Inimicus - Factbook


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    The Empire of Inimicus

    National Factbook

    [u]Short facts[/u]

    Statehood

    • Full name: The Empire of Inimicus
    • Short name: Inimicus
    • Denonyms: Inimician, Inimicians
    • Capital city: Telum
    • Founding documents: Constitution of Inimicus , The Artabanos Thirteen
    • Imperial Anthem: Heil Dir Im Siegerkranz (Hail to thee in victor's crown)
    • Civil Anthem: Inveniam Viam Aut Faciam (I shall find a way, or make one)
    • Official Mottos: Imperial Motto: "Oderint dum Metuant" (Let them hate, as long as they fear)
      Civilian Motto: "Αδω σωφρονών ουσωφροσιν" (Atho sophronohn ousophrosin) (I speak wisely to the unwise)
    • National Holidays: September 30th (State of the Empire Day); February 19th (Imperial Birthday)
    • Formed: 1351 (basic roots); 1578 (current territory encompassed); 1801 (monarchy abolished); 2012 (Empire formed)
    • Head of State/Government: His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos

    [u]Inimician Triumvirate[/u]

    Inimician politics are dominated by three figures. These three politicians formed a formal alliance dividing the country between them, and consequently they direct most of the power.

    • His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos of Inimicus
    • Proimperator Hugh Doyle
    • Lord James Cocx

    [u]National Executive[/u]

    The Imperial Executive consists of the Imperial Executive, appointed by the Emperor, and the Common Executive, chosen by the House of Commons.

    The Imperial Executive is formed of:

    • Imperial Consul Lord Christopher Strathclyde IC
    • Imperial Consul Marquis Maximillian de Barrington IC
    • Chancellor of the Treasury Sir Jonathan Barrington IC [temporary]
    • Imperial Defence Officer Jacob Churchill IC
    • Imperial Foreign Officer Sarah Caldwell IC

    (IC stands for Imperial Councillor, i.e. members of the National Imperial Council)

    The Common Executive is formed of:

    • People's Tribune Lord Michael Dowding
    • People's Tribune Lynda Cocx
    • People's Tribune Karen Smith
    • People's Tribune Glennis Mayfair
    • People's Tribune Sir William Philips
    • Aedile Peter Strathclyde
    • Aedile Sir Elbert White
    • Quaestor Marquis of Milldyke
    • Quaestor Francis Laros

    Geography

    • Region: European Union
    • Location: Southeastern Europe
    • Climate: largely temperate, mountainous climate in areas high above sea level
    • Natural resources: uranium, copper, bauxite, coal, natural gas, timber, fish

    Demography

    • Population: 168,380,000 (16/08/2016 census)
    • Urbanisation: 72%
    • Nationality: Inimician

    Currency

    Like the Euro and most other currencies in the region, the Inimician Guilder (Dutch/German: [i]Gulden[/i]; Latin:[i]Aureus[/i]) is a decimal coin. It evolved throughout history from a certain weight of gold ([i]Gulden[/i] = [i]golden[/i]) to a standardised coinage in the fifteenth century. The Guilder fluctuates between values of €1.50 and €2.00. Currency details:

    • Penning (₽) (D.:[i]Penning[/i]; G.: [i]Pfennung[/i]; L.: [i]Sestertius[/i])
    • Guilder of 100 Pennings) (Ƒ) (D./G.: [i]Gulden[/i]; L.: [i]Aureus[/i])

    [u]History[/u]

    The history of Inimicus can be roughly divided into four eras:

    • 1351 - 1578 AD, from the founding of the earliest state in the territory of modern-day Inimicus to a major expansion project westwards doubling Inimicus's territory;
    • 1578 - 1801, from the westwards expansion to the overthrow of the Kingdom of Inimicus by republican rebels;
    • 1801 - 2012, from the republican revolution to the founding of the Empire of Inimicus;
    • From 2012 onwards: Imperial Era.

    A full history of Inimicus is currently being compiled.


