House of Representatives (Austenasia)

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House of Representatives
Speaker Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford
since 24 August 2022
Prime Minister Lord William Wilson, Duke of Taysha
since 18 September 2021
Membership 11 Representatives
Last elections For Palasia, Chalcedon and Nahona:
12 February 2020

For Procyon and Blue Ridge:
26 January 2021

For Oppidum Tubae:
14 September 2021

For Wrythe and Helinium:
5 June 2022

For North Nahona, Valens and Chandler:
14 February 2023
Meeting place
De facto: "Parliament of the Empire of Austenasia" Discord channel
De jure: Imperial Residence

The House of Representatives of Austenasia (originally known as the Cabinet, but not to be confused with the present body of the same name) is the only house of the Parliament of Austenasia. The House of Representatives is a democratically elected body, consisting of a Representative elected from each Town and City in the Empire; at present, totaling eleven. Representatives are elected using the first-past-the-post system, with each Town and City required to have an election for its Representative no less than every five years.

The House of Representatives meets with the Monarch and Prime Minister to make new laws. When in this legislative role, they are collectively known as Parliament.

Due to the nature of the office of Prime Minister, they are usually included in the House of Representatives as a locally elected Representative. However, even if the Prime Minister loses the office of Representative (as was the case with the then Crown Prince Jonathan between December 2011 and January 2013), they stay as Prime Minister and so while not being part of the House of Representatives may still attend Parliament meetings and cast a deciding vote if required. Representatives are the only people eligible to stand for the office of Prime Minister.

The office of Speaker of the House of Representatives was created by an Act of Parliament in October 2014 to preside over meetings of the House, elected by and from the Representatives. The position of Speaker has been held by Lord John Gordon since August 2022.

List of Representatives