Parliament of Auresia

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The Parliament of the Auresian Empire - in Auresian Parlamento di Auresiano, commonly known internationally as the Auresian Parliament or the Imperial Parliament - is the bicameral legislative body of the Auresian Empire.

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Overview

The Imperial Parliament is bicameral, but consists of three parts - consisting of the Dynast Sovereign (Dinast Sovrano, or Crown-in-Parliament), the House of Lords (Camera di Signori), and the House of Delegates (Camera di Delegati). The Parliament meets in Pomesena Palace on Esquilius Hill in the Five Hills District of the Imperial capital city of Cedelphia.

It is acknowledged and accepted that the power of the Parliament is exercised at the pleasure and sufferance of the Dynast Sovereign, who appoints the chambers to attend to the legislative business of the Empire on their behalf, in collaboration with the Imperial Curia. On the first Monday after New Year, the Dynast Sovereign comes to Pomesena to formally inaugurate that year's session of Parliament in an elaborate ceremony known as the State Opening of Parliament.

Chambers

House of Lords

The upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, consists of 320 members, all of whom are drawn from the peerage. The membership is divided between 60 hereditary peers and 260 life peers. These men and women are nominated to their seats by the membership of the House upon the passing of a sitting member, and approved by the Dynast Sovereign. The Lords is said to serve as the "chamber of sober reflection". Members of the upper chamber serve for life or until they choose to retire, unless they are removed by command of the Sovereign in certain extreme circumstances.

The First Minister, as well as the senior Curia ministers, are all drawn from the Lords.

House of Delegates

The lower chamber of Parliament, the House of Delegates, consists of 620 members. It is an elected chamber with general elections being called on a set schedule to select individual members to represent single-member parliamentary constituencies, of which there are 31 in every prefecture. The winner is required to receive a plurality of votes in a first-past-the-post voting system. Members of the Delegates are identified by the post-nominals "MP", which stand for Membro del Parlamento, or "Member of Parliament". Members serve five-year terms and are not limited on the number of terms they may serve.

History

The older of the two chambers of Parliament, the House of Lords, was established originally during the reign of Cephorus Maximus as the Council of Lords, a gathering of the most senior and prominent of the peers of the Empire, to both advise the Dynast Father and to also assist in crafting the laws and ordinances of the land. From its ranks, the Dynast Father drew the membership of the Privy Council, which served to provide the Sovereign with more direct and personal counsel and opinions. The Council of Lords would serve this role as the unicameral legislative body of the Empire until the creation in 7466 of the House of Delegates, on the orders of Dynast Emperor Dastari III, who had been influenced by events in Anisora to do so.

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The Crown The Dynast Sovereign, Privy Council, Privy Secretariat, List of Dynast Sovereigns
Executive First Minister’s Office (Bureau of the Civil Service, Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Bureau of Internal Affairs, Bureau of Correspondence)
Legislature Imperial Parliament ( House of Lords, House of Delegates)
Judiciary Supreme Court
Ministries Foreign Office, War Office, Home Office, Finance, Commerce, Health & Welfare, Transport, Works & Infrastructure
State Administrations General Post Administration, Imperial Archives & Records Administration, Imperial Customs & Revenue Administration, Imperial Public Health Administration, Strategic Research & Development Administration
Crown Corporations Auresian Broadcasting Corporation, Export-Import Bank of Auresia, Imperial Oil & Gas, Savings & Investment Auresia
Related Subjects Government Structure, Foreign Relations, Politics, Crime & Punishment, Farinacci
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