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Chancellor of the
Empire of the United Cygnian States
Seal of the Chancellor of Cygnia
Cancellarial Seal
Flag of the Chancellor of Cygnia
Flag of the Chancellor
Christian Lindner 2013 (cropped)
Incumbent
Dorian Brandt

since 6 February 2015
Ministry of the Chancellor and Cabinet
Style The Right Honourable (formal)
Chancellor (spoken)
Member of CabinetNational Security Council
Residence The Chancellery
1250 William Street
Swanstone, SW 1005
Appointer The Emperor
Term length At His Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Sir Frederick Northam
Formation 6 June 1792
225 years ago
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Salary §400,000 annually
Website chancellery.gov.cy

The Chancellor of the Empire of the United Cygnian States, referred to constitutionally as the Chancellor of the Empire, is the head of government of Cygnia. The individual who holds the office is the most senior Minister of the Crown, the leader of the Cabinet and the chairperson of the National Security Council. The office is the most powerful congressional position in Cygnia. The Chancellor is appointed by the Emperor of the Cygnians.

According to Article Two, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Imperial Constitution, the Chancellor must "command the confidence of the House of Representatives". In practice, the Chancellor is therefore the leader of the majority party or largest party in a coalition of parties in the House of Representatives.

The Chancellor is formally appointed by the Emperor to serve "at His Majesty's pleasure", though due to constitutionally fixed congressional terms, his/her term lasts as long as a congressional one – for a period of four years. In all, 37 individuals have served as Chancellor. Two Chancellors, John Russell and William E. Gladstone, served two separate chancellorships each, and were the 10th and 12th, and the 11th and 14th Chancellors respectively. On 6 February 2015, Dorian Brandt became the 39th and current Chancellor, and is currently serving the 56th official term. The next general election is to take place in late 2018; the newly-elected Chancellor will then take office on 6 February 2019.

Origins

In 1783, Alexander II, King of the United Kingdom, fled to Cygnia following his deposition by his French subjects and the establishment of the new French Republic. He thereafter declared the six Cygnian colonies' Federation crowning himself King of Cygnia, while maintaining his existing titles as sovereign of the United Kingdom and its colonies, though the United Kingdom itself no longer existed. In creating a new Cygnian royal government, the King created a new Federation Congress, which acted as both a legislative and collective executive authority.

A French invasion of Cygnia began in 1785 in an attempt to "restore" French rule to the Cygnian colonies, precipitating the Cygnian War of Independence. King Alexander I promptly declared war on France, and declared Cygnia's independence. Former Governor of Swanstone Frederick Northam, who had become a member of the Federation Congress, was appointed to command Cygnia's armies. Ultimately, Cygnia achieved victory against the French, and in 1792 the Treaty of London was signed, ending the war and affirming Cygnia's nationhood. However, Britain itself was lost to France, and Alexander I was forced to relinquish his claim to the British throne.

The Constitutional Convention of 1792 was convened shortly after the conclusion of the war to draft the new Imperial Constitution. Following the ratification of the new Constitution by all six States in 1793, the Constitution came into effect in March. The new Constitution replaced the largely ineffectual Federation Congress' executive powers with a new, stronger executive, the Chancellorship of Cygnia, named for the original British position of Lord Chancellor, which was the highest political office in the United Kingdom after the King. However, in spite of the King's protests, the Convention voted to restrict the Chancellorship to members of the House of Representatives, in effect making the Chancellor an elected official.

Under the new constitution, the Chancellor became the head of Alexander I's new Imperial Government, and was to be appointed by the Emperor. Article Two, Section 3 of the Constitution states that the Chancellor "shall be he who will Command the Confidence of the House of Representatives"; in practice, the Chancellor is therefore determined through the makeup of Congress, and the leader of the largest political sect or party becomes the Chancellor.

