Royal Council

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The Royal Council or Cabinet is the primary governing body of Westarctica and reports directly to the Grand Duke.

History

The Royal Council is the successor body to the Grand Ducal Cabinet, which was created in June 2004 and dissolved during the 2010 coup.

Although Grand Duke Travis invited several ministers to advise the Crown after returning to power in 2010, it wasn't until March 2018 that His Royal Highness formally created the Royal Council as an actual institution and invested the cabinet ministers with autonomous powers beyond merely serving as advisers.

Composition

The Royal Council is comprised of positions in two categories: Ministries and other Council-Level Positions.

Appointments to Ministry postings are made by the Prime Minister, with confirmation by the Grand Duke. Other Council-Level Positions (often called Directors or Commissioners, but also military appointments) are made solely at the discretion of the Grand Duke. These typically cover, but are not limited to, areas of concern not already addressed by an existing Ministry.

The Prime Minister

The role of Prime Minister is currently the only elected position within Westarctica's government. The Prime Minister's primary function is to represent the citizens of Westarctica to the Crown and to speak on their behalf during sessions of the Royal Council. In accordance with the Charter of Westarctica, the Prime Minister is responsible for presenting laws and ordinances to the Crown for approval. The Prime Minister is also responsible for suggesting new and replacement Ministers to the Grand Duke.

The current Prime Minister, Jordan Farmer, was elected in February of 2019 to a term of four years.

Position Current Appointee Portrait Since Previous Posts Held
Prime Minister of Westarctica Jordan Farmer Jordan Micro19.jpg 11 February 2019 Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (9 March 2018-11 February 2019)
Commissioner of the Westarctica Civilian Corps (1 April 2018-11 February 2019)

Current Ministries and Council-Level Positions

Position Current Appointee Portrait Since Additional Posts Held
Minister of Foreign Affairs Count Stefan of Goldstream Count-Goldstream.jpg February 2018
Minister of Commerce Baron of Bastanchury Baron of Bastanchury.jpeg 8 May 2019 Commissioner of the Treasury (current, since 28 September 2018)
Minister of Information (22 March 2018 - 8 May 2019)
Minister of Communications Danni Michele Danni Michele - Minister of Comms.jpg 29 June 2018
Minister of Defense Duke Wolf of Waesche Dukewaesche.jpg 29 July 2005 Prime Minister (2 June 2010 - 24 May 2017)
Minister of Culture Duke of Fox Grove Duke August of Fox Grove.jpg 28 January 2020 Minister of Citizenship & Immigration (29 March 2019 - 28 January 2020)
Minister of Conservation Duchess of Eights Min-Conservation.jpeg 16 May 2019
Minister of Education Ms. Jama Jenkins Min-Education.png 16 May 2019
Commissioner of the Westarctica Civilian Corps Jessica Barton Commissioner-Jessica.jpg 11 February 2019
Ellsworth King of Arms Baron of Abele Baron Abele1.jpg 25 January 2020 Commissioner of Elections (current, since 18 December 2018)


Former ministries and council-level positions

Position Appointee Portrait Term of Office
Minister of Finance Polly Wilson PollyWilson.jpg 5 December 2014 - June 2016
Minister of Blockchain Hon. Brian Erdelyi Brian-E.jpg January 2018 - January 2020
Minister of Technology Prince Dinny, the Marquis of Sarnoff Prince Dinny Background.jpg January 2015 - 27 February 2020