Governor (Sierra)

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Kingdom of Sierra

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Politics and government of the
Kingdom of Sierra

In the Kingdom of Sierra, a governor is the chief executive and commander-in-chief of each of the 24 provinces within Sierra, each of the eight states of Hawaii, and each of the five states of Bajaría functioning as the head of state and head of government. In the Deseret, the equivalent of governors are area commissioners, whose functions are similar to governors, and are included in the list below. Governors are responsible for overseeing their respective provinces or states. They also head the operations of the executive branch and are usually overseen by a Lord Superintendent while also supported by a lieutenant governor. Sierran governors advance and pursue new policies and programs using a wide variety of tools, such as executive orders, within their province or state and also oversee budgets, legislative proposals, and vetoes. Governors carry out their management and leadership responsibilities and objectives with the support of their own respective cabinet and provincial/state government ministries and agencies, whose ministers are appointed to their positions by the governors themselves often times with the consent and approval of provincial or state legislatures.

Governors are supported by lieutenant governors who are generally elected to the position by serving as running mates with the governor during gubernatorial or legislative elections. In provinces with bicameral legislatures, the lieutenant governor is the legislative president of the upper house while in those with unicameral legislatures, the lieutenant governor serves as the speaker. Lords Superintendent supervise the governor and serve as representatives for the monarchy and must take into account the concerns and wills of the monarch when they are voiced. Lieutenant governors serve as a supporting role and take over as acting governor if the latter dies, resigns, is removed from office, or is unable to continue their executive duties. Lieutenant governors help oversee legislative procedures and debates, but do not participate or vote in them. In most Sierran provinces and all Hawaiian states, the governor is the head of the executive and is popularly elected by the citizenry. In provinces which operate under the Westminster system, the governor is usually a member of the legislature (almost always from the lower house, where applicable) and is elected by their peers in provincial legislative elections.

Powers and role[edit | edit source]

Provinces are semi-sovereign states with a quasi-republican form of government under the federal government of Sierra and posses a number of rights and powers granted by the Constitution of Sierra, such as holding elections, intraprovince commerce, forming local governments, and ratifying constitutional amendments. Each province has its own constitution and a government consisting of three branches; executive, legislative and judicial and due to the shared sovereignty between each province and the federal government, Sierrans are citizens of both the province they reside in and the federal union. The same rules and functions also apply to all Hawaiian states as well.

The governor is the head of the government's executive branch in each province, state or territory and, depending on the jurisdiction, may also have consdierable say in the government's budget and in some provinces and states, can appoint judges to the state/provincial courts, though this is reserved for specific provinces as most of the time the Lord Superintendent is the one responsible for appointing judges to the courts, especially provincial/state supreme courts. The governor also serves as the commander-in-chief of the provincial National Guard (when not federalized) and each province's defense force, or state defense force for the states of Hawaii. In all Hawaiian states and most Sierran provinces, the governor has the power to pardon or commute criminal sentences. Governors are usually elected to serve either four year or six year terms while area commissioners serve five year terms on average.

In all Bajarian and Hawaiian states, as well as most Sierran provinces, the governor is elected in a direct election, while some governors, mainly in the Pacific Northwest that use the Westminster system, are part of the legislature and are thus appointed in legislative elections if their party wins the most seats in the legislature. In some provinces, recall elections are possible and when held, a governor can be removed from office and be replaced by a new official in a snap election. In most cases, Sierran governors hold considerable practical powers, but often times are monitored by either the state/provincial legislature and always by the Lord Superintendent to ensure the proper functioning of the provincial/state government and its system.

History[edit | edit source]

Prior to the kingdom's formation, the California Republic was a federal presidential republic that was composed of ten states, each of which had their own governor which lead the state. The California Republic had its government inspired by the United States and structured its federalist system after the neighboring United States, including having the country be made up of states with their own governments, legislatures, and leaders in the form of the governor. In general, governors in the California Republic were usually elected in state-wide elections, however governors in the states located in the Eastern Frontier were personally appointed by the president themselves due to the fragile stability that the state governments in the east actually had which resulted in limited trust in said governments by the California federal government in San Francisco City.