Appointment

The Chancellor of Cygnia is appointed by the Emperor of the Cygnians under Article Two, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Imperial Constitution, which empowers the Emperor to appoint government ministers and requires them to be members of the House of Representatives or the Senate. According to Article Two, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution, there is a constitutional requirement for the Chancellor to be a member of the House of Representatives. The Treasurer is also traditionally a Representative, although there is no such requirement for the Treasurer in the Constitution. The Chancellor is entitled to the title of the Right Honourable (usually abbreviated as The Rt. Hon.), which he/she holds for life.

The Chancellor is, unlike other ministers, sworn in in a public inauguration ceremony. The oath or affirmation of office is normally administered by the Chief Justice of Cygnia in the presence of the Emperor, who then presents the Chancellor with the commission (letters patent) of office. When defeated in an election, or upon resignation, the Chancellor is said to "hand in the commission" and actually does so by returning it to the Emperor. In the event of a Chancellor dying in office, or becoming incapacitated, the Emperor may not terminate the commission; instead, the Vice Chancellor becomes Chancellor (upon death of the previous), or Acting Chancellor (if the Chancellor is incapacitated), pursuant to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. Ministers serve "at His Imperial Majesty's Pleasure" (Article Two, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution), so theoretically, the Emperor can dismiss a minister at any time, by notifying them in writing of their termination of their commission; however, his or her power to do so except on the advice of the Chancellor is heavily circumscribed by convention.

If a government cannot get its appropriation (budget) legislation passed by the House of Representatives, the government enters a "shutdown" until Congress can pass legislation to allow the government to function. In the event that the House of Representatives passes a "motion of no confidence" in the Chancellor, before 1976 the Chancellor was compelled to resign and hand the chancellorship to the Vice Chancellor. However, since the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1976, the Emperor is empowered to call a double dissolution of Congress and fresh elections.

Powers and duties

Article I legislative role

The Constitution requires the Chancellor to be a sitting member of the House of Representatives. The Chancellor is therefore the de facto leader of the legislative branch as well as that of the executive. While not constitutionally specified, the Chancellor is traditionally the leader of the majority party in the House of Representatives. It is also uncodified tradition that all legislation proposed by the governing party must have the approval of the Chancellor.

Article II executive powers

War and foreign affairs powers

Perhaps the most important of all Cancellarial powers is the delegated command of the Cygnian Imperial Armed Forces, though s/he is not technically its commander-in-chief — that title is vested in the Emperor. While the power to declare war is constitutionally vested in Congress, the Chancellor has ultimate responsibility for direction and disposition of the military. The present-day operational command of the Armed Forces (belonging to the Ministry of Defence) is normally exercised through the Secretary for Defence, with assistance of the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, to the Combatant Commands, as outlined in the cancellarially approved Unified Command Plan (UCP).

Congress and the Emperor, pursuant to War Powers Act, must authorise any troop deployments longer than 60 days, although that process relies on triggering mechanisms that have never been employed, rendering it ineffectual. Additionally, Congress provides a check to cancellarial military power through its control over military spending and regulation.

Along with the armed forces, the Chancellor also directs Cygnian foreign policy. Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, the Chancellor is responsible for the protection of Cygnians abroad and of foreign nationals in Cygnia. The Chancellor decides whether to recognise new nations and new governments, and negotiates treaties with other nations. which become binding on Cygnia when approved by two-thirds vote of the Senate. These same abilities are also vested in the Emperor.

Although not constitutionally provided, Chancellors also sometimes employ "executive agreements" in foreign relations. These agreements frequently regard administrative policy choices germane to executive power; for example, the extent to which either country presents an armed presence in a given area, how each country will enforce copyright treaties, or how each country will process foreign mail. However, the 20th century witnessed a vast expansion of the use of executive agreements, and critics have challenged the extent of that use as supplanting the treaty process and removing constitutionally prescribed checks and balances over the executive in foreign relations. Supporters counter that the agreements offer a pragmatic solution when the need for swift, secret, and/or concerted action arises.

