Political System of Icholasen
General elections are held usually every 5 years, but are held if such a motion receives a simple majority in the Senate. In General Elections, each Dominion votes to elect Senators and Nonetors who are elected to the respective houses of Parliament. Though general elections are held every 5 years, Dominions may go through by-election if the Governor resigns or dies. This is rare, though it has the potential to stir up Nicoleizian politics.
The Senate is the Nicoleizian lower house, elected via first past the post and proportional representation. 80% of the Senate is elected via first past the post with the Dominions themselves being seats. 80% of each Dominion's Senate seats go the sole winning party of that Dominion's vote - whether that is by one vote or thousands. 20% of that vote is done via proportional representation, (ie 50% of the seats go to the party that one 50% of the votes) but this 20% of seats excludes the percentage of votes won by the winning party and only includes the residual parties. The Senate has many powers. It drafts legislature, makes the majority of the laws, and the largest party within the Senate decides the government and who becomes the Royal Premier.
The Nonet is composed of the 9 Governors of the 9 Dominions of Icholasen. They are chosen by the largest party in the Dominion's elections, either as part of a general election or a by-election. The Nonet has to sign off all legislation made in the Senate, so that it is made sure all the 9 Dominions are in accordance with the laws proposed. Though, the Nonet can be overrode with a 70% majority in the Senate on regular laws, or an impossibly large figures for constitutional change - 95%. Therefore, making the Nonet the near de facto king-maker for all laws. The Nonet has some of the most powerful people in the 9 Dominions, with the leader of the Nonet, Delphine Cormier, being extremely powerful, able to lead her 4 Party of June colleagues to vote against the government in the Senate if she so chose. However, this hasn't happened as there is currently harmony between these two houses of government, however fragile that may be. Cormier in the Nonet, however, is meant to act as a counterweight to Royal Premier Whiteford, the leader of the Senate, in order to create balance. The Nonet also acts to ensure that each Dominion is given an equal say in the laws of Icholasen, not leaving the heavily populated Eastern urban regions to decide everything in a typical system.