The Paideia is headed by the Paideia Council. The four Institutes and the PSC are under the Council. The Institutes function as courts. Decisions are based on common law and precedence. As the Institutes became involved in arbitrations, they created security forces for enforcement and courtroom security.
In 2045, the Paideia Council chartered
the Paideia Security Corps(PSC). This moved police powers from the
individual Institutes and placed them in an independent organization.
This decision was made in an effort to balance the growing power of the
Institutes. And to keep the Institutes from challenging each other
militarily. The addition of the UEF's resources in 2047 created the
largest, best funded, and most technologically advanced military/police
organization in the world.
The operating body of the Institutes are Judiciaries. Members nominate people to Judiciary appointments. The nominations are approved by the Institute's Judiciary by a simple majority. Appointments are for life unless a majority of the Institute's Judiciary vote to remove an appointment. Members can choose to recall Appointment nominations at any time. This provision gives members control over who their Apointees are. Each member receives an equal number of Judiciary appointments. The Paideia sets no requirements or limitations on the nominees other than fulfilling the duties of a Judiciary appointment and any positions the Apointee may hold. Administrative and executive positions are elected by the Judiciary from the Judiciary. The Judiciary provides the pool from which arbritrators and mediators are selected. Computers screen out Appointees that may have some personal stake in a suit. A Grievance Board is also reccommneded. The Appointment Committee then appoints the board. Usually the computer recommended Board is used, however, the decision of who sits on a Board rests with the Appointment Committee.
The Paideia does not have a
legislative function. A grievance must be filed before the Paideia will
become involved in a dispute. Arbitration and mediation boards are
selected from the Institute's Judicary for each grievance. Boards range
from three to nine members depending on the monetary value involved. Top
level executive decisions are made by the Paideia Council. The Council
has six members. The presidents of each of the Institutes and the Corps
Commander have seats on the Council. The sixth member is the Paideia
Minister(PM). The PM is elected by the other five Council members. The
PM can not be on the Council already. Any other executive or
administrative positions he holds must be resigned. Any duties that the
PM has that are unrelated to the Paideia must be resigned also. The PM
is expected to give his full time and attention to fulfilling his
duties. The PM does not have to be an Apointee nor even associated with
a member. He holds office until a vote of confidence goes against him.
When this happens, a new PM is elected.
The Institutes and Corps choose their leaders independent of the Council and each other. The vote of confidence principle is used through all layers of the Paideia. A vote of confidence is held once a year. Each executive and administrative position has a Constituency of Judiciary associated with it, usually it the the portion of the Judiciary affected by the position's decisions. The Constituency votes in the votes of confidence. In the case of a lost vote of confidence, an election is held one month later with the incumbent disqualified from regaining the position in that election. Any country or corporation can apply for membership status in the appropriate Institute. The applicant signs an agreement to bind itself to any and all arbitration decisions which involve that applicant. Members are responsible for governing themselves internally. The applicant's membership is voted on by the Judiciary of the Institute. A simple majority awards a probationary membership. The new member is on probation for one year. At the end of this year, a second vote is held a simple majority awards full membership. If a simple majority is not won, the organization is not a member. Members can be removed on a three-fourths majority. No member has been removed in the history of the Paideia.
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