|Consuls of Austenasia|
Antonius Clericii Eques
since 1 January 2023
|Term length||One calendar year|
In the Empire of Austenasia, two Consuls are annually appointed by the Prime Minister, to act as the highest judicial authorities in the Empire. The Consulship was established on 21 October 2010, but did not enter into effect until 1 January 2011 when the first two Consuls were appointed. Each Consul also holds the position of a Senator while in office.
Powers and functions
If a person is found guilty of a crime by a court, the sentence for the crime is decided by one of the Consuls. They alternate each month in the exercise of this function, and each Consul has veto power over his or her colleague. The House of Representatives may vote to veto a decision or judgement made by the Consuls, Parliament may remove a Consul from office, and the Criminal Sentences Act 2012 established minimum and maximum sentences for the majority of crimes.
Since the first Austenasian consuls took office in 2011, only two criminal trials have taken place: The Imperial Majesty vs. HIM Emperor Jonathan I in January 2016 and The Imperial Majesty vs. Lady Sophia Albina, Countess of Nova Albion in June 2021. Both these trials ended in guilty verdicts, with the Consuls issuing sentences at the conclusion.
If a Consul dies, resigns, or is removed from office, then a Consul suffectus is appointed by the Prime Minister to serve in the former Consul’s place until the next two Consuls are appointed at the start of the next year. A Consul suffectus is entirely equal to his or her colleague in rank, dignity, honor and power.
A Consul may not serve more than two consecutive years in office, and the same two Consuls may not serve two consecutive years in office together. Whenever a Consul is referred to in regards to their position as such, they are referred to by their secondary title, or, if they have none, simply in Latin: e.g. HIM Emperor Esmond III was known as Imperator Caesar Esmond Augustus when referred to in regards to his position as Consul while Emperor.
By convention, the title of Consul is treated as an extremely high rank, with some even treating it as above that of Prime Minister (despite being appointed by the Prime Minister). The Roman system of consular dating has been increasingly used to refer to the current year since 2011, now being used in and on all legislation (the preamble of Acts of Parliament and in the text itself of Imperial Decrees and Imperial Edicts) and most bilateral treaties.
Book XXI of the Codex Jonathanus contains a law (originally decreed in 452 by Valentinian III and Marcian) that consuls "must not squander their money uselessly [by]... scattering it about" to bystanders during processions, referring to a common practice of the original Roman consuls.
List of Consuls
|Year||First Consul||Second Consul|
|2011||Imperator Caesar Declan Augustus||Imperator Caesar Esmond Augustus|
|2012||Imperator Caesar Declan Augustus||Jonathan Nobillisimus Caesar|
|2013||Carolina Kingsnorthus||Pater Imperatoris Terentius|
|2014||Eritoshi Augusta||Imperator Caesar Jonathan Augustus|
|2015||Carolina Principissa Coronae||Imogena Eastonii Thanasiae Domina|
|2016||Mater Imperatoris Margareta||Avia Imperatoris Iocia|
|2017||Adam Rex||Victoria Hathawia Comitessa Sidneae|
|2018||Adam Rex||Brooklyn Nobilissimus Caesar|
|2019||Domina Erena Ludovica Ducissa Bernardstoniae||Dominus Iohannes Gordonus Vicecomes Thetfordiae|
|2020||Hannah Augusta||Brenda Bargerii Nova Richmondiae Domina|
|2021||Hannah Augusta||Bradley Archidux Saxoniae|
|2022||Dominus Otto Betula Comes Lygoniae||Tania Comitissa Memphidos|
|2023||Lucinus Mephistopheles||Antonius Clericii Eques|
- ↑ Held the consular name of Imperator Caesar Esmond Augustus from 1 January - 20 September as joint Emperor, the consular name of Esmondus Rex from 20 September - 11 October as King of Saqqara after being removed from the office of Monarch, and the consular name of Esmond Nobilissimus Caesar for the remainder of the year after being appointed to the rank of Caesar.
- ↑ Held the consular name of Tribunus Eques Terentius Augustinus from 1–20 January before becoming Emperor Father upon the ascension of Jonathan I