Coat of Arms of the Imperial Government

The Castairian Government, formally referred to as Gouvernement de Sa Majesté, is the central government of the Empire of Castaire. It is often referred to as Gouvernement Impériale.

The government is led by a Chancelier, who selects all the remaining ministers. The chancelier and the ministers form the cabinet, which is the leading decision-making commitee of Castaire. The ministers mainly sit in parliament, but may be appointed without a mandate as well. The government is accountable to the Monarch, from which it derives its executive powers. General elections for parliament are held each 6 years, the Chancelier is appointed for at least two periods to grant stability. It is this a special form of the Castairien Monarchy, as it resembles a key point of monarchies without elected heads.

After an election, the Monarch appoints the Chancelier without being bound to the result of the election, as the Chancelier directly serves the Monarch and is responsible for all citizens, and is thus set above political factions. The remaining ministers are to be set in a given quota (elective) to resemble the Peoples will, but may be altered by minor differences (around 5% additional or substractive). Thus, all political factions are bound to serve the People merely than their own interests, and there is no real opposition as all factions are tied within the government.

As already explained, executive and legislative authority lies with the Monarch, and is exercised by the government on His behalf. The cabinet members are also advisors of the Monarch within the Privy Council. They exercise the executive power as leaders of their respective departments, though some cabinet positions are sinecures to a greater or lesser extent.

Absolutive / The Monarch

Main article: Emperor

The Monarch acts as the supreme head of state with ultimate authority. The Monarch allows the Parlement to create laws and run the different bureaus as it is the wish of the citizens that they are represented. The Monarch has the power to deny any action of the Parlement, but rarely ever does. He also has a seat in the parliament to ensure that his will is followed. He has the policy-making power and charges the Chancellor to follow his guidelines. The Monarchs chief job is to promote welfare and prosperity, as well as command the regiments of the Imperial Armed Forces.

The line of succession governs the order of heads of state and is bound to several rules, the most important being the primogeniture, though the gender doesn't matter for the heir to the throne, it is always the oldest child of the ruling Monarch. The current line of succession is as following:

Empereur Stéphane IV (* 1720)

  1. 0Lukrezia Céleste Sophie (* 1743),
    00- Princesse Impériale de Castaire, first daughter of Stéphane IV,
    00- engaged to Alexandre Carpontierre
  2. 0Florian Philippe Severin (* 1745),
    00- Prince du Chastain, first son of Stéphane IV,
    00- until 1764 engaged to Estelle Christina Marie of Frennmærk [1][2]
  3. 0Emilia Samira (* 1748),
    00- Princesse du Chastain, second daughter of Stéphane IV
  4. Michel (* 1725),
    00- Chancelier Impérial, brother of Stéphane IV,
    00- married to Catherine Vermontres

Domestic powers

Foreign powers

Executive / The Government

Main article: Chancellor

The Chancelier as the actual head of government is the one who runs the whole system. He is accountable only to the monarch, so he has not to justify his policy infront of the parliament, but he needs a majority of parliament members to conclude laws. The Chancellor is the representative of the Monarch in the parliament if he is absent. His will represents the will of the Monarch and on any number of occasions, the parliament votes for the proposals of the Chancellor.

The most important bureau of the government is the cabinet, consisting of several ministers appointed by the Chancelier. The ministers have to be appointed in a given quota (made up by the former general elections) and is not to be circumvented. However, as there are limited ministries, the real numbers are subdue to alterations by a limited value of 5% per faction. Thus securing a stable government without all smaller and smallest factions represented.

