The definition of government is "authoritative direction
or control". Common forms of government we are familiar with
include democracy, aristocracy, theocracy, and dictatorship. And
in some countries, it often looks like anarchy rules! In addition
to the common forms of government that we know today, there are
many other forms of government that now exist, have existed, or
could exist. One Website lists over 150 types of governments!
If government simply means authoritative direction or control,
then there is a form of government even on a vessel. The master
or commander of a vessel is called the captain, just like the
leader of a sports team is called the captain. The captain makes
the major decisions about how the boat is run, and where the boat
Capt. Tracy and Capt. Sharon are both "licensed" captains, which
means we have a certification from the U. S. Coast Guard. This
means that we have studied the rules of seamanship and have passed
a rigorous examination, earning the right to be called professional
captains. However, anyone who owns a boat is the captain of that
boat and, licensed or not, every captain is held responsible for
the safety of their passengers and for the safe operation of their
vessel. Just like in a car, unsafe operation of a vessel can endanger
not just the occupants, but others as well.
On Landfall, there are two captains, or "co-captains". To avoid
confusion, we've decided that whichever of us "has the helm"
or is "on watch" is the "acting captain"
at that time and so makes the decisions and gives the orders.
On most commercial, military or government vessels, there is only
one captain, but on Landfall, we wouldn't have it any other way.
A country's economy is simply the system of production, distribution
and consumption of goods and services. A country's economy can
be evaluated based on the degree of market orientation, the level
of economic development, the most important natural resources,
and the unique areas of specialization.
An investigation of a country's economy also includes a review
of current major economic events and policy changes, and may include
an analysis of key future macroeconomic trends.