Bok of Rai

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Bok of Rai
Coat of arms of Rai.png
Type
Type
History
FoundedJune 30, 2020 (2020-06-30)
Leadership
Speaker
Leon MontanBatu
since 8 July 2020
Austin JaaxBatu
since 6 March 2020
Structure
Seats4 bokagi
Political groups
Elections
Party-list proportional
Appointment by the Crown
Last election
27-29 June 2020
Next election
December 2020
Meeting place
Discord

The Bok of Rai (Sabian: baraibarakurobók; lit. "Grand Ducal Council") is the formal advisory body of the Grand Duchy of Rai, a federal state of the Abeldane Empire. The Bok is a unicameral body with no binding legislative powers; rather, as described by the Charter of Rai, it is a "consultative body [...] in the fashion of a council of deliberation, in order to channel [...] demands and advise the Grand Duke on matters of governance".[1] By political convention, the chair of the Bok is the Seneschal, who leads the Grand Ducal government in the Rai monarch's name. The first and currently sitting Bok was constituted following the June 2020 federal election, in which all members of the Bok were elected.[2]

Name

The word "Bok" comes from the Sabian language, officially the sole language of Rai (though by convention, the English language is the lingua franca of the Grand Duchy and the Abeldane Empire as a whole). The word means "council", "court" or "tribunal", and is also used by Sabioveronese courts of law and the Electoral Commission of Sabia and Verona.

Members of the Bok are known as bokág (plural bokagi, collective form bokar). The direct Sabian translation would be "councillor" or "councilmember", and it is formed by adding the agentive suffix -ág to the word bok.

Powers and structure

The powers of the Bok are outlined in the Charter of Rai, the Grand Duchy's constitutional document. According to the Charter, should the Grand Duke desire, "be it because of an increase in the number of citizens and therefore demands," a consultative body in the fashion of a council of deliberation may be created in order to channel these demands and advise the Grand Duke on matters of governance.[1] Therefore, the Bok does not have any sort of binding legislative or executive authority, but rather, it serves the function of suggesting possible political decisions and adivising the Grand Duke in matters of all sorts.

The Grand Duke may decide how members of the Bok are to be selected, be it through elections among the populace, through direct appointment, or by a mixed system of both. The sitting Bok, elected in June 2020, was partially elected through universal suffrage using the party list proportional representation system in a single state-wide district, and an additional member was appointed by the Grand Duke. The Bok currently has four seats, all of which belong to the Batu Party (the sole existing party in the Grand Duchy).[2]

Current composition

Elected bokág Party Took office Notes
Austin Jaax Batu Party 30 June 2020 Seneschal. Elected.
Leon Montan Batu Party 30 June 2020 Speaker.[3] Elected.
Ima Bašo Batu Party 30 June 2020 Appointed.
Luke Warren Batu Party 24 July 2020 Appointed.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Charter of Rai, Article 5, Section "a".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Constitution of the Bok of Rai Decree 2020". Grand Duchy of Rai. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  3. "baraibarakurobokán aire raesenis". mbirág aliosin (in Sabian). 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.