Politics of Caudonia

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Vryland is a kingdom governed under a constitutional monarchy. It has a form of mixed constitution in which political power is shared by the monarch and a democratically elected parliament. There is a multi-party system and a form of representative democracy in which the prime minister and head of government is responsible to parliament. However, the King of Vryland is head of state and exercises considerable political powers.

The executive power is exercised by the government, on behalf of and by the consent of the monarch. Legislative power in the Parliament and the Privy Council (when parliament is dissolved or suspended). The multi-party system is dominated by the centrist Moderate Party and the centre-right Monarchist Party. The judiciary is mostly independent of the other branches of government, but the monarch has some power over it.

Executive branch

The monarchy is hereditary. Following legislative elections, the monarch appoints a prime minister as the head of government, guided by strict convention that the prime minister should be the member of parliament most likely to be able to form a government with the support of that house. In practice, this means that the leader of the political party with an absolute majority of seats in the House of Commons is chosen to be the prime minister. If no party has an absolute majority, the leader of the largest party is given the first opportunity to form a coalition. If a coalition cannot be formed, the leader of the majority party can form a minority government. The government consists the prime minister and other ministers chosen by them. These ministers make up the cabinet.

Amendments to the constitution must be signed by both the King and the Prime Minister. Although, amendments to other laws must only be signed by the King.

King William I is the current head of state. His constitutional powers include the power to veto any bill at his discretion as well as the dissolution of parliament.

The Government of Vryland contains a number of departments. These are typically led by a government minister. He or she may also be supported by a number of junior Ministers at their discretion.

Legislative branch

The King's involvement in legislation consists in a right to take initiatives in the form of government bills and in the right to veto parliamentary proposals. The King has the power to enact royal decrees. Emergency decrees are possible when the security and welfare of the country is at stake. The King has the right to convene and adjourn parliament and, for serious reasons, to adjourn it for 3 months or to dissolve it.

The Parliament of Vryland is supposed to have 21 members, 16 in the House of Commons and 5 in the House of Lords. In reality, it has around 10 in the House of Commons and 3 in the House of Lords. Members of Parliament are elected for a four-month term by proportional representation. Lords Temporal are appointed by virtue of their peerages, either for life or by heritage. Lords Spiritual are appointed by virtue of their religious positions.

Judicial branch

The Judiciary of Vryland is made up of the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords, the High Court of Justice, the Crown Court, and the Magistrates' Court.

Administrative divisions

Vryland is divided into four regions: Mainland Vryland, Ludusia, Olbialand, and New Greenwich

Micronational organization participation

Vryland takes part in several micronational organizations.