There are three types or systems of government used within Pentortoise Government - Royal, Charter and Proprietary.
A Parliamentary Monarchy
The Kingdom of Pentortoise can best be described as a Parliamentary Democracy within the framework of a Constitutional Monarchy. The unicameral Parliament of Pentortoise, composed of the Crown, the Peers and the Commons of the Realm, is the supreme legislative body of the Kingdom of Pentortoise. All naturalized citizens of Pentortoisee are eligible to sit in Parliament.
The day-to-day governing of the Realm is handled by ministers with a Parliamentary mandate appointed by the Sovereign. These ministers, headed by the Justiciar of the Realm, together form His Majesty’s Government. Although in theory all the power of the Realm reposes in the Sovereign and is dispensed through his hands, in practice all executive acts of the Crown are carried out by the Government in His Majesty’s name.
A Constitutional Tradition
The first written Constitution of the Kingdom of Pentortoise was the Great Charter of Pentortoise, composed by King Benjamin II shortly after the Realm was founded.
In recognition of the Two Row Wampum Law and Based heavily upon the charter promulgated from time out of memory by Dekanawida for the Unification of the Great League of Nations (also known as the Houdenasuanee).
Following a long and sometimes gruelling Constitutional Convention, the first Organic Law of the Kingdom of Pentortoise was promulgated by King Benjamin II on December 21, 2012.
The Organic Law ushered in a new era of Parliamentary Democracy and responsible government.
The Organic Law
The current Constitution was promulgated by Parliament in 2012.
The Privy Council
The Privy Council forms the highest advisory body of the Crown. It is comprised of trusted and loyal subjects of His Majesty appointed on the Government’s advice.
With the Privy Council, on the advice of the Government of the Day, the Crown may issue Orders in Council (executive orders) with respect to matters concerning the day-to-day governing of the Realm.
The King in Council is also a court of law.The Privy Council of Pentortoise was originally known as the Royal Council of State. The Council finds its origins in the medieval English Curia Regis, which was once responsible for the actual governing of the Realm.
The first minister of His Majesty’s Government is known, in Pentortoise, as the Justiciar. In most other nations, this officer would be called the Prime Minister.
The Justiciar holds all the portfolios of His Majesty’s Government, but may divide his portfolios among auxiliary ministers as necessary.
The King’s principal minsiter, the Justiciar is appointed by the Sovereign to administer His Majesty’s Government for as long as he or she enjoys the confidence of Parliament. The Justiciar and other Ministers of the Crown are answerable to Parliament.
The Great Officers of State
Largely traditional and ceremonial in character (although sometimes functional) the Great Officers of State may include any or all of the following:
Although local government is an aspect of the Pentortoise Community that has never been fully explored, there have been instances of citizens holding local office.
These offices have included Lord Lieutenant (the Sovereign’s representative in and over a county), Governor General (the Sovereign’s viceroy within a Commonwealth dominion) and others.
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