The overall parameters for the Humane National Committee have been finalized and ratified by the Humane Party after expiration of the associated public-comment period and a final round of review. The now-final general structure provides three classes of representatives, 48 seats per class, where each class is devoted to a different approach toward representation, thus making a total of 144 seats in the HNC.
Class A takes the geography-based approach like that used in the U.S. political system and by other U.S. political parties. Class B takes a “guaranteed representation” approach that protects politically vulnerable minorities, including those identified by race, ethnicity, sex, gender, age, socio-economic status, and religious affiliation. Class C provides a “zoocracy” structure whereby species other than humans enjoy permanent political power wielded through a representative, analogous to a guardian ad litem or proxy, who votes on their behalf.
Proposed constituency definitions for some seats of Class A are today published through The Humane Herald for public comment. The public is invited to comment on these proposed seats during the next 30 days. The proposed seats for Class A are as follows:
- Seat 1. Alaska
- Seat 2. Hawaii and Pacific territories (e.g., Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa)
The following seats (41 – 46) are organized according to ecoregion (see the ecoregion map included below)
- Seat 41: Laurentian and Acadean & Appalachian regions
- Seat 42: Gulf & Atlantic Coastal Plain
- Seat 43: Eastern Great Plains & Western Great Plains
- Seat 44: Madrean Warm Desert & North American Warm Desert
- Seat 45: Intermountain Basins & Rocky Mountains
- Seat 46: North American Pacific Maritime & Mediterranean California
- Seat 47: All of the continent of North America
- Seat 48: All of the planet Earth
The remaining seats (seats 3 – 40) are still in development. These remaining seats will be organized according to a set of criteria that includes attempting to reach (i) a roughly equal number of congressional districts represented in each seat, wherein (ii) the represented districts are, ideally, contiguous, (iii) similarly situated with respect to their relevant ecological and geographical features, and (iv) similarly situated with respect to their larger economic and political interests.