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The organisation of the Astronist Institution refers to the particular way in which the Astronist Institution categorises its many subsidiary organisations for the dissemination and organisation of the Astronist religion. This is largely undertaken geographically from local to regional/provincial/state to national and then continental levels, leading to the worldwide Astronist Institution. The Astronist Institution is split into seven dimensions.
The main structure is as follows:
- Universal Astronist Institution – describes the worldwide Astronist Institution, or the complete operations of the Institution. Universal Tier. (associated colouration: purple)
- Contariate – also known as a supercollectivity First Tier. (associated colouration: brown)
- Collectariate – also known as a collectivity, officially referred to as an Institutional collectivity, an international organisation. Second Tier. (associated colouration: orange)
- Superiate – also referred to as supersubsidariates, officially referred to as an Institutional subsidiary, a national organisation overseeing the operations of the Institution at what is known as the. Third Tier. (associated colouration: red)
- Subsidariate – also known as a subsidiary, a regional level organisation dealing with Institutional operations at county/provincial/. Fourth Tier. (associated colouration: yellow)
- Sophariate – the local organisational structure of the Astronist Institution within a county/region/province/state. Fifth Tier. (associated colouration: blue)
- Manoriate – Sixth Tier. (there may also exist comanoriates which are manoriates combined together due to their proximity and lack of population). (associated colouration: green)
Correspondence to national administrative subdivision levels:
- Subsidariate – First-level administrative division of a country e.g. county/state/province/region/district
- Sophariate – Second-level administrative division of a country e.g. U.S. county, UK non-metropolitan and metropolitan district, Chinese prefectures.
- Manoriate – Third-level administrative division of a country e.g. Chinese counties.
Name system for Institutional organisation
- Universal Tier (universorial / universiate) – Universal Astronist Institution
- First Tier (supercollectorial / supercollectoriate) – e.g. Astronist Institution of Europe
- Second Tier (collectorial / collectoriate) – e.g. Astronist Institution of Western Europe
- Third Tier (superial / superiate) – e.g. Astronist Institution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or Astronist Superiate for the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
- Fourth Tier (subsidarial / subsidariate) – e.g. Astronist Subsidariate of Kinshasa
- Fifth Tier (sopharial / sophariate) – e.g. Astronist Sophariate of South Ribble
- Sixth Tier (manorial / manoriate) – e.g. Astronist Manoriate of Yaohai District
Main article: Dispensation
Dispensations of the Astronist Institution includes all resource materials and funding that is dispensed by the Universal Office of the Astronist Institution down through its vertical hierarchy. Contariates and collectariates are excluded from this dispensation process as these tiers act only as collectivities; that is, hollow offices that does not have managerial power but does instead take on a representorial role. Dispensations are therefore conducted from the Universal Office directly to superiates. The vertical hierarchy of the Astronist Institution's dispensation system works in such a way that it is subsidariate-oriented.
This means that once funds and resources are sent to superiates, they are then allocated to subsidariates. Subsidariate then equalise the funds across all the sophariates and the resources for all sophariates within the said subsidariate are generalised. Generalisation in this context means that resources, materials and content beyond the subsidariate level are not further localised or specialised for each sophariate. For example, for the Astronist Subsidariate of Lancashire, it will receive resources for all of Lancashire that will made available and viewable by all the sophariates within that subsidariate even if some resources are specific to an event taking place within a specific sophariate. Essentially, beyond the Fourth Tier level, there is no further specificity to content dispensed by the Institution. In practical terms, this means that in the Astronist Archives, there is no resource folder specifically dedicated to each sophariate.
Furthermore, in this context, the process of equalisation of funds refers to the practice in which subsidariates receive a set amount of funds from the Universal Office which are then to be equally shared for every sophariate within the subsidariate. Subsidariates will receive funds according to the amount of sophariates within their jurisdiction, the population of both Astronists and non-Astronists, and the amount of Astronist activities that take place within the subsidariate's jurisdiction.
Superiates then dispense funds and resources to subsidariates which are then tasked with the responsibility to utilise such funds and resources for their own subsidarial-wide operations whilst also to dispense such funds and resources down to sophariates. Sophariates are the final destination of resources and funds for every territory even for countries with manoriates. In the case of manoriates, the overseeing sophariate manages the funds and resources for all manoriates within its jurisdiction. Manoriates do not have direct control over dispensed funds and materials as such control is vested with the sophariate.