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Deputy Prime Minister of Austenasia
|Deputy Prime Minister of the|
Empire of Austenasia
|Appointer||The Prime Minister with the consent of the Monarch|
|Inaugural holder||Lord General William K., 2nd Duke of Royton, KOR, KCA, DSC|
|Formation||25 April 2009|
The Deputy Prime Minister of Austenasia is the deputy to the Prime Minister, head of government of the Empire of Austenasia. After each general election, the newly-elected Prime Minister chooses a Representative to serve as their deputy with the approval of the Monarch. The Deputy Prime Minister becomes Acting Prime Minister should the PM resign, die, or otherwise be incapacitated before the next election.
Prior to January 2018, the position of Deputy Prime Minister was held by the Representative to gain the second-highest number of votes in a general election, and as such served almost as an informal "Leader of the Opposition" in some respects, albeit with the intention for the two most popular candidates to work together post-election. Between April 2009 and December 2011, the position was recognised as being held by default by the Representative of Zephyria due to it being the only inhabited Town other than Wrythe, despite the legal electoral requirement not having technically been fulfilled.
List of Deputy Prime Ministers
|Number||Picture||Name||Town||Deputy to||In office||Notes|
|1||Lord General William K., 2nd Duke of Royton, KOR, KCA, DSC||South Kilttown||HIH Crown Prince Jonathan||25 Apr 2009 - 7 Mar 2010||Assumed office upon becoming Representative of South Kilttown; despite not having contested a General Election, the office of Deputy Prime Minister became generally regarded as naturally held by the only Representative other than that of Wrythe (Wrythe and South Kilttown being the only two inhabited Towns in the Empire at the time). Was considered removed from office upon losing the office of Representative of South Kilttown with the outbreak of the Austenasian Civil War.|
|2||John K., OAO||South Kilttown||HIH Crown Prince Jonathan||7 Mar - 10 Sep 2010||Became Acting Representative of South Kilttown upon the outbreak of the Austenasian Civil War, a de facto titular status due to residing in rebel-held territory. This meant he was considered de jure Deputy Prime Minister by many and was referred to as such numerous times by several government figures, despite playing no part in government and having not been elected.|
|3||Lord Marshal William K., Baron of Zephyria||Zephyria||HIH Crown Prince Jonathan||10 Sep 2010 - 20 Jan 2013||Act 125 (Reform of South Kilttown) reappointed William as Representative of South Kilttown, which was renamed Zephyria (alt. "Zephirya"). He reassumed the office of Deputy Prime Minister until he became Acting Prime Minister upon the ascension to the Throne of Jonathan I. He came second in the December 2011 General Election, fulfilling the official requirements to hold the office for the first time.|
|-||Vacant||20 Jan - 19 Nov 2013||The position became vacant when Lord Marshal William became Acting Prime Minister upon the ascension of Jonathan I to the Throne. Article VI, Section C, Paragraph G of the 2011 Constitution states that "the Monarch shall appoint an Acting Deputy Prime Minister from the Representatives" should this happen, but provides no time limit by which this must be done. The position remained vacant until the November 2013 General Election.|
|4||Lord John Gordon, Baron of Palasia||Palasia||HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis||19 Nov 2013 - 4 Mar 2015||Came second in the November 2013 General Election. Did not stand for Prime Minister in the 2015 general election.|
|5||HIH Eritoshi, Countess of Memphis||Thanasia||HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia||4 Mar 2015 - 4 Jun 2016||Gained the second-highest number of votes in the 2015 general election. Formerly served as Prime Minister. Resigned upon a decision to retire from politics.|
|6||Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston||Terentia||HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of New Virginia||25 Jun 2016 - 13 Feb 2020||Appointed Acting Deputy Prime Minister by the Monarch within a month after the resignation of Countess Eritoshi. Unlike the previous vacancy, when the Prime Minister had no deputy for ten months, the Monarch appointed an Acting Deputy a mere three weeks after the resignation of the Countess. On 20 January 2018, the Second Amendment to the Constitution came into force, establishing that from henceforth the Deputy Prime Minister would be appointed by a newly-elected Prime Minister rather than being the runner-up in the election. Was appointed to the position proper on 2 March 2019 after the re-election of Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy. Retained position for two days after the secession of Terentia; the first time the office had been held by a non-Representative.|
|7||Lord Edward Gunderson, Count of New Grémmia||Dragovina||HSH Prince Dionisiy I, Duke of Lycaonia||13 Feb - 29 May 2020||Become the seventh Deputy Prime Minister as a result of the February 2020 general election. Alongside his Town's removal from Austenasia, he was formally removed from office by Emperor Jonathan I under the provisions of his assumption of emergency powers.|
|8||Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford||Palasia||HSH Prince Dionisiy I, Duke of Lycaonia||29 May - 1 Jun 2020||Appointed directly to the position at the nomination of Price Dionisiy by Emperor Jonathan I under the provisions of his assumption of emergency powers. Succeeded Prince Dionisiy upon his resignation three days later.|
|9||Lord William Wilson, Count of Oribrazos||Nahona||Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford||1 Jun 2020 - present||Appointed directly to the position at the nomination of Lord Gordon by Emperor Jonathan I under the provisions of his assumption of emergency powers.|