The Boards

Board of Colonial Relations

Arguably the most influential of the 6 Boards, meeting on Mondays. This board is responsible for the granting of new Districts located outside the Solar system, determining which colonies are to be promoted by the Federation for future immigration, censure on Colonies, and issuing Federal Inquiries. This board is mostly attended by Colonial Delegates seeking to increase the number of districts present in a particular colony system. This board may also exercise the right of refusal of immigration as outlined in the Deliverance Accords.


Legislative Board

This Board serves to write and enact civil and criminal law that applies to all of the Federation, and are entrusted with the interpretation of the Deliverance Accords. Usually seen as a relatively inactive board, as they have little reason to attempt to legislate far flung colonies that may simply petition the Colony Relations Board for clemency, and their domain overlapping with the Solar board with some degree, the Board meeting on Tuesdays is seen as a bit of waste of time for most Delegates eager for political advancement.


Board of Mars Carrier Command Liaison

This Board serves as a means for the civilian government of the Federation to communicate with the military government on Mars. Here, representatives of Mars make requests for funding, relay requests from Carriers, and receive requests for Federal Inquiries to far-flung colonies. By the Deliverance Accords, Carriers are required to do business with the Federation through the MCC Liaison – if a Carrier Captain wishes to take on a private project, this is last step of approval before the Colony Bond is issued. In practice, however, this requirement is frequently sidestepped by eager private interests before the request is brought before the MCC Liaison – more frequently, requests made by Carriers at the MCC Liaison receive near unanimous appeal, earning this Board the nickname “Doormat Delegates”.


Board of Budget and Funding

This Board, in theory, handles the management and creation of Federation currency, as well as directing Federal spending. In practice, the Board that meets on Thursday serves to rubber-stamp and second guess budgetary requests from other Assembly boards. While the work here isn't the most glamorous, the Beancounting Board (as it is derogatorily known) is the last line of defense against economic calamity resulting from poor funding decisions. This board also works with the Colony Investment and Development Company to issue and regulate the Colony bonds issued for extra solar colonies.


The Solar Board

This Board serves as the “Assembly of the Solar System”. Easily the second busiest Board, the Solar Board is expected to pass legislation, request funding, approve projects, and do basically everything related to Federation activity in the Solar system. If the MCC Liaison notes that further fueling stations should be present near the Helios complex, the Solar Board is entrusted with overseeing and the commissioning of this project. Somewhat to the ire of the Legislative Board, this board also nominates judges to serve on the courts of the Solar system. This Board meets on Fridays.


Internal Affairs

This Board, which meets on Saturdays, is the self-regulating arm of the Assembly. This board serves to inquire into potential misconduct of the members of the Assembly – a mere majority opinion is required for a case to be reviewed, but any censure or punishment needs two thirds of the Board's assent. Internal Affairs is also empowered by the Deliverance Accords to record and keep track of the money accounts of each of the Carriers and their crews – missing funds or potential embezzlement is quickly brought to the attention of the MCC Liaisons in classified meetings, which are then relayed to the Olympus if the situation warrants it.

The Civic Branch of the Federation has one final component of note: The Colony Investment and Development Company. While technically part of the Federation government, the Company is a partnership between the Federation and wealthy interests that desire to establish a private colony. This entity issues and classifies the Colony Bond for new and older systems. The derogatory name for the CID company is the Plutocracy.