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Deputy Prime Minister of Austenasia
|Deputy Prime Minister of the|
Empire of Austenasia
|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. However, between 2009 and 2013 - when Wrythe and Zephyria were the only inhabited towns - the position was generally recognised as being held by the Representative of Zephyria despite this legal requirement not always being technically fulfilled.
The position of Deputy has been held since June 2016 by Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, who was appointed Acting Deputy Prime Minister by the Monarch after the resignation of her predecessor Countess Eritoshi of Memphis and confirmed in the position proper on 2 March 2019 after the re-election of Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy.
List of Deputy Prime Ministers
|Number||Picture||Name||Town||Deputy to||Took office||Left 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 2010||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 2013||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||Gained the second-highest number of votes 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.|
|-||Vacant||4 Jun 2016||25 Jun 2016||The position became vacant upon the retirement 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.|
|6||Lady Vice Admiral Eryn Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston||Terentia||HIH Lord Admiral Joseph Kennedy, Duke of Bohemia||25 Jun 2016||Incumbent||Appointed Acting Deputy Prime Minister by the Monarch within a month after the resignation of Countess Eritoshi. 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.|