National Assembly (Aspen)
|President of the Assembly||Cai O’Gorman, Speaker|
|Prime Minister||Thomas Bainbridge, Liberal Monarchist|
|voting system||Single Transferable Vote|
The National Assembly is the supreme legislative body of the Kingdom of Aspen. It is a unicameral body composed of nine directly elected members who serve for a term of one year. The leader of the largest party in the National Assembly is appointed Chairman of the Council of Ministers by the sovereign and is responsible for directing the government.
Before the October Reforms of 2020, the Aspen Parliament was bicameral legislature, operating under a Westminster style parliamentary democracy. However, unicameralism in Aspen is not without precedent, under the first constitution there was only one house, the Imperial Council, and it wasn’t until the ratification of the second constitution that bicameralism and federalism were introduced to Aspen.
Composition and powers
The National Assembly is composed of nine Assembly Members who are elected in a free, general, and direct elections through a single transferable vote. The Prime Minister and Council of Ministers are elected by and accountable to the National Assembly.
The powers of the National Assembly are outlined in the Instrument of Government. The National Assembly has the power to legislate by introducing bills, which must secure the support of a majority of members of the Assembly before it can attain royal assent. The monarch does retain the right to veto legislation, but in practice this veto is rarely used.
Other powers vested in the National Assembly are the powers to declare war, conclude peace, and ratify treaties, as well as many judicial functions that would normally be carried out by a Supreme Court.
The State Opening of the Assembly
At the beginning of each legislative session, the monarch will be officially announce the commencement of that legislative session by reading a speech prepared by the Council of Ministers outlining the goals for that legislative session. Following the speech, the Leader of the Opposition will read statements concerning he legislative agenda set by the government.