Chancellor (Austenasia)

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Logo of the Treasury
Lord Michael Simpson, Count of Oribrazos

since 24 March 2024
Member ofCabinet
NominatorPrime Minister
AppointerThe Monarch
on the advice of the Prime Minister
Formation8 November 2008; 15 years ago (2008-11-08)
First holderCrown Prince Jonathan

The Chancellor of Austenasia is the member of Cabinet who is in charge of the Treasury of the Empire of Austenasia. The Chancellor is therefore responsible for the finances, government income, and national expenditure of Austenasia. Major decisions on the budget are made with a majority vote by the Monarch, Prime Minister and Chancellor.

Under the 2008 Constitution, the Chancellor was elected by the other Representatives, but under the 2011 Constition is appointed by the Monarch, although the requirement to be a Representative remained up until the Second Amendment was passed in January 2018. The position has been held by Lord Michael Simpson since March 2024.

Although the title of "Chancellor" is often used for the head of government in Germanic countries and for the foreign minister in Latin America, the title as used in Austenasia is derived from that of the British finance minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The title of said office is often abbreviated simply to Chancellor in common usage in the UK, and so inspired the name of the Austenasian position.

List of Chancellors

Number Picture Name Political views Took office Left office Notes
1 HIH Crown Prince Jonathan Independent
(considered Monarchist)
8 Nov 2008 24 Dec 2011 Founder of Austenasia. Rose taxes to £2 a month from each Subject in order to combat the effect of the recession on government spending, and established an extra tax of 20p per month for every fossil-fuel powered vehicle owned. Re-elected as Chancellor by Cabinet on 1 January 2009, 1 January 2010 and 1 January 2011, and confirmed as Chancellor by the Monarch on 21 September 2011. Lost office after failing to be re-elected as Representative of Wrythe.
2 HIH Crown Princess Caroline Independent
(considered Social liberal)
24 Dec 2011 19 Nov 2013 Appointed to position of Chancellor by the Monarch. Implemented a system by which government ministries are obliged to keep accounts of their expenditure, and return a portion of any unused government grants to the Treasury at the end of each year.
3 HIM Emperor Jonathan I Theodorist Party
(before 20 February 2014)
19 Nov 2013 17 Oct 2014 Appointed himself Chancellor after being re-elected Representative of Wrythe. Oversaw the replacement of compulsory monthly taxes with a system of self-funding and voluntary donations.
4 HIH Lady Admiral Brooklyn Hewitt, Duchess of Bohemia Independent
(considered Libertarian)
17 Oct 2014 8 Oct 2017 Appointed Chancellor by the Monarch after being elected Representative in the October 2014 local election.
5 Lady Vice Admiral Elizabeth Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston Imperial Party 8 Oct 2017 29 Jan 2018 Appointed Chancellor by the Monarch in a Cabinet reshuffle. Resigned so as to better focus on other positions.
6 Lord Karl Friedrich, Baron of Aurora Imperial Party 29 Jan 2018 20 Mar 2019 Appointed Chancellor by the Monarch; the first non-Representative to hold the position. Oversaw production of the Austenasian £3 coin in collaboration with Jonathan I.
7 Lady Vice Admiral Elizabeth Lewis, Duchess of Bernardston Imperial Party 20 Mar 2019 13 Feb 2020 Re-appointed to a second term as Chancellor by the Monarch.
8 Lord Krishtof von Drakon, Baron of Gebirgspark Fatherland Party (until May 2020) 13 Feb 2020 1 Jun 2020 Appointed by the Monarch after the election of Prince Dionisiy I as Prime Minister.
9 Lord Ashley Jaax, Baron of Kingeston Independent 1 Jun 2020 24 Aug 2021 Appointed by the Monarch alongside the appointment of Lord John Gordon as Prime Minister. Resigned upon Kingeston transitioning from a Town back to a Crown Dependency.
10 HIM Emperor Jonathan I Independent
(considered Monarchist)
18 Sep 2021 24 Mar 2024 Appointed himself to the office on the nomination of Lord William Wilson after the latter's election to Prime Minister, after a vacancy in the position.
11 Lord Michael Simpson, Count of Occibrazos Arete Party 24 Mar 2024 Incumbent Appointed by the Monarch. Responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Precious Metals Account during his predecessor's term.