House of Aristocrats
|House of Aristocrats |
Câmara dos Aristocratas
|Founded||March 8, 2021|
The Marquis of Ferea, Worker's Party
Vice Lord Speaker
The Count of Galla Placidia, Worker's Party
|Appointed at the monarch's will|
|Gillisburgh de jure|
Discord de facto
The House of Aristocrats (Portuguese: Câmara dos Aristocratas) is the upper house of the Konkrëse, the parliament of Ebenthal. Membership is by appointment and its members, drawn from nobility, called Lords of Parliament/Lord of Congress, serve life-long terms.
The House of Aristocrats has 14 seats (two per federative unit), and its members's parties do not necessarily reflect the House of Councillors as they are freely appointed by the monarch, as well as does not interfere on the choosing of a Prime Minister, which relies entirely on the Councillors major party or coalition (although the major party in the Councillors can choose a member of the same party in the Aristocrats to serve as PM). And unlike what happens in most bicameral legislatures, the House of Aristocrats, as an upper house, is de facto the primary house, this means, the main responsible for enact the country's politics.
The House of Aristocrats scrutinises bills that have been approved by the House of Councillors, regularly reviewing and amending them, and it is able not only to prevent bills from passing into law, except in certain limited circumstances, as it is able to propose and approve bills independently. In this capacity, the House of Aristocrats acts as a check on the House of Councillors that is independent from the electoral process and as a primary house on its own capacity.
The House of Aristocrats was inspired by the British House of Lords in essence (specially in functional structure), as well as by the Hungarian House of Magnates (specially in name), with features of the Portuguese House of Peers, kept from Ebenthal's former parliament, the College of Peers of the Realm.
The original proposal of creation of an upper house for Ebenthal's parliament by Gabriela, Countess of Wittiza, envisioned the seats to be life-long but elected through universal suffrage and open to commoners to run. Facing the Conservative Party's threats to formal protest, and advised by the leader of the Moderate Party, the proposal was altered to the present adopted model.
According the Constitution of Ebenthal's 6th ammendment, the Lords of Parliament exerce the exclusive functions of eithet approve or reject, alter and amend bills from the House of Councillors, to recognize the validity and legitimacy of a referendum, to legislate and arbitrate on matters incidental to the execution of any power vested by the constitution in the executive, legislature or judiciary, plus the common functions of deal with taxation and loans, trade and commerce (only regarding the federal government), to deal with conciliation and arbitration when required, to legislate on matter regarding the country's institutions, infrastructure and rules, to legislate on currency, coinage, and legal tender, on immigration and citizenship, among other things.
A legislative bill can be formally introduced by any member of both legislative houses, as well as by the Sovereign and the Federal Princes rulers of the Ebenthal's individual federated principalities, although it is more commonly introduced by the parliamentary houses only, specially the House of Aristocrats. The Lord Speaker read the proposed bill and puts it up to voting. If a bill, either introduced directly at the house or originating from the House of Councillors, is approved, it is immediatly sent to the King's office for his royal assent or veto. If a bill fails, it may be debated and voted again in a next session; if it fails again, then the bill is shelved and can only be revived after a month.
Composition and seats
|Appointed MP||Party||State||Took office||Seat #||Notes|
|The Marquis of Rozandir||Conservative||New Switzerland||2 February 2020||1|
|The Count of Lyns||Conservative||Aldiva||5 March 2019||2|
|The Countess of Wittiza||Worker's||Gillisburgh||31 December 2019||3||Prime Minister|
|The 2nd Duchess of Montana||Moderate||Gillisburgh||8 March 2021||4|
|Prince Fernando||Conservative||Negromonte||30 October 2015||5||Leader of the Opposition|
|The Count of Icarus||Worker's||Alvorada||7 September 2018||6|
|The Count of Ardo||Moderate||Belmonte||24 December 2018||7|
|The Marquis of Recceswinth||Conservative||New Switzerland||13 September 2014||8|
|The Marquis of Ferea||Worker's||Carlenburg||1 July 2020||9|
|The Count of Galla Placidia||Worker's||Carlenburg||5 July 2020||10|
|The Count of Framtan||Worker's||Aldiva||28 February 2020||11|
|The Marquis of Terra Nova||Worker's||Belmonte||16 February 2020||12|
|Hugo III of Negromonte||Moderate||Negromonte||10 March 2021||13||former reigning Prince of Negromonte|
|The Countess of Barcelos||Moderate||Alvorada||10 March 2021||14|