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The politics of the Empire of Austenasia take place in a framework of a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Executive power is exercised by the Prime Minister and leaders of Government Ministries. Legislative power is vested in Parliament, which is comprised of the Cabinet. The judiciary is the same as the executive and the legislative branches - either Town Councils or Parliament preside over trials.

Government Ministries

Government Ministers, leaders of a Government Ministry, have complete executive authority over the running of their Ministry and its work. They are voted for out of all willing Representatives by the Cabinet every New Year (with the exception of the Minister of Defense, who is voted for every two years.)

Home Office

The Home Office (before 17 Jan 2009 known as the Department, and then the Ministry, of Residents and Immigration) was founded on 8 November 2008.

The Home Office is responsible for maintaining, guarding and administrating the borders of the Empire, keeping a census of all residents and Subjects of Austenasia, and supervising the running of the Austenasian Police.

The Home Office is led by the Home Secretary.

List of Home Secretaries

Term No. Picture Name Political party Term start Term end Notes
01 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 8 Nov 2008 1 Jan 2009 Founder of Austenasia and sole member of Cabinet. Known as Minister of Residents and Immigration.
02 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 1 Jan 2009 1 Jan 2010 Re-elected to position of Home Secretary via his position as sole member of Cabinet.
03 Jonathan1 HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Liberal) 1 Jan 2010 Incumbent Re-elected to position of Home Secretary by the Cabinet. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis and subsequent Austenasian Civil War.

Treasury

The Treasury (formerly known as the Ministry of the Treasury) was founded on 8 November 2008 by Act 14, with the purposeof managing the income of the Empire through tax and legal fines. "The Treasury" cab also refer to the physical money-box used to store the current year's income thus far collected.

The Treasury is run by the Chancellor, who along with the Monarch and Prime Minister has a large say on what the money collected is spent on.

List of Chancellors

Term No. Picture Name Political party Term start Term end Notes
01 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 8 Nov 2008 1 Jan 2009 Founder of Austenasia and sole member of Cabinet. Rose taxes to £2 a month from each Subject in order to combat the effect of the recession on government spending.
02 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 1 Jan 2009 1 Jan 2010 Re-elected to position of Chancellor via his position as sole member of Cabinet. Established an extra tax of 20p per month for every fossil-fuel powered vehicle owned.
03 Jonathan1 HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Liberal) 1 Jan 2010 Incumbent Re-elected to position of Chancellor by the Cabinet. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis and subsequent Austenasian Civil War, and refused to increase the annual grant to the Ministry of Defense in order to make sure that all other Ministries got enough.

Secretary-General's Office

While the Secretary-General's Office is not an actual Government Ministry, the Secretary-General is treated like a Government Minister, in that he/she is annually voted for out of all willing Representatives by the Cabinet.

The office of Secretary-General was founded on 12 November 2008 by Act 19.

The Secretary-General is responsible for keeping records of Parliament meetings, making sure that the Line of Succession is kept correct and up-to-date, keeping a list of all Honorary Subjects, and many over small jobs relating to the running of the country, for example counting the votes for General Elections.

List of Secretary-Generals

Term No. Picture Name Political party Term start Term end Notes
01 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 12 Nov 2008 1 Jan 2009 Founder of Austenasia and sole member of Cabinet. Established the title of Honorary Subject.
02 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 1 Jan 2009 1 Jan 2010 Re-elected to position of Secretary-General via his position as sole member of Cabinet.
03 Jonathan1 HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Liberal) 1 Jan 2010 Incumbent Re-elected to position of Secretary-General by the Cabinet. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis and subsequent Austenasian Civil War.

Foreign Office

The Foreign Office (known before 21 February 2009 as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) was founded on 13 November 2008 by Act 21, to maintain diplomatic relations with other nations.

The Foreign Office is led by the Chief Ambassador.

List of Chancellors

Term No. Picture Name Political party Term start Term end Notes
01 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 13 Nov 2008 1 Jan 2009 Founder of Austenasia and sole member of Cabinet. Began diplomacy with other nations by contacting Molossia.
02 Cpjaftersobigse HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Moderate) 1 Jan 2009 1 Jan 2010 Re-elected to position of Chief Ambassador via his position as sole member of Cabinet. Arranged for Treaties of Mutual Recognition to be signed with Vikesland, Radnoria, and St. Charlie, and for the Empire to appear in two foreign newspapers.
03 Jonathan1 HIH Crown Prince Jonathan None (considered Liberal) 1 Jan 2010 Incumbent Re-elected to position of Chief Ambassador by the Cabinet. Held office during the Terry I abdication crisis and subsequent Austenasian Civil War, and maintained friendly relations with the international supporters of the Emperor.

Environmental Office

Ministry of Defense

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