Prime Minister of Austenasia

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Prime Minister of the
Empire of Austenasia
Logo of the Prime Minister's Office
Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford

since 13 February 2024
StyleThe Right Honourable
Member ofCabinet
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderHIH Crown Prince Jonathan
Formation20 September 2008
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Austenasia is the head of government of the Empire of Austenasia. The Prime Minister is elected by the subjects of Austenasia in a General Election, to ordinarily be held every four years, the precise date of which to be specified by the Monarch. Representatives wishing to stand for election must first be made Candidates by the Monarch. Although there is no hard limit on serving consecutive terms, a Prime Minister who has served more than seven of the past eight years in office cannot stand for re-election without a vote of approval from the House of Representatives.

The founding Prime Minister of Austenasia was HIH Crown Prince Jonathan. The Crown Prince was re-elected in General Elections in January 2009 and December 2011, but was replaced with his deputy Lord Marshal William as Acting Prime Minister in January 2013 when he became Monarch as Emperor Jonathan I. Four more Prime Ministers have held office since, including the incumbent Lord John Gordon, who was elected to a second non-consecutive term in February 2024.

Constitutional role

Under the Constitution, the Monarch may not be Prime Minister; this law is to ensure that no person has absolute power within the Empire. Although the Monarch can become a Representative (Jonathan I has for almost all of his reign been Representative of Wrythe), they cannot therefore make themselves a Candidate. If the Prime Minister inherits the Throne, they must either refuse it or stand down and make the Deputy Prime Minister the Acting Prime Minister. This led to the ascension of Esmond III to the Throne when Crown Prince Jonathan refused to stand down as Prime Minister after the abdication of Terry I.

The main role of the Prime Minister is to oversee the activities of the Cabinet and co-ordinate the work of its ministers, and to act as the voice and public face of the elected Austenasian government. The Prime Minister holds several other powers, including the deciding vote in the case of a tie by the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister is also one of the two choices for Regent should the Monarch be a minor or incapacitated.

The Prime Minister is constitutionally barred from being a member of the Austenasian Senate. However, the Prime Minister nominates a member of the Senate, who serves as a Senator at their discretion.

Under the Austenasian Constitution of 2008, the Prime Minister was considered by far the most powerful position in Austenasia. However, from mid-2010 the position started to become more equal in power with that of the Monarch, and since the enactment of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, the Monarch has been indisputably more powerful. The role and powers of the Prime Minister did not significantly change (although they were more precisely defined) over 2009-11, but this subordination to the Throne was instead the result of an increased influence of the Monarch over Austenasian politics.

List of Prime Ministers

# Portrait Name
Honorifics and City or Town
Term of office

Electoral mandates
Other offices held Party Deputy Monarch
1 His Imperial Highness
Crown Prince Jonathan
Representative of Wrythe
20 September
20 January
Theodorist Party (from 2012) Lord Marshal William Terry I
Esmond III
Declan I
2009, 2011
Founder of Austenasia, declared Prime Minister in the Declaration of Independence; later elected in 2009 and 2011. Presented Glencrannog to the Empire and oversaw the annexation of South Kilttown, adding another Representative to the Cabinet. Defended Wrythe during the Skirmish of the Treasury and personally conquered Commius Flats. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis, and refused to inherit the Throne so as to remain Prime Minister. Held office during the Austenasian Civil War and organised the Austenasian Monarchical Referendum. Held office during the War of the Orlian Reunification. Organised the Austenasian Constitutional Referendum and held office during the enactment of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011. Unveiled Theodorism in January 2012 as a theoretical model of ideal governance for the Empire, but made no attempt to implement it. Held office during the acquisition and loss of several protectorates, and represented the Empire at the 2012 Polination Conference. Stood down as Prime Minister upon inheriting the Throne after the abdication of Declan I.
- Lord Marshal William
Baron of Zephyria
Representative of Zephyria

