Politics and Government of the Archrepublic
The Archrepublic of Vayinaod is a unitary republic based upon the presidential system which relies upon a system of checks and balances. While originally formed as a federal republic, consistent and systemic changes to the nation slowly resulted in the central government of Vayinaod, currently all powers and duties rest with the central government unless otherwise prescribed by the Constitution or Acts of the Storting. Three branches of government are defined in the Constitution of 1975, the Executive also known as the Konsulship, the legislature also known as the Storting, and the Judiciary also known as the Supreme Judicial Council.
The Arch-Konsul leads the executive branch, acting as both Head of State and Head of Government. The position serves at the pleasure of the people, and is completely separated from the legislature. The Arch-Konsul works to enforce the laws and regulations passed by the Storting, act as Commander-in-Chief of the Vayinaodic Armed Forces, represent the nation abroad, review laws passed by the Storting and veto them if he views necessary, appoint members to the Judiciary, issue Konsulate Orders and Proclamations to faithfully enforce the laws and constitution. The Arch-Konsul is supported by a First Konsul who takes the place of the Arch-Konsul when required, who is elected on a separate ballot from the Arch-Konsul, as well as a multitude of Secretaries each running a department of the national government. These secretaries along with ambassadors, commissioned officers, judges, and other officials are appointed by the Arch-Konsul, but require a two-thirds majority of the Storting to be confirmed. The Arch-Konsul is elected to four year terms directly by the people via a preferential voting system using the Alternate Vote, where citizens rank their choices on the ballot. The group term for secretaries serving below the Arch-Konsul is known as the Konsulate.
The current members of the Executive are:
- Arch-Konsul: Alvar Johansson
- First Konsul: Rakel Sorensdotter
- Secretary of Defense: Alexander Strand
- Secretary of the Treasury: Erna Rundström
- Secretary of Foreign Affairs: Emilie Stendahl
- Secretary of Commerce: Felix Thorsen
- Attorney General: Kristian Nylund
- Secretary of Immigration and Home Affairs: Diana Frisk
- European Councillor and Secretary for EU Affairs: Carita Falk
- Secretary of Culture, Outreach, and Sports: Adam Hansen
- Secretary for Energy, Infrasture and Housing: Gottfrid Eklund
- Secretary of Education : Klara Jönsson
- Secretary of Science, Technology and Digital Development: Hilda Olofsdotter
- Secretary for Rural Affairs: Alexander Halvorsen
- Secretary for the Environment and Climate: Michaela Blomgren
- Secretary for Fisheries: Fredrik Norling
- Secretary of National Parks and Places: Wynnstan Rask
- Secretary for Labour and Social Security: Elísabet Olofsdotter
The legislature for the Archrepublic is known as the Storting, its members known as Storting Members (SMs) are elected every two years matching the electoral calendar of the Arch-Konsul every other election. Members are elected from single-member constituencies using the Alternative Vote system similar to the Arch-Konsul. If required by-elections are held within two months of a vacancy unless the vacancy occurs two months before the next scheduled election. The Storting is responsible for creating the laws of the nation, reviewing appointments by the Arch-Konsul, and reviewing Konsulate Orders and Proclamations when it feels necessary. Passing a law in the Storting requires a 50% + 1 majority of voting members present, constitutional changes, declarations of war, and confirmations require two-thirds majority. Treaties require a 55% majority. The Storting is made up of 331 voting members, chaired by one President among them. The Storting is broken up into committees staffed by the SMs who each sit on at least one committee. These committees are initial starting point for legislation and is where the Storting can reviews the Executive and its recent actions. The Storting may call Secretaries and other officials for questioning, however it may not call the Arch-Konsul in for any questioning, this is known as the Right of One. The Storting typically instead calls forward the representative of the Arch-Konsul typically the Attorney General or First Konsul depending on the circumstances.
The Judiciary of Vayinaod is headed by the Supreme Judicial Council, who is the final court of appeals, and is the final court of constitutional review. The Judiciary is split between Civil, Criminal, and Administrative courts; with there being four court levels; Municipal, Regional, Provincial, and Republic before it reaches the Supreme Judicial Council. The Supreme Judicial Council is made up of seven members appointed to ten year terms, renewable only once. Council Justices must be selected from a lower court, and be vetted by the Vayinaodic Bar Association for proper qualifications. The Judiciary in Vayinaod tries cases, reviews laws, executive actions, regulations, settles disputes.
Currently there are ten parties with representation in the Storting:
- Social Democrats
- Free Greens
- Conservative Alliance
- Christian Democrats
- Traditional Democrats
The Social Democrats, Free Greens, and Progressives make up the current government in a coalition, are typically referred to as the Left Alliance. They sometimes rely on supply and confidence from the Liberals and Centre parties when required. The Moderates, Conservative Alliance, Christian Democrats, and Traditional Democrats form the Right Alliance and can typically lead their own coalition without support. The Democrats are the newest major party, and are attempting to form their own populist movement outside the two traditional alliances.
The Republics of Vayinaod and the capital city, Nyetthem
Current composition of the Storting visualized
Social Democrats (107) | Free Greens (43) | Progressives (16) | Liberals (19) | Centre (12) | Democrats (36) | Moderates (71) | Conservative Alliance (11) | Christian Democrats (13) | Traditionalist Democrats (3)
Current electoral map of Vayinaod