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Deputy Prime Minister of Austenasia
|Deputy Prime Minister of the|
Empire of Austenasia
|Inaugural holder||Lord General William K., 2nd Duke of Royton, KOR, KCA, DSC|
|Formation||25 April 2009|
The Deputy Prime Minister of Austenasia is the deputy to the Prime Minister, head of government of the Empire of Austenasia. The office of Deputy Prime Minister is officially held by the Representative who gains the second-highest number of votes in a General Election, but between 2009 and 2013 when Wrythe and Zephyria were the only inhabited towns was generally recognised as being held by the Representative of Zephyria despite this legal requirement. The position has been held since June 2016 by Lord Admiral Eren Lewis, who was appointed Acting Deputy Prime Minister by the Monarch after the resignation of his predecessor Countess Eritoshi of Memphis.
The position of Deputy Prime Minister was founded on 18 April 2009 by Act 74 (8th Revision to Existing Laws), and first assumed a week later by Lord William upon the annexation of South Kilttown. Act 74 defined the office as belonging to whichever Candidate had gained the second-highest number of votes in the most recent General Election, and established the Deputy Prime Minister and the Heir to the Throne as the two choices which Parliament could choose from for an Acting Prime Minister upon the death, removal from office, or prolonged illness of the incumbent.
Act 107 (Regents and Counsellors of State), passed on 29 November 2009, made it so that the Deputy Prime Minister would become Regent should the Prime Minister have been appointed as such by Parliament but refused. It also made the Deputy Prime Minister a Counsellor of State if the Prime Minister (an ex officio Counsellor) was already a Counsellor of State via another position - the office of Deputy Prime Minister became an ex officio Counsellor of State itself in September 2010.
These Acts of Parliament were repealed upon the implementation of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, the most recent piece of legislation to lay out the role of the Deputy Prime Minister:
- Artice VI, Section B, Paragraph E confirmed the position as belonging to the Candidate in the most recent General Election who had gained the second-highest number of votes.
- Article IV, Section D, Paragraph E states that the Deputy Prime Minister shall become Acting Prime Minister should the Prime Minister become Regent.
- Article IV, Section C states that the Deputy Prime Minister shall become Acting Prime Minister should the Prime Minister die, resign, or inherit the Throne, and that should Parliament wish to appoint an Acting Prime Minister for some other reason they may choose between the Deputy Prime Minister and the Heir to the Throne.
List of Deputy Prime Ministers
|Number||Picture||Name||Town||Deputy to||Took office||Left office||Notes|
|1||Lord General William K., 2nd Duke of Royton, KOR, KCA, DSC||South Kilttown||HIH Crown Prince Jonathan||25 Apr 2009||7 Mar 2010||Assumed office upon becoming Representative of South Kilttown; despite not having contested a General Election, the office of Deputy Prime Minister became generally regarded as naturally held by the only Representative other than that of Wrythe (Wrythe and South Kilttown being the only two inhabited Towns in the Empire at the time). Was considered removed from office upon losing the office of Representative of South Kilttown with the outbreak of the Austenasian Civil War.|
|2||John K., OAO||South Kilttown||HIH Crown Prince Jonathan||7 Mar 2010||10 Sep 2010||Became Acting Representative of South Kilttown upon the outbreak of the Austenasian Civil War, a de facto titular status due to residing in rebel-held territory. This meant he was considered de jure Deputy Prime Minister by many and was referred to as such numerous times by several government figures, despite playing no part in government and having not been elected.|
|3||Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria||Zephyria||HIH Crown Prince Jonathan||10 Sep 2010||20 Jan 2013||Act 125 (Reform of South Kilttown) reappointed William as Representative of South Kilttown, which was renamed Zephyria (alt. "Zephirya"). He reassumed the office of Deputy Prime Minister until he became Acting Prime Minister upon the ascension to the Throne of Jonathan I. He came second in the December 2011 General Election, fulfilling the official requirements to hold the office for the first time.|
|-||Vacant||20 Jan 2013||19 Nov 2013||The position became vacant when Lord Marshal William became Acting Prime Minister upon the ascension of Jonathan I to the Throne. Article VI, Section C, Paragraph G of the 2011 Constitution states that "the Monarch shall appoint an Acting Deputy Prime Minister from the Representatives" should this happen, but provides no time limit by which this must be done. The position remained vacant until the November 2013 General Election.|
|4||Lord John Gordon, Baron of Palasia||Palasia||HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis||19 Nov 2013||4 Mar 2015||Gained the second-highest number of votes in the November 2013 General Election. Did not stand for Prime Minister in the 2015 general election.|
|5||HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis||Thanasia||HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia||4 Mar 2015||4 Jun 2016||Gained the second-highest number of votes in the 2015 general election. Formerly served as Prime Minister. Resigned upon a decision to retire from politics.|
|-||Vacant||4 Jun 2016||25 Jun 2016||The position became vacant upon the retirement of Countess Eritoshi. Unlike the previous vacancy, when the Prime Minister had no deputy for ten months, the Monarch appointed an Acting Deputy a mere three weeks after the resignation of the Countess.|
|5||Lord Admiral Eren Lewis, Baron of Terentia
|Terentia||HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia||25 Jun 2016||Incumbent||Appointed Acting Deputy Prime Minister by the Monarch within a month after the resignation of Countess Eritoshi.|