Administrative divisions in Ataraxia
This article gives an overview of the various administrative divisions of the Federation of Ataraxia.
As Ataraxia was born from a gradual federation process of previously independent kingdoms, the federal regions that have come to replace the former kingdoms retain a significant degree of autonomy.
Types of divisions
|Ataraxia||2||The country||1||Sovereign state|
|Centre||3||Federal regions||5/6||Divisions of sovereign federal entity|
|Feneix||4||Provinces||84||Main divisions of federal regions|
|Ataraxia City||4||Provincial-level cities||3||Cities independent of provinces|
|Ginex||4||States||11||Divisions of Haut-Var SAR|
|Canton de Beaufort||6||Cantons||XX||Rural and suburban divisions of provinces or states|
|Fenelec||6||Municipal-level cities||XX||Cities within provinces or states|
|Beaufort||8||Commune||XX||Smaller settlements (towns, villages) within cantons|
|Fenelec-Nord-Ouest||8||Secteur||XX||Divisions of provincial- and municipal-level cities|
|Ramello||9||Lieu(x)-dit(s) or Quartier(s)||XX||Unincorporated divisions of cantons, communes or cities|
Federal regions are the highest sub-national entity in Ataraxia. The 5 federal regions are the Centre, North, West, South and Great East regions. For the purposes of this article, the Haut-Var SAR is treated as a federal region, although it has additional powers compared to the 5 other regions.
The federal region executive branches are presided by a President, the highest directly-elected position in Ataraxia. The 5 regional presidents, the Chief General of the Upper Var and the Federal Prime Minister form the Council of Seven, which takes several decisions at a national level.
Federal regions have legislative bodies called Regional Councils (or States-General in the Haut-Var). Seats are allotted similarly to the Federal Council, with each province allotted a number of seats based on its population, and proportional representation for parties based on provincial election results.
Federal regions are responsible for residency permits, which are needed both for Ataraxian nationals and immigrants to Ataraxia. Some regions have been permissive with regards to immigration, especially those with a strong history of migration like the Centre, West and Great East. Other regions like the North or Upper Var have been restrictive to extremely restrictive, requiring proof of employment and/or resources before granting residency permits. It is sometimes hard for Ataraxian nationals to obtain a residency permit for the Upper Var, with relatively high incomes in the tax haven resulting in some illegal migration.
Federal regions, except for the Haut-Var, have gradually relinquished control of national education to the federal government. This is a contentious point, as some political parties argue for more non-Ataraxian language instruction in schools, which would be more feasible at a regional or provincial level.
Federal regions control waterways in coastal regions, and patrol borders in collaboration with the national government.
Province, State or Provincial-level city
Provinces have Provincial Councils, elected proportionally based on results in cantons and municipal cities. The head of a province is called a Prefect (or Mayor in provincial-level cities), usually the head of the largest party in the Provincial Council.
Provinces are generally responsible for transportation, with some coordination in major metropolitan areas such as AMTRAX (collaboraion of 6 provinces in the Centre region).
Ginex is officially one of the 11 states of the Upper Var, but functions as a provincial-level city.
Canton or Municipal-level city
Most large settlements outside of Ataraxia's 3 largest cities are municipal-level cities.
Both cantons and municipal-level cities have Municipal Councils with mayors. Some cities have begun experimenting with direct election of mayors while most are based on party representation in the municipal council.
Commune or Secteur
Communes are small- to medium-sized settlements within cantons, while sectors are the main divisions of provincial- or municipal-level cities.
There may sometimes be an elected body for larger communes, but smaller communes or sectors typically have a mayor or administrator appointed by the Municipal Council to run local services (trash collection & recycling, snow removal in winter).
Lieu-dit or Quartier
Lieu(x)-dit(s) (in cantons) or quarters (in cities) are tracked by INSAX for statistical purposes, with information shared with municipal government for planning purposes as needed. There is no local government at this level.