1) What makes the king "incorruptible"?
The king does not make decisions. He provides a focus and listens to the people. But he himself does not run the government and therefore there is little sense in trying to bribe him. While this is not foolproof, it is much easier to teach common sense and ethics to one person than a whole nation. A whole nation of possible representatives with their own minds and sense of ethics.
2) How are the officials elected/appointed?
Through general elections. The people directly vote for people they want to be in office for 5 years. Citizens do not vote for representatives who then are given roles. They vote directly. So if there is an election for minister of finance, people will directly vote among the people campaigning for that position. This weakens the power of political dynasties as there is little room for favours. For example, there are two office currently vacant, the ministry of foreign affairs (campaigners: Albert, Beatrice, Carl) and the ministry of security (campaigners: Daniel, Elizabeth, Fred). People can't vote for Daniel to lead the ministry of foreign affairs, because he's campaigning for ministry of security.
3) what makes these officials accountable, and if the king chooses to remove them from power, how does he do it if they refuse to leave? Especially if they have immediate, current control of resources?
Since they're voted into office by the citizens, that is their job and they are immediately accountable as they have the power to implement policies without interference from the other ministers or the king. The king will not normally exercise his power to remove a minister, unless things has gone too far and the minister still refuse to step down for whatever reason. The ministers do have immediate and current control of resources, but in the case they refuse to step down, the king can use force.
4) If the king and the official disagree on what constitutes "messed up too far" who decides? What constitutes "failed to gain the people's support"?
The people decides it. When things have gone too far, the people can request an impartial royal inquiry into the matter they are concerned about. The inquiry will focus on gathering evidence that supports or disputes the allegations. To ensure no disturbance from the minister being investigated, he will be suspended from office and the king will handle his tasks until the inquiry is done. The evidence will be made public but it's the king's decision what happens to the minister.
5) How do I redress a circumstance where I believe the king is incorrect (perhaps missing information or has been misled by liars) or unfair?
On Risenia, there is a public hall planned with direct access to the king. If the king is online, anyone can talk to the king directly through video conferencing or phone from this terminal. We may tweak this idea a little over time, but right now, we believe everyone should have the right to speak with the king without interference from others.
6) With only one final arbiter, what happens if he is busy?
That problem does exist. We do not have a solution to it. However, we think this is not a significant problem as Risenia's 1st District is not designed to provide residence for more than 10,000 people. While it shouldn't sink even at 20k people, we want to provide an aesthetically pleasing city. So we're limiting the people who reside there.
7) Is it direct democracy or representative republic? Does everyone vote on every issue?
I don't think there has ever been any government similar to ours, so I can say which one is closest. Basically, the elected ministers have free reign to implement policies or build anything as long as it is within their budget. While the result of public voting on issues is not going to be binding, the people can make their opinions known through various medias.
8) Are there any absolute rights of citizens that may not ever be sacrificed for expedience of "the greater good"?
The people have absolute rights to:
- Leave at any given time
- Gain employment without discrimination on gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation
- Free public education without discrimination on gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation (though we do not approve of faith schools or public display of religious items while in school)
- Freedom of religion and worship
- Freedom of speech (though some degrees of slander will be against the law)
- Freedom of sanctuary in their own homes (what this means is, police can't break down their doors unless with a court-issued warrant and they can do whatever they want in their own homes. this is important because in some muslim countries, you can be assaulted in your own home if people think you're sinning against God)
People will probably wonder, what about the freedom to bear arms? That is not a citizen's absolute rights. They have the right to get a license for arms if they so desire and to keep it in their homes, but they're not allowed to carry it in public unless they have the 'license to carry arms', which is a license on top of the 'license to keep arms'. Non-lethal weapons such as tazers, pepper spray and baseball bats are fine to carry without license.