Administrative powers

Judicial powers

Legislative facilitator

Ceremonial roles

Selection process

Eligibility

Article II, Section 3, Clause 3 of the Imperial Constitution sets that the Chancellor must be:

  • At least thirty years old;
  • A Cygnian citizen, and by extension a resident for at least fifteen years.

A person who meets the above qualifications is still disqualified from holding the Chancellorship under any of the following conditions:

  • An individual convicted of a serious crime under Cygnian law can be barred from running for political office, including for the Chancellorship, by the Supreme Court.

The modern procedures used for electing the Chancellor were not codified in the Constitution, but rather evolved over time. Cygnia's election cycle is considered to be one of the longest in the world, and lasts for approximately one year.

Leadership elections

The first half of the election year is mostly dedicated to the selection of each party's leadership. While in the past each party's executive chose their congressional leaders, more recently it has been left largely to the party membership and the electorate to determine those leaders. The congressional leaders of the major parties, especially that of the ruling party, who becomes the Chancellor, are always members of the House of Representatives. As a result, should a sitting Senator win the leadership elections, he or she is usually required to resign from the Senate and run for a House seat.

Throughout the first six months each State and Territory's regional branch of the major parties will hold what are known as leadership elections, the victor of which will have the state party's vote in the national leadership conventions held later in the year. In between these elections, candidates campaign throughout the country in attempts to secure the votes of the various states, and engage in debates broadcast by the numerous major television stations.

Each state and territory by convention is entitled a certain number of delegates in each party's national leadership convention. The convention, organised by each party's national executive, is held in the middle of the year, generally sometime in July, when Congress is traditionally dissolved in preparation for the general election. The National Conventions of the Democratic Labour and National Unity Parties are often some of the highest-rated standalone broadcasts of the election year.

By this time, most candidates for the parties' nomination usually withdraw from the race, often declaring their support, or their "endorsement", for another candidate, encouraging their supporters to also support that candidate. At the National Convention, the delegates assembles to formally elect the individual who will stand as the party's congressional leader. The delegates to the Convention are traditionally bound to place their votes on behalf of the state membership they represent; there are, however, exceptions, such as unpledged delegates ("superdelegates") in the Democratic Labour Party and free delegates in the National Unity Party.

The primary process may vary from party to party.

Election

After selecting their leaders, the parties will resume campaigning (as they have during the primary process, though on a smaller scale) to secure the vote of the wider electorate. While major party leaders will often travel across the country to engage in the national campaign — many political scientists make comment on the character-based nature of the major parties' campaigns — minor party leaders, like other congressional hopefuls, normally restrict their campaigning to their home state or the electorate that they wish to represent.

Between the end of the primary process and the general election in November, it has also become common to have three or four "leaders' debates" between the leaders of the major parties, usually those of the DLP and NUP, though there have been some instances where third parties have become strong enough to present a major challenge to the two usually dominant ones. The leaders' debates take place at various venues across the country, and are always broadcast by the publicly owned CBA.

On 6 November, all citizens aged 18 and above place their votes for their preferred representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate; the winner of the majority of seats in the House of Representatives will be permitted to form a Government. Although the Emperor appoints the Chancellor, he is in reality bound to appoint the leader of the majority party. Should none of the parties secure a majority, they may attempt to gain the support of third parties or independent politicians, allowing them to form a minority government. If the nominated leader of either of the major parties fails to win his or her chosen seat in Congress, the deputy leader automatically succeeds and becomes the leader. The deputy leader's own successor is then elected by the National Executive.

The previous government continues to operate as a caretaker government until the State Opening of Congress on 23 January. As Congress does not assemble until that time, the caretaker government does not possess the ability to enact legislation not already passed by Congress before its dissolution. However, the incumbent Chancellor is still able to convene Cabinet and enact previously passed laws until the inauguration of his or her successor. The formal inauguration of the Chancellor takes place on 6 February, although s/he de facto takes office after the State Opening of Congress. Between 23 January and 6 February of an inauguration year, it can therefore be said that there are two Chancellors, if the outgoing one was not re-elected — the media often refers to the outgoing Chancellor in this scenario as the Caretaker Chancellor.

