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Office of State
|Formed||1 September 2013|
|Jurisdiction||Empire of Adammia|
|Parent department||Imperial Civil Service|
The Office of State is a combined administrative and judicial body in the Empire of Adammia. Its purpose is to act as the Empire's non-political adjudicator, with the primary responsibility of enforcing the Empire's constitution, the Supreme Directive. To this end, the Office of State has the power to act as both the Empire's constitutional court and its electoral commission. It handles roles such as organising elections and keeping records of Ruling Council and House of Citizens meetings. It is led by a Lord Chancellor, currently Emperor Adam I.
The Office of State was first created as part of the Government Ministries Act 2013 on 1 September 2013 along with the original eight government ministries. Immediately afterwards, Emperor Adam I was made the first Lord Chancellor by the Ruling Council.
The First Amendment to the Supreme Directive was enacted on 16 November 2013, which established the Office of State as a constitutional body.
On 7 November 2015, the Imperial Government Act 2015 made the Office of State a component of the Imperial Civil Service. It is a special part of the Civil Service which is not accountable to any government minister, instead reporting directly to the Ruling Council and the Monarch. Intended to keep the Office of State completely independent and free from the influence of the political Cabinet, this means that the Office of State is one of two entities in Adammia which could be considered a quango, alongside the Ruling Council Events Committee.
The Lord/Lady Chancellor of State is the head of the Office of State. They must be a Ruling Council member, and they are nominated by the Monarch and must then be accepted by a vote in the Council. They hold the position indefinitely, unless they are removed from office by the Monarch or the Council. The Chancellor is one of three Vice-Chairs of the Council, and they have the legal right to use the title of Lord/Lady Chancellor of State in their official style.
According to the Supreme Directive, the Office of State is responsible for ensuring that democracy and the rules of the Supreme Directive are upheld properly. The body is given the role of organising all elections and referendums, keeping records of Ruling Council meetings and House of Citizens meetings, recording all legislation passed in the state, and maintaining the Line of Succession. The Office of State maintains the Political Parties Register.
Between September 2013 and June 2019, the Chancellor could appoint candidates for the two miscellaneous Ruling Council seats: the Delegate of Abroad Citizens and the Delegate of the Colonies. These candidates could then be approved by the relevant Colonial governors and citizens. The position of Delegate of Abroad Citizens was abolished by the Sixth Amendment, and the Delegate of the Colonies is now elected in the same manner as provincial Councilors.