President of Richensland

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President of Richensland
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Presidential Seal
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Incumbent
Thomas Jacobs

since 27 July 2022
Government of Richensland
Style
Member of
  • Cabinet
  • Council of Presidential Advisors
ResidenceNone, uses personal residence
NominatorPolitical parties or self-nomination
AppointerDirect election
Term lengthSix years, nonrenewable
Constituting instrument2021 Constitution of Richensland
Formation3 November 2020
First holderM. Ryan
DeputyFirst and Second Vice Presidents of Richensland (see Deputy of the President of Richensland)

The president of Richensland is a political position in Richensland and is one of two only government officials to be directly elected by the people, the other being the first vice–president. The current president is Thomas Jacobs.

The constitution vests executive powers in the president. The president is elected by winning the most votes during the presidential election and serves for a single-non renewable six year term which begins on 22 October and ends on the same date six years later.

Oath of office

The constitution provides the following oath or affirmation for the president–elect may take before they enter into office:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will well and truly serve Richensland in the office of President. So help me God." (In case of affirmation, the last sentence will be omitted.)

In Richensland, oaths of office is not seen as constitutive but only as affirmative. This means that the president does not have to take the oath in order to enter office and use its constitutional powers. Despite that, a persistent refusal to take the oath is considered to be an impeachable offence.

Eligibility

A person who wishes to run for the office of president has to fulfil stringent qualifications set out in the constitution, which are as follows:

he is of 10 years of age or above, but not higher than that of 30 years of age on the day of the election,
able to read and write
must not already serve as president for 6 years
must be able to speak the English language
must be able to access the internet and online services such as discord, whatsapp e.t.c.
must not be a Cycoldian, Lacian-Creekian, Jockromasian, Lurian or Dathurian citizen or national, if so, such (citizenship) must be renounced immediately preceding such an election.

Powers

The president has the power to:

appoint his ministers and the cabinet
approve and veto legislation
dissolve the People’s Representative Assembly
issue proclamations
declare a state of emergency
declare martial law
declare nationsleep
appoint judges
exercise any powers not delegated to any minister
delegate any role to any minister
reshuffle cabinet
grant pardons
command the People’s Army
confer awards and decorations
appoint members of the Council of Presidential Advisors
address the nation
represent Richensland abroad and domestically

As a result, the president of Richensland is much more powerful compared to presidents of other nations.

Removal

The president may be removed by a recall referendum that can take place as a result of petitions from citizens or if the People's Representative Assembly calls for the removal of the incumbent president. The president may also be removed by his voluntary resignation, announced publicly.

Miscellaneous

Presidential line of succession

The current presidential order of succession is laid out in the constitution.

No. Position
Positions which may assume the presidency outright
1. First Vice President
2. Second Vice President
3. Minister of Public Enlightment and Propaganda
4. Minister of National Affairs
5. Minister of State Security
6. Minister of Justice
7. Minister of Atomic Energy
8. Minister of Citizenship Attainment
Positions which may assume the presidency but in acting capacity
9. Director of the General Directorate of Intelligence
10. Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisors
11. Head pro tempore of the People's Representative Assembly
12. Any member elected by the People's Representative Assembly to exercise the duties of the president as acting president
13. Chief Justice
14. The eldest judge in the Richenslandic Revolutionary Tribunal not including the Chief Justice

Title

The president is officially titled the "President of Richensland".

By extension, the president has also been titled:
3/11/20 - 2/5/21: President of the Plurinational State of Richensland
2/5/21 - 23/8/21: President of the Directory of the Most Serene Republic of Richensland
23/8/21 - 22/9/21: President of the Most Serene Republic of Richensland
22/9/21 - 28/9/21: President of the National Convention of the Most Serene Republic of Richensland
28/9/21 - present: President of the Most Serene Republic of Richensland

State of the Nation Address (SONA)

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is an annual event, in which the president reports on the status of the nation, normally to a session of the People's Representative Assembly.

The SONA is usually held a day after the anniversary of Richensland 's establishment – 14 August. The president may also appear anytime.

Official residence

By law, there is no official residence for the presidency. As with other micronational world leaders, the residence of the president often varies by president. Currently, the residence and office of the incumbent president Thomas Jacobs is the "President's Apartment" in Roscam.

Order President Residence and location Notes
1. M. Ryan Ryan's private apartment, Sjerelyslau No designated name for residence
2. Aniq Sufyan President's Apartment, Sjerelyslau Aniq would occasionally spend some time of the year in two other residences in the city and in Jurong
3. Rifqi Hanif President's Apartment, Sjerelyslau Not to be confused with the President's Apartment used by Aniq Sufyan
4. Amelia Banks Cavendish Palace, Lytera
5. Thomas Jacobs President's Apartment, Roscam Not to be confused with the President's Apartment used by Aniq or the one used by Rifqi

List

Living former presidents

As of 22 October 2021, there are four living former presidents. No former presidents have died.