When the Kingdom of Sierra was formed in November 1858, the country went through a major reorganization of government by King Charles I of Sierra who dissolved the ten Californian states and reorganized them into 23 provinces within Sierra and helped oversee the formation of stable and functioning provincial governments. The earliest governors of these provinces were personally appointed by Charles I with the support of the Prime Minister, but by the 1860s this practice was discontinued with the signing of the Provincial Autonomy Act of 1866 which laid out the groundwork for provincial governments which included making the governor the chief executive head of each province who would be appointed in a provincial gubernatorial election.

During the Sierran Civil War, several governors of the provinces in the Styxie joined the self-proclaimed Second California Republic led by Isaiah Landon and were placed under the administration of the republican revolutionary government. When the war had ended, these governments were seized by the federal government during the Reconstruction Era and replaced by an occupational administration until the 1880s when they were restored. During the Reconstruction Period, provincial governors in the Styxie were appointed by the Prime Minister with the consent of Parliament and the Crown and it was not until the early 1880s that these governors could be appointed in provincial gubernatorial elections after the Styxie provinces were reincorporated into the union after years of occupation and political negotiations.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Party affiliation[edit | edit source]

The majority of Sierran governors are affiliated with the Royalist and Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party of Sierra respectively with 13 governors being affiliated with the Royalist Party and another 14 being members of the Democratic-Republican Party. In Federal Sierra, there is currently one Green Party governor, Kaitlyn Gans of Shasta. The Social Democrats hold more governorships in Hawaii, holding four out of eight state governorships. In Federal Sierra, the party only had one, Allison Perry of San Joaquin until 2021, after she joined the party in 2020 upon resigning from the DRPS. The Hawaiian Sovereignty Party only has one governorship in Kamehameha.

Age[edit | edit source]

The youngest incumbent governor is Garrett Wells of Oahu who was elected in 2020 at the age of 30. The oldest incumbent governor as of 2021 is Mike Inouye of Kamehameha who is 86 years old.

Gender[edit | edit source]

Of the 45 total gubernatorial offices in all of the four countries, there are 12 female governors (9 in Federal Sierra and 1 in each of the other three countries). All other governorships are held by male politicians.

Race and ethnicity[edit | edit source]

In Federal Sierra, there are six governors who are people of color. Most other Sierran governors are White Sierrans in Federal Sierra while there are three Native Hawaiian governors in Kamehameha, West Leewards, and Hawaii. In Bajaría, all of the governors are of full or partial Mexican descent, and identify as Latino or Hispanic Sierrans.

LGBT[edit | edit source]

Georg von der Bellen of Clark is the most recent LGBT Sierran to be elected governor in 2018 who is openly gay and is the only openy gay Royalist serving as a provincial governor.

Salary[edit | edit source]

List of current governors and area commissioners[edit | edit source]

  Democratic-Republican (14)   Royalist (13)   People's (7)   Social Democrats (4)   Conservative and Unionist (2)   Progressive Democratic (2)   Green (1)   Honeybee (1)   Hawaiian Sovereignty (1)   Democratic (1)

