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The United States Constitution was signed in November 1787 and ratified by most of the states across 1788 - with holdouts doing so in early 1789 - following the heated debates of the Constitutional Convention and the death of President of the Convention George Washington, an unexpected event which dramatically shaped the debate away from a strong executive into a system in which the legislative reign supreme. As a result, the United States Government was shaped as follows:

THE PRESIDENT:

Head of State for the nation, the President of the United States fulfilled a function concieved as similar as that of the Hanoverian monarchs in Britain after the Glorious Revolution and before George III attempted to assume personal rule. As a result, the President wields little direct power compared to Congress and serves a largely ceremonial figure, but could potentially become a relevant figure on account of his actual responsibilities as the Commander-in-Chief, his power to call elections for the National Assembly and to appoint or dismiss a First Secretary. Elected for a seven-year term (eligible for re-election), the first holder of the office is John Hancock, who isn't keen at all on  expanding the powers of the office.

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:

The main body of government (and similar to the House of Representative of our world), the National Assembly is elected by popular vote across the states with delegations proportional to population (including a compromise to partially count slaves in the South) and for the most part with districts using a First Past the Post System, others will electing full tickets. With a non-partisan Speaker serving as its presiding office, the power resides on the new figure of the First Secretary, a leader who must count on the confidence of the Assembly to lead the nation.

It has been stipulated that any National Assembly may be in office for a maximum of six years, meaning that if after the first scheduled election no snap poll is called by the First Secretary the 1st Assembly could possibly last all the way to 1795. With the first General Election to the Assembly coming in a few months, all eyes are on who will achieve the position and become the true leader of the nation.

THE SENATE:

Born out of a compromise to keep the small states satisfied, the second chamber exists to give equal representation to the various states of the United States, each appointing two Senators - via their regional legislatures - to Philadelphia. While the Senate has its fair share of responsibilities in passing legislation, it is clearly subordinate to the National Assembly.
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