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    The Inimician State


    Inimicus has what may seem like an immensely complicated governmnetal structure. The State is formally separated into legislative, executive, and judicial powers: only His Majesty the Emperor has the power to step over the bounds of all three power groups, and only the Executive Officers (which make up what is known as the National Executive) serve permanently in two power groups: the executive and, since they sit on the National Imperial Council, the legislative.

    Inimicus is a democratic nation: the Inimician electorate (every Inimician national aged over 17 and every EU national who has lived in Inimicus for the past year) elects the following bodies:

    • Provincial Assemblies: legislative authorities on a provincial level
    • House of Commons: lower house of parliament that meets every June for one month
    • National Senate: smaller national legislative that takes over the Commons' duties as an advisory and constitutional body during the months the Commons do not sit
    • National Imperial Council: supreme legislative body that can overturn any parliamentary decision
    • The Emperor: highest, unchallenged authority in Inimicus, elected by Alternative Vote for life, with absolute prerogative; the Emperor is also Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces

    His Imperial Majesty the Emperor

    The Emperor (or Empress) is the legal absolute monarch of Inimicus. By Constitution, the Emperor has the right to disband and raise Ministries or other executive offices, dissolve Parliament, and issue Imperial Decrees which may overrule any decision made by the executive, Parliament, or the National Imperial Council. However, He may not amend the Constitution without the approval of two thirds of the permanent bodies of the Imperial Diet (National Imperial Council, House of Lords, and National Senate). The Emperor lives in the Imperial Palace, in the centre of the capital city, Telum. The Emperor's authority is often made a pars pro toto by referring to decisions made by the Emperor as made by 'the Palace'. In 2015, the new Constitution passed more rights from the Imperial Diet to the Emperor, and dissolved the House of Commons as a permanent body. The powers from the Lower House now lie with the National Imperial Council, the National Senate, and the Emperor. The Inimician monarch has their own coat of arms and personal standard. In formal correspondence and publications, personal pronouns referring to the Emperor are almost always capitalised. This is due to the supposedly divine status of Inimician monarchs in the late middle ages and early modern times. The formal state religion of Inimicus still remains the Imperial Cult surrounding divinity of monarchs. However, in practice, Inimicus is one of the most secular and atheists states in the region.

    Contrary to what the aforesaid might suggest, Inimicus is not an autocracy or oligarchy. Unlike most - if not all - European monarchies, the office of Emperor in Inimicus is not hereditary. Emperors are elected by popular vote using the Alternative Voting system after the abdication or death of the previous incumbent. Abdication may occur if the monarch is deemed not fit for role and contracts the abdication with a healthy mind; when the Emperor contracts a marriage without the consent of Parliament or the National Imperial Council; or when the Emperor voluntarily relinquishes the Imperial Prerogative for personal reasons. Emperor Hugh, for example, signed his abdication after falling gravely ill with Crohn's Disease; Emperor William, Hugh's predecessor, was assassinated in 2013 by a radical environmentalist grouping.

    The office of Emperor was created after the overthrow of the Republic of Telum in 2011. This Republic had turned into a de facto dictatorship and a small revolt in the north of the country evolved into a full-scale civil war. Lasting just under a year, the conflict was mainly fought covertly, with full-scale sieges and city captures being fairly rare. The war was won by the Teluminan Monarchist Party, which advocated restoration of the Inimician monarchy, which was abolished in 1801 after another revolution. Because of the federal system Inimicus had changed into over 200 Republican years, the title 'Emperor' was chosen to symbolise the unity of the new Inimician state. Because of the reactionary character of the Teluminan Monarchist Party, the system of electoral succession introduced to the Inimician monarchy in 1402 after a power vacuum was reinstated, together with the factual absolute nature of the monarchy. However, a new constitution was drafted and agreed upon by a large number of assemblies: each Inimician municipality held a general council, inviting any interested citizen, which each had to ratify the document and delegate two members to a National General Convention in Telum, which debated and amended the wording of the new Constitution before ultimately ratifying it and organising the first democratic elections in over two centuries.

