Prime Minister of Austenasia

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Prime Minister of the
Empire of Austenasia
Prime Minister's Office.jpg
Term length Between eight months and four years
Inaugural holder HIH Crown Prince Jonathan
Formation 20 September 2008

The Prime Minister of Austenasia is the head of government of the Empire of Austenasia. The Prime Minister is elected by the subjects of Austenasia in a General Election, held no more regularly than every eight months and no less regularly than every four years, on a date specified by the Monarch. Representatives wishing to stand for election must first be made Candidates by the Monarch. The Candidate with the second-highest number of votes becomes the Deputy Prime Minister.

The founding Prime Minister of Austenasia was HIH Crown Prince Jonathan. The Crown Prince was re-elected in General Elections in January 2009 and December 2011, but was replaced with his deputy Lord Marshal William as Acting Prime Minister in January 2013 when he became Monarch. HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia was elected the incumbent Prime Minister in the Austenasian general election, 2015.

Constitutional role

Under the Constitution, the Monarch may not be Prime Minister - this law is to ensure that no person has absolute power within the Empire. Although the Monarch can become a Representative (Jonathan I is currently Representative of Wrythe), they cannot therefore make themselves a Candidate. If the Prime Minister inherits the Throne, they must either refuse it or stand down and make the Deputy Prime Minister the Acting Prime Minister. This led to the ascension of Esmond III to the Throne when Crown Prince Jonathan refused to stand down as Prime Minister after the abdication of Terry I.

The main role of the Prime Minister is to oversee the activities of the Cabinet and co-ordinate the work of its ministers, and to act as the voice and public face of the elected Austenasian government. The Prime Minister holds several other powers, including the deciding vote in the case of a tie by the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister is also one of the two choices for Regent should the Monarch be a minor or incapacitated, and (unless there is a vast majority for it in the House of Representatives) must give their consent before the Empire declares war.

Under the Austenasian Constitution of 2008, the Prime Minister was considered by far the most powerful position in Austenasia. However, since the middle of 2010 the position has been seen as being more equal in power with that of the Monarch, and since the enactment of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, the Monarch is now considered to be more powerful. The role and powers of the Prime Minister did not significantly change (although they were more precisely defined) over 2009-11, but this subordination to the Throne is instead the result of an increased influence of the Monarch over Austenasian politics.

List of Prime Ministers

# Portrait Name
Honorifics and City or Town
Term of office

Electoral mandates
Other offices held Political opinions Deputy Monarch
1 JonathanMay12.jpg His Imperial Highness
Crown Prince Jonathan
Representative of Wrythe
20 September
2008
20 January
2013
Center to center-left
Monarchist
Lord Marshal William Terry I
Esmond III
Declan I
2009, 2011
Founder of Austenasia, declared Prime Minister in the Declaration of Independence; later elected in 2009 and 2011. Longest term of any Prime Minister to date. Presented Glencrannog to the Empire and oversaw the annexation of South Kilttown, adding another Representative to the Cabinet. Defended Wrythe during the Skirmish of the Treasury and personally conquered Commius Flats. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis, and refused to inherit the Throne so as to remain Prime Minister. Held office during the Austenasian Civil War and organised the Austenasian Monarchical Referendum. Held office during the War of the Orlian Reunification. Organised the Austenasian Constitutional Referendum and held office during the enactment of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011. Unveiled Theodorism in January 2012 as a theoretical model of ideal governance for the Empire, but made no attempt to implement it. Held office during the acquisition and loss of several protectorates, and represented the Empire at the 2012 Polination Conference. Stood down as Prime Minister upon inheriting the Throne after the abdication of Declan I.
- Prime Minister's Office.jpg Lord Marshal William
Baron of Zephyria
Representative of Zephyria

Acting
20 January
2013
19 November
2013
Militarist None Jonathan I
None
Became Acting Prime Minister upon the ascension to the Throne of Jonathan I. Proposed no new policies and took on little executive leadership in the face of the more proactive role of the Throne as held by Jonathan I. Acted mostly as a rubber stamp, supporting the Emperor's decisions on matters. Shortest term of any Prime Minister to date.
2 Eri.png Her Imperial Highness
Eritoshi
Countess of Memphis
Representative of Thanasia
19 November
2013
4 March
2015
Center-left
Environmentalist
Lord John Gordan
2013
Elected Prime Minister in the November 2013 General Election. Developed the role of the premiership under Lord Marshal William by functioning as an "enforcer" for the Emperor's policies, using the Prime Ministerial deciding vote and the prestige of her office to have legislation proposed by the Emperor passed more easily through Parliament. Established the Green Party of Austenasia to organize her supporters and release her electoral platform. Lost the 2015 general election.
3 HRH The Grand Duke Joseph.jpg His Imperial Highness
Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy
Duke of Bohemia
Representative of New Richmond
4 March
2015
Incumbent Center-right
Libertarian
Countess Eritoshi of Memphis
Lord Admiral Eren Lewis
2015
Elected Prime Minister in the 2015 general election, defeating the incumbent Countess Eritoshi. Oversaw the return of the Prime Minister to being an active head of government. First Prime Minister to codify Prime Ministerial nomination of Cabinet ministers. Oversaw the re-establishment of the Imperial Navy. Established the Ministry for Culture and reformed the functions of the Treasury. Reformed military command and rank structures. Oversaw the annexation of various areas. Assisted Emperor Jonathan I in re-establishing the Grand Unified Micronational. Dissolved the Environmental Office. Presented legislation creating the status of City for highly-populated towns and the Capital, Wrythe. Oversaw the dissolution of the Towns of Zephyria, Thanasia and Porthbokon.