Compensation

Since 1983, the Chancellor has earned a §400,000 annual salary, along with a §50,000 annual expense account, a §100,000 nontaxable travel account, and §19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and Emperor Ellory I in 1981, and went into effect upon the inauguration of Joanne Seinfeld in 1983.

The Chancellery in Swanstone serves as the official residence for the Chancellor. As well as access to the staff of the Chancellery, facilities available to the Chancellor include medical care, recreation, housekeeping, and security services. The government pays for state dinners and other official functions, but the Chancellor pays for person, family and guest drycleaning and food; the high food bill often amazes new residents. Northam House in Cape Leeuwin, Augusta, is used as a country retreat and an alternative residence for the Chancellor if needed.

For ground travel, the Chancellor uses the Cancellarial state car, which is an armoured limousine built on a heavily modified Holden-based chassis. One of two identical Douglas Madison Royce MAC-30 aircraft, which are extensively modified version of DMR-18-800 airliners, have since 2015 served as long distance travel for the Chancellor and are referred to as Air Force Two while the Chancellor is on board (although any Cygnian Imperial Air Force aircraft the Chancellor is aboard is designated as "Air Force Two" for the duration of the flight). Domestic trips are typically handled with just one of the two planes while international flights are handled with both, one primary and one backup. Any civilian aircraft the Chancellor is aboard is designated Executive Two for the flight. The Chancellor also has access to a fleet of twenty Cygnian Imperial Marine Corps helicopters of various models, designated as Marine Two when the Chancellor is aboard any particular one in the fleet. Flights are typically handled with as many as five helicopters all flying together and frequently swapping positions as to disguise which helicopter the Chancellor is actually aboard to any would-be threats.

MIBA is charged with protecting the sitting Chancellor and his/her family. As part of their protection, Chancellors, their spouses, their children and other immediate family members, and other prominent persons and locations are assigned MIBA codenames. The use of such names was originally for security purposes and dates to a time when sensitive electronic communications were not routinely encrypted; today, the names simply serve for purposes of brevity, clarity, and tradition.

Post-Chancellorship

Beginning in 1963, all living former Chancellors were granted a pension, an office, and a staff. The pension has increased numerous times with Congressional approval. Retired Chancellors now receive a pension based on the salary of the current administration's Imperial Secretaries, which was §200,000 per annum in 2016. Former Chancellors who previously served in Congress may also collect Congressional pensions. The Former Chancellors Act, as amended, also provides former Chancellors with travel funds and franking privileges. Prior to 1997, all former Chancellors, their spouses, and their children until age 16 were protected by MIBA until the Chancellor's death. In 1997, Congress passed legislation limiting MIBA protection to no more than 10 years from the date a Chancellor leaves office. On 8 February 2013, Chancellor Julia Gillard signed legislation reinstating lifetime MIBA protection for her, Malcolm Turnbull, and all subsequent Chancellors. A spouse who remarries is no longer eligible for MIBA protection.

Some Chancellors have had significant careers after leaving office. A prominent example includes Calvin Althorpe's tenure as Chief Justice of Cygnia. Charles Wallace, whose bid for re-election failed in 1864, was elected Chancellor again four years later in 1868. Two former Chancellors served in Congress after leaving the Chancellery: Hunter Alston was elected to the House of Representatives, serving there for eighteen years before retiring due to ill health.

Chancellors may use their predecessors as emissaries to deliver private messages to other nations or as official representatives of Cygnia to state funerals and other important foreign events. Gough Whitlam after leaving office became a major Cygnian diplomat, being appointed in 1999 as Ambassador to UNESCO by Chancellor Reginald Yudhoyono and was lauded as an elder statesman. Yudhoyono has also worked as an informal ambassador. He has also been active politically since his cancellarial term ended, and was elected Governor General of East Java in 2013.

