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Meeting chamber of the National Assembly, the lower chamber of the French Parliament.

The legislature is a branch of the running of a nation with the power over legislation. The enacting and alteration of laws is the main duty of a legislature, but it may also be required to perform other tasks such as the election of the head of state, executive or government. Legislatures are usually unicameral (consisting of one chamber) or bicameral (consisting of two chambers), however, rarely, they are tricameral (consisting of three chambers).

In most bicameral systems, the lower house, despite its description of being "below" the upper house, is almost always the most powerful of the two chambers and almost always wholly elected. The upper house, meanwhile, is usually smaller, more restricted in power and designed to be a more deliberative body, and can be either directly elected (e.g. Australian Senate), indirectly elected (e.g. Indian Rajya Sabha), wholly appointed (e.g. Canadian Senate), a mixture of appointed and elected (e.g. Belgian Senate prior to 2014), or consist of members who hold seats by virtue of their position in society (e.g. hereditary and religious peers in the British House of Lords). These can hold office for a fixed term or, rarely, for life.

In countries with federal systems, it is common for the upper house to represent specific geographic areas, often equally in spite of population differences. This is the case for the United States Senate, where each state, regardless of population, returns 2 senators.

Legislatures can be known by many names. Names such as National Assembly, Congress and Parliament are most common. Likewise, there are many names for the individual Houses of the legislature. Senate is the most common name for an Upper House. Unicameral legislatures and lower Houses tend to have names such as Assembly, House of Representatives or Chamber of Deputies. Names are often related to the country, for example the prefix Bundes- (meaning "federal") is used in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, whilst the word Majlis (meaning "council") is common in Islamic countries.

List of micronational legislatures

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Micronation Legislature Name of house(s) House level Voting system Mandate Seats
  Aariania Grand Senate Unicameral First-past-the-post 3 years 5
Asassin Parliament The Bamboo Unicameral First-past-the-post 5 years 25
  Abelden Reichsversammlung Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 4 months 17
  Adammia Ruling Council Unicameral Instant-runoff voting (alternative vote) 1 year 12
Vatolean Parliament Senate Upper house Appointed by head of state No set term 2
Folketing Lower house Party-list proportional representation 5
  Aigues-Mortes General Assembly Unicameral Self-appointment No term limits 387
  Alexostan Senate Unicameral ? ? ?
  Repubblica democratica di Luxe Parliament Unicameral Instant-runoff voting (alternative vote) 1 year 10
Kingdom of Mivland Parliament Unicameral Instant-runoff voting (alternative vote) 2 years 8
  Andany National Assembly Senate Upper house First-past-the-post 6 years 11
House of Represntatives Lower house First-past-the-post 2 years 22
  Angle-Saxish Kingdom Parliament Assembly of Councillors Upper house Appointed by head of state For life 3
Assembly of Commons Lower house First-past-the-post No term limits 3
  Kingdom of Asgard Parlamento de Asgard Unicameral First-past-the-post 4 years 11
  Atovia House of Commons Unicameral Single transferable vote 1 year 3
  Austenasia Parliament Emperor Emperor-in-parliament Hereditary position For life 1
House of Representatives Unicameral First-past-the-post 5 years 7
  The Republic of Uniland Parliament Unilandian Parliament Unicameral First-Past-the-Post 10 Years 3
  Azzurria Light Blue Commission Unicameral Appointed by head of state ? 13
  Baránok Federal Assembly Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 4 months 7
  Baustralia Parliament House of Lords Upper house Hereditary position For life Not fixed
House of Commons Lower house First-past-the-post 4 years 50
  Belcity Parliament President Unicameral First-past-the-post ? 1
Members of the Parliament Plurality-at-large voting 1 year 24
  The Begonian Kaiserreich Parliament Kaiser-Koenig Emperor-in-Parliament Hereditary Life 1
High Council Advisorial Chosen by Kaiser-Koenig Life 10
Reichstag (Peoples Imperial House) Upper House Elected by the People 1-3 years

(1 term a year, 3 max)