    The current incumbent Emperor is Artabanos of Inimicus (the surname Of Inimicus being the name he was given after his coronation as Emperor - his previous surname was Of Astro, due to his former position as Duke of Terra Praestoris). He was elected to the office of Emperor following Hugh's abdication. The Imperial Election was held on May 22nd 2014, and Artabanos was crowned Emperor Artabanos of Inimicus on May 30th. Since then, he has used his constitutional absolute powers more than any other Emperor, issuing multiple Imperial Decrees - including one which disbanded the first Lane Cabinet and one dissolving Parliament and abolishing the Commons as a permanent legislative body. Due to this rigorous usage of Imperial powers, popular and Parliamentary demands for re-election using a 'fairer' voting system grew, so in September 2014 Emperor Artabanos was re-elected with an even bigger popular mandate. Despite His absolute prerogative, the Emperor is expected to act as the custodian of the rights and privileges of the Inimician people, including - but most definitely not limited to - freedom of speech and thought, free press, democratic accountability, well-being, and protection from foreign and domestic threats.

    Emperor Artabanos was preceded by Hugh, who was in his turn preceded by William. Contrary to the two earlier Inimician monarchs, Artabanos intends to stay on the throne and has previously stated he will not abdicate for any medical reason whatsoever.

    Emperor Artabanos's full title is as follows:

    'ARTABANOS: Centuriorum, Legatorum, Quaestoriorum, Imperatorum, Rosarorum, Praestoriorum Imperator Maximus; Dominus Noster, Βασιλεύς Πολεμιων, Αύτοκράτορ Πρώτος; Pontifex Maximus Religio Inimiciis; Dux Districti Teli; Caesar Legioni Inimici; Crux Maximus Ordinem Imperatoris; Dominus Ordene Supremus Nicolesii; LAUDATE!'

    Translated as:

    'ARTABANOS: of the Centurians, Legatians, Quaestorians, Imperatorians, Rosarians, and Praestorians Supreme Emperor; Our Lord, Ruler of all Inimicians, Supreme Autocrat; Defender of the Inimician Faith; Duke of the District of Telum; Commander of the Inimician Armed Forces; Grand Cross in the Imperial Order of Inimicus; Lord of the Supreme Ordene of Icholasen; PRAISE!'


    Emperor Artabanos of Inimicus


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    The Legislative

    The Inimician Legislative consists of four separate councils: the House of Lords, a permanent advisory body appointed by the Emperor; the House of Commons, an elected 700-member assembly that meets every June; the National Senate, which assumes the duties of the House of Commons and acts as a constitutional double-lock; and the National Imperial Council, part elected, part appointed, which is the supreme legislative body on which the Emperor sits. All four assemblies together are often referred to as the Imperial Diet, and the House of Nobles and House of Commons, for historical reasons, as the Houses of Parliament. Apart from the National Imperial Council, all Imperial Diet Councils meet in the Parliament Buildings in central Telum.

    House of Nobles

    Noble Speaker: Frits Steiner

    The House of Nobles (Inimician: Huys der Heeren; German: Herrenhaus; Latin: Senatus Nobilis), is the formal upper house of the Imperial Diet. Its 150 members are appointed by His Majesty Emperor Artabanos.

    Members of the Nobles are part-timers who often hold other positions as well. They receive an allowance which is about a quarter of the salary of the members of the National Senate, as they meet only twice a week. Its members tend to be veteran politicians or part-time politicians at the national level, often having other roles in business or science. It has the right to accept or reject legislative proposals in an advisory role, but not to amend them or to initiate legislation. The Nobles' main purpose is to keep the Emperor to account: His Majesty is mandated to sit in the House during one of two weekly sittings to hear the Nobles' demands and advice.