PSA Portrait Governor Party Born Prior public experience Inauguration End of term Past governors
Great Seal of Apache.svg
Allen Nez.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1960-11-09) November 9, 1960 (age 61) Lieutenant Governor, Apache Assembly April 12, 2018 2022 List
Coat of arms of Cancun.svg
ROLANDO ZAPATA1.jpg   Progressive Democratic (1977-05-22) May 22, 1977 (age 45) Ducal Governor, Cancún Legislative Council March 6, 2021 2022 List
Seal of Central Valley.svg
Tom Hardy Locke Premiere.jpg   Royalist (1977-03-03) March 3, 1977 (age 45) No prior public experience January 14, 2016 2024 (term limits) List
Coat of arms of Clark.svg
Donald Trump Jr. by Gage Skidmore.jpg   Royalist (1979-10-30) October 30, 1979 (age 42) No prior public experience December 16, 2018 2022 List
Coat of arms of the Channel Islands.svg
Marine Le Pen (2017-03-24) 01 cropped.jpg   Unity (Royalist) (1968-04-11) April 11, 1968 (age 54) Channel Islands Legislature March 6, 2021 2022 List
Coat of arms of Cornerstone.svg
Al Cardenas (13049308833) (cropped).jpg   Royalist (1949-02-07) February 7, 1949 (age 73) Lieutenant Governor December 14, 2021 2025 List
Flag of East Leewards.svg
Official portrait of John Howell crop 2.jpg   Social Democrats (1955-09-23) September 23, 1955 (age 67) K.S. Bureau of Indigenous Affairs, K.S. House April 1, 2018 2022 List
Flag of Emery.svg
Ben McAdams 116th Congress.jpg   People's (1974-02-22) February 22, 1974 (age 48) Deseret Council of Fifty May 1, 2020 2024 List
Coat of arms of Eureka.svg
Mark Hutchison by Gage Skidmore.jpg   Royalist (1963-06-13) June 13, 1963 (age 59) Provincial Comptroller, Eureka Senate, Eureka General Assembly August 12, 2019 2023 List
Seal of Flagstaff.svg
Paul Babeu by Gage Skidmore.jpg   Royalist (1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 53) Flagstaff Senate, Sheriff of Pima County April 1, 2018 2022 List
Seal of Gold Coast.svg
AntonioVillaraigosaHWOFMay2013.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1967-07-04) July 4, 1967 (age 55) Gold Coast General Assembly December 16, 2020 2024 List
Seal of the State of Hawaii.svg
Dwayne Johnson 2, 2013.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1972-07-04) July 4, 1972 (age 50) Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Gaming and Fishing May 1, 2020 2024 List
Seal of Honolulu.svg
Brian Schatz 113th Congress.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1972-05-19) May 19, 1972 (age 50) Lieutenant Governor, Honolulu Grand Council December 6, 2014 2022 List
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Juan Vargas 113th Congress.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1961-02-08) February 8, 1961 (age 61) Imperial Provincial Senate, Imperial Provincial Assembly July 13, 2017 2025 List
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Carlitos Pacheco.jpg   Royalist (1958-03-14) March 14, 1958 (age 64) Attorney General, Riverside County District Attorney November 6, 2014 2022 List
Coat of arms of Iron.svg
Mike Lee 113th Congress.jpg   People's (1971-10-22) October 22, 1971 (age 50) Deseret Council of Fifty June 28, 2015 2025 List
Flag of Juab.svg
Rob Bishop 113th Congress.jpg   People's (1951-01-01) January 1, 1951 (age 71) K.S. House of Commons, Deseret Council of Fifty February 14, 2014 2024 List
Flag of Kamehameha.svg
Daniel Inouye official portrait 2.jpg   Hawaiian Sovereignty (1934-05-30) May 30, 1934 (age 88) K.S. Senate, K.S. House of Commons, Honolulu Grand Council November 13, 2012 2024 List
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David Perdue, Official Portrait, 114th Congress.jpg   Social Democrats (1949-09-17) September 17, 1949 (age 73) K.S. Senate, Kauai Legislative Assembly June 13, 2020 2024 List
Great Seal of Kings.svg
Linglingchang.jpg   Royalist (1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 (age 54) Kings Provincial Assembly April 17, 2016 2024 List
Seal of Laguna.svg
Ben-Hueso.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1976-04-09) April 9, 1976 (age 46) Mayor of Encinitas February 5, 2020 2024 List
Seal of Maricopa.svg
Oscar Goodman (9260381470) (1).jpg   Royalist (1945-05-15) May 15, 1945 (age 77) Maricopa House of Councilors February 16, 2016 2024 List
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Charles Djou.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1978-07-18) July 18, 1978 (age 44) Maui Legislative Council June 18, 2018 2024 List
