Federal Cambrium

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Rektārkax Cambrium
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Unicameral
Leadership
Chancellor
Karín Assad-Haydar
Since 21206
Clerk of the Cambrium
Tomáus Luretskur
Since 21201
Structure
Seats554
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Political groups
Governing Coälition

Others

Elections
Single transferable vote
Last election
21206
Meeting place
Cambrium Hall, Kartika, District of Coïnvra
Website
www.cambrium.kf

The Federal Cambrium (Kiravic: Rektārkax Cambrium) is the unicameral legislature of the Kiravian Federacy.

Etymology

Powers

The Cambrium is the supreme lawmaking body in the Federacy. Laws passed by the Cambrium are inferior only to those set down in the Fundamental Statute, and can overwrite the legally-binding orders, regulations, and rulings issued by the Prime Executive and the Federal Consistory.

The Fundamental Statute establishes the Cambrium as the organ with the strongest control over government finances, and it has the exclusive power to levy taxes, mint currency, authorise funds, determine salaries, and contract loans on behalf of the government. The Federal Treasury is directly subordinate to the Cambrium, and the Cambrium appoints the Secretary of the Exchequer. Although the collection of taxes and enforcement of the tax code are carried out by the executive branch, all revenue is turned over to the Cambrium. Nonetheless, in financial matters the Cambrium is accountable to the Council of States, which has the power to audit the Cambrium and its agencies.

Foreign Affairs

The Cambrium's influence on foreign policy is comparatively weak, the design of the Fundamental Statute and decades of standard procedure having assigned most powers relevant to foreign affairs to the Prime Executive. Nonetheless, the Cambrium retains some constitutional powers over foreign policy, most prominently the authority to ratify treaties and declare war.

Administration

Leadership

After each general election, the Cambrium holds an internal election during a plenary session to elect a Chancellor from among its number. The Chancellor is the presiding officer of the Cambrium and wields important procedural powers that facilitate and expedite the passage of legislation. Unlike the heads of most national legislatures, the office of Chancellor is not created or recognised by the Kiravian constitution. Rather, it is an internal office created by the Cambrium itself under the Ordering Conventions passed by the first Cambrial assembly in 20XXX, and could theoretically be abolished by a unanimous vote affirmed by the Prime Executive. The Chancellor is usually (but not always) the Chairman of the majority cadre (when one occurs) or the largest cadre of the leading coalition. Notable exceptions include Sārden Ēvūrverd, who was Chairman of the majority SRA when he was elected Chancellor but later resigned the Chairmanship while remaining Chancellor for twelve years, and Karín Asad-Haydar who was Chairman of the junior party in a lime coalition and elected Chancellor as part of the coalition agreement.

Procedure

Committees

The majority of the Cambrium's business is handled by a hierarchy of committees and subcommittees. Legislation submitted to the Clerk of the Cambrium is referred to the lowest-level subcommittee most germane to its subject matter, and is then either rejected or passed up through multiple tiers of committees before being put before a plenary session.

Political Groupings

Cadres

Camps

Unlike many other legislatures, which are formally divided into the government and the opposition, the Cambrium's major political dividing line is not between the leading coalition and its putative opponents, but rather between the pro-administration and anti-administration "camps". The pro-administration camp is the grouping of cadres and individual Cambrians who support the incumbent Prime Executive and work with the executive branch to push forward a common agenda. The anti-administration camp (when one exists, see below), is the grouping of cadres and individual members who band together to oppose the incumbent Prime Executive's policy direction. Both groups are informal and may fluctuate in membership over the course of a legislative season. Despite lacking formal procedural powers, the pro- and anti-administration camps are of greater consequence in the policymaking process than the Cambrial leadership: When the pro-administration camp commands a majority, there is a unified government, generally resulting in more legislation being passed, a streamlined amendment process, and a larger domestic policy rôle for the Prime Executive. When an anti-administration camp commands the majority, the Prime Executive's domestic influence and the volume of legislation passed both contract, and contentious budgetary disputes are more likely to occur.

Apparatus

Nonmember Officers

  • Recording Secretary - Responsible for Cambrial records, the recording and enumeration of votes, quorum calls, authentication of documents, and other such tasks.
  • Permanent Secretary - Oversees the day-to-day operations and non-legislative business of the Cambrium.
  • Sergeant-at-Arms - Enforces Cambrial rules and procedures and commands the Cambrial Guard. By convention, Sergeants-at-Arms must be former noncommissioned officers in the Kiravian Army, honourably discharged above the rank of Corporal and below the rank of Sergeant-Major.
  • Chaplain - Leads daily prayer services, delivers benedictions, and provides religious services to delegates. The Chaplaincy generally rotates between the nation's main Christian denominations - Coscivian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Insular Apostolic - and the Rurican, Komarist, and Læstorian faiths, though there has been one Methodist Chaplain.
  • Porter - Manages the flow of people and materials in and out of the plenary chamber, accepts deliveries, provides alcoholic beverages to delegates during sessions, and adjusts lighting and temperature controls in the plenary chamber.
  • Postmaster - Oversees postal delivery and mail screenings.

Subordinate Agencies

  • Secretariat of the Exchequer - Manages the government's finances on the instructions of the Cambrium.
      • Treasury of the Kiravian Federacy - Receives, holds, and diburses the federal government's money, precious metals and stones, and financial instruments.
    • Account Comptrol Bureau - Audits the executive branch and creates projections for government spending to inform fiscal policy.
  • Kiravian Federal Mint - Mints the Kiravian saar, auxilliary currencies, and bullion coins. Issues postage stamps.
  • Cambrial Research Service - Conducts research and reports to the Cambrium and its committees on subjects of interest, as requested by the Chancellor and committee chairs.
  • Legislative Publishing Bureau - Prints and publishes the Compendium of Federal Statutes; public copies of laws, bills, and resolutions; Cambrial records, calendars, and periodicals; and various internal materials.
  • Cambrial Guard - Responsible for the physical security of the Cambrium Hall and other Cambrial properties, Delegates, and their families. Under the command of the Sergeant-at-Arms.




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