National Yuan (Chukou)

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National Yuan
國家元
Chukou government seal.png
Type
TypeBicameral
HousesHouse of Councillors
House of Representatives
Leadership
President of LegislatureCarl James
Structure
Members15
Political groupsConcordia Association


The National Diet (國家元), is the Empire of Chukou's bicameral legislature. It is composed of a lower house that is called the House of Representatives, and an upper house, called the House of Councillors. Both houses of the Yuan are directly elected under a parallel voting system. In addition to passing laws, the Yuan is formally responsible for selecting the Prime Minister.

Composition

The houses of the Yuan are elected under a parallel voting system. This means that the seats to be filled in any given election are divided into two groups, each elected by a different method; the main difference between the houses is in the sizes of the two groups and how they are elected. Voters are also asked to cast two votes: one for an individual candidate in a constituency. Any national of the Empire of Chukou at least twenty years of age (the age of majority in Chukou) may vote in these elections.

House of Councillors

The House of Councillors is the upper house of the National Yuan of the Empire of Chukou. If the two houses disagree on matters of the budget, treaties, or designation of the prime minister, the House of Representatives can insist on its decision. In all other decisions, the House of Representatives can override a vote of the House of Councillors only by a two-thirds majority of members present.

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is the lower house of the National Yuan of the Empire of Chukou. The overall voting system used to elect the House of Representatives is a parallel system, not a form of proportional representation. Under a parallel system the allocation of list seats does not take into account the outcome in the single seat constituencies. The House of Representatives is the more powerful of the two houses, able to override vetoes on bills imposed by the House of Councillors with a two-thirds majority. The House of Representatives has several powers not given to the House of Councillors. If a bill is passed by the lower house (the House of Representatives) but is voted down by the upper house (the House of Councillors) the House of Representatives can override the decision of the House of Councillors by a two-thirds vote in the affirmative. However, in the case of treaties, the budget, and the selection of the prime minister, the House of Councillors can only delay passage, but not block the legislation. As a result, the House of Representatives is considered the more powerful house.