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The Executive Ministry Council (WIP)

The Executive Ministry Council is the head of government of Frenequesta, charged with reviewing legislation passed by the Assembly and overseeing the work of various Divisions of each Ministry. It consists of the Secretaries of the ten Ministries and the Minister Advisor and President. Each member, once elected, first serves a five-year term, with an unlimited opportuniy to win further three-year terms.

Each Secretary has in turn a Ministry Subcouncil, made up of top bureaucrats in each Division of that Ministry. All legislation must first pass through the relevant Ministry Subcouncils before a final vote of the Ministry Council.

Minister Advisor and President

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Incumbent: Claire Ritter Rieu

About the Office: The Minister Advisor and President (MAP) is the only member of the Ministry Council nominated by political parties or by oneself (all others must be nominated by a convention of organizations professing expertise in the Ministry's field of work). Consequently, it is the most "political" of the positions on the EMC. The MAP's main role is to preside over EMC meetings and mediate policy disagreements among the Ministries and interest groups. She may only vote on pending legislation to break a tie among the Ministries, to approve a line-item veto for the bill in question (of which her assent is mandatory for passage), or in the stead of a temporarily absent Secretary whose Subcouncil had first approved the bill. In addition, she serves as the Head of State for Frenequesta.

About the Incumbent: Claire Ritter Rieu was born in Fox Dole Altar to a Joplinian Progressive Methodist pastor and the conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Fox Dole Altar, who, shortly after her birth, moved to Neue Bayreuth. While not a prodigy, she became attracted to the organ from a young age and her parents encouraged her abilities. Originally intending on being a music major, she was denied entry into Christensen University's competitive music program despite already being admitted to the college generally on a particularly bad audition, and instead made her original minor, economics, a major. After being rejected from the Christensen music program again due to a technical error, she was admitted into the Rosenburg Conservatory of Music where she quickly finished her certificate of aptitude while simultaneously pursuing a master's degree in philosophy. After school, she became a financial consultant for the fledgling Metaforms Corporation (now Metaforms LEC), with a side job as an organist for a Joplinian Progressive Methodist church in Fox Dole Altar. She became a council member for Fox Dole Altar and served one three-year term.

Between her time as a Fox Dole Altar city council member and her election as Neue Bayreuth's third mayor since the merger of Neighland and Joplinia-Lambscott, she wrote several books on the economic inefficiencies of the policies of the Popular Democratic Band and critiques of the foundations of Frenequesta and became something of a public intellectual. Her election as MAP was partially due to her popularity as Neue Bayreuth's mayor, and her "public intellectual" status.

As MAP, she has gained a reputation as a truly conciliatory figure. In contrast to her predecessor, Gunther Zuroweste, who preferred to craft consensus based on picking and choosing from various proposals, Rieu has always inserted her own perspective on every proposal, preferring to synthesize multiple perspectives. She describes herself as “conservative but open,” preferring “incremental change where change is proper.”

Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Economy

Incumbent: Cashmaster

About the Office: The Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Economy is perhaps the single most powerful member of the Ministry Council, since at least half of all bills make a stop at her Subcouncil. She takes on the responsibilities of the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Economy, establishing and maintaining diplomatic relationships with other countries, negotiating treaties and trade agreements, and overseeing the economic development of the nation, both domestic and multiversal.

About the Incumbent: Born in Baysie and raised in Reinsburgh, Cashmaster studied at the University of Neue Bayreuth at a young age, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Science in Econometrics. He worked for five years as a financial analyst for Angelo Fitzgerald CIB, a mid-sized investment bank in Frenequesta. When Angelo Fitzgerald merged with another investment bank, he was a victim of efficiency cuts, piquing a further interest in M&A. He returned to Reinsburgh to work attend the Royal University of Reinsburgh, where he obtained a Master of Science in Political Science, while juggling both a part-time insurance broker job and an internship at the Acquisitions Subdivision of the Ministry of the Economy for the Reinsburgh field office. He later matriculated at the Royal University of Reinsburgh Law School, but dropped out after his second year due to major financial problems and minor academic problems. Somewhat deterred from a full-blown legal career, Cashmaster instead put his legal knowledge to political use, first becoming a city councilpony for the city of Reinsburgh, and later an MA for Reinsburgh, where he served one term. He did not abandon his financial career, however, and eventually made Vice President of the Finance Division of one of the largest investment banks in Frenequesta, Golden Troy Capital CIB.

It was his highly scholarly but readable essays and books on various economic subjects, most notably the relation between investment banking and the import/export trade of Frenequesta, however, that piqued the attention of the Freneq community of financial analysts, economists, and diplomats, who nominated him for Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Economy as one of the two required challengers to the incumbent Secretary, Vishton Smalls. Although Cashmaster approved of Smalls' handling of the office, he still thought "I could do better," and accepted the nomination. Thanks to his natural charisma (and Smalls having a nonfatal stroke two weeks before the election), Cashmaster surprised everyone by winning 49% of the vote, making him the second Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Economy.

Cashmaster is an Earth Pony with an experimental artificial Unicorn horn, which is capable of carrying out a limited number of spells as well as basic telekinesis and ability to access a pocket dimension to store objects within. For some reason, Cashmaster has used his horn for transformation spells in particular. On occasion (but usually with notice and some acknowledgment of consent), he will briefly transform a foreign diplomat into a random animal, often foxes or cats. More often, however, it will be a violin into a piano, or an empty glass bottle into an aluminum can, to demonstrate the horn at social events.

Secretary of Infrastructure

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Incumbent: Autumn Hammer

About the Office: The Secretary of Infrastructure oversees the construction and maintenance of inter-district Freneq transit systems, power plants, communications networks, and more generally federal-level public works projects. She also has the power to declare states of emergency in cases of war or disaster for Frenequesta or any particular region (which she shares with District Premiers).

About the Incumbent: Autumn Hammer was born in Platzetorf (Liveryville) on the eve of the Violasfarne Wars. She found her talent in engineering at an early age by digging trenches and repairing bridges for Neighlander troops, earning her cutie mark well before many of her peers. Once the Wars finally ended, she attended Compasspoint Polytechnic University in Haymarket where she honed her engineering skills and got her Professional Diploma in Civil Engineering. She first found work at the Neighland Works Bureau, but left for the private sector four years later when Neighland and Joplinia merged. For twenty-six years after she worked for various architectural firms and general contractors, working on projects such as the Metaforms Tower, the Hillflyer Convention Center, the Yves-Carter Bridge, and the Synthward Memorial Fusion Power Plant.