Reichsversammlung

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Reichsversammlung
Parliament of the Abeldane Empire
14th Reichsversammlung
Reichsversammlung arms.svg
Type
Type
HousesBundesrat
Volkstag
Term limits
1 year (Bundesrat)
6 months (Volkstag)
History
FoundedJune 6, 2014 (2014-06-06)
Leadership
James FrischD
since 13 September 2020
Bundesrat Deputy President
Austin JaaxC
since 13 September 2020
Connor StumperthC
since 16 November 2019
Volkstag Deputy Speaker
Austin JaaxC
since 11 April 2020
Patrick RenwickNRGU
since 10 July 2020
Brandon WuLF
since 13 August 2020
Structure
Seats19
6 bundesräte
13 MVs
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Bundesrat political groups
HIM Government (4):

HIM Loyal Opposition (1):

Vacant (1):

  •      Vacant (1)
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Volkstag political groups
HIM Government (6):

HIM Loyal Opposition (7):

Elections
Party list
Volkstag last election
28-29 July 2020
Volkstag next election
27-29 December 2020
Meeting place
Discord
Website
reichsversammlung.weebly.com

The Reichsversammlung (literally "Imperial Assembly", in German), and also known in English as the Parliament of Abelden, is the legislative body of the Abeldane Empire. It is a bicameral legislature, consisting of the Bundesrat and the Volkstag.

Members of the Bundesrat are elected or appointed in the manner deemed fit by each federal state. Members of the Volkstag are elected through party lists in single nationwide electoral district. There are presently twelve elected seats in the Reichsversammlung, plus one appointed seats.

The current Reichsversammlung is in its fourteenth session since the foundation of the legislature on 6 June 2014, although it has seen changes and reforms along the way. Originally named as the Abeldane Parliament, it was renamed to Reichsversammlung in 2015 to fit the German naming conventions present in the rest of the Abeldane state's institutions.

The Reichsversammlung is responsible for enacting and repealing laws (known as the Acts of the Parliament). Additionally, the Reichsversammlung can overturn decrees enacted by the Emperor.

History

Originally called the Parliament of the Abeldane Empire, it was formed on June 6, 2014. Its main role was to advise the Monarch on his decisions and had a symbolic role in governance. Although tasked with creating new laws or Acts and the promulgation of the constitution, this never came a reality and Acts passed by the Parliament from 2014 until 2015 were primarily created by the Monarch and passed by him or her under the Parliament's name. Members of the Parliament, or MPs, were appointed by the Monarch and represented a constituency/city or no constituency at all. They served at the Monarch's pleasure and remained until their resignation or dismissal by the Monarch.

The Prime Minister and his cabinet were members of the Parliament and the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister were required to be MPs. From 2014 until 2015, the Parliament had only met once for a session and therefore a ceremonial part of government.

The powers of the Reichsversammlung increased over the next few years, in tandem with the growing Abeldane democracy. In 2017, elections to the Reichsversammlung were instituted, replacing the previous system of appointment.

The most radical changes in the history of the Reichsversammlung came in August 2020 when, through the far reaching Constitutional Reform Act of 2020 the chamber was transformed from its traditional unicameral form, into a bicameral legislature. The Reichsversammlung as it had existed before the reforms became the new lower chamber, the Volkstag, whilst a new upper chamber, known as the Bundesrat was constituted.

Powers

The Reichsversammlung is the primary legislative body of the Empire. According to the Abeldane Constitution, the Reichsversammlung has the exclusive right to legislate on:

  • trade and commerce
  • taxation
  • bounties on the production or export of goods, but so that such bounties shall be uniform throughout the Empire
  • borrowing money on the credit of the Empire
  • the naval and military defence of the Empire and of the several states
  • census and statistics
  • currency, coinage, and legal tender
  • bills of exchange and promissory notes
  • bankruptcy and insolvency
  • copyrights, patents of inventions and designs, and trademarks
  • naturalization and aliens
  • corporations
  • the federal judicial process
  • immigration and emigration
  • the relations of the Empire with other nations
  • conciliation and arbitration for the prevention and settlement of industrial disputes extending beyond the limits of any one state
  • matters referred to the Reichsversammlung by the legislatures of any state
  • matters incidental to the execution of any power vested by the Constitution in the executive, legislature or judiciary

Duration

Reichsversammlung terms last 6 months, with there being held a general election following the dissolution of every Reichsversammlung. As such, terms for the Volkstag are 6 months. Terms for the Bundesrat however are 1 year, with terms being staggered, so half the Bundesrat is selected every general election.

