Federal Chamber (Francisville)

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Federal Chamber of Francisville
Francillian: d'Kammer
Legislature Abolished
Logo dkammer.png
Type
Type Deliberative assembly of the Federal Community of Francisville (directly democratic citizens' assembly)
Houses Unicameral
Leadership
President James Stewart, Liberty Union
since 7 October 2012 (at dissolution)
Majority Leader Sebastian Linden, Liberty Union
since 14 March 2013 (at dissolution)
Minority Leader James von Puchow, Social Democratic Alliance
since 7 October 2012 (at dissolution)
Structure
Members Five (at dissolution)
Political groups      Liberty Union (2)
     Social Democratic Alliance (1)
     Independent (2)
Committees Cantonal Liaison
Constituion
Education & Research
Foreign Relations
Legal Affairs
Election
Voting system Single transferable vote
Last election September 2012
Meeting place
Kirkburgh House, Wasserbrueck


The Federal Chamber of Francisville (Francillian/Francillish: d'Kammer, German: Bundeskammer, French: la Chambre fédérale) was the unicameral deliberative assembly of the Federal Republic of Francisville.

Functions

The Federal Chamber was not a conventional legislature as the primary legislative authority rested with the people, known as the Federal Community. The Chamber was responsible for debating and drafting acts of legislation before they were put to a popular vote. All proposals required a double majority in a referendum to become statutory law, requiring the support of the majority of voters in the majority of cantons. The Chamber was required to submit an act to a vote if it was demanded by one-fifth of the population within 28 days or by the Federal Council, subject to it being drafted in the correct legal format. It was also delegated a number of additional responsibilities including:

  • To approve the federal budget
  • To approve international treaties and agreements
  • To dissolve the Federal Council and itself (not one without the other) if necessary
  • To facilitate links between the federation and the cantons

Constitutional amendments had an exceptional procedure, requiring:

  • A majority in the Federal Chamber
  • Either an absolute majority of the population or a two-thirds majority of voters in a referendum
  • A majority of voters in the majority of cantons in a referendum

All acts of legislation were subject to judicial review concerning their constitutionality. The Federal Supreme Court of Francisville had the authority to declare a proposed legislation unconstitutional before it was submitted to a popular vote.

President

The Chamber elected a President to chair its proceedings. The President was responsible for maintaining order within the Chamber, ensuring that debates acted in accordance with procedural regulations. Before a motion was voted on, the President formally put the motion to the Chamber and invited the deputies to cast their votes. The President was also responsible for representing the Chamber to other organs of state such as the Federal Council, cantonal governments, and foreign representatives. Vice-presidents were also elected to chair parliamentary committees.

Elections

The Chamber was directly elected every four months. Each Canton formed one constituency and elected a number of deputies in relation to its population using the single transferable vote. Every canton receiveed at least one deputy, and received an additional member for every five registered voters.

Results

Party Results by Canton Total seats
NS NL RD WB
FPV  % Seats FPV  % Seats FPV  % Seats FPV  % Seats Seats  %
Liberty Union 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100 1 1 50 1 2 40
Social Democratic Alliance 0 0 0 1 100 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20
Independent 1 100 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 50 1 2 40
Total

Composition

Picture Name Party Canton
1 Noflag.png Cameron Falby Independent New Scireland
2 ProprietorSebPortrait.jpg Sebastian Linden Liberty Union Rudno
3 Noflag.png Andrew Newton Independent Wasserbrueck
4 JamesvonPuchowSBFence.jpg James von Puchow Social Democratic Alliance North Llabdey
5 StewartPolination.jpg James Stewart Liberty Union Wasserbrueck

See also