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Senate of Caphiria
Assemblyof the Corcillum
|Founded||1115 (909 years ago)|
Isareș Saboni Cutrucco
Praevisus Senatus (Emergency Senate President)
Mario Augustia Acacidus
The Senate of Caphiria is one of the four chambers of the Corcillum, the tetracameral parliament of the Caphiria. The Senate is a representative chamber, and as such functions as the "upper house" to the National Assembly, the "lower house". While the National Assembly is responsible for the adoption of all laws as well as any amendments to the Constitution of Caphiria, the Senate has a very specific authority and several powers of advice and consent which are unique to it.
The Senate is solely responsible for overseeing the nation's economic policies and it has suspensive veto authority over any legislation put before the National Assembly if it is said to have an economic impact. The Senate also possesses the sole authority for ratifying any trade treaty or agreement made by Caphiria with a foreign power. Additionally, only the Senate has the authority for elevating Estates, granting movement within its stratification system, and importantly serves as the body which resolves succession for the position of Imperator. Notably, the Senate is also responsible for the conveyance of the honorary title Imperator to the nation's ruler, which has become synonymous with the position. It is presided over by the Imperator or his designee in his role as princeps senatus.
The composition and powers of the Senate are established by Proclamation V of the Constitution of Caphiria. The Senate is composed of one member per million residents of the Imperium, with new Senators added on the death of previous members and every five years on the occasion of censuses. Currently, there are 782 senators.