or of any particular County.

8. In addition to the local governments established in this Article, special local governments may be separately established, if necessary, to achieve specific purposes, prescribed by Royal Decree, Ordinance of the Lord High Steward, or Act of the Ransenari Congress.

Article 2. Juristic Personality and Jurisdiction of Local Governments.

1. A local government shall be a juristic person.

2. The Special Capital District shall be under the direct control of the government of the Kingdom of Ransenar; Cities, Villages, and Local Authorities shall fall within the jurisdiction of Counties.

3. The names and jurisdictions of local governments shall be as used before, and any alteration of such names and jurisdictions and any abolition, establishment, division or consolidation of the local governments shall be prescribed by an Act of the Ransenari Congress.

4. In the case of abolition, establishment, division or consolidation of local governments, or alteration of their names or jurisdictions, the opinion of the local governments concerned (hereinafter referred to as "local governments") shall be heard.

Article 3. Basic Principles for Performance of Affairs.

1. Local governments shall strive to promote the convenience and welfare of residents in performing affairs.

2. Local governments shall rationalize their organization and management, and optimize their size.

3. Local governments shall not perform affairs in violation of any statutes, or ordinances of superior local governments.

Article 4. Scope of Affairs of Local Governments.

1. Local governments shall perform autonomous affairs of their jurisdiction and the affairs entrusted under statutes.

2. Examples of the affairs of local governments established under this Article shall be as follows provided if it is otherwise prescribed by other Acts, this shall not apply:

  • Affairs concerning the jurisdiction, organization, administrative management, etc. of local governments:
    • Coordination of the names, locations and areas of the administrative areas within the jurisdiction;
    • Establishment, revision, abolition, and operation and management of municipal ordinances and rules;
    • Organization and management of subordinate administrative agencies;
    • Guidance on and supervision of subordinate administrative agencies and organizations;
    • Management of personnel matters, welfare, and education of public officials under jurisdiction;
    • Imposition and collection of local taxes and revenues other than local taxes;
    • Formulation and execution of budget, audit of accounting, and management of property;
    • Management of administrative equipment, computerization of administration and improvement of administrative management;
    • Management of public property;
    • Management of family relation registration and resident registration;
    • Drafting of various kinds of surveys and statistics needed by local governments;
  • Affairs concerning the promotion of welfare of residents:
    • Projects concerning the welfare of residents;
    • Installation, operation, and management of facilities for social welfare;
    • Protection of and support for persons living in poverty;
    • Protection and promotion of the welfare of the elderly, children, persons with mental disorder, juveniles and women;
    • Establishment and operation of health and medical treatment institutions;
    • Prevention of infectious or other diseases, and prevention of epidemics;
    • Operation and management of cemeteries, crematoriums, and charnel houses;
    • Guidance for the improvement of sanitary conditions of hospitality business places;
    • Collection and disposal of sewage and garbage;
    • Establishment and operation of local public enterprises;
  • Affairs concerning the promotion of industries including agriculture, forestry, commerce, industry, etc.:
    • Installation and management of agricultural irrigation facilities, such as small ponds, reservoirs, etc.;
    • Support for production and distribution of agricultural, forestry, livestock and marine products;
    • Management of agricultural materials;
    • Management of and guidance on combined farming;
    • Fostering of and guidance on profit-making business other than agriculture;
    • Encouragement of farming households;
    • Management of public forests;
    • Projects for development of small-scale livestock raising, and for promotion of dairy;
    • Prevention of livestock epidemics;
    • Fostering of and support for local industries;
    • Consumer protection and encouragement of savings;
    • Support for small and medium enterprises;
    • Development and fostering of, and support for, specialized regional industries;
    • Development of good local products and folk art products for tourism;
  • Affairs concerning local developments, and establishment and management of living environmental facilities for residents:
    • Projects for local development;
    • Execution of local civil engineering and construction projects;
    • Execution of urban planning projects;
    • Installation, repair and maintenance of county and local roads;
    • Encouragement of and support for the improvement of residential living environments;
    • Improvement of rural houses and village structure;
    • Activities for protection of nature;
    • Management of local rivers and small rivers;
    • Installation and management of waterworks and sewerages;
    • Installation and management of simplified water supply facilities;
    • Installation and management of sightseeing and resort facilities such as local parks, urban parks, green areas, etc.;
    • Operation of local railroad projects;
    • Installation and management of facilities for traffic convenience such as parking lots, traffic signs, etc.;
    • Establishment and execution of countermeasures against disasters;
    • Fostering of and support for the local economy;
  • Affairs concerning the promotion of education, sports, culture and art:
    • Establishment and operation of, and guidance on, day-care centers, kindergartens, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and other kinds of schools equivalent thereto;
    • Installation and management of public educational, sports and cultural facilities such as libraries, playgrounds, plazas, gymnasiums, museums, performance centers, galleries, music halls;
    • Designation, preservation, and management of local cultural heritages;
    • Promotion of local culture and art;
    • Fostering of local cultural and art organizations;
  • Affairs concerning local civil defense and local fire fighting:
    • Formation and operation of, guidance on, and supervision of, local and workplace civil defense organizations (including a volunteer fire brigade);
    • Prevention of, alert for, extinguishment and investigation of, and rescue and first aid activities in, fires in local areas.

Article 5. Restriction on Performance of National Affairs.

1. No local governments shall perform affairs of the national government falling under any of the following provided that if it is otherwise prescribed by other Acts, this shall not apply:

  • Affairs necessary for the existence of the nation, such as diplomacy, national defense, administration of justice, national tax;
  • Affairs requiring performance in a uniform manner throughout the nation, such as price, finance, and export and import policies;
  • Nationwide affairs, such as the coordination of demand and supply, import and export, etc. of agricultural, forestry, livestock and marine products and grains;
  • Affairs of nationwide or similar scale such as comprehensive national economic development plans, national rivers, state-owned forests, comprehensive national land development plans, designated harbors, national expressways, national roads, national parks, etc.;
  • Affairs requiring uniformity and coordination of standards throughout the nation, such as labor standards and measurement units;
  • Affairs of nationwide or similar scale such as postal and railroad services;
  • Affairs beyond technological and financial capabilities of local governments, such as inspection, testing, research, aviation administration, meteorological administration, nuclear power development, etc., that require highly advanced technology.

Article 6. Subnational Units of the Kingdom of Ransenar.

1. The Kingdom of Ransenar shall have the following Counties:

  • County of Ran;
  • County of Elsenar;
  • County of North Lunaris;
  • County of Syrelwynn;
  • County of Holwinn.

2. The Special Capital District shall be the City of Goldfield and its defined environs and suburbs.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

Maps of Ransenar


Preceded by
RD-XI
Royal Decrees of the Kingdom of Ransenar
Series 2
Succeeded by
RD-XIV