House of Aristocrats (Ebenthal)
|House of Aristocrats |
Câmara dos Aristocratas
|Founded||8 March 2021|
Vice Lord Speaker
| Non-partisan (8)|
(House members are non-partisan in character, but are free to affiliate with any political parties)
|Appointed at the monarch's will|
|Raych Halle, Malmünd|
The House of Aristocrats (Portuguese: Câmara dos Aristocratas) is the upper chamber of the Grand Parlor, the parliament of Ebenthal. The House of Aristocrats is made up of as many members as half the number of members of the House of Councillors. They are appointed at the Sovereign's discretion among the members of the nobility of Ebenthal to serve one-year terms. Unlike in the lower chamber, members of the House of Aristocrats do not represent constituencies or political parties. If a member of the house dies or relinquished his title, Provided that there is a willing heir, he assumes the position of the deceased for the remainder of the term of office. Although the Aristocrats does not control the term of the Chancellor and his cabinet, on rare occasions, if the party or coalition that forms a majority in the lower chamber does not reach an acceptable nomination for the position, the Chancellor can be appointed from the upper house.
The House of Aristocrats scrutinises bills that have been approved by the House of Councillors, regularly reviewing and amending them, and it is able not only to prevent bills from passing into law, except in certain limited circumstances, as it is able to propose and approve bills independently. In this capacity, the House of Aristocrats acts as a check on the House of Councillors that is independent from the electoral process and as a primary house on its own capacity. Members of the Aristocrats may take on roles as government ministers same as members of the Councillors.
The House of Aristocrats was inspired by the British House of Lords in essence (specially in functional structure), as well as by the Hungarian House of Magnates (specially in name), with features of the Portuguese House of Peers which were kept from Ebenthal's former unicameral parliament, the severely Portuguese-inspired College of Peers of the Realm.
The original proposal of creation of an upper house for Ebenthal's parliament by Gabriela Amorim, 1st Duchess of Frumar, envisioned the seats to be life-long but elected through universal suffrage and open for commoners to run for. Facing the Conservative Party's threats to formal protest, and advised by the leader of the Moderate Party back then, the proposal was altered to an aristocracy-exclusive legislation chamber.
According the Constitution of Ebenthal's 6th ammendment, the members of the House of Aristocrats exerce the exclusive functions of either approving or reject, alter and amend bills from the House of Councillors, to recognize the validity and legitimacy of a referendum, to legislate and arbitrate on matters incidental to the execution of any power vested by the constitution in the executive, legislature or judiciary, plus the common functions of deal with taxation and loans, trade and commerce (only regarding the Central Government), to deal with conciliation and arbitration when required, to legislate on matter regarding the country's institutions, infrastructure and rules, to legislate on currency, coinage, and legal tender, on immigration and citizenship, among other things.
A legislative bill can be formally introduced by any member of both legislative houses, as well as by the Sovereign and the rulers of the the provinces of Ebenthal, although it is more commonly introduced by the parliamentary houses only, specially the House of Aristocrats. The Lord Speaker read the proposed bill and puts it up to voting. If a bill, either introduced directly at the house or originating from the House of Councillors, is approved, it is immediatly sent to the King's office for his royal assent or veto. If a bill fails, it may be debated and voted again in a next session; if it fails again, then the bill is shelved and can only be revived after a month.
Composition and seats
The House of Aristocrats is made up of as many members as half the number of members of the, all appointed by the Monarch, selected exclusively from among the Ebenthali nobility. Members, often called Aristocrats or simply Members of the House of Aristocrats, do not represent constituencies and their lenght of term is equal to that of members of the Councillors. When a member dies or relinquishes his title, if there is a clear heir, he assumes the deceased member's position in the house. In concurrence with the result of elections to the House of Councillors, the Monarch appoints a member of the Aristocrats to be the Lord Speaker, who in turn appoints the Vice Lord Speaker. By convention, the monarch appoints as Lord Speaker someone related to the party or coalition that has a majority of seats in the lower house, or some noble on the Chancellor's advice.
|Appointed MP||Party||State||Took office||Seat #||Notes|
|The Marquis of Rozandir||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||2 February 2020||1||Vice Lord Speaker|
|The Count of Lyns||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||5 March 2019||2|
|The Count of Grzebuła||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||14 August 2022||3|
|The Count of Goethe||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||13 October 2022||4|
|The Count of Ivrea||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||28 February 2020||5|
|The Duchess of Guterfolg||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||31 December 2019||6||Lady Speaker|
|The Countess of Barcelos||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||10 March 2021||7|
|The Count of Aldringen||Non-partisan||Ebenthal||14 August 2022||8|