Beaconite Municipal Assembly

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Beaconite Municipal Assembly
Eden Ministry
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Type
Type Unicameral
Leadership
Prince James
Chief Minister Asm. Horatio Eden, Lighthouse
since November 29th, 2015
Leader of the Opposition Asm. Thomas Cassidy, Social Democratic Party
since November 29th, 2015
Structure
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Political groups Government
  •   Lighthouse Caucus

Opposition

  •   SDP Caucus
  •   Independent
Voting system Direct democracy, all willing citizens are members
Meeting place
Beaconite Municipal Assembly Skype Room


The Beaconite Municipal Assembly is the official legislature of the Principality of Beacon City, a micronation located within the English Midlands. The first Beaconite Constitution created the Beaconite Imperial Assembly as a replacement to the New Winterdown Imperial Assembly, and later became the Municipal Assembly following the transition to a Principality. The Municipal Assembly is unicameral, a feature common in most micronational legislatures. Rather than being elected, citizens may join the Assembly by simply asking to do so, or legally speaking by electing themselves to the Assembly. Members of the Municipal Assembly are known as Assemblypersons.

The current Prince of Beacon City, who oversees the Municipal Assembly, is HSH Prince James. The current Chief Minister is Assemblyman Horatio Eden, of Lighthouse.

History

New Winterdown became an absolute monarchy not long after being founded, but many important decisions were made via referendum, including the one that declared it independent following the collapse of the Confederate States of Prosperity. This created a culture of direct democracy within New Winterdown. Additionally, there was a legislature founded in mid-2012, known as the New Winterdown Senate, which had no constitutionally defined powers (as there was indeed no constitution, at least not one in use) and was perhaps for this reason plagued with inactivity. This continued with the change of name from New Winterdown Senate to New Winterdown Imperial Assembly. All Senators and Assemblymen were appointed by the Emperor.

The creation of the Beaconite Empire came with the ratification of a new constitution, establishing a Beaconite Imperial Assembly with defined powers and requirements for Assemblypersons to be democratically elected. This did not immediately effect an elected Assembly, but following a move to a Principality with direct democracy, created a functioning Assembly with sitting members.

Cabinets and Shadow Cabinets

As Beacon City uses the parliamentary model, all Ministers must be appointed from the Municipal Assembly, though this has not presented an issue as all citizens are immediately capable of joining the Municipal Assembly anyway.

Eden Cabinet (Lighthouse)

Minister Ministry/ministries
Asm. Horatio Eden Chief Minister

Minister for Home Affairs

HSH Prince James Minister for the Treasury

Minister for Justice

Asm. Richard Hytholoday Deputy Chief Minister

Minister for Commerce and Industry

Minister for Defence

Cassidy Shadow Cabinet (Social Democratic Party)

Minister Ministry/ministries
Asm. Thomas Cassidy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Justice

Shadow Minister for Defence

Shadow Minister for Culture

Asm. Kit McCarthy Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for the Treasury

Shadow Minister for Commerce and Industry

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

Asm. Patrick Renwick Shadow Minister for Home Affairs

Shadow Minister for Immigration

Previous business

Minutes from Municipal Assembly meetings are published by the Beacon City Media Corporation.

Hytholoday Ministry

  • 3rd August, 2015
    1. Elected Asm. Richard Hytholoday as Chief Minister
    2. Ratified the third edition of the Würtige State Joining Treaty
  • 14th August, 2015
    1. Passed the Political Parties and Caucuses Bill
    2. Passed the Princely Reform Constitutional Amendment

Eden Ministry

  • 29th November, 2015
    1. Elected Asm. Horatio Eden as Chief Minister
  • 14th December, 2015
    1. Received opening speeches from Asm. Horatio Eden and Asm. Thomas Cassidy
    2. Passed the Dominions and Wards Bill
    3. Passed the National Symbolism Bill
    4. Passed the Princely Charter of Incorporation for the Beacon City Media Corporation
  • 12th January, 2016
    1. Passed the Treaty of Mutual Recognition between the Royal Republic of Latitudia and the Principality of Beacon City
    2. Passed the Comprehensive Establishment of the Municipal Treasury Bill
    3. Passed the National Day Bill
    4. Rejected the Minister's Questions Bill
  • 24th January, 2016
    1. Passed the Treaty of Mutual Recognition between the Tsardom of Nolland and the Principality of Beacon City
    2. Passed the Dominion of Han'an Bill
    3. Passed a Motion Concerning the Würtige Empire
  • 19th February, 2016
    1. Received an Address to the Assembly by Baron Fionnbarra Ó Cathail, First Minister of Mercia
    2. Received a Plan from the Municipal Government to respond to the motion concerning the Würtige Empire discussed in the previous meeting
    3. Passed the Ministerial Interpretation Bill
    4. Passed the Questions to the Chief Minister Bill
    5. Debated the appointment of a Minister for Culture
    6. Debated the establishment of a Beaconite national website
  • 14th March, 2016
    1. Passed a Motion to Assert Beaconite Sovereignty
    2. Held a Referendum on Würtige Empire membership, resulting in Beaconite independence
  • 16th April, 2016
    1. Passed the Princely Charter of Incorporation for the Chartered Cultural Committee
    2. Passed a Motion to Re-establish Beaconite Diplomacy
    3. Debated alternative proposals for the structure of the Beaconite legislature, including a bicameral Municipal Assembly and a directly elected Chief Minister
  • 4th June, 2016
    1. Ratified the GUM Charter and applied to full membership of the GUM
    2. Rejected a motion to sign the McFarlane-McCarthy Accords
  • 18th July, 2016
    1. Passed the Citation Bill
    2. Passed the Municipal Treasury Bill (Appropriations and Specific Funds)
    3. Passed a Treaty of Mutual Recognition with the Realms of Valdsland
    4. Passed a Treaty of Mutual Recognition with the Empire of Paravia
    5. Passed a Treaty of Mutual Recognition with the Republic of Noland

All previous business from 14th December, 2015 is made available by the Beacon City Media Corporation through the Hansard Scheme, which can be found here.

Future business

BEflag.png Beaconite Municipal Assembly: Next Meeting TBA BeaconiteMunicipalAssembly.png

Agenda:

  • Consideration of the proclamation of a Princely Charter of Incorporation for the Chartered Cultural Committee
  • Consideration of a Motion to Re-establish Beaconite Diplomacy
  • Discussion of the "Elections in Beacon City" white paper
  • Discussion of a Beaconite criminal justice system
  • Scheduling of Questions to the Chief Minister