Okay. This is the idea that I had.
Our colony ship left Earth, specifically the United States, shortly after 2105, We have landed on an Earth-like world, orbiting a yellow star similar to our own. There is plenty of fresh water. There is a wide variety of plants to eat, including some that we grew from seeds that we brought from home. There is even a wide variety of tame, non-poisonous animals available. We have encountered no other people, intelligent aliens, similar beings, or evidence of similar beings since we arrived.
We have been here long enough to form a community of shelters with over 200 people. Among our population we have a few professionals - scientists, engineers, architects, farmers, and others.
We have the technology from our ship and supplies (books, multiple computers, communication devices, medical supplies, metal detectors, solar panels, generators, farming equipment, and a few EVs - electric vehicles). Satellites deployed in orbit from our ship as we arrived feed weather data and mapping data to our encampment. Our solar panels, and the wind turbine that we have built supply electricity for our homes and to charge the EVs. We use the EVs for long-range exploration.
Among our recordings and books we have some detailed descriptions of the history of Earth. Eventually, our population will also expand. We are thinking of planning a future government for those future generations with hopes for avoiding many of the mistakes of the past.
We were thinking that it might be a good idea to send individuals who seriously intend to run for office through a short course on the standard operating procedures of the job including etiquette as well as basic knowledge of the constitution and operations of the government. It seems that an individual not having this knowledge or not remembering it from earlier in their life could face embarrassment or political turmoil. Such a course would include trial runs, rehearsals, and tests. This is all of course independent of the candidate's political party.
I know that it was assumed that many of the politicians of the past have learned all or most of the experience that they need through their previous work in business, law, or even the military. I also understand that politicians (especially in the case of the Presidents) are given briefings between the time their election and the point at which they take office. However, I think that SOP and etiquette (such as proper behavior when dealing with foreign dignitaries and the press, or knowing not to flip out in the presence of others while under pressure) is glossed over. I think that a course would allow each generation of politicians to perform to a standard.
This doesn't guarantee that the candidates will never make mistakes. However, I think that it would reduce the mistakes that the candidate would ultimately make.
My question is, do you think this could work once the colony reaches a large enough size (hundreds of thousands or millions of people / multiple settlements)? What could the initial colonists do to make sure this is implemented when the proper time comes?