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Meeting chamber of the National Assembly, the lower chamber of the French Parliament.

The legislature is a branch of the running of a nation with the power over legislation. The enacting and alteration of laws is the main duty of a legislature, but it may also be required to perform other tasks such as the election of the head of state, executive or government. Legislatures are usually unicameral (consisting of one chamber) or bicameral (consisting of two chambers), however, rarely, they are tricameral (consisting of three chambers).

In most bicameral systems, the lower house, despite its description of being "below" the upper house, is almost always the most powerful of the two chambers and almost always wholly elected. The upper house, meanwhile, is usually smaller, more restricted in power and designed to be a more deliberative body, and can be either directly elected (e.g. Australian Senate), indirectly elected (e.g. Indian Rajya Sabha), wholly appointed (e.g. Canadian Senate), a mixture of appointed and elected (e.g. Belgian Senate prior to 2014), or consist of members who hold seats by virtue of their position in society (e.g. hereditary and religious peers in the British House of Lords). These can hold office for a fixed term or, rarely, for life.

In countries with federal systems, it is common for the upper house to represent specific geographic areas, often equally in spite of population differences. This is the case for the United States Senate, where each state, regardless of population, returns 2 senators.

Legislatures can are known by many names. Names such as National Assembly, Congress and Parliament are most common. Likewise, there are many names for the individual Houses of the legislature. Senate is the most common name for an Upper House. Unicameral legislatures and lower Houses tend to have names such as Assembly, House of Representatives of Chamber of Deputies. Names are often related to the country, for example the prefix Bundes- (meaning "federal") is used in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, whilst the word Majlis (meaning "council") is common in Islamic countries.

List of micronational legislatures

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Micronation Legislature Name of house(s) House level Voting system Terms Seats
Aariania Flag.png Aariania Grand Council Unicameral ? ? 21
Abeldane flag.jpg Abelden Reichsversammlung Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 4 months 17
AdammiaFlag.png Adammia Ruling Council Unicameral First-past-the-post ? 10
Aiguesmortes.png Aigues-Mortes General Assembly Unicameral Self-appointment No term limits 387
Converted file 85da357d.png Alexostan Senate Unicameral ? ? ?
Andanyflag.jpg.jpg Andany National Assembly Senate Upper house First-past-the-post 1 year 11
House of Represntatives Lower house First-past-the-post 1 year 22
Civil Flag Atovia.png Atovia House of Commons Unicameral Single transferable vote 6 months 5
Flag of Austenasia.png Austenasia Parliament Emperor Emperor-in-parliament Hereditary position For life 1
House of Representatives Unicameral First-past-the-post 5 years 7
SIABandiera.png Azzurria Light Blue Commission Unicameral Appointed by head of state ? 13
Federal Republic of Caddia Parliament Chamber of Laws Unicameral
Flag of Deseret.png Deseret Grand Council Unicameral ? ? 50
Esse flag.png Esse Parlamenzalochas Unicameral Appointed by head of state No term limits 8
EvanoriaFlag.png Evanoria Parliament Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 1 year 5
Marland national flag.png Flammancia Assembly of the Sea Council of the Sea Upper house Mixed-member proportional representation 1 year 10
National Council Lower house Appointed by parties 1 year 1
Flag-of-Juclandia.png Juclandia Great National Assembly Unicameral Self-appointment No term limits 159
Current flag.png Jupiter Senate Unicameral First-past-the-post 3 months 1
Flag of Florenia.jpg Florenia Parliament Unicameral First-past-the-post ? 1
Madrona flag.JPG Madrona Parliament Senate Upper house ? ? ?
House of Commons Lower house ? ? ?
Flag PNG.PNG Mcarthia Parliament Unicameral ? No term limits 15
KMV2.png Mekniy Council of State Unicameral ? ? 10
MercianFlag.png Mercia Parliament House Unicameral ? ? 11
Flag of Nedland.png Nedland Qoroltay Unicameral ? ? 16
Azerty.png Occitania Vergadering Unicameral First-past-the-post 6 months 6
Http---i0.kym-cdn.com-photos-images-original-001-267-464-e49.png Ohio Republic Congress Senate Upper house First-past-the-post 6 Months 4
House of Representatives Lower house First-past-the-post 6 Months 4
Paravia.png Paravia Riksting Imperial Council Upper house Appointed by head of state 6 months 3
Chamber of Delegates Lower house First-past-the-post No term limits 11
Flag of PAL.png Princess Anne Land House of Representatives Unicameral First-past-the-post No term limits 15
Flag of Sabia and Verona.png Sabia and Verona Parliament Unicameral Party-list proportional representation 1 year 20
Silikia Senate Unicameral Alternative Vote 1 Year, no limits
Kingdom of Shorewell Flag.jpg Shorewell General Assembly Senate Upper house Appointed by head of state ? 12
Chamber of Deputies Lower house ? ? 12
Zealandian Flag (2016).png Uskor National Assembly Unicameral ? ? ?
Uberflag.jpg Überstadt Parliament Unicameral Self-appointment No term limits 4
Flag of Vladislavia.svg Vladislavia Rixdag Unicameral No votes except of referendums. No term limits 5
WyvernFlagImproved.png Wyvern Statenraad Unicameral First-past-the-post ? 3
Flag of Zenrax.png Zenrax Imperial Senate Unicameral Appointed by head of state ? ?