Government Ministers are responsible for the executive administration and governance of Austenasia, and together with the Prime Minister make up the Cabinet.
Government Ministers are appointed by the Monarch upon the nomination of the Prime Minister. Each minister – with the exception of the Secretary-General, who functions as a “one-man civil service” – heads a Government Ministry, of which there are eight:
This Ministry is responsible for ensuring that no exiled persons or illegal items travel over the border, registering any new residents that arrive or are born in Austenasia, and keeping a regularly updated census of all subjects and residents of the Empire.
The Home Office also supervises the running both of the Environmental Agency and the State Intelligence Agency.
This Ministry is responsible for the finances, government income and national expenditure of Austenasia.
The Treasury has the responsibility of developing and executing the national finance policy, and prior to 2013 oversaw a system of tax collection. It was also minted a set of commemorative coins in 2018 to mark Austenasia’s tenth anniversary.
This Ministry is responsible for maintaining diplomatic relations with other nations and for representing and promoting Austenasian interests internationally.
Ministry of Defence
This Ministry has the duty of defending Austenasia, its people and government. It administers the Austenasian Armed Forces, formulates defence policy, and procures military equipment. The Ministry of Defence is also responsible for any rocket launches or attempts at space exploration by the Empire.
Ministry for Culture
This Ministry is responsible for the promotion and preservation of Austenasian culture. It provides for the maintenance of national monuments, the designation of heritage sites, and the appointment of Artists Laureate.
The Ministry for Culture’s website can be seen here.
Ministry of Justice
This Ministry is responsible for law enforcement and providing legal advice and services to the Government. It supervises the running of the Austenasian Police, and provides for the appointment of magistrates and prosecutors (and, in some circumstances, defence attorneys).
Ministry of Digital Transformation
This Ministry is responsible for the provision of IT services to and the development of e-Government portals and information services. Founded by Prince Dionisiy to support his plans for internet-based elections and referendums, the ministry was kept after he left office, and today provides technical support and advice to the government.
Ministry of Territories and the Diaspora
This Ministry has a remit covering Territories and non-residential subjects, and was founded in order to give more of a say in politics to Austenasians living outside of Towns.
The Ministry was, upon its establishment, tasked with “contacting non-residential subjects and encouraging those interested to join a group founded by the Ministry for the purpose of enabling greater participation and involvement for them in matters of political or cultural importance in Austenasia”, a project which is currently ongoing.
The Ministry is also responsible for representing the views and interests of non-residential subjects to Cabinet in an advisory capacity, relaying to Cabinet the concerns, requests or opinions of Governors regarding their respective Territories, and encouraging Governors to compile and publish information and photographs regarding their respective Territories.