Factbook for a future nation
Name (official and short): Oregon
Motto: Ālīs volat propriīs (Latin: She flies on her own wings)
National Anthem: Oregon, My Oregon
Official Language: None
Spoken Languages: English and Spanish (primary administrative languages), Chinese languages, Vietnamese, Russian, German, French, Korean, and the languages of the Indigenous Nations
Largest City: Portland Oregon (official Portland-in-Oregon)
3% Mixed Background
1% Indigenous Faiths
5% Others/Don't Know
Government: Unitary Constitutional Semi-Presidential Republic
President: John Kitzhaber
Secretary of State: Kate Brown
EU Councilor: Earl Blumenauer
Legislature: Legislative Assembly
Currency: Oregonian Shilling (ORS)
Legislative Assembly of Oregon
Speaker: Tina Kotek (LDPO)
59 Liberal Democratic Party of Oregon
33 Oregonian National Party
4 Pacific Green Party
Term: no longer than 4 years
Last Election: 9 July, 2019
Next Election: No later than 11 July, 2023
Liberal Democratic Party of Oregon (LDPO)
Formed in 1906 from a merger of the Liberal Party and the The Union, a British loyalist party. The party initially started out as pro-British party that supported autonomy for Oregon but opposed separation from the Crown. Though the founding members were anti-Progressive, the early 20th century Progressive wave in Oregon influenced the party's politics and eventually formed a prominent progressive wing within the Party. By the 1970's the party became a coalition of social liberals and progressives after the political realignment that occurred in the Oregonian National Party. The LDPO has been the governing party of Oregon since 2006 initially in a coalition with the Pacific Green Party, then governing alone since 2010. The party enjoys support from the western parts of Oregon, chiefly from the urbans centers of Portland and Eugene.
The party is progressive on social issues but ranges from centre to centre left on economic issues. The party is pro-European and supported Oregon's entrance into the European Union.
Oregonian National Party (ONP)
Formed in 1922, the Oregonian Nation Party started out as a nationalist party that promoted the full independence of Oregon as well as Republicanism within the country. Throughout the 20th century, the party played an influential role in Oregonian politics and was the focal piece of the Progressive movement within the Legislative Assembly. After dissolving it ties with the crown however, the Oregon National Party underwent a political crisis in which resulted in the party drift towards the Right and by the late 1980's became a firmly conservative party. The party gathered most of its support from the rural areas of the country, especially in Eastern Oregon. In fact the party since the 2000's have branded themselves as the Party that looks after the interests of Eastern Oregonians.
The party in recent days has shifted further right, with many observers labeling it a National Conservative Party. The party is Eurosceptic and opposes Oregon's entrance into the European Union.
Pacific Green Party (PGP)
Founded in 1997 with the rise of the Green movement, the party primarily focused on environmental issues. Today however, the Pacific Green Party is considered a social democratic party focused on electoral, housing, and energy reform. The party gained it first seat in 2002 in Eugene and has since been a city where the Pacific Greens can reliably receive support. The Pacific Greens in 2019 also gained a seat in Portland.
The party was categorized as centre-left with some its members being left-wing and is considered by observers to be the party of the dissident left. The party does not have a unified position on the European Union.
Landmarks of Oregon
1 Lake Giiwas
Lake Giiwas is a volcanic crater lake located in Klamath County. It is the most famous landmark in all of Oregon and is renowned for its deep blue color and clarity. It is located on Mt. Mazama, a collapsed supervolcano that erupted around 7,500-8,000 years ago. Being 594 meters deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in the world. Lake Giiwas is a site of religious significance to the indigenous Klamath peoples, believing it to be the gateway to the underworld. Their oral history states that Lake Giiwas was created in a battle with the sky god Skell and the God of the Underworld Llao. During this battle, the mountain was destroyed and from it came the Lake itself. The lake was also a common location for Vision Quests, with tasks including climbing the walls of the Lake.
2 Mount Zion
Mt. Zion is the tallest mountain in Oregon, located on the borders of Wasco County. It is a stratovolcano that since 1980, is considered to be potentially active however it is still likely dormant. The mountain is considered one of the most prominent landmarks in Oregon, being a large component of Portland Oregon’s skyline. It is also the site of the largest ski resort in Oregon, with it being operational year-round.
3 Pittock Mansion
Pittock Mansion is a french-style chateau located in Washington Park in Portland Oregon. The mansion was built in 1914 for London-born Henry Pittock, a publisher for The Oregonian, the largest newspaper in Oregon. In 1962, Typhoon Freda caused severe damage to the mansion which led the city to purchase it after public pressure. Today it is open to the public and provides a prominent vista for Portland’s skyline. Pittock Mansion is the setting for a number of movies and TV shows.
4 Astoria Column
Located in Astoria in Clatsop County, the column is one of the most famous landmarks in Oregon. The column was built in 1926 and is styled after the Trajan Column in Rome. The Column is detailed with a mural detailing the important events throughout the history of Oregon. The top of the column, which provides a view of Astoria, can be accessed through an interior staircase.