    The House of Nobles was reinstituted by Emperor Artabanos in 2015. When Parliament was first formed in Inimicus in 1402, the Nobles demanded seperate representation from that of the Commoners to provide a bulwark to the Crown (i.e. the King and his ministers). It was still able to block bills that displeased the King. Such bills were usually private member's bills from the House of Commons. The members of the Nobles were and are not elected, but were confidants of the King and were appointed for life. The House was abolished when revolutionaries overthrew the monarchy in 1801. With the return of an Inimician monarch, the return of the Nobles was welcomed by the majority of Inimicians.

    House of Commons



    Speaker: none

    The House of Commons (Inimician: Huys van Afgevaerdigden; German: Rat der Abgeordneten; Latin: Concilium Plebis), or simply: House; Huys; Rat; Concilium) is the temporary Lower House of the Imperial Diet. It has 700 seats, which last Parliament were elected by first-past-the-post. The House of Commons meets for one month every year, after the reforms proposed by Emperor Artabanos and ratified by the House itself, and every year's Parliament is subject to individual rules, regulations, and privileges. In June 2016, the House was granted the right to elect nine Common Executive Officers to aid in the Empire's law-making. The Commons further discuss matters of state and, depending on rules set out in the Imperial Decree calling for the Commons to be elected, can either play an advisory role in decision-making, or be granted powers far beyond that: MPs can be granted the right to propose and amend legislation, budget rights, rights of inquiry, and right to questioning of Executive Officers and the Emperor.

    [u]Parties in the Commons[/u]
    In the last Parliament, five groups and fifty-five independents were represented in the House of Commons:

    • Inimician Liberal Appeal (249 members): The ILA is a liberal-progressive party supportive of increased devolution of powers from Parliament to the Emperor and local government. Keen on European co-operation, the party ensured EU elections have to be decided by national referendum.
      Ideology: classical liberalism, pro-educationalism, intellectualism, pro-Imperialism, pro-Europeanism
    • Centre-Conservative Union (211): This party is a centre-conservative party with some authoritarian roots; these are, however, compensated by some more liberal members.
      Ideology: conservatism, interventionism, conservative environmentalism
    • Central Progressive Party (83): This progressive Imperial support party gained seven constituency seats in the most recent by-election. It campaigns heavily for Imperial support, European integration, and against social welfare cuts. It finds itself on the left side of the political spectre.
      Key points: social liberalism, pro-Imperialism, pro-Europeanism, innovationalism
    • United Green Front (81): This party was formed by Judy Speller in co-operation with Emperor Artabanos, who felt Inimicus was lacking representation on the left. The UGF is a left-wing progressive party campaigning for abolition of nuclear power in Inimicus, subsidising green economics and massively increasing taxes on the wealthy.
      Key points: radical environmentalism, pluralism, multiculturalism, radical social democracy
    • People’s Movement (55): This controversial party is widely considered a successor to the Inimician People’s Front, which was abolished in 2014 after attempting to organise an armed coup in Parliament. It advances right-wing, national-socialist values.
      Key points: Euroscepticism, anti-monarchism, national socialism, anti-immigrationalism

    Administration

    The Commons is headed by a Speaker. This position has been vacant since the resignation of Speaker Matthew Birch following an incident in which Inimician People's Front MPs physically attacked the Emperor in the House in April 2015. Birch has, in the absence of a willing successor, headed the Fifth Parliament's proceedings as Deputy Speaker. The Speaker is aided by scribes and two assistants.

    National Senate

    Speaker: Wilfred Cocx IC

    The National Senate (Inimician: Nationaele Senaat; German: Nationalsenat; Latin: Senatus Generalis) was established in late December 2015 after a seemingly controversial episode in the National Imperial Council the months before. It was first installed on January 4th 2016 after an election the day before. Several Councillors complained about the Emperor’s abolition of the House of Commons and the increased power He drew to Himself. Consequently, His Majesty democratised some of Inimicus’s government to include a second permanent elected legislative body. During the months prior to the National Senate’s implementation, a group of Imperial Councillors set up the so-called People’s Assembly as a protest against the adjournment of Parliament, so His Majesty decided to legalise this Assembly under the name National Senate. It is, therefore, mainly a body that exists solely for historical and constitutional reasons.

