Great Plains United Republic
Motto: "From many working hands, a single united people."
Anthem: "Flowing Plains Forever" written by Prince Rogers Nelson, 1985
Capital: Omaha, Nebraska GPUR
Largest City: Minneapolis, Minnesota GPUR
Official Languages: None
National Languages: English, Lakota, Consolidated Sequoyah
Demonym: Plainsmen, Plainswomen, Great Plainsian
Nicknames: Cropdusters, Flatlanders
National Structure/Government: National Parliamentary Unicameral Legislature with President as head of state. The national is divided into 8 states, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas,Oklahoma
Executive Branch: President as head of state directly elected to a 4-year term. NO TERM LIMIT.
Legislative Branch: 405-member National Unicameral. 203 members elected by "first past the post" direct-election system. 202 members elected via proportional representation determined by total votes of parties getting at least 3.5% of the votes in national elections. Elected to 4-year terms. NO TERM LIMIT
Judicial Branch: 9-member GPUR Supreme Court. Each member subjected to electoral review every 8 years.
Independence: March 1, 1935
Fully Recognized: January 1, 1936
GPUR Constitution Ratified: March 1, 1936
Population: 24,431,259 (2012 estimates)
Demographic Breakdown: White/European decent 59%, Indigenous North Americans 20%, African Decended 12%, Hispanic 6%, Asian-Pacific Islander 3%
Measurement Standard: Metric used for all international trade. Imperial for everything else.
Heads of State:
1936-1949 George Norris. (Prairie Progressive Conservatives)
1949-1961 Harold Stassen. (Prairie Progressive Conservatives)
1961-1973 Hubert Humphrey (Progressive-Farmer-Labor)
1973-1977 George McGovern (Lease Lobby)
1977-1985 Robert Dole. (Prairie Progressive Conservatives)
1985-1993 Walter Mondale (Progressive-Farmer-Labor)
1993-2001 Bob Kerrey (Progressive-Farmer-Labor)
2001-2009 Frank Keating (Prairie Progressive Conservatives)
2009- J.C. Watts (Prairie Progressive Conservatives)
Key Dates of Campaign 2012:
Monday September 3, 2012 -- Labor Day/Official Start of Campaign/Manifesto Announcement by the National Parties.
Under the National Election Disclosure Law of 1944, all parties running a Presidential Candidate and National Unicameral candidates in at least 75% of the nation's electoral district must publish a campaign manifesto statement of priorities of at least 20 pages in length. The political organization and/or party must publicly announce that manifesto and make the announcement available to all national media outlets.
The campaigns made this disclosure pretty much like a mini-political convention , full of great political theatre.
Where will the candidates announce their manifesto?
PPC – Watts-Thune University of Oklahoma …. Norman, Oklahoma
PFL – Selbius-Culver University of Kansas…Lawrence, Kansas
PAP – Largent-Kenney University of Tulsa…Tulsa, Oklahoma
LEASE – Wellstone-Stringer Minnesota State Capitol… St. Paul, Minnesota
GSCP – Mankiller-LeMere Lakota International Center…Rapid City, South Dakota
GPUR Election Laws:
The GPUR has a stringent set of laws pertaining to elections. The most important pertain to the length and advertising of campaigns.
In keeping with traditions forged as a part of the United States of America. Elections are still held on the first Tuesday in November, but Election Day is a national bank holiday to encourge turnout.
Also, The Official Election Season Law (1963) sets the campaign timelime. All campaigns for elective office shall have no more than a 65-day period. No political electioneering or advertising is allowed at any time BEFORE that period starts.
For example: On Monday September 3, 2012. Every candidate in the fall campaign to begin advertising, campaigning, etc."
The other part of this law is the " Ad Blackout" No political advertising can be during the final week prior to the election. This year's Ad Blackout date is October 30th. Beginning 12:01am October 31. No advertising can be done. Candidates can make appearances and be on television news programs. They cannot run ads sponsored by their campaigns or surrogate organizations.
There's also the Presidential Debates Law of 1981. This stipulates that during a Presidential Campaign there must a debate scheduled weekly during the campaign and that there must be a debate in every state in the Great Plains United Republics. The Debates can last 60-90 minutes in length and the topics for each are decided 7 days prior to the event.
This year's schedules are as follows:
Wednesday September 12, 2012
Great Plains Airlines Dome – St. Louis, Missouri
Wednesday September 19, 2012
Gallagher-Iba Arena/Oklahoma A&M University – Stillwater, Oklahoma
Wednesday September 26, 2012
Sunflower Energy Center – Salina, Kansas
Thursday September 27, 2012
Vice Presidential Debate
Grinnell Auditorium/Grinnell College -- Grinnell, Iowa
Wednesday October 3, 2012
SCSU Convocation Center/St. Cloud State University -- St. Cloud, Minnesota
Wednesday October 10, 2012
Amana Colonies Convention Center – Amana, Iowa
Tuesday October 16, 2012
Vice Presidential Debate
Sioux Highlands University -- New Cheyenne, North Dakota
Wednesday October 17, 2012
Pine Ridge Convention Hall – Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Wednesday October 24, 2012
Daktronics Fargodome – Fargo, North Dakota
Tuesday October 30, 2012
Vice Presidential Debate
University Auditorium/George Washington Carver University -- Joplin, Missouri
Thursday November 1, 2012
Marlin Briscoe Fieldhouse/Omaha University – Omaha, Nebraska