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The Parliament of AH.com is the supreme legislative body of His Administratorness’ Government, granted with the power of creating and voting upon Acts of Parliament. The Parliament is bicameral, consisting of an 10 Member Landsraad and a 15 Member Lower House.
The Parliament convenes to discuss various matters of import to AH.com (and quite a lot that aren't). However, most of this usually results in people heading off to the AH.com Bar for drinks and a punch-up.
Elections to Parliament occur every August, usually foreshadowed by a flurry of electioneering, propaganda, intimidation, backstabbing, lies and outright dirty tricks. Voting in these elections, as well as during votes on legislation and referendums, is overseen by the Electoral Officer - a position that has tradtionally been held by Douglas.
In the event of a hung Parliament, it is expected that the largest party will join with one or more of the smaller parties to form a governing coalition. Both the 2006 and 2007 Elections resulted in hung Parliaments with no party in overall control of the chamber. Coalition governments were formed in both cases however, with the Evil Party being the senior member of the ruling coalition in both instances. In 2008, the Evil Party won total control of Parliament and formed a government on its own. With the number of elected parties dropping off significantly, it had been predicted that AH.com may become a one-party state ruled by the Evil Party. However, the 2009 General Elections saw a resurgence in parties, which cost Evil its absolute majority. Evil still maintained a plurality of Parliamentary seats and was able to form a minority government without forming a coalition with another party.
Following several attempted coups in 2008 and 2009, the Imperial Guard was established to protect the Houses of Parliament from further attacks.
The Lower House of Parliament consists of 15 elected members serving 1 year terms, from which are chosen the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister by the President of AH.com. The Lower House was established as the only house of Parliament on August 9, 2006.
Since September 20, Benkarnell has been Liaison to the Landsraad.
Through Acts of Parliament, committees and commission may be established to more intimately debate and discuss particular issues.
The upper house of Parliament is the Landsraad, which consists of 3 British members, 3 American members, 2 German members, 1 Chinese member, and 1 International member totaling 10 seats. Members of the Landsraad serve one year terms, elected by the Peerage of AH.com. No member may serve in both the Landsraad and Lower House simultaneously. Any bill passed by the Lower House may be brought to a vote by the Landsraad if at least three of its members object to it and a simple majority will veto the legislation. This veto can be overturned by “a second reading” of the bill in the Lower House.
The Landsraad was established with the signing of the Landsraad Act of 2008 by President Sargon on September 5, 2008. The first elections were held March 21, 2009 for temporary members and will be followed by normal elections in August 2009 alongside the Lower House and Presidential elections. The first session opened on April 14, 2009.
The Landsraad is chaired by the highest ranking noble currently serving, titled the Speaker of the Landsraad. Since April 14, 2009, the current Speaker of the Landsraad is Zyzzyva, Duke of Aberdeen (FFF).
There have been three Parliaments elected by the members of AH.com.