    The Senate mainly acts as a 'constitutional double-lock.' In order to amend the Inimician Constitution (click click) the Emperor needs the approval of two thirds of every Inimician legislative body. In a democratising move, influential Inimician politicians decided a third body, not under the influence of the Emperor, should be added to ensure no rash amendments would happen. The Senate also specialises in the constitutional compatibility of proposed government measures, checking legislation against Inimicus's founding documents and adivising the government accordingly.

    Senators sit in the Parliament Buildings in Telum, in a refurbished chamber meant to resemble the earliest Parliament chamber in the Kingdom of Inimicus, dating from 1402 AD. Members are elected on a yearly basis.

    As of January 3rd 2016, the Senate layout is as follows:

    • Coalition:
      • Inimician Liberal Appeal: 33
      • United Green Front: 21
    • Opposition:
      • Centre-Conservative Union: 28
      • Central Progressive Party: 11
      • People’s Movement: 7

    National Imperial Council

    Speaker: none

    The National Imperial Council (Inimician: Nationaele Keyzerleycke Raet; German: Kaiserliche Nationalrat; Latin: Concilium Imperatoris Generalis), or NIC, is the supreme legislative body of Inimicus. It comprises two elected delegates from every one of six Inimician provinces, both Consuls, both Imperial Offiers of State (Defence and Foreign Officers), two delegates appointed by His Majesty, and one elected by the Generality province in the south of Inimicus (formally, this delegate is also appointed by the Emperor, but the Emperor has allowed the indefinitely established Generality territory to provide representation as well, sharing part of His power with the people). Therefore, the total member count is twenty. His Majesty's authority is absolute, and so He has been given an effective veto in the shape of eleven NIC votes, one less than all provinces combined. This brings the final vote count to 30, and symbolises how the Emperor is not above democratic legitimacy, but maintains His absolute prerogative.

    The NIC was established after massive corruption and expenses scandals in the House of Commons. The House was then adjourned and replaced by the NIC. The Commons now meet for one month every year while the NIC and National Senate take over its duties. The formal separation of powers in Inimicus is breached only by the NIC and His Majesty: members of the National Executive sit on the NIC, and the Emperor sits on both the NIC and the Crown Court (the supreme judicial authority in Inimicus). Imperial Councillors are elected indefinitely, although the Emperor is expected to dissolve the Council in a timely fashion.

    Council proceedings were not televised at first, but after an initiative proposed by Wilfred Cocx IC in February 2016, supported by the Emperor, cameras have now been installed in the Council chamber and debates are broadcast live and recorded.

    NIC Party layout currently is:

    The current members of the National Imperial Council are:
    • His Imperial Majesty and His Delegates
      • I. Emperor Artabanos
      • II. Wilfred Cocx, ind.
      • III. Hugh Doyle, ind.
      • IV. James Cocx, ind.
    • For Terra Centurio
      • V. Basil Lawson, CCU
      • VI. Victor Doubleday, ILA
    • For Terra Domini
      • VII. Matthew Birch, ILA
      • VIII. Joan Saunders, ILA
    • For Terra Legati
      • IX. Simon Lane, CCU
      • X. Jeffrey Speller, UGF
    • For the National Executive
      • XI. Lord Christopher Strathclyde, ind.*
      • XII. Marquis Maximillian de Barrington, ind.
      • XIII.Jacob Churchill, ind.
      • XIV. Sarah Gladwell, ind.
    • For Terra Quaestoris
      • XV. Edmund Everet, ILA
      • XVI. Dianne Stax, People's Movement
    • For Terra Rosarum
      • XVII. Edith Oxley, ILA
      • XVIII. Ralph Jaevons, CCU
    • For Terra Praestoris
      • XIX. Charles Honeybourne, CPP
      • XX. Sir Augustus Barrington, CCU

    *The Executive Representative Leader (ERL) acts as most imporant Councillor on behalf of the Executive. They are usually occupied with Council business as a full-time job, although they may combine their Councillorship with other duties. The Chancellor of the Treasury does not sit on the NIC due to the fact there is no permanent Chancellor in place currently, only a Deputy; they are, instead, represented by the ERL.




