See also: History of Brunant
When Brunant first declared its independence from Venice in 1427, a president was the head of state and of government, elected by representatives from each of the Parishes. Each representative was chosen by the Parish citizens, and it was usually the smartest person who could read and write. In 1475, President Leuvis Van Damme made himself King of Brunant. In 1784, after James Carrington's Invasion of Brunant, the charge of Presidenty was established. With the signing of the second constitution in 1802, the king lost most of his political power and the charge of President was added.
Political Offices and BodiesEdit
- Prime Minister: The Prime minister is the most important charge in the country. He (or she) is the head of Government and holds the most political power. The Prime Minister gets elected every four years and may only serve 2 times consecutively, or 3 non consecutive terms. The current Prime Minister is Adrian Vandreck.
- President: The President served as the acting Head of State of the country and acted like a "second house of government". Rights included the ability to veto any laws passed by Congress, though rare, proposing and amending bills. The president was the second most important charge in the country, and was elected every six years. The last president is Gert Henneman, elected in 2008.
- Queen: The Queen is the Head of State of the country. He has the right to declare war and make peace (on the consent of the Congress), and he may, at any moment, dismiss the Prime Minister is he is not acting in the interests of the nation or if he loses confidence of government.
- Congress: Congress is the legislative and executive body of government. According to the Constitution of 1802, the Congress is to be "made up of lawfully elected citizens, chosen by popular consent to govern each of the Parishes". The Congress is a unicameral chamber made up of 12 senators, each of which represents a Parish, and 100 representatives, elected nationally, who represent the people. Congress may, and has, remove(d) a Prime Minister in non-confidence votes, with those occurring with more frequency in the last 10 years.
Brunant has several political parties from all over the spectrum. Currently, the main parties with seats in Congress are: