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by The Cultural Union of North German Realm. . 473 reads.

North Germany | | Legislature


As according the Constitution of North Germany, the Realm has two different bodies of legislators. The Bundesrat and the Reichstag. While most people believe these two to be two different "chambers" of a non-named Parliament, this is in fact not true. Bundesrat, while in truth in charge of legislature as well, is "Federal Council" that binds and convenes the Alliance of the thirty two States that form the North German Federation. Their functions and duties are well defined.

The Federal Council


Current formation of the Bundesrat:


The Bundesrat is made up of representatives appointed by each of the individual states. The Number of votes (and seats) are decided proportionally and by population. It was designed to be the Highest Authority of the North German Realm. Its President (Bundespräsidium) is the King of Prussia and holds the title "Norddeutscher Kaiser" (North German Emperor). Constitutionally, the Chancellor is appointed by the Emperor, but functionally, they are the "candidate" offered by a leading party in any given election. They can be part of the Reichstag. Members of the Bundesrat enjoy Legislative Immunity in and outside of North Germany for all but the most horrible crimes.

The Bundesrat's agreement (a 66% majority) is the second stage of the process of lawmaking in North Germany (After the agreement of Bundesrat, the Assent of the Kaiser is also necessary). It in addition rules on situations a dispute between multiple states requires military or political intervention from the Federal Government (Bundesexekution), It can vote on acts performed by the Kaiser such as Declaration of War or dissolution of the Reichstag, and resolve constitutional disputes within a state. It also divides into eight "eternal committees" on the following. The committees for Land Defense of Naval Affairs are appointed directly by the Kaiser, while the rest are decided by the Bundesrat itself. Each Committee must at least have delegates from six federal states from different party affiliations..

  • Land Defense;

  • Naval affairs;

  • Taxation of all kinds;

  • Trade;

  • Transportation and communication;

  • Accounts;

  • Foreign Affairs;
    Electoral proceedings.

The number of representatives for each state, 65 in total, is listed below. These members are appointed by the State government of each North German State. Typically, this means appointment by an elected state government that is assented by a head of local state (monarch or 'state president')

State

Seats

Prussia

15

Rhineland

6

Westphalia

6

Wastrecht

4

Hanover

4

Hesse

3

Thuringia

2

Saxony

2

Berlin

2

Hanseatic Cities

2

Singapore

2

Schleswig-Holstein

2

NG. West Indies

2

Mecklenburg

2

Zanzibar

1

Limburg

1

Oldenburg

1

Nassau

1

Luxembourg

1

Brunswick

1

Lippe

1

Waldeck and Pyrmont

1

Frankfurt

1

NG. India

1

NG. Pacifica

1

Total

65

The Realm's Diet


Current formation of the Reichstag

The Reichstag, in truth the only legislature of the North German Realm (but considered the "Lower Chamber" of the German Parliament). Its members are elected by universal suffrage and by direct secret ballot. Each State is divided into a number of districts (Kreise), and each district, drawn independently by the member-states, elect a seat. Reichstag currently has 335 seats. Members of the Reichstag are not allowed to hold any other Government office (they automatically lose their seat upon accepting an office), their meetings are public and can be attended by anyone, and is elected for three years. Reichstag can be dissolved by the Emperor with the agreement of the Bundesrat in which case a new election will be held in sixty days and reassemble in ninety. The Diet requires an absolute majority (50%+1 of all members) to pass a law, enjoy full legislative immunity, and are not allowed to draw themselves a salary from General Government.

The Reichstag is the only body that is allowed to bring forth legislation to be discussed and voted on. While the Emperor is allowed to make law by Edict and while Constitutional Reforms only go through either by Bundesrat majority or (in case of the Bundesrat disagreeing) the Kaiser and the Reichstag voting in favor of it. It can make laws on the following:

  • Colonies;

  • Citizenship, freedom of movement, immigration and emigration, extradition;

  • Currency;

  • Customs, including uniformity in customs and commercial districts and the free transit of goods;

  • Posts and telegraphs, including telephones.

  • Civil law;

  • Criminal law;

  • Judicial procedure, including the execution of justice; as well as official assistance by one public authority to another;

  • Passports and police supervision of aliens;

  • Poor relief and vagrancy;

  • The press, the right of association, the right of assembly;

  • Problems of population, and protection of maternity, infancy, childhood, and adolescence;

  • Public health, veterinary regulations, and protection of plants against disease or injury;

  • The right to work, insurance and protection of workers and other employees, and employment exchanges;

  • The organization of professional associations extending over the Empire;

  • The care of discharged soldiers and their dependents;

  • The law of expropriation;

  • Commerce, weights and measures, the issue of paper money, banking, and stock and produce exchanges;

  • Commerce in foodstuffs and food luxuries, as well as in commodities of daily use;

  • Industry and mining;

  • Insurance;

  • Maritime commerce, deep sea and coast fisheries;

  • Railways, internal navigation, motor traffic by land, sea, and air, and the construction of roads for general traffic and national defense.

North German Political Parties



North Germany has a number of Political Parties. The following is a list of all these parties.

Name

Ideology

Colors

Seats in Bundesrat

Seats in Reichstag

NNP
National North German Party
Nationale Norddeutsche Partei

North German Nationalism
German Liberalism
Interventionism

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17

134

LP
Liberal Party
Liberale Partei

German Liberalism
Parliamentarianism
Conservative liberalism

--

10

101

FVP
Progressive People's Party
Fortschrittliche Volkspartei

Liberal democracy
Social liberalism
Parliamentarism

--

6

84

SNP
Social Democratic North German Party
Sozialdemokratische Norddeutsche Partei

Social Democracy
Reformist Socialism
Parliamentarianism

--

6

42

NLP
National Liberal Party
Nationalliberale Partei

German liberalism
National liberalism

--

0

30

Zentrum
North German Center Party
Norddeutsche Zentrumspartei

Political Catholicism
Christian democracy
Social conservatism

------

13

19

RadP
The Radical Party
Die Radikale Partei

Economic liberalism
Parliamentarism
Conservative liberalism

--

0

7

NKP
North German Conservative Party
Norddeutsche Konservative Partei

German Conservatism
Revolutionary Conservatism
Political Protestantism

--

13

6

ASK
All-German State's Congress
Alldeutsche Staatskongreß

Pan-Germanism
Republicanism
Anti-Pluralism
German Nationalism
Antisemitism

--

0

3

NVP
North German People's Party
Norddeutsche Volkspartei

National Militarism
Republicanism
Revanchist Nationalism
Anti-immigration

--

0

1

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