Federal Government of the Democratic Union of British States
|Formation||22nd December, 2016|
|Founding document||Constitution of the Democratic Union of British States|
|Jurisdiction||Democratic Union of British States|
|Main organ||Federal Cabinet|
|Court||National Constitutional Court|
|Democratic Union of British States|
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The Federal Government of the Democratic Union of British States is the national government of the Democratic Union of British States, a federal republic and enclave of the United Kingdom. The nation claims to possess sovereignty over the land it claims in the south of England, but without international recognition from a macronational power or the United Nations, the country is, in practice, a micronation. The nation is composed of three states, one of which is the capital district, the District of Britannia. The government is composed of three distinct branches: the executive, led by the Lord President, their Lord Vice President, and the the cabinet the Lord President appoints, the legislative, made up of the National Council, and the judiciary, made up of the National Constitutional Court and the other, inferior federal courts subordinate to it.
The power, authority and duties of these branches are further set out by Acts of the National Council, including the creation of executive departments and courts subordinate to the National Constitutional Court.
The full name of the country is "Democratic Union of British States". The country is referred to by no other name in the Constitution, and this is the name that appears at the header of all federal legislation, on treaties, and would appear in the names of cases to which it is a party, though no such cases have occurred. The terms "Federal Government of the Democratic Union of British States", "Federol Regatato de ke Demokrata Uniista", "Government of the Democratic Union", "Democratic Union Government", et cetera, can be and are used interchangeably. "National Government" is used less often as a descriptor, though it is no less valid, as both the terms "federal" and "national" can be used to imply association with the government on the national level.
The government of the Democratic Union is set out in the Constitution. The government was formed in 2016 as a measure to restore governance to the territory left behind by the effective dissolution of the Federal Republic of Whestcorea.
Like its counterpart in the United States of America, the government is nominally based on principles of federalism and republicanism, in which power is shared between the federal and state governments. On this count, however, the Constitution gives the federal government wide powers in practice to "make and enforce" the laws of the Democratic Union, which, combined with a population drought, has caused the federal government to interpret this article widely, largely governing the country directly.
Again, like the U.S. Constitution, one of the pillars of the Constitution of the Democratic Union is the idea of "checks and balances"; like in the U.S. system, the Lord President has the authority to veto legislation passed to them by the National Council, which in turn can overturn the veto with a two-thirds majority in all of its chambers; additionally, the National Constitutional Court can strike out as unconstitutional legislation, in whole or in part, that fails to comply with superior law or the Constitution.
The legislative branch of the Democratic Union's government is made up of the National Council, which in turn is subdivided into three chambers: the House of Representatives, which is elected by the public, the Chamber of Designees, the membership of which is appointed by the King of the Edenic Compact to which the Democratic Union is a party, and the Meritocratic Chamber, which contains all Level 4 citizens who opt in. In practice, only the House of Representatives is currently active.
Makeup of the National Council
House of Representatives
The House currently consists of five voting members. Under the Constitution, they are nominally elected by the people of the various states of the Democratic Union; however, amendments to the Constitution have enabled the Lord President to appoint them unilaterally by executive order unless there are five or more members in the House. As such, while some members - such as Horatio Eden - represent a state, others - such as House Speaker James Frisch - are Interim Representatives, who do not represent a state and serve in the legislature unelected. All representatives serve a six-month term, and are subject to re-election in practice one month before their mandate expires.
The House is currently divided between four factions:
Both other chambers of the National Council are empty. In the case of the Chamber of Designees, the King of the Edenic Compact has yet to appoint anyone to the legislature, and in the case of the Meritocratic Chamber, no citizen has attained the required level in order to access it. As a result, legislative consent on all matters pursuant to the Constitution is assumed in all cases until such a time as the circumstances change.
The executive branch of the Democratic Union is made up of the Lord President, the Lord Vice President, and the cabinet the Lord President appoints. The Lord President and associates are responsible for the execution of the laws of the Democratic Union; pursuant to this, the Constitution apportions the authority to enact, unilaterally, executive orders to the Lord President, which are orders that carry force of law but which fall within a strict purview of affecting the execution of existing federal laws and the organisation and instruction of federal agencies rather than the creation of substantive legislation.
Unlike many presidential systems, the Lord Vice President and Lord President are not elected on the same ticket. Rather, the Lord President is elected alone, and then has the constitutional authority to pick a Lord Vice President unilaterally, without requiring legislative approval.
The Lord President has the legal authority to nominate candidates for cabinet positions. Currently, there are six departments that make up the federal Government. In the case of all six, the Lord President is required to seek the approval of the House of Representatives before the candidates they nominate to the cabinet are confirmed.
The Lord Vice President, unlike its U.S. counterpart, does not have any apportioned constitutional or legal authority. It does not preside over a chamber of the legislature, unlike in the United States, and has no separate and independent powers in and of itself.
- The name of the government translated into Democratic Union British
- DU Constitution, Art. 1, § 3f
- Citizens can gain experience under the Political Gamification Act for performing various tasks, governmental and otherwise. Gaining enough experience leads to an increase in "level", which can ultimately contribute to membership of the Meritocratic Chamber.