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
|Position||Current Appointee||Portrait||Since||Additional Posts Held|
|Foreign Minister||Baron of Dorrel||12 February 2021||Consul-General to Spain (current, since July 2018)|
|Minister of Communications||Countess of Carter||29 June 2018|
|Minister of Defense||Duke Wolf of Waesche||29 July 2005||Prime Minister (2 June 2010 - 24 May 2017)|
|Minister of Culture||Duke of Fox Grove||28 January 2020||Minister of Citizenship & Immigration (29 March 2019 - 28 January 2020)|
|Minister of Conservation||Duchess of Eights||16 May 2019|
|Minister of Transportation||Count of Discovery Ridge||14 March 2021|
|Ellsworth King of Arms||Baron of Abele||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||5 December 2014 - June 2016|
|Minister of Blockchain||Hon. Brian Erdelyi||January 2018 - January 2020|
|Minister of Technology||Prince Dinny, the Marquis of Sarnoff||January 2015 - 27 February 2020|
|Minister of Education||Ms. Jama Jenkins||16 May 2019 - 19 May 2020|
|Minister of Commerce||Count of Dendtler||8 May 2019 - 4 March 2021|