Gouvernement de l'Empire Castairien
The Castairian Government is divided into three parts, the Monarch, the Parliament, and the Jurisdiction.
Executive / The Monarch
- Main article: Emperor
The Monarch acts as the supreme head of state with ultimate authority. The Monarch allows the Parliament to create laws and run the different bureaus as it is the wish of the citizens that they are represented. The Monarch has the power to deny any action of the Parliament, but rarely ever does. He also has a seat in the parliament to ensure that his will is followed. He has the policy-making power and charges the Chancellor to follow his guidelines. The Monarchs chief job is to promote welfare and prosperity, as well as command the regiments of the Imperial Armed Forces.
The line of succession governs the order of heads of state and is bound to several rules, the most important being the primogeniture, though the gender doesn't matter for the heir to the throne, it is always the oldest child of the ruling Monarch. The current line of succession is as following:
- Empereur Steve I. Stéphane (* 1720)
- married to Belle Sophie Fortescue (* 1720, ✝ 1754)
- Lukrezia Céleste Sophie (* 1743)
- Princesse Impériale de Castaire, first daughter of Steve I. Stéphane,
- engaged to Alexandre Carpontierre
- Florian Philippe Severin (* 1745)
- Prince du Chastain, first son of Steve I. Stéphane,
- engaged to Estelle Christina Marie von Frennmærk
- Emilia Samira (* 1748)
- Princesse du Chastain, second daughter of Steve I. Stéphane
- Michel (* 1725)
- Chancelier Impérial, brother of Steve I. Stéphane,
- married Catherine Vermontres, Princesse du Gardelegen
Executive / The Chancelier
- Main article: Chancellor
The Chancellor as the actual head of government is the one who runs the whole system. He leads the cabinet which consists of all the ministers appointed by him. He is accountable only to the monarch, so he has not to justify his policy infront of the parliament, but he needs a majority of parliament members to conclude laws. The Chancellor is the representative of the Monarch in the parliament if he is absent. His will represents the will of the Monarch and on any number of occasions, the parliament votes for the proposals of the Chancellor.
Legislative / The Parlement
- Main article: Imperial Parliament
The Parlement was created in the Golden Age. Empereur Steve I found it wise to create a parliament to allow representation of the citizens of Castiare. It consists of two chambers, the Conseil de l'Empire and the Corps Législatif. The upper house consists of the nobility and the representatives of the different constituent states, while the lower house accommodates all the delegates of the provinces and the people. The Parliament is set up with the Chancelier, whose job is to run Parliament meetings, talk to the Empereur directly, and decide votes if there is a tie. He also is the head of the Gouvernement de Sa Majesté and thus presiding its ministers and secretaries. These can be elects from within any chamber, but can also be chosen experts. The actual legislative power is in the hands of the Corps Legislatif, but the Conseil is able to state a veto to delay the law, though it cannot block any law conceived by the Corps. Besides all the power of the parliament, actually running the whole nation, the Monarch is able to conclude laws by Himself, but this rarely ever happens. The parliament also has a scribe, whose job is to keep the records of the meetings, and a Silence Officer whose job is to keep peace in the chamber. The parliament meets once a month to decide on issues brought up by members of parliament. Besides making laws, the parliament runs the many bureaus of the Empire such as the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Social Welfare.
By constitution, there are several persistent ministers, each presiding a governmental Departement. These are:
- Minister for Inner Affairs
- Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Minister of War
- Minister of Justice
- Seigneur Trésorier as custodian of the imperial fortune
- Surintendant des Finances as Minister of Finances
- Minister of Economy
- Minister of Culture
- Minister of Education
Judicative / The Jurisdiction
The Court was established near the beginning of the history of Castaire. It was originally a single building which had two judges who were appointed by the Emperor. This changed as the population rose, the court was divided into two divisions including The Peoples Court and The Supreme Court.
The Peoples Court
The Peoples court is a system of many small courts that serve their local area with crimes committed by citizens, the court has no judge but instead a group of 20 people randomly selected to decided the fate of the convicted man. The group of 20 is monitored by the Supreme Court to make sure the group of 20 follows the laws when reaching a decision.
The Supreme Court
If a convicted man appeals his fate, or if there is a broken law, it is up to the Supreme Court to decided the fate. This court has a group of 5 Judges who decided the fate. The Chancellor, The Emperor and the Heir to the Throne all have seats in the Supreme Court room and can vote with the Judges on issues. Supreme Court decisions are the absolute final say of the land, so if a law is decided to be wrong by the Supreme Court, neither Parliament or the Monarch can ever return it.