Living former chancellors
Portrait Bob Hawke (8215440121) Andrew Peacock 2015 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Senate of Poland 01 Malcolm Turnbull at the Pentagon 2016 cropped Julia Gillard 2015
Name Bob Hawke Andrew Peacock S. B. Yudhoyono Malcolm Turnbull Julia Gillard
Term 1983 – 1991 1991 – 1999 1999 – 2007 2007 – 2011 2011 – 2015
Age 88 78 68 63 56

Oath of office

The Oath of Office of the Chancellor of Cygnia is the oath or affirmation that the Chancellor takes after assuming the Chancellorship but before he or she begins the execution of the office. The wording is specified in Article II, Section 3, Clause 6 of the Imperial Constitution. It is administered during the inauguration ceremony by the Chief Justice and in the presence of the Emperor.

I, [name], do solemnly swear/affirm that I will well and truly serve His/Her Imperial Majesty [name of monarch], His/Her heirs and successors according to law, in the office of Chancellor of the Empire of the United Cygnian States. I will to the best of my ability serve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Empire, and I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of the Empire, without fear or favour, affection or ill will. (So help me God!)

List of Chancellors

     Nonpartisan      Federalist      Democratic      Unitarian
     F/D Coalition      Nationalist      Democratic Labour      National Unity      Empire
# Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Term of Office Political Party Emperor
Term
(Election)
Took Office Left Office
1 OlderPittThe Younger Frederick Northam
(1739–1806)
1
(1792)
13 November 1792 6 February 1805 Nonpartisan King George III of England by Johann Zoffany
Alexander I
2
(1796)
3
(1800)
2 Lord Liverpool Robert Jenkinson
(1770–1828)
4
(1804)
6 February 1805 6 February 1813 Federalist
5
(1808)
George IV 1821 color
Theodore I
3 George Canning by Richard Evans - detail George Canning
(1770–1827)
6
(1812)
6 February 1813 6 February 1821 Unitarian
7
(1816)
4 Carl Oregon William Lamb
(1779–1848)
8
(1820)
6 February 1821 6 February 1825 Federalist 1st Earl of Munster
Alexander II
5 Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon by Sir Thomas Lawrence Frederick J. Robinson
(1782–1859)
9
(1824)
6 February 1825 6 February 1833 Unitarian
10
(1828)
6 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey by Sir Thomas Lawrence copy Charles Grey
(1764–1845)
11
(1832)
6 February 1833 6 February 1837 Unitarian
7 Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt by Henry William Pickersgill-detail Robert Peel
(1788–1850)
12
(1836)
6 February 1837 6 February 1845 Unitarian
13
(1840)
King Edward VIII, when Prince of Wales - Cope 1912
Theodore II
8 Robert Bridges Harrison Redford
(1808–1854)
14
(1844)
6 February 1845 8 August 1854
Died in office
Democratic
15
(1848)
16
(1852)
9 Hunter Alston
(1817–1886)
8 August 1854 6 February 1861 Democratic
17
(1856)
10 Lord John Russell John Russell
(1792–1878)
18
(1860)
6 February 1861 6 February 1865 Unitarian
11 William Gladstone by Mayall, 1861 William E. Gladstone
(1809–1898)
19
(1864)
6 February 1865 6 February 1869 Coalition
12 Lord John Russell John Russell
(1792–1878)
20
(1868)
6 February 1869 6 February 1873 Nationalist
13 Disraeli Benjamin Disraeli
(1804–1881)
21
(1872)
6 February 1873 6 February 1877 Nationalist
14 1271754717 william-e.-gladstone William E. Gladstone
