Honorable Dr PlagueRat,
I must apologize for not having all the facts you request with me at this time. I can tell you the following, however.
Our nation is in the beginning stages of revolution. The Constitutional convention has been established to look long and hard at the CoL and come up with a much more concise and logical set of laws. The CC is a body of 4 individuals, NYE, Togas, adaMada, and Apocolypse. This will prevent too much arguing from the public, but allows a diverse set of opinions.
The Thinkers are having a profound impact on the game, IMO. Last term saw several innovations to speed the flow of free thought, such as structured orders from the ministers and a directory linking to most all discussions, and a number of chats that were orderly, polite, and for the most part free of the constant spam and bickering of the past. Many Ministers took it upon themselves to seek assistants, and those assistants served well, and intelligently. One can only hope such things serve as an example for the future.
The problem of both of the above, however, is that the change has been slow. Persistance will be needed to see many of these things through to their conclusion. Room for improvement there is, but alot awaits the CC for actual changes.
The one instance lately where one can say true democracy did not prevail would have been the use of our Great Leader. Several discussions and polls arose on the topic, but still, not all options were presented, or polled upon. Faced with an actual LAW requiring the turn to take place, however, the Gov't did the best they were able in determining the will of the people.