Grand Pensionary (Montescano)

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Grand Pensionary of the
Principality of Montescano
StyleThe Right Honourable
Member ofCouncil of State
Privy Council
ResidenceChâteau Nov Asenovgrad (unofficial)
Term lengthat the absolute discretion of the Monarch
Inaugural holderLord Christoffel van Achterbergen,
Marquess of Goedeweg-Achterbergen
Formation29 May 2019

The Grand Pensionary of Montescano (Dutch: Raadpensionaris van Montescano) is the head of government of the Principality of Montescano. The Grand Pensionary is appointed by the Monarch, from amongst the members of the Council of State. While the Monarch is free to chose any of its members, the Monarch has up to date only picked candidates which can command confidence from the Council.

Etymology

Its Dutch name, raadpensionaris, can be literally translated as "councillor pensionary". A pensionary in general was a lawyer paid by a city council to advise them on a permanent basis. Because of the regular payments he was a pensionarius in mediaeval Latin. Such a person was called a stadsadvocaat in the Dutch language. The States of Holland and West-Friesland had a pensionary who was a council member, a raad, himself. He was, therefore, Raedt ende Pensionaris in seventeenth-century Dutch, which later was simplified to raadpensionaris or raadspensionaris. French diplomats referred to the raadpensionaris of Holland as the Grand-pensionnaire, to discern him from comparable officials in Dutch provinces of lesser importance. This embellishment was not used by the Dutch themselves. In English the French was translated as "Grand Pensionary".

List of Grand Pensionaries

# Portrait Name
Honorifics and County
Term of office Other offices held Party Monarch
1 Krishtofvondrakon.jpg Lord
Christoffel van Achterbergen
Marquess of Goedeweg-Achterbergen
29 May
2019
Present Conservative HH Sovereign Prince Dionisiy
Appointed Chancellor of the Principality upon her foundation, saw the transformation of the Principality into a Multi-continental State with claims in Europe, Africa and Asia. Led the country through the fallout of the "Hasanistan" secession.

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