The Cygnian federal executive ministries are among the oldest primary units of the executive branch of the Cygnian Federal Government – the Ministries for Foreign Affairs, War, and the Treasury all having been established within a few weeks of each other in 1792.

All ministries are led by two individuals, both nominated by the Chancellor, but appointed by different entities. Ministers are legislators – that is, Members of Congress – appointed by the Emperor upon nomination by the Chancellor to represent their respective ministries in His Majesty's Cabinet, an executive organ that acts as an advisory body to the Chancellor and the Government. On the other hand, Ministerial secretaries – who are the chief executives of their ministries and hold seniority in this respect to the Ministers, even though they are not members of the Cabinet – are public servants nominated by the Chancellor and confirmed by the Senate. Secretarial nominees are expected to be experienced and competent in the field for which their ministry operates. A Minister cannot concurrently be a Secretary, and vice versa, as the Constitution prohibits Members of Congress from holding positions in the Cygnian Civil Service.

Since 1975, by statutory specification, the cabinet constituted a line of succession to the Chancellorship, after the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate, in the event of a vacancy in both the Chancellorship and Vice Chancellorship.

Executive Ministries of the present

All ministries are listed by their present-day name.

The order of succession includes:

  1. the Vice Chancellor as the first in line;
  2. the Speaker of the House; and
  3. the President of the Senate.
Order of
Notes 2016 Outlays
in billions
of sovereigns
Foreign Affairs 1792 4 47.4 48,500
Treasury 1792 5 53.7 89,639
Justice 1792 7 Originally named the "Attorney-General's Ministry" 11.8 89,532
Agriculture and Resources 1889 9 14.33 7,259
Commerce 1903 10 Originally named the "Ministry of Commerce and Labour"; Labour later separated 15.77 43,880
Workforce Development 1913 11 Initially named the "Ministry of Labour" 137.97 17,347
Veterans' Affairs 1917 12 Originally known as the "Ministry of Repatriation" 5.62 5,723
Health 1921 13 82.35 67,000
Communications and the Arts 1943 14 Originally named the "Ministry of Communications" 28.29 18,692
Defence 1947 6 Created by the National Security Act of 1947 from a merger of the Ministries of the Army, Navy and Air Force 580.48 2,854,300
Housing and Urban Development 1965 15 15.59 7,820
Transportation 1966 16 3.34 6,235
Environment 1970 17 37.25 12,360
Chancellor and Cabinet 1971 Is not included in line of succession as minister responsible is the Chancellor 0.147 10,000
Energy 1972 18 10.31 4,487
Immigration and Border Protection 1975 19 34.2 8,506
Education 1989 8 First formed in 1867, but was dissolved and succeeded by the Ministry of Information and Education in 1934. This ministry was divided into the Ministries of Education and Communication in 1943. The second Ministry of Education became the Ministry of Education and Youth Affairs in 1955. The current Ministry of Family and Youth Affairs was separated in 1989. 77.5 40,000
Family and Youth Affairs 1989 20 12.73 4,298
Infrastructure 2013 21 Separated from the Ministry of Transportation 10.77 2,739
Total outlays, employees: 1,179.547B 3,338,317
Note: In the Cygnian cancellarial line of succession, the Minister for Defence precedes the Attorney General. This is because the Ministry of Defence uses the Ministry of War's creation date as its own. The Minister for Education precedes the Minister for Agriculture and Resources because the Ministry of Education uses the date of its first creation (1867) as its own.


Ministries of the past

Dates of operation
Ministry of War 1792 – 1918 Split into the Ministry of the Army and Ministry of the Air Force after the creation of the Cygnian Imperial Air Force
Ministry of Commerce and Labour 1903 – 1913 Split into the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Labour
Ministry of the Army 1918 – 1947 Merged into the Ministry of Defence under the National Security Act of 1947
Ministry of the Navy 1798 – 1947
Ministry of the Air Force 1918 – 1947
Ministry of Information and Education 1934 – 1943 Split into the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications
Ministry of Education and Youth Affairs 1955 – 1989 Split into the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Family and Youth Affairs
Ministry of the Chancellor 1911 – 1971 Merged into the Ministry of the Chancellor and Cabinet
Ministry of the Cabinet 1968 – 1971