Government of Burgundie
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All political entities in Burgundie are governed through the concept that all government is local. The layered approach is an important part of Burgundian political culture, which makes it a unique case in the Holy Levantine Empire, not as liberal as Kuhlfros and not as authoritarian as Urcea. The sense of civic engagement in government is high at the municipal level, moderate at the provincial level (usually this is run by a hereditary noble), and minor at the monarchical level. This not to say that the nobility are not held accountable, as they are bound by elected advisory committees, even the crown which is bound by the representatives of the Golden Council of Ten.
- 1 Administrative Divisions
- 2 Legislative Branch
- 3 Executive Branch
- 4 Judicial Branch
- 5 Ministries
- 5.1 Interior
- 5.2 External Affairs
- 5.3 Treasury
Historically municipalities in Burgundie derived their rights and privileges from the rulers of Ultmar, by royal decree. However, as fiefdoms gave way to bourgeois trade hubs the power and rights of municipalities grew and royal charters gave way to popular charters around the 1860s.
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Provincial and Colonial Government
The local administrative body of Burgundie is divided into 27 provinces. They are:
Stemming from Kuhlfrosian political concepts, Burgundie maintains a constitutional monarchy with representative democracy. The government is regulated by a reformed system of checks and balances defined by the Constitution of Burgundie, which serves as the nations supreme legal document.
In the Burgundian system, citizens are subject to three levels of government: national, provincial, and municipal. The executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by county (which also serve as voting districts).
The thalassocratic government is composed of four branches:
The Citizens Court of the National Assembly (Burg. La Assemblee de Ciutadans de l'Assemblea Nacional, ACAN) is the unicameral legislator of Burgundie. It makes federal law, declares war, approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government. The Assembly has three seats for each province, one for the Colonial Office, 10 for the clergy, 10 seats reserved for municipal leaders, 10 for a rota of private business leaders and three seats available to foreign interests who would like to be heard. On 6 occasion throughout the year 10 more seats are opened to the public to debate topics that are not on the annual legislative agenda.
While all members can be heard, only the provincial representatives are able to vote on binding laws.
The proceedings of the Assembly are managed by the Sergeant-Parliamentarian and the Sergeant-at-Arms to whom great power is afforded to maintain order and expedient discourse.
Members of the Assembly further divide themselves into various committees and working groups to better address certain issues. The Assembly also maintains its own library, research, and budgetary institutes as well as a small police and intelligence department.
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royal, noble, and chivalric ranks
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|Low king *x|
|Gran Prince/Gran Princesse|
Prince / Princess
Ultradux/ Ultradutrix x
|Gran Dux/Gran Dutrix Δ|
Prince Grand Master *Δ
Cont / Contesse *Δ
|Viscont/Viscontesse *x / Vicedominus *Ϯx|
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|Eques x / Lady x|
|Chevalier/Ridire *Δ / Dame *Δ|
|Esquire Δ / Laird *x / Ministerialis *x|
|Gentleman *x / Younger *x / Maid *x|
Gran Burgueseur *x
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The Court of St. Alphador is the executive branch in Burgundie. The Great Prince is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become law (subject to Golden Council of Ten override), and appoints the members of its Cabinet and other officers, who administer and enforce federal laws and policies.
The great prince's cabinet is called the Golden Council of Ten. The Household Guard is technically responsible directly to the Court of St. Alphador, but ostensibly reports to the Chief of Staff of the Army of Burgundie.
Started by Rienholdt VII in 1713, the Rienholdt Palace is considered to be Burgundian response to the construction of the Kuhlfrosi palace at Halsar. Rienholdt VII's original plan was immense and never truly capable of succeeding. The sheer magnitude of the design was simply a ploy for notoriety and ostentation that the new wealth from the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company afforded the duchy. The palace's central building was the first and only building that was built to the scale and proportion that Rienholdt VII's plan described. Much of the land purchased for additional buildings were turned into parks as the money needed for the buildings was redirected to fight endless wars in South Punth.
Built as a summer residence of for the Kuhlfrosi king in 1700 the Halsar Palace was greatly expanded in the 1820 through the 1840s by Kliebold I as a testament to the strength of the newly independent country. It is the expense of the palace renovations that many historians say sealed the fate of the Burgundian colonial effort in South Punth, but Kliebold I felt the need to impress the leaders of Levantia first and foremost.
The Lazarine Court is the supreme court of terrestrial Burgundie. It serves as the ultimate legal power in the hierarchy of provincial and municipal courts. The Justices Lazarine are nominated by the Golden Council of Ten, reduced to three candidates and then appointed by the Great Prince. The Lazarine Court sees 30 cases a year, interpret laws, offer legal commentary and overturn unconstitutional laws.
The Maritime Prefecture is the supreme court of maritime Burgundie. It is the ultimate legal power in the legal hierarchy of ship's captains, the Martial Court of the Navy of Burgundie, and any other body dispensing justice in the Burgundian maritime claims. The Commodore Justice is nominated by the Golden Council of Ten, reduced to three candidates and then appointed by the Great Prince. The Maritime Prefecture sees cases, interprets laws, and proposes unconstitutional laws to be overturned by the Lazarine Court. While the Maritime Prefecture is not subordinate to the Lazarine Court, the Consitution of Burgundie is considered a terrestrial document and therefore outside of the jurisdiction of the Commodore Justice. Alternatively, the Lazarine Court is not permitted to pass judgment on cases that will impact Maritime Law without the approval of the Maritime Prefecture. something, something Conservative liberalism
Security Services Bureau
Housing and Human Services
Transportation and Infractructure
Civil Defense and Security
The Global Improvement Branch is the arm of Ministry of Exterior Affairs tasked with improving the world in terms of how it can positively impact Burgundie. While it is a selfish objective Global Improvement is the branch of government associated with helping to improve global living standards, wages, and reducing/eradicating pandemic diseases. The Branch was created in 1994 to bring together disparate offices and departments from across the Ministry of the Interior, External Affairs, and Revenue that all dealt with improving the lives of those outside of Burgundie.