(1809–1898)
22
(1876)
6 February 1877 6 February 1885 Coalition
23
(1880)
15 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery - 1890s Archibald Primrose
(1847–1929)
24
(1884)
6 February 1885 6 February 1889 Coalition Duke of Edinburgh by Alan Sutherland
Theodore III
16 Robert cecil Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
(1830–1903)
25
(1888)
6 February 1889 6 February 1893 Nationalist
17 Gws balfour 02 Arthur Balfour
(1848–1930)
26
(1892)
6 February 1893 6 February 1897 Nationalist
18 Picture of Henry Campbell-Bannerman Henry Campbell-Bannerman
(1836–1908)
27
(1896)
6 February 1897 6 February 1901 Coalition
29 Edmund Barton Edmund Barton
(1849–1920)
28
(1900)
6 February 1901 6 February 1905 Nationalist
20 ChrisWatsonSepia Chris Watson
(1867–1941)
29
(1904)
6 February 1905 6 February 1913 Democratic Labour
30
(1908)
21 Andrewfisher2 Andrew Fisher
(1862–1928)
31
(1912)
6 February 1913 6 February 1917 Democratic Labour
22 Hughes15-16 Billy Hughes
(1862–1923)
32
(1916)
6 February 1917 9 October 1923
Died in office
National Unity
33
(1920)
23 Joseph Lyons 1 Joseph Lyons
(1879–1939)
9 October 1923 6 February 1933 National Unity
34
(1924)
35
(1928)
Charles, Prince of Wales portrait young
Theodore IV
Max von Sydow young
Ellory I
(Franklin J. Heller as Regent 1932–43)
24 General Gerald Templer Jonathan Mulberry
(1892–1936)
36
(1932)
6 February 1933 8 April 1936 Empire
25 Benjamin Wellington
(1906–1938)
8 April 1936 2 February 1938 Empire
37
(1936)
26 Field Marshal Viscount Slim Frederick Poole
(1877–1947)
2 February 1938 13 March 1943 Empire
38
(1940)
27 The Royal Navy during the Second World War A23440 Bertram Ramsay
(1883–1945)
13 March 1943 8 April 1943 Empire
28 Edmund Herring by William Dargie Edmund Herring
(1892–1982)
8 April 1943 6 February 1959 Nonpartisan
39
(1946)
40
(1950)
41
(1954)
29 Portrait Menzies 1941 Robert Menzies
(1882–1976)
42
(1958)
6 February 1959 6 February 1967 National Unity
43
(1962)
30 HaroldHoltPortrait1953 Harold Holt
(1908–1967)
44
(1966)
6 February 1967 17 December 1967
Died in office
National Unity
31 Sir John McEwen John McEwen
(1900–1980)
19 December 1967 6 February 1971 National Unity
32 Gough Whitlam PM Gough Whitlam
(1916–2014)
45
(1970)
6 February 1971 31 August 1975 Democratic Labour
46
(1974)
(1975)
Bill Hayden 1980 Bill Hayden
(born 1933)
Acting Leader of DLP; never sworn in as Chancellor
7 September 1975 6 February 1976 Democratic Labour
33 MalcolmFraser1982 Malcolm Fraser
(1930–2015)
6 February 1976 6 February 1983 National Unity
47
(1978)
34 Bob Hawke Portrait 1983 Bob Hawke
(born 1929)
48
(1982)
6 February 1983 6 February 1991 Democratic Labour
49
(1986)
35 Andrew Peacock Official Andrew Peacock
(born 1939)
50
(1990)
6 February 1991 6 February 1999 National Unity
51
(1994)
Theodore V 1996
Theodore V
36 Yudhoyono S. B. Yudhoyono
(born 1949)
52
(1998)
6 February 1999 6 February 2007 Democratic Labour
53
(2002)
37 Malcolm Turnbull 3 Malcolm Turnbull
(born 1954)
54
(2006)
6 February 2007 6 February 2011 National Unity
38 Julia Gillard Julia Gillard
(born 1961)
55
(2010)
6 February 2011 6 February 2015 Democratic Labour
39 Christian Lindner 2013 (cropped) Dorian Brandt
(born 1976)
56
(2014)
6 February 2015 Incumbent Democratic Labour
Prince William Duke of Cambridge
Alexander III

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