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    Provinces and other administrational regions in Inimicus

    Inimicus has four administrational levels: National (sometimes but not often called federal), Triumviral, Provincial, and Local. This has been the case since March 2016, after Emperor Artabanos closely avoided civil armed conflict by meeting with ex-Emperor Hugh Doyle and former EU Councillor Nicholas Benfield, who negotiated the forming of the Inimician Triumvirate.

    National administration includes both Houses of Parliament, the National Imperial Council, the National Senate, the National Executive (which in turn comprises both the Imperial and the Common executive; more on this later), and the Emperor. National legislatures have become more powerful of late, as the constitution of the Triumvirate would have established a double federal structure, which would be unorderly and conflicting. Provincial powers have, therefore, been largely returned to centralised national government and Triumviral authorities.

    Inimician Triumvirs are Emperor Artabanos, former Emperor Hugh Doyle, and famous noble Lord James Cocx. Apart from co-operation in international conflict and joint representation abroad, the three Triumviral areas are more or less self-governing, although all kept in check by the Emperor Himself. The Triumvirate was partly set up by former EU Councillor Nicholas Benfield. However, after attempted independence moves and offences against the Triumviral Constitution, Benfield's territory was seized and Benfield himself taken prisoner in early April 2016. Lord James Cocx, a diplomatic veteran and family relation of the most popular politician in Inimicus, Wilfred Cocx, was chosen as Benfield's replacement.

    Inimicus has six provinces and two Imperial Territories: Terra Centurio, Terra Domini, Terra Legati, Terra Praestoris, Terra Rosarum, Terra Quaestoris form the provinces; the Districto Teli and Generality Territory are directly controlled by the Emperor. Each province has a Provincial Assembly with 100 Deputies, elected by proportional representation. The Provincial Assemblies elect a Provincial College, a form of federal cabinet, which has specific powers over education, infrastructure, and environmental issues. The District of Telum has a Teluminan Council of 100 members. Moreover, each province has a Duke or Duchess, sometimes called the Emperor's Commissioner, which is directly appointed by Imperial virtue. The Commissioner checks and controls provincial bodies to prevent any of them from conflicting with the Emperor's commands.


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    Important Figures in Inimicus's Executive

    For more information about each of these roles, see further entries in this factbook.


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    The Inimician Executive Structure

    For simplicity and understanding purposes, this overview of the way Inimician executive power is organised is concerned only with structures on a national level. Power is centred around the legal absolute monarch, the Emperor, who appoints, and calls elections for, various offices set up the way He desires. The combined Executive Officers are known as the National Executive, which meets with the Emperor every week. Upon their appointment or election, all Executive Officers are mandated to abandon party loyalties. As of July 2016, the following executive structure has been in place.

    Imperial Executive

    The Imperial Executive is one of two branches of the Inimician National Executive, and is directly appointed by Imperial Virtue. The Imperial Executive is granted the Absolute Prerogative, meaning Imperial Officers are allowed to act in the Emperor’s stead, and have been allowed to perform executive actions without the approval of the National Imperial Council or National Senate. However, the two bodies do call Imperial Officers to their respective Chambers at least once per week.

    Imperial Consuls

    The two most senior offices in the National Executive are two Imperial Consuls. The dual equivalent to Prime Ministers in other nations, Consuls replace the Emperor on foreign visits, during National Imperial Council debates, and other events that require the Emperor’s presence, when His Imperial Majesty cannot be present in His Person. The roles differ from that of Vicarius (the Emperor’s Deputy) in the sense that Imperial Consuls also chair meetings of the National Executive and draft, amend, and revise overall government policy, whereas the Vicarius is a personal assistant and replacement to the Emperor. One Consul in addition serves as Executive Representative Leader in the National Imperial Council.

