Administrative divisions of Mauretia
Mauretia is a semi-decentralized unitary state, wherein some powers have been devolved from the central government to local levels. The present order of governance is defined by the Logenatisu of 1533 and subsequent amendments.
Types of administrative divisions
Mauretia is divided into six provinces and one special administrative district. Provinces are in turn divided into two types of municipalities (municipiam) called qolnam and diosim. A qolna is an independent city that is a centralized second-level municipality immediately below the province level. Qolnam may self-divide into publanem (wards) for administrative or elective purposes, but these do not possess the status of legal entity on a national level. A diosi (diocese), however, is a semi-decentralized amalgamation of localities similar in some ways to a county, district, or arrondisement-level government. Dioceses may be comprised of three classes of settlements: cívitam, urbim, or vecim. The class of settlement determines the degree of autonomy or privileges within the diocese each locality may possess. The diocesan settlements are the only third-level division of government that has public legal status as defined by the Logenatisu.
|Mauretia, national government|
|Six provinces|| Qolna Mauretana|
|Diosim (Diocese)||Qolnam (Independent Cities)|
|Veci (Village)||Urbis (Town)||Cívita (City)|
| Local Wards
|Publane (Ward)||Publane (Ward)|
Provinces (Sam Provinciam)
There are six provinces in Mauretia: Aziga, Dara Aqarel, Kabyea, Massaeya, Rifaleya, and Tangereya. Each are named for historic regions of the country. These names are in turn mostly derivative of a pre-Romantish tribe that lived in the region during the late first century BC. Provincial boundaries have been relatively fixed over the last seven hundred years, but small territorial transfers have taken place. The provinces are responsible for coordination among the lower-level administrative areas, provide a sub-national judicial structure, a local transportation department, a regional public-health organization, and management of many basic public services.
Two special administrative districts on similar structure level as the provinces are the royal city Qolna Mauretana and Mauretia Externaya. The sole inhabitants of Qolna Mauretana are the royal family and their attachés. It houses the royal palace, the treasury's central facility, a governmental archive, a national cathedral, highest appeals court (although not the highest court), and the legislative Qollegia am-Adanem. Almost all other governmental buildings and functions are found in nearby Iola or at the old palace and national garden in Sansu Andaros su Apostili. Mauretia Externaya consists of islands not immediately adjacent to the mainland. The largest archipelago of these is the Ilm Gorgam (Gorgada Islands).
Provinces included on list below include territorial waters, which can be substantial. For example, Kabyea's total area is about half water.
|Province name||Abbreviation||Standard||Capital city||Largest city||Size (km2)||Map (OGF relations)|
|Aziga||AZI||Tinyarita||Tinyarita|| Total area: 50539.11 km²
Land area: 50494.01 km²
| Total area: |
|Dara Aqarel||DAQ||Abaya Kendola||Qolna Sallàt|| Total area: 33522.24 km²
Land area: 27729.53 km²
| Total area: |
|Kabyea||KAB||Salda||Salda|| Total area: 30284.57 km²
Land area: 22660.97 km²
| Total area: |
|Massaeya||MYA||Qasratinta||Iola|| Total area: 18952.00 km²
Land area: 15758.21 km²
| Total area: |
|Rifaleya||RIF||Pomaria||Pomaria|| Total area: 30550.51 km²
Land area: 25528.95 km²
| Total area: |
|Tangereya||TAN||Har Tanga||Tangia|| Total area: 30987.89 km²
Land area: 23330.36 km²
| Total area: |
Municipalities (Sam Municipiam)
Provinces are divided entirely into municipalities without any territory unaccounted. This division of government is the lowest level to cover the land area of the country. There are two types of municipalities: a diosi and a qolna. As legal entities, the current municipal structure was created in the 1700s as a compromise to address the different needs of rural and urban municipalities. A later amendment in 1871 allowed for municipal annexation, mergers, and detachments under certain circumstances.
Diosim were devised as primarily rural districts, and most dioceses remain this way today. Dioceses are semi-decentralized, with some localities possessing some devolved power depending on status. As a second-level of government, diosim are permitted to collect taxes and find most of their nominal funding through this way. Each diocese is governed by a municipal council and either provides or oversees some basic civil services (health, education, zoning, records and licenses, and basic police/fire protections). The localities within a diocese are cívitam (diocesan cities), urbim (towns), and vecim (villages). The Logenatisu provides for a hierarchy of these entities. A cívita may levy up to a .5% sales tax to support additional functions, such as maintaining select infrastructure and having their own civil protection units (police, fire, ambulance). Cívitam are subordinate to the diosi for education and health, but possess devolved powers of civil protection, zoning, local-use infrastructure, and may control development within their boundaries. Urbim (towns) are more dependent on the diocese, although they possess some of the privileges granted to cities. As each urbis does not collect taxes, its government is largely volunteer. A volunteer civil protection unit may exist to complement the diocese, but the diocese still provides these services to a minimal degree defined by law. Urbim may possess devolved powers of zoning and civil planning and may also officially represent the community in all legal or economic matters independent of the rest of the diosi. A veci is a small village that has no independent institutional function. It is essentially a placename, but its boundaries are protected from forced annexation by an urbis. It is not protected from annexation by a cívita.
A qolna is an independent, centralized city that operates separate from any mid-level government entity. It is subordinate to the province and must fulfill all essential functions of the municipal level and below. Qolnam have all the privileges and responsibilities of diosim, while being required to maintain all duties devolved to a cívita. Independent cities are generally municipalities that grew to become too large and were split from the diocese for more effective management. Any cívita that reaches 100,000 people is automatically separated from the diocese, with the remaining land being absorbed as needed into surrounding communities to ensure self-sufficiency. Qolnam may self-divide into publanem or wards. These are simply administrative units for management on the local level and have no legal status.
The boundaries and status of municipalities are not fixed in law. Iqosa and Salda, for example, transitioned from cívitam to an independent qolnam around the turn of the 20th century. The remaining areas of the former diosim were left behind as rump territories that were deemed self-sufficient. In contrast, the former qolnam of Qiza and neighboring Loridia merged with Isqolenda from a neighboring municipality and became a diosi comprised of two cívitam and one urbis. Changes, however, are strictly regulated and must fulfill conditions in the Logenatisu amendment of 1871.
The province of Kabyea is comprised of 14 diosim and 1 qolna. The singular qolna is the capital, Salda. Although there are some densely populated areas in Kabyea, most of the twelve diosim are rural in character with a rugged landscape and towns dotting valleys. Two of the diosim are particularly small in size. Sansu Mattiaù is comprised of a lightly populated archipelago of the Kabyei coast, wherein only three islands have permanent residents, and most of the territory is a national park. The diosi of Kabyea Antiqa is a rump territory left behind by the transition of the city of Salda from diocesan city to qolna in 1883.
|Aqila Posata||Diosi||K.AP||Aqila Posata|
|Kabyea Antiqa||Diosi||K.AN||Laquna Aʒora||22,000||51.96|
|Sansu Mattiaù||Diosi||K.SM||Sansu Mattiaù||7,100|
|Xoba Antiqa||Diosi||K.XA||Xoba Antiqa||26,000||118.62|
|Second-level name||Type||Code||Seat||Population||Size (km2)||Map|
|Sansu Andaros su Apostili||Qolna||M.SA||Sansu Andaros su Apostili|
List of largest municipalities
|City||Province||Population||Area (km2)||Map (OGF relation)|
|Qolna Sallàt||Dara Aqarel||~373,000|
|Abaya Kendola||Dara Aqarel||~205,000|