Vorsitzender

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Vorsitzender of the
Abeldane Empire
Vorsitzender logo2.png
Incumbent
Alejandro Whyatt

since 21 April 2018
Style The Right Honourable
Term length At His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty's pleasure
4 months per term as per convention
Inaugural holder Donald West
Formation 6 June 2014

The Vorsitzender is the head of government of the Abeldane Empire. It is the highest elected office in the Empire and is only one of the two directly elected offices at federal level aside from the Stellvertreter. The Vorsitzender is elected through federal elections, which in turn the Monarch appoints the newly elected Vorsitzender then takes office.

Originally known as the Prime Minister of the Abeldane Empire, the Vorsitzender has the task of heading the Reichsregierungskabinett, which consists of the ministerial departments and cabinet members as well as their secretariats, and making sure that the executive is delivering its functions properly and orderly. The Vorsitzender is also responsible for being questioned in the Reichsversammlung and delivering the current state of the government and its business.

The incumbent Vorsitzender is Alejandro Whyatt, who won the Abeldane federal election, April 2018

Constitutional background and role

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The main role of the Vorsitzender is to oversee the activities of the Cabinet and co-ordinate with the ministers and to act as the voice of the government to the public. The Vorsitzender has the power also to advice the Monarch on what to do and has the power to declare war, with gracious consent of the Monarch. The Vorsitzender has also the power to veto laws made by the Reichsversammlung. Following the federalisation of Abelden in June 2016, the Vorsitzender has the power to appoint his cabinet and to remove them at the same time.

The Vorsitzender is regarded as the second most powerful person in the Empire, after the Monarch. Previously, the Monarch was regarded as the most powerful person in the Empire but following the constitutional changes in 2016 and the federalisation of Abelden, the Vorsitzender has since then been considered a powerful figure within the Empire and the politics in both federal and at-state level.

Under the constitution, the deputy of the Vorsitzender is the Stellvertreter, who is formally called the Stellvertreter des Vorsitzender. The Stellvertreter is elected separately from the Vorsitzender and therefore there may be instances that two different parties may hold the positions together. He is responsible for acting on behalf of the Vorsitzender when he is on other business outside the Empire. The Stellvertreter succeeds the Vorsitzender if he resigns or is incapacitated/dead and one example can be that of Michael Thomas Brazeau. Following Henry Twain's resignation as Vorsitzender on 29 March 2017, Brazeau immediately assumed the office of the Vorsitzender and is not considered acting as he holds the right to hold the office until a general election is called by the Monarch, which he did a few days later and was succeeded by Patrick Renwick.

Election and term length

The Vorsitzender is usually elected during general elections alongside with the Stellvertreter. He/She may also be appointed or removed by the Monarch at his or her pleasure, with an approval from the Reichsversammlung. Elections are held every 4 months; 3 times a year: April, August, and December. The position of Vorsitzender and the Stellvertreter are the only positions directly elected at federal executive level; the rest of the government positions are appointed by the Monarch with the advice from the Reichsversammlung. Before August 2017, the office was among the only electable positions in the Empire, the other being the Stellvertreter.

The term length of the Vorsitzender is at His Imperial and Royal Exalted Majesty's pleasure and the same follows with his deputy, the Stellvertreter. While there is no term limit that is prescribed by law, three terms are the normal term limits. Llewelyn Lawton is currently the longest-serving Vorsitzender, serving for 11 months. All his predecessors usually have served only for 4 months and are either replaced or defeated in general elections.

Etymology

Originally, the position was officially known as Prime Minister and the deputy of the Prime Minister was official known as Deputy Prime Minister but following a reform, the offices were both renamed to Vorsitzender and Stellvertreter des Vorsitzender, respectively. The position was renamed on 14 July 2015 effectively in all places and all previous mentions of the word Prime Minister were either retained or renamed.

