The Interstellar Coordination Committee

The Interstellar Coordination Committee is one of the many Martian Senate sub-committees which form the 'meat' of Martian government. However, it has long been the most influential one, because it is the only committee on which all of the Senators with oversight responsibility for the major ministries sit. Originally intended as a place for the Senators with ministerial responsibilities to discuss matters which affected more than one ministry, since the advent of the Martian Union among the homeworlds of Q0 the ICC has changed to become a de facto executive within the Senate. It has also become traditional for the Supreme Councillor of the Martian Union to be 'invited' by the Senate to chair the committee as its President. Since the Martian Union's de facto control over Senate votes means that it can also select which Senators are given oversight responsibility for which ministry (and hence the composition of the ICC), the ICC has become a de facto 'cabinet' and executive arm of government, with the President of the ICC/Supreme Councillor of the Martian Union acting as a kind of 'Martian President', even though no such position formally exists within the MAFC Constitution. Through the ICC, the Council of the Martian Union exercises control over Association policy.
This ad hoc system raises considerable tensions with the regional MAFC Quadrants, but it nevertheless has been judged by outsiders to have greatly improved the speed and quality of decision-making within the MAFC. Some have even said that without it the Association was probably doomed to another civil war or slow debilitating collapse in its original form.

The Interstellar Coordination Committee is currently constituted as follows:
Chair of the Committee and Representative for War: Senator Minos Cornelius, Central Democratic Party
Representative for Domestic Affairs: Senator Philip Dermond, Free Mars Party
Representative for Finance: Senator Mischa Wolfe, Mars Colonial Growth Faction
Representative for Foreign Affairs: Senator Aiashi Hojo, Free Mars Party
Representative for Trade and Industry: Senator Siralan Saccarin, Central Democratic Party
Representative for Science and Technology: Senator John Frink, Central Democratic Party
Representative for Justice: Senator Tony Montana, Mars Colonial Growth Faction
Representative for Media and Culture: Senator Nellie Peach, Central Democratic Party