5 Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls, located in the Wimahl River Gorge, is the tallest waterfall in Oregon with it being more than 189 meters tall. With 2 million visitors per year, this waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit on the continent.
6 Painted Hills
The Painted Hills are a geological site located in central-Eastern Oregon. The Hills are known for their multi-colored layers. These layers emerged from the cycling of wet and dry climate periods in the region. The soil of the hills are composed of mudstone, siltstone, shale, and lignite.
7 Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock is a seastack located on Cannon Beach, the third tallest of its kind in the world. Haystack Rock features around it a number of intertidal animals including, starfish, sea slugs, sea, anemone, and more. The rock is a popular nesting place for birds. Haystack Rock has become a recognizable symbol of the Pacific Northwest as a whole.
8 Thor’s Well
Famously named “The Gate to Hell”, Thor’s Well is a sinkhole found on the Oregon Coast that has a reputation for never seemingly being able to be filled by the constant stream of water it receives from the Pacific Ocean. Just be careful when visiting Thor’s Well because a sneaker wave can come up on you and suck you into Thor’s Well ;)
9 Vista House
Vista House is on Crown Point in Multnomah County. It is a memorial to the Oregon Pioneers situated on the south side of the Wimahl River Gorge. The site offers a good view of the entire river valley as well as distant mountains to the north.
10 Oregon Dunes
The Oregon Dunes are a stretch of land along the Oregon Coast extending from the North of Coos River to the south of Siuslaw River. Its near proximity to lush forest provides a unique experience and is among Oregon’s most popular recreational areas. The area is one of the inspirations of Frank Herbert’s sci fi novel Dune.
Political System of Oregon
Oregon is a semi-presidential republic with a president-parliamentary model. In this system, the President is head of and appoints the Oregonian Cabinet, known in Oregon as the Secretariat. Under this arrangement, the Secretary of State (the equivalent of Prime Minister in other countries), leads the day-to-day running of the government while the President manages the general direction of the government.
The Executive Branch is composed of the President and the Secretariat. The President is elected by a nation-wide vote every 4 years under a 2-round system if there is no majority during the first round of voting. The President then appoints the various Secretaries of their Secretariat, including the Secretary of State. All Secretaries must be appointed with the consent of the Legislative Assembly, as with any official that the President appoints. The President is both the Commander-in-Chief of the Oregon Defense Forces and the chief representative of the state in foreign affairs. The President can appoint and dismiss ambassadors as well as order the creation of new diplomatic missions. The President also had the power to declare a state of emergency, and to issue Presidential Directives.
The President is elected every 4 years and only can serve two consecutive terms. The President must be a citizen of Oregon and have been living in the country for the last 8 years. There is no specified age requirement within the Constitution, but the Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution requires a candidate to be at least 26 years of age in order to run. A candidate must receive at least 20,000 signatures in order to be registered as a candidate. If the President is incapasitated or otherwise unable to fulfill their duties as President, the Secretary of State will act as President.
In order to become President, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote. In the case of there not being a majority during the first round of voting, a second round will be held with the top two candidates scheduled no later than a month after the initial election.
The Secretariat is appointed by the President with the consent of the Legislative Assembly. The Secretariat is primarily responsible for day-to-day directing the state bureaucracy and implementing domestic and monetary policy as directed by the Legislative Assembly. The Secretariat can also issue a report to the Legislative Assembly on a budget for the government, however the Legislative Assembly ultimately decides the budget. While the President heads the Secretariat, it is primarily the Secretary of State that manages the cabinet under direction of the President.
Legislative power in Oregon is vested in the unicameral 96-member Legislative Assembly, which has a term of at most 4 years. If 75% of the Legislative Assembly agrees to hold elections before the term ends, then snap elections can be held. However this has only happened once, in 1986. Oregon is divided into Legislative Circuits, which all elect 3-7 MLA’s. Elections are done through single transferable vote with the droop method. Currently, Oregon has 21 Legislative Circuits. MLA’s must be at least 21 years of age and be permanent residents or citizens of Oregon. The Legislative Assembly has the power to declare war, reject or confirm appointments made by the President, appoint oversight over the administration and elections, to form a budget for the government, to form legislative circuits, to enact laws and treaties, and to declare martial law.
The Judicial Branch is headed by the Supreme Court of Oregon, which is a panel of seven justices appointed by the President with the approval of the Legislative Assembly. All judges serve one 6-year term with no eligibility to be appointed again in their lifetime. All justices must be citizens of Oregon and have resided in the country for at least 4 years. The court is headed by the Chief Justice, who leads the administration of the court. The Chief Justice is also responsible for the oversight of other courts. The Supreme Court is of general jurisdiction, meaning they can hear cases from all levels of government. However, unlike other courts, their ruling is binding and cannot be overturned by other courts.
26 Counties of Oregon and the Territory of New Samaria