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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 How to Guard Against Tyranny And NOT fail at it! 1. Federal ism 2. Branches National One of the major problems that may come up is wether you should use proportional representation, or equal representation. Both have problems. Proportional representation (each state gets vote based on population) prevents smaller states from getting a say. Equal representation (giving each state one vote) gives the people in the bigger states less votes than the people in the smaller states. To fix this problem, have a House of Representatives who uses proportional representation, and a senate who uses equal representation. Don't just have one government. Split up the power by giving some power to the federal (national) government, and some to the smaller state governments. Having 2 (or more) governments within a country prevents the national government from taking too much power and becoming a tyrant. Also, it prevents the states from splitting of into a new sovereign country when they don't get what they want. Once you have 2 governments, it is still very easy for tyranny to form within governments. Split up each government into three different branches: the judicial branch (the court of law), the executive branch (run by one man/woman), and the legislative branch (run by executive leaders from each state). Within the legislative branch there are two houses, one based on equal representation, and one based on proportional representation. The legislative branch makes laws, the executive branch passes laws, and the judicial branch interprets laws. 3. Checks and Balances To prevent the three branches from destroying another, the system of checks and balances should be enforced. Each branch can check the other two, creating balance. The judicial branch must be chosen by the executive branch, and approved by the legislative branch. It can also be impeached by the legislative branch. The executive branch can be impeached by the legislative branch, and can have executive actions overridden by the judicial branch. The executive branch can veto a law by the legislative branch, and the judicial branch can declare a law unconstitutional. 4. Representation State 1 3 2
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