Ministry of the Oversight of Monopolies
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|Ministery of the Oversight of Monopolies|
|Lichenblossomese Eldership of the Administration and Regulation of Monopolistic Trade|
|Annual budget||20,000 coins|
|Ministers responsible|| Lindana Feh, Chief Elder|
Laurence Feh, Elder
Jeanne Pruvit, Elder (RESIGNED in 2002)
|Parent eldership||Grand Council of the Elders of the Economy and the Treasury (Eldership of the Treasury)|
|Child eldership||Lichenblossom Office of Justice (very small branch)|
|Lichenblossom Office of Justice|
|Annual budget||10,000 coins|
|Office executives|| N/A (never showed up for work), Attorney General of Lichenblossom |
Candia Sermunculli, Assistant Attornery General of Lichenblossom
|Parent office||Ministery of the Oversight of Monopolies|
|Considered a failure until the international Mom v. Gates brawl|
The Lichenblossomese Eldership of the Administering and Regulation of Monopolistic Trade, known almost exclusively by its more democratic-sounding, Dorkugese colonial dub, the Ministry of the Oversight of Monopolies, and famously shortened to M.O.M. (and called "MOM", not "the MOM"), is a council under the control of the executive branch of the governance of Lichenblossom. It is a sub-council of the Eldership of the Treasury. Once consisting of three elders, it now only has two.
In tune with the ancient traditions, and like all executive branches, the MOM is a council of elders appointed by the Grand Council of the Elders of Lichenblossom (their chairman being the Great Abbess), vested with the authority to, when presented with evidence supporting it, bust monopolies into smaller, more competitive companies.
It is unique in the world of politics because of its hierarchy. It answers to the Treasury of Lichenblossom, but has under it the Lichenblossomese equivalent of the Department of Justice. The DOJ in the real world is intended to be both the chief law advisors (attornies general) and chief law enforcement office of a government. However, the purpose of the DOJ in Lichenblossom was to carry out the judicial, legal, and prosecuting tasks for the MOM, and nothing else. Lichenblossom never believed in trials by jury or judge, again, because of their ancient traditions and structure.
The Lichenblossomese government does NOT believe in seperation of powers.
In the 1970s, Rockefella Aurumen, an Olde Antarctican immigrant, had managed to seize pretty much the entireity of the oil businesses on Lichenblossom, taking them at the cheap from the Squashins. He had cleverly organized all sorts of smaller oil companies under one administrative company, or a company of companies: that is, a business trust. Each boss answered to him and all of the companies shared their profits amongst themselves, while excessively charging the populace of Lichenblossom for oil and oil products.
Seeing this, the Great Abbess of Lichenblossom, alongside the Eldership of the country, ordered the commissioning of a new group of elders, to be vested with the job of overseeing and removing unfair and anti-competitive businesses, or, in other words, monopolies. However, since this eldership was executvie and not judicial, an Office of Justice (OOJ) was created underneath them and staffed with an attorney general and an assistant attorney general (AAG), and a few other employees, to present evidence to the MOM to authorize their authority to bust trusts.
Following this so far? Good.
In 1972, after the MOM and OOJ were instated, the attornies general were selected. The actual Attorney General named never showed up, so it was the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) that truly operated the office.
- Main article: Rockefella#Involvement
Profile of the Elders of MOM
|Elder of MOM|
Grand Council of the Elders of Lichenblossom|
|Inaugural holder||Lindanna Feh, Laurence Feh, Jeanne Pruvit|
1000 coins monthly
MOM v. Gates
- Main article: MOM v. Gates
The eldership was up for abolition until the successful failure of MOM v. Gates. MOM v. Gates was a landmark international court case decided on USA soil. Bill Gate$ had opened a Micro Hard and Soft branch on Lichenblossom and had, like other countries, begun legally eliminating weak companies by adopting and outmoding file formats right out from under them.
The dead computer companies plead to MOM to save them, and Candia agreed to do it. After a long time to get the USA to consent to it, and forcing Bill Gate$ to comply, they managed to get the two groups together despite international boundraies and radically different systems of law.
The end result, though, was a shocker. The courts ruled, by one concurrence, that monopolies had the right to exist in the USA and the government had no authority to dismantle them, unless the government created them in the first place. Monopolies were "champions of commerce" and could only be regulated "to make sure everyone else can exist", but can not be broken, nor can the barriers of entry be lowered. This matches the Dorkugal precedent as well.
Lichenblossom remains the only mega-high-tech nation that is anti-monopoly. The situation has yet to arise in the Geek Empire, so Dorkugal and the USA are the other two.
- This is an expansive article intended to parody the "Phineas and Ferbenstein" episode of the titular show, "Phineas and Ferb". Like the episode it parodies, MOM, Rockefella, and Candia take the place of Miss Aurumen, Midas and Herb, and Canren, and the former acts on a larger scale than the more modern latter.
- This is also a pun on Candace (from "Phineas and Ferb")'s mission, to "bust" her siblings in the act of building. In the early twentieth century, breaking monopolies was called trust busting.
- Which allows for the P&F related phrase, "I'M TELLING M.O.M.", parodying Ferbenstein's "I'M TELLING MOB", a play on Canren's "I'M TELLING MOM".
- Candia is a parody of Constance the Governess from the same episode.
- Jeanne is a parody of the character Janet from the classic series, The Magic School Bus.
- Rockefella Aurumen
- Midas and Herb
- Candia Sermunculli
- MOM v. Gates
- The Forbidden Ones
- Canren Sermunculli
- Assistant Attorney General of Lichenblossom
- Candia's Wild Late-Night Ride