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.
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.
|Position||Current Appointee||Portrait||Since||Previous Posts Held|
|Prime Minister of Westarctica||Jordan Farmer||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
Former ministries and council-level positions
|Position||Appointee||Portrait||Term of Office|
|Minister of Finance||Polly Wilson||5 December 2014 - June 2016|