20 January
18 November
Independent (considered militarist) None Jonathan I
Became Acting Prime Minister upon the ascension to the Throne of Jonathan I. Proposed no new policies and took on little executive leadership in the face of the more proactive role of the Throne as held by Jonathan I. Acted mostly as a "rubber stamp", supporting the Emperor's decisions on matters.
2 Her Imperial Highness
Countess of Memphis
Representative of Thanasia
19 November
3 March
Green Party Lord John Gordon
Elected Prime Minister in the November 2013 General Election. Developed the role of the premiership under Lord Marshal William by functioning as an "enforcer" for the Emperor's policies, using the Prime Ministerial deciding vote and the prestige of her office to have legislation proposed by the Emperor passed more easily through Parliament. Established the Green Party of Austenasia to organize her supporters and release her electoral platform. Lost the 2015 general election.
3 Her Imperial Highness
Lady Admiral Vera Hewitt
Duchess of New Virginia
Representative of New Richmond
4 March
12 February
Imperial Party (1) Countess Eritoshi of Memphis
(2) Lady Vice Admiral Elizabeth Lewis
2015, 2019
Elected Prime Minister in the 2015 general election, defeating the incumbent Countess Eritoshi. Longest term of any Prime Minister to date. Oversaw the return of the Prime Minister to being an active head of government. Codified the Prime Ministerial nomination of Cabinet ministers. Oversaw the re-establishment of the Imperial Navy. Established the Ministry for Culture and reformed the functions of the Treasury. Reformed military command and rank structures. Oversaw the annexation of various areas. Assisted Emperor Jonathan I in re-establishing the Grand Unified Micronational. Dissolved the Environmental Office. Presented legislation creating the status of City for highly-populated towns and the Capital, Wrythe. Oversaw the dissolution of the Towns of Zephyria, Thanasia and Porthbokon. Re-elected in the 2019 general election, but left office the following year due to the secession of New Virginia.
4 His Serene Highness
Prince Dionisiy I
Duke of Lycaonia
Representative of Theodosiopolis
13 February
1 June
Fatherland Party (until May 2020) (1) Lord Edward Gunderson, Count of New Grémmia
(2) Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford
Elected Prime Minister in the 2020 general election on a platform of constitutional reform with a 12% difference. Opposition to these proposed reforms from within Parliament led to a political crisis solved only by the assumption of emergency powers by Jonathan I, and ultimately led to Prince Dionisiy resigning as Prime Minister and leaving Austenasia along with various administrative divisions he had claimed for the Empire. Shortest term of any Prime Minister to date.
5 Lord John Gordon
Viscount of Thetford
Representative of Palasia
1 June
17 September
Independent (until 16 August 2021) Lord William Wilson, Count of Oribrazos
Directly appointed to the position under the provisions of the emergency powers assumed by Jonathan I upon the resignation of Prince Dionisiy, having been appointed his Deputy and successor. Was confirmed by Parliament in a vote of Confidence on 21 June 2020. Restored political stability and oversaw the growth of the nation to a record-breaking size. Did not serve a full term, but stepped down as Prime Minister the following year to allow for a properly elected successor.
6 Lord William Wilson
Duke of Taysha
Representative of Nahona
18 September
12 February
Arete Party (1) Lord Hunter Prater, Duke of Dixie
(2) Bradley, King of the Romans
Elected in September 2021 with 76.6% of the vote after campaigning to increase the activity of and public accessibility to the government, and to promote Austenasian art and culture. Oversaw a naturalisation program culminating in a mass grant of subjectship to applicant non-residents in May 2023, as well as the subsequent creation of the Austenasian Divisions to enable parliamentary representation for non-residential subjects
7 Lord John Gordon
Viscount of Thetford
Representative of Palasia
13 February
-None in Cabinet
Arete Party Lord Andrew, Baron of Corinium Terentium
Incumbent, newly elected with 60.6% of the vote. The first Prime Minister to serve a second non-consecutive term.