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House of Citizens
|House of Citizens|
of the Empire of Adammia
Lord Saunders, Storm Party |
since 22 October 2018
|Leader of the Opposition||
Lord Helliker, Liberal-Moderate Party |
since 22 October 2018
|Deputy Prime Minister||
Lord Maude, Labour Party |
since 23 October 2018
|Political groups||Vacant (12)|
The House of Citizens is the lower house of the Imperial Parliament of Adammia. It is comprised of a number of Members of Parliament (MPs) who are elected by party-list proportional representation using the D'Hondt method in a general election held once per year. The number of MPs is proportional to the total Adammic population. The House elects its own presiding Speaker, who can appoint up to two Deputy Speakers.
Like its counterpart, the Ruling Council, the House of Citizens must approve all Acts of Parliament before they can become law, and it has the power to overturn any Imperial Decree. The House of Citizens nominates the Prime Minister from amongst its own members; this means that the executive Imperial Government must have the confidence of the House of Citizens, and that the Prime Minister will usually be the leader of the largest party or coalition within the House. The government does not necessarily need the confidence of the Council, although attaining it would make it easier for the government to pass legislation. The House ordinarily meets online.
From July 2013 to June 2019, the Ruling Council was the unicameral legislature of Adammia. Desire for constitutional reform, which co-incided with the rise of the anti-establishment Storm Party in late 2018, saw a cross-party summit in February 2019. One of the most vocal complaints was that it was difficult for politicians to remain involved in Adammic politics if they left the Birmingham area, as the Ruling Council always met in-person. Several parties had suggested replacing the Ruling Council with a proportionally-elected online chamber, though the Emperor and his Liberal-Moderate supporters were opposed to replacing the Ruling Council, as it was feared that doing so would dilute the influence of the Provinces - the only places where Adammic law is fully implemented and enforced. A bicameral legislature was suggested by the Emperor, and it quickly achieved cross-party support. The new, online lower house was named the House of Citizens. A Great Reform Act was passed by the Council in March 2019, and its proposed Sixth Amendment to the Supreme Directive was endorsed by the electorate in a referendum in April. The House officially came into being on 1 July 2019.
The House is currently empty, as no general election has yet been called. An election is expected at some point in the summer of 2019.