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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 10 being members of the Democratic-Republican Party within Federal Sierra. In the same constituent country, there exists 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 has one with Allison Perry of San Joaquin, who joined the party in 2020 after resigning from the DRPS. The Hawaiian Sovereignty Party only has one governorship in Kamehameha.
Age[edit | edit source]
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]
|PSA||Portrait||Governor||Party||Born||Prior public experience||Inauguration||End of term||Past governors|
|Democratic-Republican||November 9, 1960||Lieutenant Governor, Apache Assembly||April 12, 2018||2022||List|
|Progressive Democratic||May 22, 1977||Ducal Governor, Cancún Legislative Council||March 6, 2021||2022||List|
|Royalist||March 3, 1977||No prior public experience||January 14, 2016||2024 (term limits)||List|
|Royalist||October 30, 1979||No prior public experience||December 16, 2018||2022||List|
|Unity (Royalist)||April 11, 1968||Channel Islands Legislature||March 6, 2021||2022||List|
|Royalist||May 21, 1964||Treasurer||May 17, 2017||2021 (term limits)||List|
|Social Democrats||September 23, 1955||K.S. Bureau of Indigenous Affairs, K.S. House||April 1, 2018||2022||List|
|People's||February 22, 1974||Deseret Council of Fifty||May 1, 2020||2024||List|
|Royalist||June 13, 1963||Provincial Comptroller, Eureka Senate, Eureka General Assembly||August 12, 2019||2023||List|
|Royalist||January 5, 1969||Flagstaff Senate, Sheriff of Pima County||April 1, 2018||2022||List|
|Democratic-Republican||July 4, 1967||Gold Coast General Assembly||December 16, 2020||2024||List|
|Democratic-Republican||July 4, 1972||Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Gaming and Fishing||May 1, 2020||2024||List|
|Democratic-Republican||May 19, 1972||Lieutenant Governor, Honolulu Grand Council||December 6, 2014||2022||List|
|Democratic-Republican||February 8, 1961||Imperial Provincial Senate, Imperial Provincial Assembly||July 13, 2017||2021||List|
|Royalist||March 14, 1958||Attorney General, Riverside County District Attorney||November 6, 2014||2022||List|
|People's||October 22, 1971||Deseret Council of Fifty||June 28, 2015||2025||List|
|People's||January 1, 1951||K.S. House of Commons, Deseret Council of Fifty||February 14, 2014||2024||List|
|Hawaiian Sovereignty||May 30, 1934||K.S. Senate, K.S. House of Commons, Honolulu Grand Council||November 13, 2012||2024||List|
|Social Democrats||September 17, 1949||K.S. Senate, Kauai Legislative Assembly||June 13, 2020||2024||List|
|Royalist||August 14, 1968||Kings Provincial Assembly||April 17, 2016||2024||List|
|Democratic-Republican||April 9, 1976||Mayor of Encinitas||February 5, 2020||2024||List|
|Royalist||May 15, 1945||Maricopa House of Councilors||February 16, 2016||2024||List|
|Democratic-Republican||July 18, 1978||Maui Legislative Council||June 18, 2018||2024||List|
|Progressive Democratic||July 19, 1969||Ducal Governor, Mérida Legislative Council||March 6, 2021||2022||List|
|Honeybee||October 21, 1969||Deseret Council of Fifty, Morganland Legislative Council||February 10, 2020||2025||List|
|Democratic-Republican||December 22, 1969||Mohave Provincial Senate, Mohave House of Delegates||June 12, 2018||2024||List|
|People's||July 14, 1950||Territorial Governor of New Oneida, Deseret Council of Fifty||March 6, 2021||2022||List|
|Social Democrats||August 29, 1989||Oahu Legislative Council||March 14, 2020||2024||List|
|Royalist||May 15, 1965||Orange Chamber of Councilors, Mayor of Sarangnha, Sarangnha City Council||April 12, 2016||2024||List|
|Conservative and Unionist||January 17, 1950||Territorial Governor of Pacífico Norte, Pacífico Norte Territorial Senate||March 6, 2021||2022||List|
|Democratic||March 2, 1969||Territorial Governor of Pacífico Sur, Pacífico Sur Territorial Senate||March 6, 2021||2022||List|
|Democratic-Republican||July 12, 1954||Plumas House of Aldermen, Mayor of New Rotterdam||March 12, 2012||2024||List|
|Democratic-Republican||January 23, 1986||Reno House of Delegates||March 14, 2020||2024||List|
|Democratic-Republican||May 16, 1949||No prior public experience||August 15, 2010||2025||List|
|Social Democrats||November 18, 1973||Attorney General of San Joaquin||October 16, 2007||2021||List|
|Democratic-Republican||June 18, 1967||Attorney General of Santa Clara||July 18, 2018||2022||List|
|Green||April 17, 1958||Shasta Provincial Legislature||March 14, 2018||2022||List|
|Royalist||April 12, 1950||Sonora Provincial Senate||June 12, 2012||2024 (term limits)||List|
|Conservative and Unionist||May 1, 1969||Member of the Commission on Devolution in El Norte, Pacífico Norte Chamber of Deputies, Hermosillo City Council||March 6, 2021||2024||List|
|People's Party||August 9, 1980||Territorial Governor of Sweetwater, Deseret Council of Fifty||March 6, 2021||2024||List|
|Democratic-Republican||March 14, 1968||Tahoe House of Assembly||September 12, 2018||2022||List|
|People's||July 12, 1954||Wasatch Legislative Council||May 12, 2012||2024||List|
|Royalist||June 18, 1958||Washumko Senate, Washumko Legislative Assembly||April 9, 2017||2023||List|
|Social Democrats||November 27, 1947||K.S. Senate, West Leewards House of Assembly||July 22, 2018||2022||List|
|100px||People's||June 8, 1980||Zion Legislative Council||September 19, 2018||2024||List|