The People’s Ecotopic Republic of Oregon is a fairly large country in the northwestern quarter of North America, west of the S.L.C., north of Alta California and south of Alyaska. Oregon was founded by the various fur trading companies (notably the Northwest Company (merged with the Hudsons Bay Co. in 1822) and the Russian America Co., which still exists though hasn't been connected to Russia since 1917) and their local allies in an effort to keep out pesky adventurers, land claimers, and other competition. The Government is a mixture of native and immigrant aristocracy, corporations, unions, clubs, proportional representation and municipalities. This governmental form evolved from cooperation between chiefs, fur traders, and merchants for the purposes of maintaining order and later independence. Any sizeable population percentage requires representation, thus religious leaders are also required to participate in the governmental process.
Industries in Oregon are largely timber related, although there is a growing industrial base in Seattle and Portland.
Oregon is largely quiet in international affaires, and apparently enjoys a largely peaceful existence, as they rarely come to the forefront in the news. While Oregon functions under a one-party Ecotopic party, all minorities are represented. The only time Oregon has come to the news front is when it helped to establish the Ecotopic Arab Republic of Al-Basra, and more recently with its help in establishing the World Ecotopic Reserve in central Hispaniola and the re-forestation of Haÿti, which is currently in progress.
A quirk of Oregon is the use of the Cyrillic alphabet, though the official language is English. The Cyrillic alphabet was introduced by Russian missionaries and has gained widespread currency.
The old flag of Oregon was showing the national animal, the beaver over the word ‘Ecotopia,’ written in Cyrillic showing the ecological focus in matters of state. In recent years, however, this flag of the beaver has been replaced with a new flag composed of five horizontal strips of blue, green and white. The old flag, still remaining a popular symbol among the people, is still seen however, among others taken into use by a political party.
Although individual regions, districts, cities, etc. enjoy self-government within Oregon proper, the nation as a whole is led by the Republican Assembly whose members (currently 339) are drawn from a variety of sources--ethnic groups, regional divisions, labor unions, trading associations, religions. As well as all of these, one hundred "At Large" Assemblymen are selected in a General Election every four years. The vote goes by party, and each party gets the number of Assemblymen equal to their percentage of the vote.
The Republican Assembly in turn elects the members of the National Council which in most ways functions like a cabinet in Parliamentary-style democracies. However, the twelve Councillors may be any adult Oregonian, and each serves for a fixed term--six years. The President of the Assembly (elected by that body each year from among themselves) is also Chair of the Council and has a full vote in the Council.
It is the Councillor for Justice who nominates members of the judiciary, but requires the consent of the Assembly. In general this means the National District Courts, with the National Courts of Appeal above them, followed the National Supreme Court on top. Judges serve for fifteen years and have the right to impeach their own members, as does the Assembly.