4th June 1993 (25)
Tytus Alexander (Father)
University of East Lannacht
Board Member of
Phoenix Holdings (Chairman)
OF THE UNITED PREFECTURES
Head of State
Direct Popular Vote
Five Years, renewable
The First Prefect of the United Prefectures of Noronica (Nyssic: Hùilìhb Cheòipha) is the elected Head of State and Head of Government of the United Prefectures of Noronica, and holder of the title of Command-in-Chief of the Noronnican Armed Forces.
Noronica was, traditionally, a constitutional monarchy until the Royalist Crisis of 2018-19. Since the creation of its 2019 Constitution and through comprehensive reforms to the political system, Noronica is now a Federal Constitutional Republic under the leadership of the First Prefect. The position is executive rather than ceremonial, as the First Prefect is Head of State and Government.
Any member of the public or Prefectorial Senate that is eligible to be the First Prefect may stand for election, but they must be approved as candidates by the Prefectorial Senate through a majority vote. When the public election is held, the electorate directly votes for one of the candidates for the position of First Prefect. These elections are held separately to Senatorial Elections.
As Head of Government, the First Prefect sits at the head of the State Executive, a government body made up of officials appointed by the First Prefect. The State Executive consists of the various Ministers of State who each head a Federal Ministry or Agency, and they serve to advise the First Prefect on matters of state.
The inaugural and current holder of the office of First Prefect is Trystan Alexander, the former Crown Prince of Noronica, who was elected by popular vote in 2019.
To be considered as a candidated for the office of First Prefect, according to the 2019 Constitution, one must:
Be at least 25 years of age.
Be a natural-born citizen of Noronica or any of its territories.
Have completed Higher Education.
The suitability of candidates is left mostly to the discretion of the Prefectorial Senate, who forms their opinions on the basis of merit so as to ensure the office is handled by a competent and sound candidate.
The office of the First Prefect is partisan. Candidates for the office are those that wish to stand for election, but they must also be a member of a political party. Should one, however, be in a political office already, they must resign before they announce their candidacy. To stand for election, a candidate must submit their aspiration in writing to the Senate Offices. Officials at this stage check to ensure that candidates meet the basic requirements as mentioned above. Once a candidate has been generally approved, their application is sent to the Electoral Committee, a body made of various Senators who see if they find the candidates suitable and that they merit a chance of election. The committee must pick two candidates to run for election.
Once these stages are completed, the remaining two candidates are encouraged to campaign publically, as it is then up to the electorate to decide their favourite. The candidates must establish a team of campaigners and set out basic policies or a manifesto for the direction they wish to take the nation.
After one of the candidates is elected by a direct popular vote, the current First Prefect steps down from their position. On the day of inauguration, the previous First Prefect is the one to mediate the ceremony and inaugurate the elected victor.
The First Prefect, in essence, serves as the guarantor of the Constitution. The office ensures that all aspects of government act in accordance and with faith towards the Constitution. This also extends to governance on a federal level, as all state legislation should comply.
The First Prefect's legislative powers are reserved, due to the detachment of the branches. The First Prefect may attend but not vote in sessions of the Prefectorial Senate despite their status as chairman of their party and may utilise the right of veto should legislation be deemed unconstitutional under the First Prefect's discretion. The office also signs bills into law, but interestingly, it may also present draft legislation for consideration of the Prefectorial Senate. Such a bill would not carry any extra weight to it and would undergo the usual legislative process. The First Prefect may also call for a national referendum should it be deemed necessary.
For the opening of the legislative year in the Prefectorial Senate, the First Prefect must address it in what is called the 'Senate Opening Address'.
Another key aspect of the office's role is the direction of national policy. As Head of Government, the First Prefect sets the direction of domestic and foreign policy with approval from the State Executive. This role serves to ensure unity within the State Executive and the stable direction of the nation. The First Prefect also represents the state in international relations, conducts negotiations with foreign parties, and acts as the signatory to international documentation. In being an active role within Noronnican international relations, the First Prefect appoints and recalls diplomats and delegations to nations or international organisations.
The First Prefect also has extensive powers over appointments, as the First Prefect nominates many state positions. The office nominates officials for the Supreme Court, the State Executive, the Executive Office, and the position of Attorney General. The Prefectorial Senate can approve or reject the appointments for the Supreme Court.
The First Prefect may issue Executive Decrees, which serve to manage the operations of all aspects of government within Noronica, and have the force of law.
According to the 2019 Constitution, the First Prefect has a term limit of five years. This may be renewed should the current First Prefect be elected into office by the electorate should they stand for election again.
Should the First Prefect be deemed unfit for continued service to the state, the Prefectorial Senate may remove them from office. The Prefectorial Senate is granted the power to serve as a court and to impeach the First Prefect through a two-thirds majority vote.
First Prefect Office
Chief of Staff
Chief of Household
Council for National Defence
First Prefect's Defence Assistant
Council for Economic Strategy
First Prefect's Economic Assistant
Council for Trade Strategy
First Prefect's Trade Assistant
Intergovernmental Liaison Office
Intergovernment Liaison Director
Management and Budget Office
Management and Budget Director