Austenasia is constitutional monarchy ruled by the House of Austen. Emperor Jonathan I is head of state as Monarch, and wields vast executive, legislative, and judicial powers.
Most of Austenasia is divided between inhabited Towns and uninhabited Territories. Towns are governed by a locally elected council, and also elect a Representative. The House of Representatives, consisting of one from each Town, forms Austenasia’s sole parliamentary house.
The Prime Minister is elected from among the Representatives by the Austenasian people every four years. The Prime Minister appoints ministers to Cabinet, and co-ordinates their activities in accordance with policies decided by himself and the Monarch. The Prime Minister also selects the Consuls, two annually appointed officials who serve as the Empire’s highest judicial authorities.
Territories are administered by Governors. A governor is a person living near to a Territory (usually the person who owns and/or claimed the land for Austenasia), and is responsible for maintaining the Empire’s claim over the land and enforcing Austenasian law.
The Empire of Austenasia also contains twelve Crown Dependencies. These are claims which can be either inhabited or uninhabited, but which fall under the direct and absolute authority of the Monarch, with Governing Commissioners usually being appointed to represent him and exercise his power. Regular Austenasian law does not apply to Crown Dependencies unless explicitly stated, with the Governing Commissioners exercising near-absolute domestic power.
The members of the Austenasian central government are as follows:
(Those in italics use their “secondary title”, a formal Latin style, when referred to in their capacity as the respective office-holder.)
- Monarch: HIM Emperor Jonathan I
- Prime Minister: Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford
- Deputy Prime Minister: Lord William Wilson, Count of Oribrazos
- First Consul: Hannah Augusta
- Second Consul: Bradley Archidux Saxoniae
- Princeps Senatus: Bradley Archidux Saxoniae
- Home Secretary: Lord Richard Hytholoday, Count of Maritimae
- Chancellor: Lord Austin Jaax, Baron of Kingeston
- Chief Ambassador: HIM Emperor Jonathan I
- Secretary-General: HIM Emperor Jonathan I
- Minister of Defence: Lord John Gordon, Viscount of Thetford
- Minister for Culture: HIM Emperor Jonathan I
- Attorney General: Mr Anthony Clark
- Minister of Digital Transformation: Lord Karl Friedrich, Baron of Aurora
- Minister of Territories and the Diaspora: Lord Andrew Creed, Baron of Corinium Terentium