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Originally a balkanised agricultural world exporting mainly to
Ximenes and Rith, Bolivar was only mildly affected by the Collapse. While
there was some damage, as the few ships in the system went wild or
crashed, there was no breakdown of governmental authority, no mass
die-off, no descent into disorder and chaos. The lack of offworld imports
has forced Bolivar to rely on its own (lower-tech) production
capabilities, but the loss of technology has not been significant (and
critical technologies - eg the ability to manufacture filter masks to deal
with the atmosphere's excess CO2 - have not been lost).
Bolivar's national governments were dissolved when the planet was
forcibly integrated into the Solomani Confederation during the Second Rim
War; since then, the world has been governed by the Solomani Party.
Suffrage is universal, but only Party members (who must be of Solomani
descent) are eligible for election. Despite this undemocratic setup, the
party enjoys almost universal public support.
The benefits of Party Membership are not restricted to the
politically active - the Party forms a kind of "old boy network", thus
membership is also advantageous to those in buisness or seeking government
contracts. However, more overt corruption is almost unheard of in
Bolivarian society. Racism, on the other hand, is common - the Party's
doctrine of inherant Solomani superiority having been retained.
Bolivar Government Values:
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