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Vitali
169947.  Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:28 pm Reply with quote

The ruling hierarchy (or "Serenissima" - "the most serene") of San Marino, the world's oldest and smallest republic (under 25,000 people) is cumbersome to the point of madness. It is made up of six bodies: the Arengo, the Grand and General Council, the Captains Regent, the Council of the Twelve, the Sindaci (high officials) and the Sate Congress.
The Arengo, or the assembly of the heads of families, used to be the country's parliament. Nowadays it has only one function - the right of petition (!). The sixty-seat-strong Grand and General Council, San Marino's highest legislative body, nominates two Captains Regent who jointly rule for six months and then get re-elected (what if they disagree on a certain matter? A ruling pushpull of sorts...). Executive power is wielded by the State Congress, composed of three secretaries and seven ministers, among them the minister for culture and universities, even though there is not a single university in the country.

The Council of Twelve' main role is "to authorise the sale and transfer of dowry possessions by the wife" (!). As to the Sindaci - it is the body of government inspectors representing the state.
There is also the Castle Board, presided over by the Captain of the Castles and comprising delegates of San Marino's nine districts (castles).
The struture of the judiciary is no less complicated.
No wonder that 25 per cent of San Marino's workforce are employed in "public administration" - the fact that makes the tiny republic the world's largest "boil" of bureaucratic power.

San Marino also has three separate voluntary armies - the Territorial Army, the Fortification Guards and the Noble Guards, plus the traditional Crossbowmen Corps. With zero crime rate an one prison of just four cells (from where the last prisoner escaped in 1986), it nevertheless boasts of two police forces - the gendermerie and the civil police.

Source: own research

 
dr.bob
170045.  Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:19 am Reply with quote

According to http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/rwinslow/europe/sanmarino.html San Marino has no less than three police forces: the Civil Police; the Gendarmerie; and the Guardie di Rocca.

I like the section that says:

Quote:
The law does not explicitly prohibit trafficking in persons. However, there were no reports that persons were trafficked to, from, or within the country.

 
Vitali
170321.  Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:35 am Reply with quote

Brilliant! Didn't know that...

 
Jenny
170376.  Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:47 am Reply with quote

So - where in Europe can you traffic in people without breaking any laws...?

 

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