By constitution, there are several persistent ministers, each presiding a governmental Departement. These are:

Classic Ministries

  • Ministère des Finances (Ministry of Finances)
    • Secrétaire des Finances
    • Secrétaire de Trésoire , Seigneur Grand Trésorier
  • Ministère de l'Extérieur (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    • Secrétaire de l'Exterieur Julien Roisseau, Seigneur Garde des Sceaux
    • Secrétaire des Colonies
  • Ministère de l'Intérieur (Ministry of Inner Affairs)
  • Ministère de la Guerre (Ministry of War)
    • Secrétaire de la Guerre , Seigneur Grand Marechal
  • Ministère de la Marine (Ministry of the Navy)
    • Secrétaire de la Marine , Seigneur Grand Amiral
  • Ministère de la Justice (Ministry of Justice)
    • Secrétaire de la Justice , Seigneur Grand Connetable

Modern Ministries

  • Ministère de l'Économie (Ministry of Economy)
    • Seigneur Grand Chambellan
  • Ministère du Commerce (Ministry of Trade)
  • Ministère de l'Éducation (Ministry of Education)

The Grand Officiers de l'Empire are marked in italic font. These are additional offices mainly paired with the ministers positions, but may be altered by the Monarch. There are several duties and privileges belonging to the titles, and in order of precedence, they preside any other government members. The Chanceliers actual title is that of a Seigneur Grand Chancelier, and he is thus presiding even the other officers. The order is as following

  1. Seigneur Grand Chancelier
  2. Seigneur Grand Trésorier
  3. Seigneur Grand Conseiller
  4. Seigneur Garde des Sceaux
  5. Seigneur Grand Chambellan
  6. Seigneur Grand Connetable
  7. Seigneur Grand Marechal
  8. Seigneur Grand Amiral

Legislative / The Parlement

Main article: Imperial Parliament

The Parlement was created in the Golden Age. Empereur Steve I found it wise to create a parliament to allow representation of the citizens of Castiare. It consists of two chambers, the Conseil de l'Empire and the Corps Législatif. The upper house consists of the nobility and the representatives of the different constituent states, while the lower house accommodates all the delegates of the provinces and the people. The Parliament is set up with the Chancelier, whose job is to run Parliament meetings, talk to the Empereur directly, and decide votes if there is a tie. He also is the head of the Gouvernement de Sa Majesté and thus presiding its ministers and secretaries. These can be elects from within any chamber, but can also be chosen experts. The actual legislative power is in the hands of the Corps Legislatif, but the Conseil is able to state a veto to delay the law, though it cannot block any law conceived by the Corps. Besides all the power of the parliament, actually running the whole nation, the Monarch is able to conclude laws by Himself, but this rarely ever happens. The parliament also has a scribe, whose job is to keep the records of the meetings, and a Silence Officer whose job is to keep peace in the chamber. The parliament meets once a month to decide on issues brought up by members of parliament. Besides making laws, the parliament runs the many bureaus of the Empire such as the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Social Welfare.


Judicative / Jurisdiction

The Court was established near the beginning of the history of Castaire. It was originally a single building which had two judges who were appointed by the Emperor. This changed as the population rose, the court was divided into two divisions including The Peoples Court and The Supreme Court.

The Peoples Court

The Peoples court is a system of many small courts that serve their local area with crimes committed by citizens, the court has no judge but instead a group of 20 people randomly selected to decided the fate of the convicted man. The group of 20 is monitored by the Supreme Court to make sure the group of 20 follows the laws when reaching a decision.

The Supreme Court

If a convicted man appeals his fate, or if there is a broken law, it is up to the Supreme Court to decided the fate. This court has a group of 5 Judges who decided the fate. The Chancellor, The Emperor and the Heir to the Throne all have seats in the Supreme Court room and can vote with the Judges on issues. Supreme Court decisions are the absolute final say of the land, so if a law is decided to be wrong by the Supreme Court, neither Parliament or the Monarch can ever return it.

Location

The Chanceliers residence is in direct neighbourhood to Palais Castaire in Lucrécy and connected to the Imperial Chancellory. Cabinet meetings take place there and the other governmental departments are located nearby in Ouestcour.

Limits of Government power

See also

References

  1. This engagement was arranged by Belle without knowledge or consent of Steve. The Fortescue and frennmærkian royal families were befriended for centuries and Steve finally accepted Belles wish to tighten these relations.
  2. Florian furthermore has an illegitimate son with a ventallician princess, Léonce could (after legitimation by Steve) success to the third position in the line of succession, though this is highly unlikely.
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