Compendium: How the State implements and enforces the Paygrade Scale

The Paygrade Scale of the Vocational Civil Service Economy is influenced by overall economic conditions. A Paygrade is affected by the Attrition Rate and the Total Economic Potential as the two primary metrics. Both will affect how much Geld each Paygrade receives on a weekly basis. Unlike Inflation, Attrition rises more slowly as a distinct characteristic of pegging a Currency to the Value of Arbeit. The Geld allotted to Paygrades do not come directly from the State Budget. Rather, they are counted as State Expenses that are paid for by the Revenues of the national economy. The only power in the nation capable of implementing and enforcing this is the State.

Each Paygrade is organized into several different pay brackets adjusted to years of service and number of dependents. Outside of those two factors, simply attaining a higher Rank or being in a profession for the sake of material gain is antithetical to the concept of Vocations and therefore does not exist under Socialism. A Vocation is meant to be a special calling that one can still envisage themselves doing over the course of the next ten, twenty or even thirty years. Liberal Capitalism never condoned the practice of Vocations, having abolished it completely during the industrialization of the Western world in the wake of the Enlightenment. The result has led to people pursuing “jobs” where they were unmotivated, unwilling, uninterested, unequipped, and unprepared for what was expected of them because they had nothing driving them except Kapital. 

Fortunately for Socialism, the Work-Standard has the capability to discourage the pursuit of work for monetary gain alone. It does so by encouraging the need to pursue “Meaningful Work” from a Vocation that provides someone with a higher sense of purpose in Life beyond the mere act of “earning a living.” Only then can one be expected to rise up to the occasion and assume proper leadership roles and to be an example for others to follow. Only then can everyone be expected to work together toward the pursuit of commonly-shared goals that are spiritual, traditional, cultural, ontological, and social. That is the meaning of Socialization in a work-related context. 

When the time comes to start issuing Paygrade to every household at the end of every work week, the State relies on the  “State Commissariats of Wages and Prices.” The State Commissariats, in addition to their secondary role in helping the State set the Prices of goods and services alongside the national economy, will oversee the issuance of Paygrades to each household among the municipalities of a given region. The Paygrades are issued by mail through the postal service or wired directly to the local branch of a nationalized bank. The former would have been the more practical approach in earlier times, especially since the latter requires the existence of a national Intranet to facilitate the digital transfer of Geld from the State Commissariat to a bank account. The recipient will receive their Paygrade either way.      

Assuming if the recipient does not receive their Paygrade, the State Commissariat must maintain a special department to oversee the filing of those claims. This is a possibility that must be taken into consideration, regardless of the method that the State Commissariat had chosen to deliver their Paygrade. The State Commissariat should also wield the power to see to it that such claims are compensated by the State, the State eventually receiving the claims processed by the State Commissariat and paying the amount owed. Defrauding the State of Geld through the abuse and misuse of filing claims will always be a criminal offense.  

Any increase or decrease in the amount of Geld intended for Paygrades is a matter of the State that must be overseen by the State Commissariats. The State Commissariats, tracking the Attrition Rate and the Total Economic Potential of the national economy, are constitutionally obligated to make adjustments to the amounts intended for each pay bracket. But before the State Commissariats can make any alterations, the power to control the rates at which any pay bracket receives more or less rests squarely on the State Council and its subordinate regional councils. The State Council reserves the final authority regarding the adjustments of Paygrades, further reinforcing the fact that the issuance of Paygrades is as much a political issue as it can be an economic one from the outset. Therefore, the Paygrade Scale for all pay brackets in the nation are to be controlled by the State Council. 

This is where the role of Council Democracy is required because all State Commissariats are to be politically governed at the regional level before the national level. If a large number of people within the given jurisdiction of a single region are convinced that their Paygrades should be increased and, provided there is a justifiable Intent behind this decision, they may be entitled to contact their delegates and have the matter addressed at their regional councils. The State Commissariat for that region will request the State Council to authorize the readjustment of the Paygrades for its regional jurisdiction and the State will make the adjustments as needed. This of course only applies for one or more pay brackets in that regional jurisdiction, particularly among metropolitan areas with populations in the millions of people. In instances where the nation as a whole is requesting for changes to the Paygrade Scale, that decision is reserved for the State Council. 

The State Council may decide on readjusting the Geld allotted to the Paygrade Scale and all of its pay brackets. Everyone is entitled to receive an increase in their weekly Paygrades on behalf of the State. The State Council will spend an allotted amount of time discussing the matter before eventually voting on whether to approve or disapprove the decision. If a majority agrees to the decision to increase the Paygrades of all pay brackets, then the State Council will have the Head of State sign the changes into law and have the State Commissariats of the nation executing it. Note that the changes will be put into effect in the work week after the Head of State signs the decision into law.   

A similar procedure does occur in regards to the inverse: the decision to lower the amount of Geld allotted to Paygrades. Again, the State Commissariats are the ones to execute the decision while the regional councils and State Council are the ones who will ultimately decide on whether to approve or disapprove. The decision is signed into law by the Head of State and then put into effect by the following work week.

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