Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Wouldn't it be nice for East Timor...

...if they didn't have to worry so much about their government? The only reason that East Timor is in a civil war is that different groups want to have control over the (presumably major) powers of government.

The Office of the Prime Minister kindly obliges with an organization chart of the executive branch. On the plus side, this site probably could have loaded instantly in 1995, but that doesn't have any relation with how much bureaucracy the poor East Timorians are supporting. With that much power in government, it's small wonder that a new republic has trouble adjusting to the idea of elections. The Federalists would have had a much harder time in 1800 if they knew how much power Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans planned on wielding - hence the Hartford Convention when they found out.


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