Government of Dranoria

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The method of government of Dranoria is based on the Westminster system, with a unicameral Parliament, numerous governmental organs subservient to Parliament, and an independent court system. Administrative divisions of Dranoria are granted little or no individual power and are used primarily to distinguish different geographical areas, though Optima retains some autonomy, holding over from when it was an independent state.

Parliament

Parliament of Dranoria
Parliament 1
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Type
Type Unicameral legislature
Leadership
King Nachington
since May 2011
Chancellor Jeremy Oakes, Happy Party
since May 25, 2011
Opposition leader None; all MPs in de facto government
Structure
Members 5
Political groups      Independent (4)
     Happy Party (1)
Election
Voting system Multiple winner Borda count
Last election May 25, 2011
Meeting place
Draidon, Kasugrad (official)
Various online venues


The Parliament of Dranoria is the supreme legislative body of Dranoria, responsible for creating and delegating duties to other governmental organs. It currently has 5 members of Parliament elected proportionally (specifically, with a multiple-winner Borda count).

Parliamentary procedure

Legislation within the bounds set by the Constitution approved by a majority of the members of Parliament becomes law. It is customary for laws to be signed by the King or Chancellor, though this is merely ceremonial and signings may be performed long after laws come into force. The Dranorian Broadcasters' Guild operates a service which displays laws passed by Parliament online.[1]

History

The predecessor to the current Parliament was a mainly ceremonial assembly of Lords appointed by the King who had the theoretical power to override decisions made by the King with a two thirds supermajority. This power was never used, and it was understood that the King would likely have expelled any Lord who objected to any decision made by the King.

The full list of Lords was not codified, but it is commonly agreed that some Lords were Nachington, then a military leader; Daniel Niutta, then another military leader and the Surgeon General of Dranoria; and Sonja Yeare.

The current concept of a Parliament came about with the adoption of Dranoria's first Constitution in May 2011 after a series of internal crises, in which it was declared Parliament was to consist of four elected members and the King, with the King having two votes. The provision that the King must be included in Parliament was removed in the second Constitution adopted in October, though he is still eligible to become an MP and will remain an MP in Parliament 1.

Parliament 1

Parliament 1 was elected on May 25, 2011 after the adoption of a Constitution in the previous week.

The members are:[2]

Position Party Name Points at election
0th Independent - apolitical monarch King Nachington N/A
1st      Independent Damon Reece 63
=2nd      Happy Party
(then      Socialist Isocratic Party)
Jeremy Oakes 62
=2nd      Independent Sonja Yeare 62
4th      Independent Luke Thomas 48

Unsuccessful candidates who stood for election were:

Position Party Name Points at election
5th      Dranorian Communist Party Peter Funnell 44
6th      Nestopian Party Callum Gare 39
7th      Nestopian Party Kate Skinner 25
8th      Nestopian Party Nestor Wyra 21

Parliament 2

Parliament 2 is scheduled to be elected after the term of Parliament 1 concludes on May 25, 2012. It will be the first Parliament where the King is not required to be a member.

Ministries

Judicial system

References

  1. Parliament of the Kingdom of Dranoria blog, Dranorian Broadcasters' Guild
  2. May 2011 election results, Dranorian Electoral Commission