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Supreme Soviet of Livonia
|Supreme Soviet of the USSSL|
|Chairman||John Peterson, CPUSSSL |
since May 2013
|Opposition Leader||John Bishop, NPF |
since May 2013
|Supreme Soviet political groups||CPUSSSL (11) |
|Supreme Soviet last election||May 2013|
The Supreme Soviet of the Union of Soviet Socialist States of Livonia is the national legislature of Livonia.
Powers and Duties
The Supreme Soviet is empowered to draft and approve legislation that become laws of the USSSL. All proposed legislation is enacted with the support of a plurality of the members of the Supreme Soviet.
The Supreme Soviet has the duty of oversight of all other governmental bodies. It may create Committees to investigate governmental actions.
The Supreme Soviet is given the power to veto any decrees issued by other governmental bodies like the Presidium and the Council of Ministers. A simple majority is required to veto decrees of the Council of Ministers while a two-thirds majority is required to veto a decree issued by the Presidium.
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet
The Chairman of the Supreme Soviet presides over the activities of the Supreme Soviet. The Chairman is appointed by the Supreme Soviet at the beginning of each legislative session with a simple majority and must be a member of the Communist Party.
The Chairman is granted the power to determine the legislative agenda for the Supreme Soviet. They may at any time bring a proposal to debate or vote, and they may unilaterally dismiss any proposal at any time. The power to dismiss a proposal may be overridden by a two-thirds majority of the Supreme Soviet.
Elections are conducted every three months. The Presidium may issue a decree and arrange for an early election should all five Presidium members agree that an early election is necessary.
Elections are regulated by the Supreme Soviet's Committee for Soviet Elections. All citizens of the USSSL are guaranteed the right to vote in elections. Any political party that has been approved by the State may participate in elections. Prior to the election each party presents a list of ten candidates to the Committee for Soviet Elections (the Communist Party presents a list of fifteen candidates). These candidates must be members of the political party for which they are candidates, independant candidates are not allowed. The candidates are given seats in the Supreme Soviet based on their position on the list (candidates at the top of the list are first) and their party's performance in the national election. For example, if a party receives ten percent of the national vote, the candidate at the top of that party's list will be granted a seat in the Supreme Soviet while the rest of that party's candidates are not given seats.
During the actual election citizens privately cast their ballot for the political party of their choice. The votes are then tallied and seats in the Supreme Soviet are allocated based on the percentage of the national vote a party received. Only ten of the fifteen seats in the Supreme Soviet are actually contested in national elections, five seats are guaranteed to the Communist Party. The remaining ten seats are the seats that are actually allocated based on the results of the national election.