List of Vorsitzenders

Portrait Name
Honours &
Constituency
Term of office
Electoral mandates
Other ministerial offices
held whilst Vorsitzender
Political party Government Monarch
(Reign)
Donald West.jpg His Imperial and Royal Highness
Donald
Baron Westness

MP for
Alexton
6 June
2014
16 December
2014
– Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs New Democratic West Stephen
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
(2014)
N/A
First Vorsitzender/Prime Minister of Abelden. Served under two monarchs. Saw Abelden join the American Micronational Co-operation and the reform of the administrative regions of Abelden. Oversaw the formation of the Abeldane Commonwealth and the termination of direct personal union with the Kingdom of Alenshka. Saw the disestablishment of the Kingdom of Darmania and the personal union with Legatia and Legabelden. Resigned as Prime Minister on 14 December in order to become the Emperor. Rachel
Empress of the Abeldane Empire
(2014)
AJaniszewski.jpg The Right Honourable
Andrew Janiszewski
Duke of Nayhemia

MP for
None
16 December
2014
4 March
2015
N/A New Democratic Janiszewski Donald
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
(2014)
2015 I • 2015 II
Appointed by Emperor Donald on the 16 December 2014. Previously as Deputy Prime Minister. Reelected as Prime Minister for a second term on the 10 January 2015. Reelected for a third term on 1 March 2015. Replaced by Vaughan Smith on the 4 March 2015. First democratically elected Vorsitzender of Abelden. Stephen
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
(2014-15)
VSmith.jpg The Right Honourable
Vaughan Smith
MP for
Deoter
4 March
2015
4 March
2015
N/A New Democratic Smith
N/A
Appointed as Prime Minister after Damian Billbrough resigned all of his offices. Proposed to increase relations with Hortania and Abelden stronger during his 1 day term.
Paweł.png The Right Honourable
Paweł Sadowski
MP for
Brandburg
4 March
2015
4 March
2015
N/A BMP Sadowski
N/A
Appointed on the 4 March 2015. Pawel was only given the position as Prime Minister since the Emperor wanted him to be an experienced politician. His appointed caused a confusion within the government and the position of Vorsitzender was abolished after the Abeldane crisis.
Position abolished
Donald West.jpg His Imperial and Royal Highness
Donald
Baron Westness

MP for
Alexton
5 March
2015
25 March
2015
– Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
– Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
New Democratic West II
N/A Donald
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
(2015)
Appointed as Vorsitzender after the 2015 Abeldane crisis. Became Emperor at the same time on the 6 March 2015 after Stephen of Abelden abdicated in favour of him. Abelden became inactive during his premiership and reign as Emperor. Replaced by HI&RM The Former Empress after Emperor Stephen took over the throne on the following day. Stephen
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
(2015-18)
Elizabeth Grotdot.JPG The Right Honourable
Rachel Kioya
MP for
Nayhemia
25 March
2015
17 July
2015
N/A Independent Kioya
N/A
Appointed Vorsitzender on the 25 March 2015. First Vorsitzender to fully take the office as Vorsitzender. Previously was Prime Minister. Appointed new ambassadors to macronations. Oversaw the 1st founding anniversary of Abelden.
DBillbrough.jpg The Right Honourable
Damian Billbrough
MP for
Johnstown
17 July
2015
10 August
2015
N/A Conservative Billbrough
2015 III
Elected as Vorsitzender on the 17 July after the 2015 General Elections. Oversaw Demirelia join the Commonwealth and it becoming no longer an integral part of Abelden. Oversaw the banknote reform of the Trimole. Left Abelden on the 10 August 2015. First elected Vorsitzender of Abelden after the Abeldane crisis.
Llewelyn Games Workshop.jpg The Right Honourable
Llewelyn Lawton
Duke of Creton

MP for
Johnstown
later from Morgannwg
10 August
2015
12 July
2016
N/A New Democratic Lawton I
2015 IV • 2016 I Lawton II
Lawton III
Succeeded Damian Billbrough as Vorsitzender. Previously held the office Stellvertreter from the 17 July until the 10 August 2015. Reelected on the 25 December 2015 as Vorsitzender and oversaw the introduction of the Constitution of Abelden. Oversaw the Abeldane Commonwealth become into an intermicronational organisation. Saw Abelden join the Micronational Cooperation Group. Was replaced by Mike Lewis and became Stellvertreter afterwards. Longest serving Vorsitzender.
Themarquisofnewcharter1.jpg The Right Honourable
Michael Lewis
Duke of Volkania

