House of Lords of Auresia

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House of Lords
Camera di Signori

Type
Type Bicameral
Houses House of Lords
House of Delegates
Leadership
Lord Speaker Lucrezia, Baroness Ohura
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Structure
Peers 330
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Elections
Electoral system
Last election
Plurality of Lords

The Lords' Chamber

The House of Lords - in Auresian Camera di Signori - is the upper chamber of the bicameral Imperial Parliament of Auresia.

The House is also known as the "Red Chamber" for the room in Pomesena Palace where it meets.

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Overview

The House of Lords, as the upper chamber of the Imperial Parliament, serves as the "chamber of representation for regional and propertied interests" and is known as the "chamber of sober reflection". It provides a more sedate view on the affairs of the Empire, and as it is far less transitional in comparison to the lower chamber, can afford an outlook "more fixated on the long-term than the immediate."

Roles

Government

The First Minister and senior ministers of the Curia are drawn from among the membership of the House. The Dynast Sovereign selects the First Minister, who then recommends to the Crown fellow peers for the ministerial positions. These officers then give regular reports during sessions of the Lords on business within the Curia, which are likewise communicated to the lower house.

Those peers who oversee the Curia can be dismissed at any time by command of the Dynast Sovereign should they feel the necessity to do so.

Legislative

Legislation may be introduced in either House of Parliament. The Lords has the power to debate, amend, and reject bills that have passed the House of Delegates. In the event of a rejection, the bill returns to the lower house, and the two houses enter negotiation on modification of the bill. Passage of any legislation within the upper house is the same as it is in the lower house - a simple majority (50% plus one) is required for the bill to be approved by the chamber.

Judicial

The Lords will hold hearings to investigate Curia officials and senior military officers accused of malfeasance or gross violation of Imperial laws. These hearings will include presentation of evidence in defence or accusation of the named party, and peers will have the opportunity to question the accused and their advocate. When presentation and questioning is complete, the Lords vote to determine if the accused should be removed from their post and face further criminal proceedings. A minimum of 51% of the Lords assembled must vote in favour of the motion. Should the Lords vote to call the dismissal of the accused, the matter is referred to the Home Office's Department of Criminal Investigations.

Procedure

Opening of Parliament

The Red Chamber is the site of the annual State Opening of Parliament, a ceremony held at the beginning of each new parliamentary session. During the event, the Sovereign, seated on the throne at the head of the chamber and in the presence of both Houses of Parliament, delivers the Speech from the Throne (or, more colloquially, the Throne Speech). This speech gives the Sovereign the opportunity to discuss the proposed agenda for the upcoming session.

Sessions

By tradition, the Lords sits Mondays through Fridays. These sittings are open to the public. The Lords are required to sit a minimum of 140 days every calendar year, or fourteen days in each of the ten months of that year's legislative session. The only months when the parliament does not meet are June and December. This rule also applies to the House of Delegates.

Each morning when the house assembles, the peers first hold prayers before silently bowing as one towards the empty throne on the upper dais, acknowledging "the ever-present authority of the Dynast Sovereign as embodiment of the State and Fount of Noble Honour." At this point, the Lord Speaker directs the peers to sit, and business commences.

All sittings of the Lords are transcribed verbatim into the Farinacci, and are a part of public records held by the Imperial Archives & Records Administration.

Membership

The House of Lords consists of 330 peers, split two ways - 66 hereditary peers and 264 life peers.

Hereditary Peers

Hereditary peers are those men and women whose titles are inherited by succession. By tradition, only one-fifth of the membership of the Lords may be holders of hereditary peerages. Upon the passing of a sitting member, candidates are nominated from among other noble houses by the membership of the Lords. While on occasion the successor to a seat will be the individual who succeeded to the peerage of the deceased member, it has become tradition to nominate and select someone from family that has not sat in the Lords in the last quarter-century.

Life Peers

Life peers are those men and women whose titles have been granted by the Dynast Sovereign for noteworthy services or contributions to the Empire, but which will not be passed on to their heirs and successors when they die. Similar to hereditary peers, these individuals are chosen from among worthy candidates by the membership of the House. In some cases, the Crown may grant a life peerage to a specific person and appoint them directly to a vacant seat in the Lords.

Qualifications

Numerous qualifications apply to membership in the House of Lords -

  • Candidates must be at least 30 years of age.
  • Only Auresian peers may sit in the upper house.
  • No candidate for membership in the House may be currently, or planning to be, engaged in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • No candidate for membership in the House may be currently, or in the process of, having their estate sequestered.
  • Any individual convicted of treason or sedition is barred from membership in the House. This restriction even applies to those who have received a Crown pardon.

Structure

At the pinnacle of the House of Lords is its leader, the Lord Speaker. This officer is elected by the membership from among a short list of no less than two and no more than five nominees. They serve a five-year term and can be renewed to the seat at each selection cycle if they choose to stand for re-election. At present date, the Lord Speaker is the Baroness Lucrezia, Baroness Ohura.

On the floor of the Lords at every session of the Red Chamber is a chief clerk and six clerks, who are responsible for maintaining the Farinacci during each gathering. Assisting them and keeping track of the roll during every vote are a team of four tellers.

Also on the floor during sessions are the Sergeant-at-Arms and four deputies, who are responsible for assisting the Lord Speaker in maintaining order.

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Related Subjects Government Structure, Foreign Relations, Politics, Crime & Punishment, Farinacci
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