In the presidential election, independent candidate H. Ross Perot received nearly 19 percent of the popular vote, but he did not get a single electoral vote.
The trust territory was subsequently divided into four political entities. One, the Northern Mariana Islands, listed above, became an unincorporated U. Congress exercises over the territory of the United States: New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
The power of Congress over territorial divisions that are not part of one of the states is exclusive and universal.
Once a territory becomes a state of the Union, the state must consent to any changes pertaining to the jurisdiction of that state. The only potential violation of this occurred when the legislature of Virginia declared the secession of Virginia from the United States at the start of the American Civil War and a newly formed alternative Virginia legislature, recognized by the federal government, consented to have West Virginia secede from Virginia.
United States Department of the Interior[ edit ] On March 3,the last day of the 30th Congress, a bill was passed to create the U. Department of the Interior to take charge of the internal affairs of United States territory. The Interior Department has a wide range of responsibilities which include the regulation of territorial governments, the basic responsibilities for public lands, and other various duties.
In contrast to similarly named Departments in other countries, the United States Department of the Interior is not responsible for local government or for civil administration except in the cases of Indian reservations, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs BIAand island dependencies, through the Office of Insular Affairs OIA.
Other defined areas[ edit ] In addition to general-purpose government entities legislating at the state, county, and city level, special-purpose areas may exist as well.
Conservation districts are one such type of special purpose area, created for the purpose of conserving land, natural scenery, flora, and fauna. Congressional districts are another example, formed for the purpose of electing members to the United States Congress.
There are also numerous " special district governments " in existence throughout the various states. According to the U.
Census Bureausuch governments are: Special district governments provide specific services that are not being supplied by existing general-purpose governments. Most perform a single function, but, in some instances, their enabling legislation allows them to provide several, usually related, types of services.
The services provided by these districts range from such basic social needs as hospitals and fire protection to the less conspicuous tasks of mosquito abatement and upkeep of cemeteries.
The Census Bureau classification of special district governments covers a wide variety of entities, most of which are officially called districts or authorities. These include homeowners associations determined in Shelley v. KraemerLoren v. Sasser, Committee for a Better Twin Rivers v.
The question of civil rights in such communities has not yet been conclusively determined, and varies from state to state.Don Macpherson: Quebec's political divisions contribute to corruption in the construction industry This province isn't necessarily more corrupt than other jurisdictions, but some of the underlying.
In much of the world, national borders have shifted over time to reflect ethnic, linguistic, and sometimes religious divisions. Spain's borders generally enclose the Spanish-speakers of Europe. If so, this suggests the only way we can heal our political divisions would be to find a common enemy and/or deliver broad-based economic growth.
Certainly, these factors contributed to harmonious politics.
The politics of Trinidad and Tobago function within the framework of a unitary state regulated by a parliamentary democracy modelled on that of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from which the country gained its independence in Political divisions (also referred to as administrative divisions) of the United States are the various recognized governing entities that together form the United States — states, territories, the District of Columbia, and Indian reservations.
Political Parties (Origins, s) By Brian Hendricks Philadelphia, long considered the “ cradle of liberty ” in America, was also the “cradle of political parties” that emerged in American politics during the s, when the city was also the fledgling nation’s capital.