Praxus
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Population: 3,245,844
Government: Representative democracy with education and wealth-based voting system
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Ever since a major city renovation program ended approximately a hundred years ago, Praxus is generally considered the best planned city in the world. Its streets are clean, its avenues straight, its parks well maintained, and its public buildings majestic. For the upper classes, their city is a huge source of civic pride, but its detractors often consider Praxus to be "soulless".

Life in Praxus

Industries

Life and Society

One of the reasons why Praxus was able to grow into the largest among the Flannish Cities was that it makes becoming a citizen easier than any other city-state in the region, thus attracting new people in droves. Any member of the civilized races can move to Praxus and become a "probationary citizen". If, one year later, he can prove that he has a place of residence, an income, and no debts, he will become a full citizen. As an added bonus, education is completely free in Praxus, and for those already of working age there are evening schools which can bring their education up to middle or grammar school standards. However, while university education is free, stipends are only available for those with top grades, and so many students have to save up to afford going to classes or else work part-time. Nevertheless, since education brings both great social prestige and better voting privileges in Praxus, a surprising number of citizens have done so despite the expenses and effort involved.

Shopping

Government and Politics

The City of Praxus is a representative democracy. Each of the districts can send one representative to the Praxus Parliament for each 50,000 voting rights registered with those who live in them, with a minimum of one representative. The districts in turn are subdivided into a number of voting districts equal to the number of representatives they have, with each voting districts having a roughly equal number of voting rights. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes for his voting district is elected to the Parliament. The number of voting rights for each district and the boundaries of the voting districts are determined during the official Praxus Census which occurs every five years, one year before the elections.

However, not all citizens get an equal number of votes. Each citizen (except for probationary ones) has at least one vote. Achieved education levels will increase that - someone who has completed middle school will have two votes, someone who has completed grammar school will have five votes, and someone with a university degree will have ten votes, with five more votes for each additional university degree in a different field. Finally, each completion of a PhD will grant an additional ten votes. Immigrants who have received their school education elsewhere must pass the equivalent school finals in Praxus to receive those additional votes, but no further attendance of Praxan schools is required. University degrees and PhDs are a more complex matter - while some foreign universities are accepted, there have been many scandals involving people claiming to have degrees from universities where it turned out that they did little more than bribe their supervisors to get their certificates. The administration maintains vast records on which foreign universities are considered trustworthy and which aren't (degrees from Praxus University are, of course, always considered trustworthy).

An additional source of additional voting rights is wealth. Having 10,000 gold pieces of wealth is worth an additional vote. Each 100,000 gold pieces after that will grant one further vote. This has lead to the wealthy citizens of Praxus being rather more honest with reporting their taxable income than in other cities, as having a high number of voting rights confers significant social status in addition to greater voting privileges. The number of votes a citizen has is listed on their citizenship papers - for instance, someone with fifteen voting rights will be listed as "C-15", and in social situations citizens with lower "C"-numbers are generally expected to defer to those with higher voting shares. In the high society of Praxus, there is generally a fierce competition between those deriving their voting rights primarily from university degrees, and those deriving them from their wealth.

Furthermore, each district constantly tries to increase its number of representatives, and thus voting rights, and strongly encourages its residents to improve their education. This has caused a level of competition only comparable with the obsession other cities have with certain team sports, and has resulted in a city where the people are absolutely obsessed with "bettering" themselves.

Groups and Organisations

Religion

Important NPCs

History

See Also

Adventure Ideas

Designer's Notes & Resources

As the largest of the Flannish Cities, Praxus represents something of an archetype of the setting - a place where Progress is the prevailing goal, no matter what the cost, and the architecture is spectacular beyond anything seen except possibly the Tower of Horag. Visually, the city mixes the more Victorian-era and Jugendstil architecture with Art Deco elements.

Most of the Praxus material was written by tanniynimtanniynim.

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