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Last layout update:
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Earth and Beyond | Terran Government


The Terran Government
Two distinct groups control the Terran Government: The Parliamentary Government, called The Terran Alliance, and The Four Houses.

The Terran Alliance
Although the Terran Alliance is responsible for the main political duties such as laws, military presence, infrastructure development, negotiations and treaty signings, it is often considered to be more of a ceremonial presence than a ruling power. Large galas, military parades and grandiose speeches are all the responsibility of the Terran Alliance.

The Terran Alliance operates as a Parliamentary system replete with a Prime Minister and governmental officials serving as members of Parliament. Parliament incorporates several Ministries within the organization including a Defense Ministry and Ministry of Colonial Affairs. The majority of Parliament members belong to either the conservative Centrist Party or the liberal Expansionist Party, though a few members may belong to one of the lesser renowned (and financed) political parties.

The Four Houses
While members of Parliament are kissing babies and shaking hands, the real governmental power resides within The Four Houses.

The Four Houses are comprised from the four largest corporate entities in the Terran Society. It may be trite to say 'Money is Power' but it happens to be true in the case of the Four Houses. Every Terran, including members of Parliament, is aligned with one of these Four Houses and this allegiance is expressed with logos and purchases. What you buy, where you live and even whom you associate with are all representative of which House you have chosen to be aligned with. The two largest, ergo wealthiest, Houses are InfinitiCorp - House MacGregor and The Good Earth Trading Company (GETCo)-House Naverre. Rounding out the remaining major houses are Tadakastu-Obata (Tada-O) - House Tadakatsu-Obata and The Triad Intergroup Consortium - House Orsini. There are also many Minor Houses but most of these are at least marginally affiliated with the Major Houses.

It is not hard to imagine that tension is great and relationships are strained between each of the Houses and Parliament. The political system is rife with potential for corruption and espionage within the Terran governmental structure. However the Terran Government remains in unison towards any perceived threat against the populace and the Terrans' way of life. When it comes to Nationalism, this government stands as one.