    The current Imperial Consuls are long-standing politicians Marquis Maximillian de Barrington and Lord Christopher Strathclyde.




    Chancellor of the Treasury

    The Chancellor is responsible for overall financial policy and works closely with the Imperial Bank and the two Quaestors (officers elected by the House of Commons). The Chancellor formulates a budget for each tax year, judges whether or not austerity cuts are necessary, and consults the Emperor on financial affairs. The role is similar to that of finance ministers in other countries. The last Chancellor was dismissed by Emperor Artabanos in early 2016, since then the role has officially been filled by a temporary deputy.

    The current acting Chancellor of the Treasury is Sir Jonathan Barrington.



    Imperial Foreign Officer

    The Imperial Foreign Officer acts as foreign affairs spokesperson for the Inimician government. They attend international meetings on the government’s behalf, formulate official foreign policy, conduct international (and, since April 2016, Triumviral) diplomacy, aim to introduce international action on climate change, protect the rights of Inimician nationals abroad, and are concerned with other actions international co-operation requires. The role is equivalent to other nations’ foreign affairs ministers, and was introduced in 2015. The Inimician Minister for Foreign Affairs preceded the office.

    The current Imperial Foreign Officer is political veteran Sarah Gladwell.



    Imperial Defence Officer

    Similar to ministers for defence in other countries, the Imperial Defence Officer is responsible for territorial integrity of the Empire, protecting and enhancing the international legal system and stability, supporting civil authorities in maintaining order, in case of emergencies and in giving humanitarian aid, both national and international. The Imperial Defence Officer works closely with the Imperial Armed Forces and co-ordinates IAF actions and interventions. They are also responsible for border protection.

    The current Imperial Defence Officer (and former Minister for Defence) is Jacob Churchill.



    Common Executive

    The Common Executive is an addition to the national governmental structure made by Emperor Artabanos in May 2015. The nine Common Executive Officers are chosen directly by the House of Commons from among their own members, every year the House meets (usually in June). Though not technically of a lesser rank than their Imperial counterparts, the Common Executive do not meet with the Emperor regularly or have been granted necessary absolute prerogative. Instead, they consult with the Emperor concerning their plans for government and, depending on His consent, are allowed to execute their plans. The Common Executive also meet with the Imperial Executive (forming the National Executive) every week.

    People’s Tribunes

    Five People’s Tribunes are elected by the House of Commons on a yearly basis. Tribunes review overall government policy and scrutinise the work of the National Imperial Council and the Palace. Since they have the most recent democratic mandate, they are seen as a permanent ‘voice of the people’ in the governmental structure. They co-ordinate policies, approve government communications, and divide administrational funding.

    The current People’s Tribunes are Lord Michael Dowding, Glennis Mayfair, Karen Smith, Lynda Cocx, and Sir William Philips.



    Quaestors

    Quaestors form the Common part of the financial executive branch. Working closely together with the Imperial Bank and the Chancellor of the Treasury, Quaestors assist the latter in their duties and influence financial and fiscal policy. They are also responsible for ratifying the Treasury’s budget before it is passed on to the Emperor and the National Imperial Council, and as such can have a direct impact on the government’s plans. There are two Quaestors, each elected at the same time as all other Common Executive Officers.

    The current Quaestors are Marquis Dirk of Milldyke and Francis Laros.

    Logo of the Imperial Bank

    Aediles

    The two Aediles are comparable to justice or security ministers in other nations. They oversee public spending on the police and security services (though not technically including the Imperial Guard or Imperial Wardens as they are under direct control of the Emperor) and advise the rest of the government on spending developments. Together with the Imperial Defence Officer, they control the Imperial Border Force and advise the Emperor on territorial integrity.

    The current Aediles are Peter Strathclyde and Sir Elbert White.

    Crest of the Imperial Constabulary, one of the Aediles' main spending points


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