Presiding officers

Bundesrat

Volkstag

The Volkstag is presided over by a Speaker. The speaker is elected by the members of the Volkstag following the resignation of the previous speaker, or whenever there is a challenge for the speakership. The Speaker of the Volkstag sets the agenda for each legislative meeting, and is tasked with chairing sessions and keeping order. The Speaker is aided and, if needed, deputised by 3 deputy speakers, also elected by the Volkstag in the same manner as the Speaker.

Parties

The table below lists parties currently represented in the Reichsversammlung.

Name Ideologies Leader Jun. 2020 result Current seats
Votes (%) Seats Volkstag Bundesrat
NRGU National Royalists - The Green Union
Nationale Köningstreue - Die Grüne Union
Royalism Patrick Renwick 52.6%
7 / 14
6 / 13
3 / 6
C Confederals
Konföderative
Confederalism Connor Stumperth 31.6%
4 / 14
5 / 13
1 / 6
LF Liberty Front
Front für Freiheit
Liberalism Brandon Wu 15.8%
2 / 14
2 / 13
0 / 6

Composition and seats

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Combined, the Reichsversammlung’s two houses have a total of 19 seats. The members of the Bundesrat are elected or appointed in whatever manner their respective state government sees fit. The Volkstag however, is a popularly elected body. All twelve elected seats in the Volkstag are currently delegated by the party list electoral system, in which Abeldane citizens vote for political parties. Then, the votes are proportionally used to determine how many seats each political party will get in the Volkstag.

Before the federalization took effect, each MPs were appointed per city/town that served as their respective constituency because of the low administrative regions in Abelden. Although crown dependencies and territories before will only have one representation in the Reichsversammlung, representing them as a crown dependency or a territory and not by cities. Each cities served as a seat. Reform afterwards changed the system in which each state was delegated seats. However, for the December election, Abelden switched to the party list system still used today. As per the Reichsversammlung (Composition) Act 2018 there is one appointed seats, a representative of the Monarch's choosing, known as the Imperial Representative.

The number of seats have increased and decreased through the Reichsversammlung's history. Seats increased only when new cities were created and MPs were chosen to represent them. After federalisation, the seats were de facto fixed for the first time and each state were proportionately given seats according to their population and an automatic seat given to the Monarchs. The Reichsversammlung reached its peak number of seats at 42, but did not last long and there were plans for reforming the seats. As plans for an elected Reichsversammlung came in the scene, the seats had to be decreased and following the August 2017 elections, the seats were fixed for the first time and were not distributed by state and decreased from 36 to 16. After the reform, seats have increased rarely and has not gone up to more than 18 seats.

Bundesräte

Bundesrat Federal Party State Party State Took office Notes
Nicolas von Uberquie y Millan National Royalists Green Royalists Alenshka 30 August 2020
Carl von Joseph Werzberg National Royalists Royalist Alexander 10 September 2020
Patrick Renwick National Royalists None Demirelia 15 August 2020
James Frisch None Democratic Morgannwg 5 September 2020 President
Austin Jaax Confederals Batu Rai 15 August 2020 Deputy President
Vacant N/A N/A Tusmore N/A
Non-voting Representative
Thomas Bainbridge Confederals None Kaiserstadt 5 September 2020 Imperial Representative

Members of the Volkstag

Elected MP Party State Took office Seat # Notes
Elected
Connor Stumperth Confederals Tusmore 4 February 2019 1 Speaker
Andrew Irons Liberty Front Alexander 10 February 2020 2
Austin Jaax Confederals Rai 5 July 2020 3 Deputy Speaker
Patrick Renwick National Royalists Demirelia 12 October 2019 4 Vorsitzender
Anthony Clark National Royalists Morgannwg 1 August 2020 5
Chase Nanatovich Confederals Tusmore 5 July 2020 6
Nicolas Millan National Royalists Alenshka 7 January 2019 7
Newton von Uberquie National Royalists Morgannwg 1 August 2020 8 Stellvertreter
Matthew von Uberquie National Royalists Morgannwg 1 August 2020 9
Tarik Karjasari Confederals Rai 5 July 2020 10
Brandon Wu Liberty Front Tusmore 5 July 2020 11 Leader of the Opposition
Zarel Smith National Royalists Morgannwg 1 August 2020 11
Imperial Representative
Thomas Bainbridge Confederals Tusmore 5 September 2020 13

Notes