MP from
Demirelia
12 July
2016
24 July
2016
N/A Liberal Lewis
N/A
Appointed as Vorsitzender by Emperor Stephen on the 12 July 2016. Oversaw the new challenges of federalisation in the Empire.
EmiloPhoto.jpg The Right Honourable
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
MP from
St. Castle
24 July
2016
2 September
2016
N/A Conservative Hardy
2016 II
Elected as Vorsitzender on the 24 July 2016. Oversaw reforms in the Empire following the federalisation. First democratically elected Vorsitzender after the federalisation. Did not contest for the following general elections.
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Ned Greiner
MP from
East Nedland
2 September
2016
10 October
2016
N/A Democratic-Liberty Greiner
2016 III
Elected as Vorsitzender on the 2 September 2016. Oversaw Teodoria join the Empire and seats in the Reichsversammlung increase and its activity to do the same. Resigned on the 10 October 2016 after announcing that he is retiring.
Photo of Patrick 1.jpg The Right Honourable
Patrick Renwick
MP from
Demirelia
10 October
2016
14 October
2016
N/A Democratic-Liberty Renwick
N/A
Succeeded Ned Greiner as Vorsitzender after his resignation. Ran for the following general elections, but came in second and became Leader of the Opposition. Oversaw East Nedland secede from the Empire. Vorsitzendership also may be known as a caretaker government.
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Horatio Eden
Duke of Brandburg

MP from
Alenshka
14 October
2016
4 November
2016
N/A Conservative Eden
(Cons.-IPA)
2016 IV
Elected as Vorsitzender on the 14 October 2016 after receiving the majority votes. Oversaw an increase in inactivity in the Empire following the resignation of Ned Greiner. A referendum about the Monarchy was held on 26 October in which the 'Yes' won. Was replaced by Emiel Hardy by the Emperor after inactivity was high in the Empire.
EmiloPhoto.jpg The Right Honourable
Emiel Sebastiaan Hardy
MP from
St. Castle
4 November
2016
18 November
2016
– Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Independent Hardy II
(Cons.-IPA)
N/A
Appointed Vorsitzender on the 4 November 2016 by the Emperor, replacing Eden with him due to the inactivity his government was currently having at the time. Was the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Minister from Eden until his (Hardy) Vorsitzendership had ended. Did not run for the following general elections.
GH.jpg The Right Honourable
Grant Hawkins
Duke of Middleham

MP from
New Lviv
18 November
2016
27 February
2017
N/A Conservative Hawkins I
(Cons.-IPA)
2016 V Hawkins II
(Cons.-IPA-Edge)
Appointed as Vorsitzender on the 18 November 2016; previously Stellvertreter. Oversaw the joining of Raonheim and Satirno into the Empire as the 13th and 14th federal states, respectively. Oversaw 3 terms of Reichsversammlung, including the 2017 Emergency Term. Saw Abelden leave the American Micronational Co-operation and the Micronational Cooperation Group. Did not run for a third term and ended his Vorsitzendership with the conclusion of the February 2017 general elections at 27 February 2017.
Beck.png The Right Honourable
Henry Clement-Twain
Earl of New Keutschen

MP from
Teodoria
27 February
2017
29 March
2017
N/A Independence Twain
(IPA-Cons.-DLP-Edge-DV)
2017 I
Elected as Vorsitzender on 27 February 2017. Oversaw the Empire joining the International Agricultural Development Pact. Reform of the seats of the Reichsversammlung and saw the Conservative majority taken over by the Independence under his term. Resigned on 29 March 2017 due to impending responsibilities as Acting Chair of the GUM.
MBrazeau.png The Right Honourable
Michael Thomas Brazeau
Marquis of Caerdydd

MP from
Alexander
29 March
2017
4 April
2017
N/A Conservative Brazeau
(Cons.-IPA-DLP-Edge-DV)
N/A
Succeeded the Earl of Keutschen as Vorsitzender following his resignation. Also created the so-called "Freedom Caucus" before being defeated in the second round of voting in General Election.
Photo of Patrick 1.jpg The Right Honourable
Patrick Renwick
Marquis of Bessatre