15 (Two per district/region or state/duchy, etc)
Kaiserhaus (House of Royals) Lower House Hereditary Life 20 (Monarchs of imperial territories like Duchies, Kings, Lords, etc)
  Democratic Republic Of Benjastan People's National Congress Of Benjastan Workers' Assembly Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 3 years 8
Federal Republic of Caddia Parliament Chamber of Laws Unicameral
  Kingdom of Cambria Parliament Unicameral First-past-the-post 2 years, 3 terms max Not fixed
  Caudonia Parliament Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 4 months 17
  Deseret Grand Council Unicameral ? ? 50
  Kingdom of Ebenthal Conclave of Ebenthal Unicameral Appointed by head of state No term limits 16
  Esse Parlamenzalochas Unicameral Appointed by head of state No term limits 8
  Essexia Parliament King Crown-in-parliament Hereditary position For life 1
Imperial Parliament of Essexia Unicameral Proportional Representation 1 year 11
  Evanoria Parliament Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 1 year 5
  Flammancia Assembly of the Sea Council of the Sea Upper house Mixed-member proportional representation 1 year 10
National Council Lower house Appointed by parties 1 year 1
  Gymnasium State Senate Unicameral Acquirement of the citizenship No term limits 25
  Kingdom of Gendarania  Gendaranian National Assembly Unicameral First-past-the-post 6 Months 11 (Only 4 currently serving, we need people to volunteer to the GNA)
  Autonomous Socialist Republic of Griffasus National Delegation Council Unicameral Direct non-competitive elections 2 weeks 11
  Indokistan National Forum Unicameral ? No term limits 4
  Juclandia Great National Assembly Unicameral Self-appointment No term limits 159
  Jupiter Senate Unicameral First-past-the-post 3 months 1
  Florenia Parliament Unicameral First-past-the-post ? 1
  Grand Imperial Empire of Lanzantonia The Senate of Lanzantonia House of Imperial Counts Upper House Emperor's Choise Until Death 500
Federal Council of Advisors Imperial House Emperor's Choise Until Death No Set Limit
Emperor of The Grand Imperial Empire of Lanzantonia Emperor in Government Election Every Time an Emperor Dies Until Death 1
House of Imperial Deputies Lower House Democratic Election Election every Month 500
The People's Government Committee of Lanzantonia Ministry House Presidential Choice Presidential Choice At the President's Choise
  Most Serene Republic of Lemuria Lemurian Parliament Unicameral Selected by Parliament For Life 2
  Madrona Parliament Senate Upper house ? ? ?
House of Commons Lower house ? ? ?
  Kingdom of Memeistry People's Council Unicameral Democratic Election 1 year 3 not fixed
25px Meritocratic State of Maldico National Parliament House of Elders Upper house Instant-runoff voting (alternative vote) For life 5 (4 elected by state populations & 1 appointed by the Prime Minister)
National Council Lower house Instant-runoff voting (alternative vote) 3 years 20
  Grand Principality of Mailacia and Idessa The Unitary Council of Princes Aristocracy Salic law Lifetime or Abdication 8
  The Republic of Malinovia Grand Parliament of the Republic Unicameral First-past-the-post 1 year 3
  Mcarthia Parliament Unicameral ? No term limits 15
  Mekniy Council of State Unicameral ? ? 10
  Mercia Parliament House Unicameral ? ? 11
 Molco Quorum of Party Knowledge for All's Consultative Council Unicameral First-past-the-post Until the new conference opens 11 Pletipotentiary members, 2 Honorary members
  Nedland Qoroltay Unicameral ? ? 16
  Occitania Vergadering Unicameral First-past-the-post 6 months 6
  Ohio Republic Congress Senate Upper house First-past-the-post 6 Months 4
House of Representatives Lower house First-past-the-post 6 Months 4
  Paravia Riksting Imperial Council Upper house Appointed by head of state 6 months 3
Chamber of Delegates Lower house First-past-the-post No term limits 11
  Pejaten Parlamantre Senate Upper house First-past-the-post 1 year 4
Riksdag Lower house Party-list proportional representation 1 year 22
House of Advisors Advisory body Appointed no limit 8
  Phokland Parliamentary Senate Unicameral By appointment of monarch No term limits 7
  Princess Anne Land House of Representatives Unicameral First-past-the-post No term limits 15
Grand Duchy of Rabenberg Minister Council - - No voting - 4
  Sabia and Verona Parliament Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 1 year 23
Silikia Senate Unicameral Alternative Vote 1 Year, no limits
  Shorewell General Assembly Senate Upper house Appointed by head of state ? 12
Chamber of Deputies Lower house ? ? 12
sitiland parliament house of lords upper house appointed by head of state for life 3
house of commons lower house first past the post, must be approved by king 1 year, no limits 3
council of representatives court of delegates kings advisory council randomly picked by spinner 6 months 8
  Kingdom of Sorrenia Parliament King's Council Unicameral First-past-the-post No term limits 47
Ecclesiastic Court Papal Directorate Unicameral Appointment by the King for life 5
  Posaf The Kadelieort House of Lords Upper house Apointed Apointed by the Monarch and Parties 3
House of Commons Lower house Party-list 4 Months 9
  Republic of Suverska National Assembly Unicameral MMPR/STV mix 6 months 21
  Uskor Legislative Assembly Unicameral Party-list proportional representation and appointment by the head of state 2 Years 350 votes distributed to party delegates who hold multiple votes, there are 6 current delegates
  Überstadt Parliament Unicameral Self-appointment No term limits 4
  Valbona, Free Territory of Chestnut Assembly Unicameral Indirect election 6 years 5 Parliamentarians plus the President of the Chestnut Assembly, Head of State in Valbona, who is elected by the parliamentarians.
  Verd'land Sfatul Unicameral ? ? ?
  Free City of Whitby City and National Council Unicameral First-past-the-post 4 years 17
  Wyvern Statenraad Unicameral First-past-the-post No term limits 4
 

Federal Republic of Indecencia

Federal Congress Federal Chamber of Deputies Lower Level First-past-the-post 1 month 40
Federal Senate Higher Level First-past-the-post 4 years 20
  Zenrax Imperial Senate Unicameral Appointed by head of state ? ?
  Democratic Republic of Seybold Sitzungssaal Seyboldish National Assembly Seyboldish Lower Branch Elected 2 Years 10
Lawmakers’ Council Seyboldish Upper Branch Elected 2 Years 2
  Kingdom of Formicad General Assembly Unicameral Appointed by the General Secretary (Must be approved by the King) No term limits 6 (Can be changed by the King or General Secretary)
West Moravia United National People's League of Sovereignty Unicameral First-past-the-post 1 year 6
The Republic of Goldlandia Congress Unicameral single transferable vote 2 years 2
  Norfolk Empire Parliament House of Commons Two-round system Elected 2 months 3
  Mahuset Lazian Chamber Unicameral Schulze STV No term limits 11
  Efransa Parliament National Assembly Lower House First-Past-the-Post 4 Months 5
Senate Upper House Appointment by the King At His Majesty’s Pleasure 4
 United Holy Kingdom of Beaulosagñe and the Knights Templar of the Holy Grail Grand Council

(36 seats)

High Council of XII secular council Appointed by head of state no term limits 12
Council of Apostles religious council Appointed by head of state No term limits 24