Parliament of Winterspell

The Parliament of Winterspell is the nation's sole legislative body. It serves to debate and vote on proposed bills. It is a unicameral body made up of one seat per ten citizens and currently maintains the minimum of three seats. Parliament is presided over by the Prime Minister. Each term of parliament is held for one year with no limit on successive terms.

Winterspell Parliament
15th Winterspell Parliament
Type
Type
History
FoundedOctober 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)
Leadership
King Petrus I
since 10 December 2017
Jackson Whitted, PCR
since 15 January 2022
Structure
Seats3
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Political groups
     PCR (1)
     Independent (2)
Length of term
1 Year
Elections
Last election
15 January 2022
Next election
15 January 2023
Website
Website
Constitution
Constitution

The Winterspell parliament was established on 10 January 2019 but has gone through many changes since. It was established in its current form on 1 January 2022 following the adoption of the Winterspell Constitution[1].

All members of parliament are elected by majority vote every year on 15 January. A midterm affirmation vote is held six months after the election of parliament to reaffirm the confidence of the public in their parliament.

History

The first parliaments

The Winterspell Parliament was established on 2 October 2018 by King Petrus I. Parliament was originally composed of the monarch and the four princes of Winterspell. On 11 January 2019, King Petrus put forward Proposal 2[2] which introduced 'marquis' to parliament each of which represented a 'house' in the nation's legislature. The first parliament with elected marquis took office on 15 January 2019 with a term length of two months. The first parliament voted on 17 proposals but saw increasing inactivity and disinterest from its members. Over a month after the first parliament took office, the Edit of Act 8[3] was passed removing the king from parliament leaving the princes and marquis to run all legislative affairs while moving the monarchy to a more executive role granting the monarch veto power over passed legislation. Parliament was again altered on 1 July 2019 with the passage of the House of House of House[4] proposal. This change was prompted by pressure from the House of House of House to make the position of marquis representative of house population instead of the previous 'one per house' system that had been used until that point.

Reformation

On 27 September 2019, the Parliament Reformation Proposal[5] put to parliament by the king, was passed establishing a bicameral system. Parliament was split into the House of Commons, made up of seven elected members, and the Lord's Room, made up of the monarch and princes. In February 2020, parliament saw many changes with a ban on the filibuster[6] and a proposal tying the number of MPs to the overall national population rather than restricting it to seven[7]. This period of change came to an end on 11 February 2020 when parliament was disbanded and the New Winterspell Constitution was suspended following the sudden departure of two princes from the kingdom. Parliament was reestablished with the reimplementation of the constitution on 10 March 2020 after having been rewritten to be unicameral again removing the Lord's Room entirely. This system ran for two terms until the passage of the June Concordat[8] which overhauled the government entirely.

Modern parliament

Following the passage of the June Concordat, parliament began to meet in sessions where all proposals were voted on at once. On 6 November 2020, under the eleventh parliament, the Prime Minister Proposal[9] was passed creating the Prime Minister of Winterspell. The voting power of the prime minister was later revoked following the passage of the Modification of Legislative Functions[10] but was returned by the second Prime Minister Proposal[11] on 3 October 2021. On 1 January 2022, King Petrus implemented a new Winterspell Constitution officially separating the Kingdom of Winterspell from the Winterspell Club. While the structure of parliament largely remained the same, its size shrank immensely dropping to only three seats.

Function

Parliament's sole function is to discuss and vote on legislation.

Protocol

When a proposal for new legislation is made, it is placed in the parliament queue. The prime minister will then call a session at their discretion and all pending proposals will be deliberated over and voted on. If a proposal passes through parliament, it is then sent to the monarch for royal assent. If a proposal is vetoed by the monarch, it can be overturned with a unanimous vote in parliament. Once a proposal is given royal assent, it is put into place immediately unless specified otherwise in the proposal text.

Members

Parliament is made up currently of three seats, though it has been as many as ten.

Name Party Date Appointed
Sir Ben Cooper Independent 15 January 2022
Viktoria Haque Independent 15 January 2022
Sir Jackson Whitted Constitutional Reform Party 15 January 2022

Prime Ministers

The parliament of Winterspell has been presided over by four prime ministers since the office's introduction. The office of prime minister has no established term length or limit. It is conceded at the end of a term of parliament.

Parties

The idea of parties has been looked upon with much suspicion in Winterspell. Because of this, there are few parties though all have participated in the kingdom's legislature.

The Constitutional Reform Party (PCR)

PCR was founded by Jackson W. upon his return to Winterspell in June 2021 [12]. The party seeks to disband parliament returning the kingdom to its late-2018 state with an absolute monarchy. The party has two members, one of which holds a seat in parliament.

The Space Piracy Party (SPP)

SPP was founded by Duke Nathaniel W. Its sole principle is status quo [13]. The party has one member.

The Kilt Party (TKP)

TKP was founded by Countess Ruby S. Its doctrine focuses on the strict interpretation to the constitution and support for the established system of governance. The party has two members, both of which hold seats in parliament.


References

  1. Winterspell Constitution docs.google.com. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  2. Proposal 2 docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  3. Edit of Act 8 docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  4. House of House of House Proposal docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  5. Parliament Reformation Proposal docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  6. Proposals Re-Proposal docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  7. Government Alteration Proposal docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  8. June Concordat docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  9. Prime Minister Proposal docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  10. Modification of Legislative Functions docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  11. Second Prime Minister Proposal docs.google.com. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  12. Constitutional Reform Party docs.google.com. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  13. Space Piracy Party docs.google.com. Retrieved 9 June 2021.