Escudo de Merida Yucatan.svg
Jose-Carlos-Ramirez-Mari.jpg   Progressive Democratic (1969-07-19) July 19, 1969 (age 53) Ducal Governor, Mérida Legislative Council March 6, 2021 2022 List
Coat of arms of Morganland.svg
File:2017 King.jpg   Honeybee (1969-10-21) October 21, 1969 (age 52) Deseret Council of Fifty, Morganland Legislative Council February 10, 2020 2025 List
Coat of arms of Mohave.svg
Katie Hobbs by Gage Skidmore.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1969-12-22) December 22, 1969 (age 52) Mohave Provincial Senate, Mohave House of Delegates June 12, 2018 2024 List
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Mike Simpson official portrait.jpg   People's (1950-07-14) July 14, 1950 (age 72) Territorial Governor of New Oneida, Deseret Council of Fifty March 6, 2021 2022 List
Flag of Oahu.svg
Wyatt Roy.jpg   Social Democrats (1989-08-29) August 29, 1989 (age 33) Oahu Legislative Council March 14, 2020 2024 List
Seal of Orange.svg
JosephCaoOfficialPhoto2009.jpg   Royalist (1965-05-15) May 15, 1965 (age 57) Orange Chamber of Councilors, Mayor of Sarangnha, Sarangnha City Council April 12, 2016 2024 List
Coat of arms of Baja California.svg
Jaime Bonilla Valdez.jpg   Conservative and Unionist (1950-01-17) January 17, 1950 (age 72) Territorial Governor of Pacífico Norte, Pacífico Norte Territorial Senate March 6, 2021 2022 List
Coat of arms of Baja California Sur.svg
Carlos Mendoza Davis.JPG   Democratic (1969-03-02) March 2, 1969 (age 53) Territorial Governor of Pacífico Sur, Pacífico Sur Territorial Senate March 6, 2021 2022 List
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Leslie Kovac.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1954-07-12) July 12, 1954 (age 68) Plumas House of Aldermen, Mayor of New Rotterdam March 12, 2012 2024 List
Coat of arms of Reno.svg
Allison Callahan.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1986-01-23) January 23, 1986 (age 36) Reno House of Delegates March 14, 2020 2024 List
Coat of arms of San Francisco.svg
Kamala Harris Official Attorney General Photo (cropped).jpg   Democratic-Republican (1965-10-10) October 10, 1965 (age 56) Lieutenant Governor August 13, 2020 2025 List
Coat of arms of San Joaquin.svg
Regina-ip-drops-out-8.jpg   Royalist (1958-02-24) February 24, 1958 (age 64) Minority Leader of the S.J. House of Assembly October 16, 2021 2025 List
Coat of arms of Santa Clara.svg
Bonta headshot.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1967-06-18) June 18, 1967 (age 55) Attorney General of Santa Clara July 18, 2018 2022 List
Coat of arms of Shasta.svg
Kaitlyn Gans.jpg   Green (1958-04-17) April 17, 1958 (age 64) Shasta Provincial Legislature March 14, 2018 2022 List
Coat of arms of Sonora.svg
Ann Kirkpatrick, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg   Royalist (1950-04-12) April 12, 1950 (age 72) Sonora Provincial Senate June 12, 2012 2024 (term limits) List
Flag of the Republic of Sonora.svg
Claudia Pavlovich Gobernadora.jpg   Conservative and Unionist (1969-05-01) May 1, 1969 (age 53) Member of the Commission on Devolution in El Norte, Pacífico Norte Chamber of Deputies, Hermosillo City Council March 6, 2021 2024 List
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Blake Moore 117th U.S Congress (cropped).jpg   People's Party (1980-08-09) August 9, 1980 (age 42) Territorial Governor of Sweetwater, Deseret Council of Fifty March 6, 2021 2024 List
Coat of arms of Tahoe.svg
Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis.jpg   Democratic-Republican (1968-03-14) March 14, 1968 (age 54) Tahoe House of Assembly September 12, 2018 2022 List
Flag of Wasatch.svg
J. Stuart Adams.jpg   People's (1954-07-12) July 12, 1954 (age 68) Wasatch Legislative Council May 12, 2012 2024 List
Coat of arms of Washumko.svg
Mark Amodei official photo.jpg   Royalist (1958-06-18) June 18, 1958 (age 64) Washumko Senate, Washumko Legislative Assembly April 9, 2017 2023 List
Flag of West Leewards.svg
Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg   Social Democrats (1947-11-27) November 27, 1947 (age 74) K.S. Senate, West Leewards House of Assembly July 22, 2018 2022 List
Flag of Zion.svg
Erin Mendenhall.jpg   People's (1980-06-08) June 8, 1980 (age 42) Zion Legislative Council September 19, 2018 2024 List

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