MP from
Demirelia
4 April
2017
23 August
2017
– Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Democratic-Liberty
later ANP
Renwick II
(DLP-IPA-DV)
2017 II • 2017 III Renwick III
(ANP-IPA-SEPA)
Renwick IV
(ANP-IPA-ASE)
Elected as Vorsitzender in April 2017 in the Reichsversammlung following a 4-way tie in the popular vote. 2017 Legion Revolt. Oversaw the passage of State Legislatures Act and the first state constitution in the Empire. 2017 Federal government shutdown. Oversaw the reform of the states' populations. Reelected as Vorsitzender on 6 June 2017 and the first Vorsitzender to be reelected since Llewelyn Lawton. Saw the DLP and the UA merge to form the ANP. Formed a coalition with the IPA, Abeldane Party and SEPA. Oversaw the major reorganisation of the Imperial Government and the subsequent establishment of new ministries. Formed the 4th Renwick Ministry with IPA, SEPA and Labour.
Syd Barrett Newton.jpeg The Right Honourable
Newton von Uberquie
Marquis of Middleham

MP from
Satirno
23 August
2017
19 September
2017
– Minister of Homeland and Geographical Affairs
– Secretary of Cartography
Social Ecology von Uberquie
(ASE-ANIP)
2017 IV
First Vorsitzender elected under the new single transferable voting system. Formed a coalition government with the ANP and IPA. Oversaw a great amount of inactive citizens purged. Oversaw the merger of several federal states and its subsequent reformation. Resigned unexpectedly as Vorsitzender and from other various intermicronational organisations.
Artlangportrait.png The Right Honourable
Artemis Jamie Langford
Countess of New Douala

MP from
St. Castle
19 September
2017
24 December
2017
N/A Social Ecology Langford
(ASE-ANIP)
N/A
Assumed office after Vorsitzender Von Uberquie resigned unexpectedly. Oversaw the creation of the CulturalEd Foundation. Oversaw the creation of Sademaara as a Crown Dependency. Passed the Elections Act which reformed the electoral system used for the Reichsversammlung elections. Did not run for Vorsitzender during the following elections.
Thomas M.jpeg The Right Honourable
Thomas Merrell
MP from
Alenshka
24 December
2017
1 March
2018
N/A United Rhinoceros Merrell
(URP-ANIP-NFP)
2017 V
Assumed office after winning the December, 2017 federal election. Oversaw the ascension of the Duchy of Coria as the Empire's 15th federal state. Reformed the structure of the Reichsregierungskabinett. Repealed the CulturalEd Act. Resigned on 1 March 2018 after accomplishing all his promises and reforms.
Photo of Patrick 1.jpg The Right Honourable
Patrick Renwick
Marquis of Bessatre

MP from
Demirelia
1 March
2018
21 April
2018
– Minister of Culture Abeldane National Independence
Later ALNA
Renwick V
(ANIP-URP-NFP)
N/A
Ascended as Vorsitzender on 1 March 2018 following Merrell's resignation. Previously Stellvertreter. Oversaw the abdication of Emperor Stephen and the ascension of Emperor Nicholas on 24 March 2018. Merged the ANIP, URP and ALA in order to form ALNA. Oversaw the Duchy of Coria gaining independence from the Empire. Nicholas
Emperor of the Abeldane Empire
(2018-)
Alejandro W bubble.png The Right Honourable
Alejandro Whyatt
Marquis of Holmstein

MP from
Satirno
21 April
2018
–  National Federalist Whyatt
2018 I
Elected Vorsitzender in the April 2018 election.

Time in office

Below is the list of Vorsitzenders by time in office:

  • 1. Llewelyn Lawton - 337 days
  • 2. Donald West - &10000000000000213000000213 days
  • 3. Patrick Renwick - 196 days
  • 4. Rachel I, Former Empress - 114 days
  • 5. Grant Hawkins - 101 days
  • 6. Artemis Langford - 96 days
  • 7. Stephen Freayth - 175 days
  • 8. Andrew Janiszewski - 78 days
  • 9. Alejandro Whyatt - 67 days
  • 10. Thomas Merrell - 67 days
  • 11. Emiel Hardy - &1000000000000005400000054 days
  • 12. Ned Greiner - 38 days
  • 13. Henry Twain - 30 days
  • 14. Newton von Uberquie - 27 days
  • 15. Damian Billbrough - 24 days
  • 16. Horatio Eden - 21 days
  • 17. Mike Lewis - 12 days
  • 18. Michael Thomas Brazeau - 6 days
  • 19. Vaughan Smith - 0 days
  • 20. Pawel Sadowski - 0 days


Timeline

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