|Houses||House of Aristocrats|
House of Councillors
6 months (Councillors)
|Founded||March 8, 2021|
The Marquis of Rozandir, Worker's Party
since 10 March 2021
Vice Lord Speaker
vacant, Worker's Party
since 10 March 2021
Wellington Muniz, Moderate Party
since 10 March 2021
14 Lords of Congress
House of Aristocrats political groups
House of Councillors political groups
House of Councillors last election
|8 March 2021|
House of Councillors next election
|7 September 2021|
|Gillisburgh de jure|
Discord de facto
The Konkrëse, officialy called Der Konkrëse der Raych (Portuguese: O Congresso do Reino, "The Kingdom's Congress"), and often simply referred as The Parliament, is the supreme legislative body of the Kingdom of Ebenthal. The Konkrëse is a bicameral parliament consisting of the House of Aristocrats, formed by twelve appointed nobles serving life-long terms, and the House of Councillors, formed by twelve elected members serving six-month terms. The political party or party coalition that controls the majority of seats in the lower house (councillors) chooses the national executive for the country, the Prime Minister of Ebenthal, who is also a member of parliament. His and his cabinet's position depends on the parliamentary confidence, otherwise, lose their office.
The Konkrëse was officialy innaugurated in 8 March 2021 with the approval of its creation sanctioned by the King in substitution to Ebenthal's former unicameral parliament, the College of Peers of the Realm, which was active since 2014 and underwent a reformation in October 2020. The Konkrëse was founded with three active parties: The Conservative Party, the Moderate Party and the Worker's Party, but there is no limit to the number of political parties that can act in parliament.
The Konkrëse's upper house, unlike what happens in most countries, is de facto more powerful than the lower house, although both constitutionally holds equal power with some specific powers each. Therefore, the House of Aristocrats's speaker, entitled Lord Speaker, is the acting political head of the parliament, taking the lead in most legislative matters, concurrently with the Councillor Speaker, the House of Councillor's speaker of the house. Legally all legislative power draws from the King of Ebenthal, and thus, the King retains powers to issue decrees with effect of law and to dissolve the parliament at will.
The word Konkrëse comes from the Riograndenser Hunsrückisch, a Brazilian-originated German dialect, translating to "Congress", or "Congresso" in Portuguese. It is similar to he original German word "Kongress", but it actually evolved from the Portuguese word phonetics as a "germanization" (Brazilians spell the word konkrëse more similarly to the word congresso than to the word kongress, mainly because of the last vowel).
The Konkrëse perform powers on the legislative sphere. It enact laws, amends the constitution (this one requires a majority of two-thirds), holds the power to dismiss a government through a vote of no confidence (under the monarch's sanction), to authorize the government to apply or exempt taxes, take and grant loans and to deal in trade and commerce, to ratify treaties and other kinds of international agreements (with very few exceptions), to deal with conciliation and arbitration when required, to legislate on immigration and citizenship, tor recognize the throne's heir and to legislate in matters regarding the military institution. The Konkrëse also creates and appoints members of special comissions and committees.
Political opposition represented in the parliament has the power to review the cabinet's actions, make counter-proposals and mimick the Royal Cabinet with its own (labeled Shadow Cabinet), although with the only goal of scrutinize the government's one.
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 or the Councillor Speaker read the proposed bill and puts it up to voting by their respective chambers. If a bill is approved in the upper chamber, it is immediatly sent to the King's office for his royal assent or veto; if it is approved in the lower chamber, then it goes to the upper chamber to be voted there, with a few exceptions which may be directly sent to the King's office. If a bill fails, in both chambers, it can be voted on again in the next session; if the second vote is approved, it follows normal procedures; if it is rejected again, the bill is shelved and can only be revived after a month. If a bill approved in the lower house is rejected in the upper house, then it is returned to the lower house and submitted to changes, so it must be voted and approved there again to be sent to the upper house for their judgement.
The King possesses constitutional power to sanction and veto any parliamentary decision at his will regardless of whether they were approved by the majority or not.
House of Aristocrats
The House of Aristocrats is the upper chamber of the Konkrëse. Its members, known as Lords of the Congress, Lords of the Parliament or Members of the House of Aristocrats (MA), are members of the nobility appointed by the Sovereign to serve life-long terms. Each federative unit is represented on the house by two lords, who are be appointed by the monarch. The leader of the major party or coalition in the house is appointed Lord Speaker and lead the house, while its deputy is called Vice Lord Speaker. Although members of this house hold their term legally for life, the King holds power to remove them from office and appoint a substitute on their place.
House of Councillors
The House of Councillors is the lower chamber of the Konkrëse. Its members, known as Councillors or Members of the House of Councillors (MC), may be either a commoner or a noble, and are freely elected through universal suffrage by the Ebenthali citizens to serve six-month terms, with no limits to re-election. Each federative unit is represented on he house by two councillors. The party or coalition that holds the majority of seats wins the executive role of Prime Minister, whose holder is appointed by the monarch. The leader of the major party or coalition in the house is appointed Councillor Speaker and lead the house, while its deputy is called Deputy Speaker.
The table below lists parties currently represented in the College.
|Conservatism||Prince Fernando of Negromonte|
7 / 28
|Liberalism||The Duke of sion|
10 / 28
|Democratic socialism||The Countess of Wittiza|
11 / 28
|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|
|Elected MP||Party||State||Took office||Seat #||Notes|
|The Duke of Sion||Moderate||Belmonte||8 March 2021||1||Councillor Speaker|
|The Count of Autem||Moderate||Alvorada||8 March 2021||2|
|The Count of Novesfora||Conservative||Negromonte||8 March 2021||3|
|The Duke of Guanabara||Conservative||Gillisburgh||8 March 2021||4|
|Pedro Carvalho||Worker's||Belmonte||8 March 2021||5|
|Francisco Arrais||Conservative||New Switzerland||8 March 2021||6|
|Letícia Carvalho||Moderate||Aldiva||8 March 2021||7|
|Hugo do Amaral||Moderate||Carlenburg||8 March 2021||8|
|The Duke of Launceston||Moderate||Gillisburgh||8 March 2021||9|
|Wellington Muniz||Moderate||Alvorada||8 March 2021||10|
|Yuri Barcelos||Worker's||Aldiva||8 March 2021||11|
|Eric de Pádua||Worker's||Negromonte||8 March 2021||12||former Count of Three Marys|
|The Marquis of Liuva||Worker's||Carlenburg||8 March 2021||13|
|Eduardo Goethe||Worker's||New Switzerland||8 March 2021||14|